Clive visited the regular baby and toddler Rhyme Time event at Eltham Library as part of the celebrations of the Library’s centenary.
“It was excellent to see so many babies and parents using the Library. I was very pleased to see so much being done to get young children using the library” said Clive. “This is a very exciting time for Eltham Library. It is about to get a £1.7 million refurbishment to ensure that it is fit for the twenty first century.”
Clive visited Eltham Hill School to tell pupils that by taking ten simple steps to save energy they could save up to £300 on their family’s fuel bills and help cut greenhouse gasses that are causing global warming.
Clive has written to every local school offering to provide them with a letter for every pupil asking them to take the ten steps to use energy more efficiently. Already thousands of letters have been sent out.
“The Stern Report has shown that business as usual is not a valid response to climate change. If we do not take action to slow down and then reverse our carbon emissions then we will face an economic as well as a humanitarian disaster” explained Clive.
The Energy Savings Trust has come up with the list of ten simple steps we can all take in our homes to use less energy. “These steps are not the answer to climate change, but they are part of the solution” said Clive.
The ten points are:
- Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £40 per year.
- Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Don’t leave appliances such as TVs on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
- If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy programme.
- Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you’re using an electric kettle).
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: just one can reduce your lighting costs by up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb – and they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.
- Do a home energy check. Follow the link below to the Energy Saving Trust’s home energy check. Just answer some simple questions about your home and they will give you a free, impartial report telling you how you can save up to £300 a year on your house hold energy bills.
For more information on the Energy Savings Trust, click here
Clive recently spent a night shift with the workers carrying out vital improvements on the London Underground. Every night thousands of workers descend on the Underground to undertake major works.
To limit inconvenience to passengers the work is carried out between midnight and four o’clock in the morning.
Clive explained “As soon as the last train has stopped running, the electricity is turned off and the work can begin. I was at Earls Court station and at Belsize Park. The workers are operating in difficult conditions but are beginning to deliver some real improvements to the Underground.”
A report today from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee – of which Clive Efford is a member – has found that speed cameras are saving lives.
The Committee called for greater use of technology to tackle driving offences, saying that speed cameras are proven to save lives by acting as an effective deterrent to drivers breaking the speed limit.
In its report, Roads Policing and Technology: Getting the right balance the Committee points to evidence which shows that 42% fewer people were killed or seriously injured in crashes at sites which had fixed speed cameras. The Committee wants to see more funding made available so that more sites which meet the existing camera guidelines can also be covered.
Commenting after the Report’s publication, Clive Efford said “It makes no sense to have to wait for deaths and injuries to occur in a location before we can install the cameras that could have prevented them. I would like to see cameras installed where local communities are demanding them.”
“This is not about criminalising car drivers; it is about empowering communities to protect themselves from speeding traffic.”
The Report urges the Government to improve the impact of speed cameras by using more advanced technology, such as time-distance (average speed) cameras, and better publicity campaigns.
Clive also backed the Committee’s demand that new technology should not be taken as an opportunity to cut the number of road police officers. Instead the Home Office should increase the priority it gives to traffic law enforcement overall.
In 2005 there were 32,155 deaths and serious injuries. In London, the number of “hit and run” incidents has doubled over the last decade.
Clive Efford has called for tougher action to be taken against shops found selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.
Clive explained “Currently the minimum fine that a court can impose is £5,000 However, on-the-spot fines of as little as £90 can be issued to shop owners who have been caught selling alcohol to under-age drinkers without the case going to court. This is little more than a slap on the wrist. I would like to see the on-the-spot fine raised to £2,000. Shop keepers could then choose to challenge this by taking the matter to court, where they would risk having a more substantial fine imposed if they were found guilty.”
“Shops that sell drink to those underage are a menace to our community as they are helping fuel antisocial behaviour.”
Clive raised his concerns in Parliament recently and is following the matter up with the minister responsible.