§ Mr. Cohen
I wish to present a third petition to the House. It reads:
To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
599 Again, this is a petition from the Leytonstone ward Labour party. It is relevant because it is a direct constituency petition. I cannot express more adequately than the petition the urgency of dealing with the matters contained within it. It states:
That improvements are needed to the Housing and Environmental conditions on the route of the M11 Link road.
The link road is due to go through my constituency. It continues:
"Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House recognises that (1) Waltham Forest Council has paid £683,000 to the Department of Transport for rents and dilapidation payments over the past twenty years.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.
- (2) The area is dilapidated and rat-infested.
- (3) Many houses lack basic amenities and are in a bad state of repair.
- (4) People have lived with uncertainty about the future for thirty-five years.
- and that your honourable House takes action to
- (1) reduce to peppercorn level rents on land and property payable to the Department of Transport to enable Housing Associations and co-ops to keep them in short-life use until demolition.
- (2) Adequately fence and secure from intruders vacant land and properties and maintain boundary walls of properties in the Department of Transport's ownership.
- (3) Allow Waltham Forest Council to spend more capital by increasing their H.I.P. allocation so that they can replace the homes they will be forced to vacate for demolition.
- (4) Give grants to local organisations managing short-life properties in the area.
- (5) Provide additional money for environmental improve ments in the area.
- (6) Make a decision to build a cut and covered road without further delay.
The petition is signed by 27 members of Leytonstone's Labour party who represent the vast majority of my constituents. I wholeheartedly support the petition.
To lie upon the Table.