As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.
That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.
To Be Winter Ready, you should:
- Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
- Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
- Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.
In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.
Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency.
Thursday 15 June is the first National Clean Air Day. Lambeth is supporting this by hosting its first ever Clean Air Week, starting today.
There are things going on every day, including the launch on Monday of our ‘Better Air’ campaign. The focus of the campaign will be on lobbying central government and the Mayor of London for the measures we need to improve London’s appalling air quality. We will raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution and encourage residents to do their bit to help the environment. A full list of the activities taking place is available here.
A key strand of the campaign will be the launch of our ‘Better Air Pledges’. We are asking residents to think about how they can do something to help air quality and there are a few things you can do:
- Make an online pledge – pledging to make differences in your life to reduce air pollution.
- Support us on social media – tweet or share something on Facebook about your pledge using #BetterAir. Include a photo or video in your tweet so you can join our gallery of supporters. Or tell us what you’re doing for #CleanAirWeek. You can also retweet @Lambeth_Council where they’ll be posting tweets throughout the week.
- Share this Lambeth Council page and encourage others to make a pledge too.
We’ve achieved some real successes over the last couple of years – including an ambitious Air Quality Action Plan and a clean bus corridor from Brixton to Streatham including Brixton Hill – but we still have a lot to do. Please get behind the campaign so we can continue to build support for our efforts to improve Lambeth’s air.
Cllr Martin Tiedemann highlighting Labour’s campaign #NoNewGrammars
Giving local children the best start is one of our top priorities – and we need your help to ensure disastrous plans to slash funding to local schools do not put education at risk.
As your councillors, we have backed Labour’s drive to improve local schools, including:
- Ensuring every child in a primary school has access to a free breakfast – an election promise in 2014 that we have delivered.
- Enabling the expansion of the popular Sudbourne Primary School over the next few years and the opening of the new City Heights Academy in 2013.
- Helping put Lambeth in the top 10% performing areas in the country, with 90% of all primary schools getting a good or outstanding rating.
But the Tory government is threatening to put these achievements at risk by: Continue reading
Thank you to all those who have emailed Brixton Hill’s Labour team in support of the London Cycling Campaign’s initiative, Space for Cycling.
Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann is himself a cyclist and member of London Cycling Campaign and, as Co-Chair of the Labour Environment Campaign, has coordinated the Labour for Cycling initiative. He rode with other Lambeth activists in last September’s #space4cycling bike ride around Westminster whilst MPs debated cycle safety.
Lambeth Labour welcome the excellent work that the London Cycling Campaign has done in helping coordinate some of the priorities of cyclists in Lambeth. We have compiled a complete list of those priorities by ward across the borough and are going through them as one complete list, although the ending of rat runs and safer roads has been a priority for Brixton Hill’s councillors – as shown by the work to Baytree Road and resisting requests to remove the barrier on Strathleven Road. Continue reading