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Particulate filters on the London 2012 Games site

Question No: 62 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Have you completed the ‘quick pilot study’ of particulate filters on construction machinery at the Olympic site, which you referred to in answer to my question 1817/2009? Will the Olympic Delivery Authority ensure that such filters are now fitted to all relevant machinery?

Answer from the Mayor:

Initial results from the ODA's desk based study are expected next month. This will provide a thorough emissions inventory that will underpin a cost benefit analysis. I will be discussing the results with the ODA with a view to them proceeding rapidly with a field study so that the study results as a whole can inform the development of my Air Quality Strategy as well as any future review of the Construction and Demolition Best Practice Guidance.

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Air quality strategy (1)

Question No: 63 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Michele Dix of Transport for London told a conference in November 2009 that TfL needed a Government contribution of between £70m and £90m to fund proposals in your draft air quality strategy. Your environment adviser told a Parliamentary select committee that an estimated £200m was needed. Which of these figures is nearer to your current estimate? Have you approached the Government to fund your proposals?

Answer from the Mayor:

I am currently preparing my draft Air Quality Strategy for public consultation in the Spring. Initial estimates at the time of publishing my Assembly draft were that it would cost approximately an additional £70 million to implement the new measures in the Strategy. This does not include the cost of measures we are proposing be implemented by Government at a national level. This figure may change as actions are refined during the preparation of the next draft. My officials are in active discussions with Government over funding as these measures are additional to the TfL budget settlement agreed with Government previously. The public consultation draft will contain more information on implementation costs for the Strategy.


Air quality strategy (2)

Question No: 64 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Will you include any proposals in your air quality strategy for Transport for London, or the boroughs to carry out, which are not fully funded?

Answer from the Mayor:

The next draft of my Air Quality Strategy, which will be published for public consultation, will set out the full range of measures we believe are needed to further tackle air pollution in London. This will include both measures which are funded and those which have not yet been allocated resources. The implementation of unfunded measures will be partly dependent on what support the Government provides.


Air quality strategy (3)

Question No: 66 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Your draft air quality strategy is based upon the assumption that the UK Government will be granted time extensions for PM10 and NO2. Is this a mistake and have you taken legal advice about whether this could be challenged in the courts?

Answer from the Mayor:

The measures in my Air Quality Strategy are intended to help meet the EU limit values for PM10 and NO2 as soon as possible. The Government intends to provide further information to the European Commission in relation to the application for the time extension to 2011 for the PM10 limit values this year. We also expect the Government to apply next year for a time extension to 2015 for the NO2 limit values. We are working with the Government on both these processes and my Air Quality Strategy will be integral to any submissions made by the Government to the Commission.

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Air quality special measures

Question No: 67 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Can you legally implement special measures such as diversions and road closures prior to the air quality strategy being approved? Can you outline the necessary consultation periods and legal processes which you have to go through to obtain the legal powers to implement such road closures?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL is the traffic authority for all GLA Roads, and all GLA Side Roads in Greater London, while London borough councils are the traffic authorities for all other roads in their areas.


Both can make Road Traffic Orders (RTOs) for, or in connection with, implementing the UK’s obligations under air quality directives and otherwise, with respect to air quality assessment and management, which can include road closures and diversions. The precise procedures are set out in the Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 (SI 1996 No 2489). They provide for consultation with a range of stakeholders (including the police, bus operators, emergency services, freight and haulage operators etc), and a minimum 21 day period for objections, following publication of formal notices. Public inquiries are also held in certain cases for Borough RTOs.


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Low emissions zone

Question No: 68 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Can you confirm that both your Air Quality Strategy and Transport Strategy will need to be formally approved, prior to Transport for London consulting on changes to Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Scheme Order, in order to formally change the start date for phase three of the LEZ?

Answer from the Mayor:

Transport for London does not have to wait for the Air Quality Strategy to be published before publishing for consultation a Low Emission Zone Variation Order to defer phase three of the LEZ to 2012. Legally, the Variation Order need only be consistent with the Transport Strategy; therefore it cannot be made and published by TfL until the new, revised Transport Strategy is published.


Transport for London will consult with the public and stakeholders on the Variation Order as soon as practical following the publication of the new Transport Strategy.


