200 achievements of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London
In January I recorded 100 achievements for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Here is an update.
1. Frozen the Council Tax precept for two years running. After allowing for inflation this means a cut in real terms. Over the eight years as Mayor, Ken Livingstone increased his take of council tax by 153 per cent.
2. The Congestion Charge West London Extension is being scrapped by the end of this year.
3. The Mayor is investing £60 million to bring empty homes back into use for affordable housing, more than three times the financial commitment made by the previous Mayor.
4. Started to withdraw the bendy-bus from service. By the end of 2011, there will be no more bendy-buses in London blocking crossings and junctions, and frightening cyclists
5. There are 450 extra officers policing London's public transport network
6. Free travel has been introduced for veterans.
7. Facilitated the departure of Sir Ian Blair. The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson is doing a much better job - bringing in common sense changes such as the police going on the beat individually rather than in pairs. The level of single patrol has risen to 50%. There are now an average of just under 3000 (2996) officers engaged in single patrol every day across London.
The Met says: "Members of the public walk around London on their own, unprotected. When they see officers patrolling together they draw their own assumptions about how safe that area is. Fear of crime has an effect on the quality of life on local people and we need to make sure that that fear is not being unnecessarily raised."
8. Traffic lights re-signalling. TfL is increasing the usage of the ‘intelligent’ SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) system from the existing 2,000 sites, to 3,000 sites, by 2015/16. It is also reviewing timings at 1,000 traffic signal sites annually. These measures will allow traffic lights to adjust their own timings in response to traffic conditions. "There is surely not a single Londoner who has not waited at a red light at two in the morning on a deserted street and wondered why on earth they are being delayed," says Boris. So far 1,108 lights have been rephased with proven improvement in traffic flows. There is almost a six per cent reduction in traffic delays for drivers without holding up pedestrians. He has also allowed Ealing to bag up traffic lights.
9. The various GLA bodies now employ 13 fewer press officers than under Ken Livingstone.
10. Rough sleeping has been reduced by two thirds. The successes to date have not required additional funds but are a result of better co-ordination between the agencies responsible. The estimated number of persistent "embedded" rough sleepers across London is down from 205 under Ken Livingstone to 67 now.
11. A series of new City Academies are being sponsored. The first Mayoral Academy will be Turin Grove School in Edmonton, opened in September.
12. The Mayor's Fund has been launched to tackle child poverty. It is an independent registered
charity which over the next three years will give £16million to improve the life chances and aspirations of disadvantaged children, young people and their families.
13. Flew to Beijing Olympics, economy class. Gave a wonderful motivational speech. He said: "Ping pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and it was called wiff waff. There I think you have the essential difference between us and the rest of world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner. We looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to play wiff waff. That is why London is the sporting capital of the world. And I say to the Chinese, and I say to the world: ping pong is coming home."
14. Scrapped the post of Women's adviser, which was held by Anni Marjoram, and removed four more of "Ken's Wimmin" - the total salary bill was over £400,000. Those who have gone include Ken Livingstone's partner Emma Beale, who was paid £96,000 to be the Mayor's "Administration Manager" and Socialist Action member Jude Woodward who had been the Cultural Commissar.
15. Championed the City of London against EU regulation - notably the protectionist directive on hedge funds.
16. Supporting the phasing out of road humps across London.
17. Reducing barriers for pedestrians with 20 miles of guard rail going.
18. Launched a competition for a New Bus for London, a 21st century successor to the Routemaster. The first prototype is expected to start testing by the end of 2011.
19. Over 5,000 new street trees have been planted. Boris is actually committed to delivering 10,000 new street trees by 2012.
20. Delivered over 25,000 extra affordable homes. By the end of first term on course to have delivered 50,000 extra affordable homes – MORE THAN EVER IN A SINGLE MAYORAL TERM.
21. Has issued guidance that new publicly funded social-housing homes must have higher standards. The minimum space standards recommended are broadly ten per cent higher than the 1961 Parker Morris benchmark. An end to the Livingstone era rabbit hutches.
22. Oyster extended to national rail from this year, and also to the River Bus. A million extra journeys are being made each week using Oyster pay as you go on National Rail after it was extended to all 350 National Rail stations in Greater London at the start of the year.
