Despite his 2008 Manifesto promise to "vapourise the threat" of closures to many of London Underground's ticket offices, in 2010 the Mayor of London Boris Johnson performed a U-Turn, pushing ahead with a new round of closures scheduled for February 2011. I have long opposed these measures and you can find out more about the campaign against these closures in Brent & Harrow here.
Although Stanmore Tube Station is denoted a step-free access station, in reality it is far from easy to navigate. Step-free access is only possible via a steep ramp from the car park and an additional 450m walk from the street entrance. With the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the charity Aspire's training centre nearby, this is far from ideal. You can read more about my campaign for better access at Stanmore here.
Harrow-on-the-Hill, the busy transport hub serving Harrow town centre was scheduled to receive a £20m upgrade to ensure step-free access between the platforms and College Road by 2012. By May 2009, the "funding situation" at Transport for London was so bad that the Mayor has postponed the Harrow upgrade until at least 2016. You can find out more about the fight against this absurd decision here.
The London Borough of Barnet have long been working to regenerate and expand the Brent Cross shopping centre with more retail space, housing, waste handling facilities and few public transport improvement, all of which will affect the neighbouring residents of eastern Brent and beyond. The regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood stands as a massive opportunity to overhaul the out-of town, car based vision of suburban development but the application as it stands, and now approved by all levels of government, wastes this. You can read more about my work with the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross here.
I am regularly asked to assist and support our local Hindu temples with navigating the immigration regime for visiting Pujaris - Hindu temple priests visiting worshipping communities in the UK. From my own experience and lobbying, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's bureaucracy does not accommodate this relatively common religious reason for temporary migration. You can find out more about my campaign to establish clear protocols to ease the bureaucracy surrounding this issue here.
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