Mayor ditches promise to plant two million trees by 2020

– Sadiq Khan u-turns on major environmental pledge The Mayor of London has ditched a key election promise to plant two million trees by 2020. Sadiq Khan’s new Deputy Mayor for Environment, Shirley Rodrigues, dropped the bombshell during her first meeting with the London Assembly’s Environment Committee this morning. Responding to a question from London Assembly member Tony Arbour, Ms Rodrigues said the two million…

Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee. Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual. The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit…

London Fire Brigade video streaming app could improve response to major incidents

New technology could better inform and speed up emergency response London Fire Brigade could improve its response to major incidents with a mobile app that allows eyewitnesses to stream live video footage to the control room, a new report shows. Streaming technology has already been trialled by West Midlands Fire Service and similar apps are currently used in Sacramento, California, and Victoria, Australia. A new…

Give PCSOs fire and medical training to combine community safety

London’s 1,667 PCSOs could provide preventative fire safety and first-response medical care PCSOs should be given fire safety and first-response medical training to become Tri-Service Safety Officers, suggests a new report by Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour. The report, Tri-Service: Broadening the role of London’s PCSOs, suggests officers could provide initial support before the arrival of paramedics, as well as offering preventative fire safety…

Phone companies 'should blacklist hoax 999 callers'

– Hoax calls to the Met police tripled last year and cost the fire brigade £1.6million The Mayor of London should encourage mobile phone operators to consider blacklisting hoax emergency callers that are costing the taxpayer millions of pounds, says Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour. Hoax calls to the Metropolitan Police tripled over the past three years and cost London Fire Brigade £1.6million in…

Sound cannon could be the water cannon alternative London needs

The Home Secretary has made the wrong decision in not allowing the Metropolitan Police the use of water cannon. Not only are water cannon a better alternative to rubber bullets, they act as a powerful visual deterrent to violence. Another crowd control alternative is now required and I suggest the Met adopt Sound Cannon. They are low cost, safe, extremely mobile, and would be very…