Clive Efford

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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avery_hill_winter_gardens.pngClive has asked Greenwich University to host a public meeting so that local people can learn more about the current condition of the Winter Garden and the land that they intend to sell to developers.

Clive has met twice with the University recently and says, “I have asked the University to host a public meeting so that local people can question them about the condition of the Winter Garden and the situation regarding the wider site.  The University cannot just wash its hands of its responsibilities to the Winter Garden and leave behind a massive headache for the local community.”

 If we do end up with housing on parts of the site then it has to be truly affordable to local people.  I want the council to make it clear that they will not look favourably on any development which is unaffordable for local people.  We must not allow any development which allows foreign buyers looking for an investment to purchase homes on the site that they have no intention of living in themselves, at prices that local people cannot compete with.  That approach to house building is pricing young people out of the housing market whether they are looking to rent or buy.” 

Clive calls on Univeristy to arrange a public meeting on future of Winter Gardens

Clive has asked Greenwich University to host a public meeting so that local people can learn more about the current condition of the Winter Garden and the land that they...

Comedian Stewart Lee has raised concerns about tickets for his current tour being sold by touts for a nearly 400% mark up. 

Clive has responded to Stewart explaining that Labour tabled amendments on ticket touting during the passage of the Consumer Rights Bill.  Unfortunately, the Government rejected the measures which would have given event organisers the power to control the resale of tickets.

 

Clive's response to Stewart Lee:

Dear Stewart,

I fully agree with you that fans should not be ripped off by ticket touts looking to make a quick profit.

This is why we tabled amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill to give event organisers control over the resale of tickets, the issue is still being discussed in the Lords.

I would be happy to meet with you to discuss this issue further.

Yours,

Clive


Clive Efford MP

Member of Parliament for Eltham and Shadow Minister for Sport

Note:

The Government were defeated in the Lords on a ticket touting amendment, but Government MPs voted against the amendment in the commons. The issue is still being discussed in the lords, details available here: http://www.cliveefford.org.uk/government_suffer_defeat_on_ticket_touting

 

Clive responds to Stewart Lee's concerns about ticket touting

Comedian Stewart Lee has raised concerns about tickets for his current tour being sold by touts for a nearly 400% mark up.  Clive has responded to Stewart explaining that Labour...

 

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Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work at London Bridge.

He says, “Southeastern should have made sure that trains going to and from Cannon Street stopping at London Bridge had additional capacity to cope with the extra demand.  The government has adopted a wait and see approach to force people to find alternative routes but the situation is too dangerous for that.  We are demanding that extra carriages are provided now.  We have been promised 12 car trains on our part of the network for many years and it’s time that we got them.  Our train services have been overcrowded for too long.  

In his speech this morning Clive quoted David Statham Southeastern Managing Director’s response to the latest customer satisfaction survey which shows that his rail company is the worst in the country.

Statham had said: "Over the next three years we're investing more than £70m in the things that our passengers tell us are important to them. This investment will enable us to provide better information to our passengers, improve the interior and cleanliness of our trains, refresh the look of our stations and provide extra staff to deliver more face-to-face customer service.”

Clive complained that , “There is nothing in this statement that suggests that Southeastern have any intention of increasing capacity on the trains.  Southeastern can provide the cleanest most punctual trains with the most up to date information service but if passengers cannot get on the trains it’s all a waste of money.”

“We need to make sure that Southeastern are able to purchase the Thameslink Trains when they are replaced by the new rolling stock so that we can increase capacity on our local services.”

Clive has also met with Southeastern Trains to demand to know why some services in and around the peak times are only four carriages in length.  Clive adds, “When I raised this with Southeastern they denied this occurs, despite the fact that I was left on the platform when the train left London Bridge.  Southeastern want to know the specific details of the trains so I am asking my constituents to let me have details of trains that are overcrowded and of how many carriages they were formed."

Clive wants to hear from anyone who has details of train journeys that are overcrowded and would be grateful if they could let him know here.

 

Clive rails against performance of Southeastern Trains

    Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work...


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