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Academies programme (1)

Question No: 69 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Can you provide a breakdown of the money spent so far on the Academies programme, including an indication of how much of that the LDA has spent setting up the agreement to take over Turin Grove School?

Answer from the Mayor:

The LDA has spent £142,419 to date on the Academies Programme.  This has been on start up administration costs such as staffing and legal expenditure to develop the programme proposals and carry out the relevant sponsor, Local Authority and stakeholder engagement to identify potential Academies. As part of the feasibility stage for the development of an Academy at Turin Grove, 'set up' or project management costs are covered by the Department for Children Families and Schools (DCSF). 


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Academies programme (2)

Question No: 70 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Now that the funding rules have changed, will the full £1.118m still be spent by the LDA on the Academies programme in 2010/11? If so, what are you expecting it to be spent on?

Answer from the Mayor:

In light of recent changes the LDA is currently reviewing its 2010/11 budget for the Academy projects. I anticipate that they will be working to a revised budget of around £600,000.  This will be spent on an element of core programme costs (ie, on-going administration costs) and LDA funding for skills and employment related initiatives to be delivered at any academy.


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Academies programme (3)

Question No: 71 / 2010

Darren Johnson

If educational sponsors take over the long-term overheads for the Academy schools under your programme, will the GLA or LDA have any long-term overheads once the partnerships are set-up? What for?

Answer from the Mayor:

The funding agreement between sponsors and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families sets out the arrangements for the financing of an Academy once it opens. The on-going revenue funding is provided in full through an annual grant that will not be less than that provided for a local authority maintained school in the area.


The Academy Trust also receives capital funding through additional grants. This can be used for purposes such as replacement of IT equipment and building improvements.  There are no long-term overheads to be met by sponsors in relation to specific Academies. There are however, on-going administration costs to be met by the LDA for servicing the Academies Programme.


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Retrofit Academy

Question No: 72 / 2010

Darren Johnson

What has or will the £200,000 profiled for this project in 2009-10 be spent on?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Retrofit Academy Programme comprises four elements – the Retrofit Employer Accord Pilot (linking workless Londoners to jobs and training opportunities arising from the LDA retrofitting projects), Low Carbon Skills for London research, International Benchmarking research and the creation of a Low Carbon Skills Forum for London.


The total programme budget of £200,000 in 2009-10 will be spent on the Low Carbon Skills for London Research activity (£50K) and the commencement of the Retrofit Employer Accord pilot across London (£150K).

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Thames Estuary Airport (1)

Question No: 73 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Did you commission research into all possible alternatives for airport expansion to serve London, including at Manston Airport, before deciding to pursue research into the feasibility of an island airport in the Thames Estuary?

Answer from the Mayor:

In 2008, officers were asked to undertake an in-house, desk-top review of the feasibility of locating an airport in the Thames Estuary. This study did not address all possible alternatives for airport expansion to serve London, but did examine potential solutions to the east of London which had been looked at before – including Manston. This study provisionally concluded that a new airport in the Thames Estuary was technically feasible, did make spatial sense, and could contribute to regeneration in the Thames Gateway. I then appointed Doug Oakervee to take this work forward.


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Thames Estuary Airport (2)

Question No: 74 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Do you plan to meet with politicians from all the local and county councils that would be affected by a Thames Estuary Airport to hear their views following the publication of the feasibility study and the establishment of the steering group?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Deputy Mayor for Policing, Kit Malthouse, will be meeting with representatives from Medway Council in March 2010 on my behalf. He sits on the Thames Estuary Steering Group and is well suited to take such meetings.


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LDA budget

Question No: 75 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Can you provide a breakdown of the LDA’s proposed budget of £31.8m for international promotion in 2010/11?

Answer from the Mayor:

The proposed International Promotion budget of £31.8m has been revised as a consequence of the business planning process and a final budget will be submitted for approval in due course.


At present the anticipated spend in this area covers the activities outlined below. These are provisional figures and subject to change:





£m

Inward investment, business growth, trade, film promotion and investor development

9.87

2012 related activities

2.38

Destination marketing and tourism

14.16

Events

3.06

Emerging markets

0.62

Tactical promotion funding

3.00

Total

33.09



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LDA budget

Question No: 76 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Can you provide a breakdown of the LDA’s proposed budget of £21.6m for climate change in 2010/11?