23. Modernisation of the London Fire Brigade - notably in shift patterns.
24. Closing down of GLA office in Venezuela and scaling down of other overseas offices saving: £100,000.
25. Far more transparency. All spending over £1,000 is published on the website as well as expense claims. A pioneering approach of transparency on all spending - not only payments to suppliers. Wrong-doing is dealt with robustly rather than hidden or denied which was the culture under the previous regime.
26. Brought back Christmas - hosting various carol concerts, etc..
27. The Queen's portrait unveiled in City Hall.
28. Restoration of drinking fountains on the capital's streets. The one in Trafalgar Square has already been brought back into use.
29. Working with the boroughs, including support for decentralising some of his power to them.
30. A successful visit to New York (at no cost the taxpayer) was held to boost tourism. Huge media coverage in the Big Apple. The ‘Only in London’ tourism campaign has boosted the capital's coffers by £50million.
31. While cycling through Camden, the Mayor saw Franny Armstrong under attack by hoodies. He set an example to Londoners by coming to her assistance.
32. Motorcycles are being allowed in bus lanes on TfL roads with the double aim of reducing congestion on the roads, and reducing the number of accidents involving motorcyclists.
33. A 24 hour Freedom Pass.
34. Scrapping The Londoner newspaper - saving £3 million a year.
35. Backing the sensitive use by the police of stop and search, which has so far taken almost 9,500 knives off the streets.
36. Boosting electric cars by ensuring that every Londoner will be no more than one mile from an electric car charge point by 2015 with 25,000 charging points. The Mayor is also procuring 1000 electric vehicles in the Greater London Authority Group public fleet.
37. Giving a higher priority to English tuition for refugees. The Mayor's new migration board will prioritise better ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) provision across London.
38. Classical music, neglected under the previous regime as elitist, is now getting encouragement. For instance, the No Strings Attached initiative backed by Julian Lloyd Webber where unused musical instruments are donated to be used by children. Also an annual schools music festival.
39. 100,000 more tons of the capital's annual waste will soon be turned into green energy, with £12m of guaranteed funding due to be approved by the London Waste and Recycling Board.
40. Launched the Capital Growth scheme with a target to create 2012 growing spaces by 2012 in discarded patches of London, tended by enthusiastic community gardeners.
41. He has been a listening Mayor. There have been far more visits - including to outer London boroughs.
42. Some of the consultation exercises have actually been genuine - for instance over which parks should be prioritised and the Congestion Charge Extension.
43. 11 rundown parks are being rejuvenated with grants of £400,000 each from City Hall.
44. There has been a break with his predecessor's expensive gesture of constantly engaging lawyers - usually losing.
45. A housing strategy that promotes home ownership schemes rather than stipulating that new housing has to be for social rent. The Mayor’s First Steps Housing programme is aimed at improving the intermediate housing offer for Londoners. The programme will bring forward new products including the Up2U scheme launched earlier this year. It is also looking at ways to simplify the applications process and make the system easier for first time buyers to understand. Nearly 1,000 families, currently in rented and particularly overcrowded accommodation, will be able to take their first step towards owning their own home in London.
46. Decluttering of roads will be based on the "presumption" that each piece of equipment and obstruction should be removed unless it can be justified. "If Give Way signs at minor junctions are removed then consideration may also be given to removing the associated road markings."
47. Unveiled a statue of war hero Sir Keith Park in Trafalgar Square. It is now moved permanently to Waterloo Place.
48. £9.8 million is being spent on 150 schemes to facilitate walking and cycling along eight routes to the Olympics to also be maintained after the Games.
49. Launch of the Status Dogs Unit by the Metropolitan Police with the removal of 680 dangerous and/or illegal dogs from London's streets - often pitbulls.
50. Boosted the London Jazz Festival so that it reaches more boroughs.
51. Providing 30,000 new homes by freeing up under-used land owned by the Greater London Authority.
52. Helped shopping in the West End by giving Oxford Circus a makeover. Shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an 'X' as well as straight ahead - meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.
