Crime in Islington is a serious problem. There were over 7,000 violent offences in our borough last year. Theft from people is more than twice the London average. Bike theft in Islington is nearly twice the London average. Even the former Labour Mayor of Islington said that Labour has failed to act against knife crime. No wonder people tell us they don’t feel safe and that the Labour Council isn’t listening to their concerns.
Keeping our streets and estates clean is a basic service that the Council should deliver for every neighbourhood across Islington. But too many local people are facing the opposite.
Under Labour, fly-tipping is up by 23%, and litter bins across Islington are overflowing.
Liberal Democrats support the principle of cutting traffic levels for a safer, healthier, and greener borough. Only 30% of Islington residents own a car, yet too many are exposed to illegal levels of pollution from congested main roads.
We want to see all residents get the benefit of quieter, well-managed roads, and improved air quality across the borough. And as part of that, we support the goal of rolling out Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) across Islington.
But under Labour, what could have been a positive policy has divided communities, with some of the most vulnerable residents paying the price. Those who live outside the LTNs face increased congestion and pollution on their doorsteps every day.
Democracy in Islington is in trouble. Whatever party you normally support, an electoral system that gives one party 47 out of 48 of seats on the back of 60% of the vote can't be right. That is what happened in Islington in 2018.
As we are seeing at the national level with Boris Johnson's Conservatives, huge majorities lead to poor decisions. Governments become complacent and forget to listen to voters that put them there.
Sadly, Labour in Islington has also forgotten how to listen. On 5 May, we have a chance to change that.
UPDATE: We are glad Islington Borough Council agrees with our call to stop investing in Russia - a view shared by people across Islington.
The chair of the Pension subcommittee that has responsibility for the Fund's investments told us "Islington will therefore divest these holdings either by sale as soon as possible or we shall write-off as being worthless assets. We shall continue to do all we can to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine; and to protect the reputation, integrity and value of the pension fund."
Our petition demanded “Our council’s pension fund must take a stand, and if it holds any shares in Russian - or Russian-linked companies - they must be sold immediately”, says Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Kate Pothalingam, following the horrific news of Russia invading Ukraine.
We thank those who supported this initiative.
Islington Liberal Democrats are calling for a rethink of the controversial Holloway Prison plans.
The historic Holloway Prison site offers a much-needed opportunity for social housing in Islington but the Labour Council may be about to approve plans that will see a damaging mix of over-large towers and poor quality housing. We believe our area deserves better, with high quality affordable homes and a development that respects the local area. Once again, we see Labour’s lack of consultation with the people of Islington.
Islington has one of the highest rates of bike theft in London. The council should act to make bike parking safer.
Despite protests from local Liberal Democrats along with many other concerned residents, Islington’s Labour councillors recently voted to continue with the costly and polluting Edmonton incinerator.
Islington Liberal Democrats are listening to the concerns of residents. An issue we hear time and time again is the problem when Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) are imposed - without consultation and next to no advance notice.
Looking Ahead to the Council Elections in May – Could you be a Liberal Democrat Candidate?
We ended 2021 on a high note, celebrating a year of success with by-election wins nationally in Chesham & Amersham and North Shropshire, and growing campaign progress here in Islington.
Now we are looking ahead to elections for Islington Council on Thursday 5 May, just 16 weeks away.