Sadiq Khan’s aspirations for London
28 October 2015, Blog
Sadiq Khan, Labour’s London mayoral candidate, has outlined his plans if elected in 2016. Khan’s housing plan includes providing affordable housing through rent-to-buy schemes and fair rental prices. Khan said: “I’m going to say to developers – from now on, at least half of all new homes should be genuinely affordable. Either with a social rent, or with a London living rent and for first time buyers.” His housing plan also includes tackling the issue of rogue landlords; by naming and shaming them.
Cheaper and more reliable transport, increased safety for cyclists and Wi-Fi on public transport are all part of Khan’s plans for the capital. Discussing his plans for transport, Khan said: “We’re also going to invest in public transport. We want two Crossrails – one from east to west and another north to south. It will speed up connections. We’re also thinking about extending tram services and the Bakerloo Line.”
Khan says he will make improving air quality a top priority; by expanding the proposed ultra-low emissions zone, opposing Heathrow expansion and promoting cycling and walking. His other environmental plans include promoting community energy generation projects, backing London’s growing low carbon business sector and creating world class green spaces; by supporting the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and the National Park City initiative. Khan has declared his desire to be “the greenest mayor we’ve ever had.” This could be perhaps a hostage to fortune.