Answer from the Mayor:

The proposed budget has not yet been agreed by the LDA board or the Mayor.


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Illuminated advertising hoardings on the Tube network

Question No: 77 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

I have been asked by a constituent how many KW/h of electricity are used per month by the illuminated advertising hoardings that have been installed at Tube stations at the following times and are still in use between -

(a) May 2004 - April 2008

(b) May 2008 - Dec 2009

Answer from the Mayor:

London Underground (LU) is unable to provide this information in the format requested. However, the total annual energy usage by digital and illuminated advertising on the Underground network is approximately 9.62 GWh.


The equivalent figure for the period prior to the installation of the new advertising hoardings is not available. It is, however, worth noting that the energy consumption arising from the digital screens and projectors has been offset by the replacement of old backlit advertising panels with new and much more energy efficient panels. In addition, LU has removed vending machines from station platforms and concourses, many of which were refrigerated and consumed significant amounts of energy.

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Heat output of illuminated advertising hoardings

Question No: 78 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

I have been asked by a constituent what was the heat output of advertising hoardings per month for the following time periods -

(a) May 2004 - April 2008

(b) May 2008 - Dec 2009

Answer from the Mayor:

London Underground (LU) is not able to provide this information in the format requested. However, prior to the installation, LU undertook a study on the heat impact of digital advertising media. The study concluded that the impact on platform temperatures is negligible, and less than 0.1°C.


LU monitors temperatures at 95 strategic locations in central London stations. This data shows that there has been no detectable increase in temperature on the network that can be attributed to the installation of the digital screens.


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Temperatures on the Tube network

Question No: 79 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

I have been asked by a constituent by how many degrees do advertising hoardings raise the temperature of each of the zone 1 underground stations both in winter and summer?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my response to MQ78 / 2010.


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Turning Tube Escalators off

Question No: 80 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

I have been asked by a constituent what would be the total power saving per month from turning escalators off at London Underground stations when they were not needed?

Answer from the Mayor:

London Underground has a new initiative to save energy, and reduce its carbon footprint, by switching off escalators at some stations during off peak times when they are not needed.


The total power saving from turning off an escalator at off peak times is approximately 116,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per annum (9667kWh/month). This also equates to a financial saving of around £8,000 per year, per escalator.


There are 65 sites, across 35 stations, where one escalator in a bank of three can be turned off when not needed. The total potential saving across all 65 sites is approximately 7,540 megawatt hours per annum.


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Social Action and Volunteering

Question No: 81 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Where was the position of your adviser on Social Action and Volunteering advertised? How many applicants applied, and how many were interviewed?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Mayoral Advisor, Social Action and Volunteering post was not advertised and I did not consider any other applicants. She was interviewed and the process was consistent with my other Section 67 (1) appointments and in line with Protocol on Mayoral appointments.


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Responses to consultations

Question No: 82 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

How many responses have been received following the consultation period on:

A/ Your draft Transport Strategy;

B/ Your draft Economic Development Strategy;

C/ Your draft replacement London Plan

Answer from the Mayor:

The integrated public and stakeholder consultation on my draft Transport Strategy (MTS), draft Economic Development Strategy (EDS) and draft replacement London Plan closed on 12 January.


MTS

TfL is currently analysing the responses received to the draft MTS and while numbers are not yet finalised, I am pleased to report that around 5,000 responses have been received from the public, businesses and other organisations. A further 150 or so responses have been received from stakeholders. TfL will be analysing all responses received, and preparing a report for my consideration in due course. I plan to publish my new Transport Strategy, having taken the consultation responses into account, in the spring.


EDS

The Economic Development Strategy has received 110 responses from individuals and stakeholder groups, which are currently being analysed by the LDA and will be carefully considered when writing the final EDS document.


London Plan

The GLA London Plan Team is still collating the responses (some organisations and individuals were allowed an extension of time to comment, in accordance with the relevant regulations). Details in terms of numbers and content will be published as part of the process leading up to this summer's examination in public, but I am pleased to say that we have received a substantial response of circa 1,000 responses.

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