53. Shown himself to be a mayor for all Londoners. Contrary to the unpleasant slurs of bigotry thrown at him during the election campaign he has made a point of being inclusive listening to Londoners regardless of their background in terms of race, religion or sexuality.
54. Promoted cycling with a new Cycle Hire scheme.
55. Boosted apprenticeships including 400 new bus driver apprenticeships a year in the capital. Created a £24 million fund to support apprenticeships and other employment initiatives for young people
56. Stood up to bullying from the Labour Government - notably over their interference in his proposed appointment of Veronica Wadley as Chairman of the London Arts Council. (When are we getting rid of Guardianista philistine Dame Liz Forgan as "Chair" of Arts Council who is devoid of artistic credentials beyond the Quangocracy?)
57. With his commissioner for Sport, Kate Hoey, he has given Londoners more sporting opportunities. For instance the Mayor's PlaySport London: Make a Splash programme will see two temporary pools deployed in London boroughs. The new scheme, powered by 'pools 4 people', offers swimming to people who do not live within the vicinity of a swimming pool. The pools will be spending 12 weeks in three different locations each. One pool is up and running in Ealing, the second under construction. In January, the two pools will be deployed in two different boroughs. Through this programme, over 15,000 non-swimmers (children and adults) will learn to swim each year.
58. Judo provision in London is being increased.
59. Sailing is being encouraged - for instance through support for the AHOY Centre in Greenwich.
60. Dance is being supported. For instance the Dare2Dance project which aims to increase participation in physical activity through the medium of Street Dance using Hip Hop Dance Techniques. Also, of course, the Big Dance.
61. The London Boxing Academy with sites in Hackney and Haringey is being supported.
62. The requirement for 50% of housing developments to be social housing has been lifted. Rather than inflexible percentages the Mayor is concerned with the outcome - the total number of new homes built.
63. Knife crime is down by 10%. 10,000 knives off the streets through stop and searches.
64. Action is being taken to improve air quality. For instance through hybrid buses and by working with the boroughs to tackle air quality hotspots. By next year, TfL expect to have 300 hybrid buses operating and by 2012 all new buses coming on to London's roads will be hybrids.
65. The opening of Imperial Wharf Station.
66. There has been funding for world-class cultural developments including the Tate Modern extension and a new centre for the British Film Institute and Film Day.
67. Made significant savings on cultural events and refreshed the programme with new, inclusive events like Story of London.
68. Promoting London Fashion Week, Boris appeared on the cover of Elle magazine.
69. A scheme have been introduced where young people who lose their right to free travel through misbehaviour have to earn it back through voluntary work.
70. LEDs are being installed at 3,500 traffic lights at around 300 junctions in the Capital. LED technology can reduce electricity consumption and the associated CO2 emissions that cause climate change by a massive 60 per cent.
71. £375,000 is being provided over the next three years to open a new rape crisis centre in west London. £260,000 of funding has been allocated for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASAC) in Croydon. Altogether there will be four rape crisis centres by the end of the year including one of Redbridge and another in or near Islington. There was just one under Ken Livingstone for a city of seven million people.
72. 42 public buildings in the GLA Group are being given an eco-makeover. Wembley police station has led the way with solar photovoltaic roof panels.
73. Boris Johnson appeared in EastEnders visiting the Queen Vic.
74. Foreign travel costs for the Mayor’s office were reduced from £107,000 in 2007-08 to £30,000 in 2008-09, while the rest of the GLA reduced its costs from £102,000 to £28,000. A saving of £151,000.
75. Ten delegates attended party conferences in 2008-09, at a total cost (including attendance, advertising, stands, etc.) of £9,000, compared with 19 delegates in 2007-08 at a cost of £43,000. Saving £34,000.
76. Reduction in expenditure on GLA consultants - reducing from £4.7m in 2007-08 to £2.8m in 2008-09. Saving £1.9 million.
77. Income from the hire of London’s Living Room at City Hall has increased from £145,000 in 2007-08 to £167,000 in 2008-09 as a result of stopping the policy of allowing preferred groups and organisations to use it for free. Saving £20,000.
78. The London Development Agency has introduced "a more streamlined staffing structure" - saving £6.6m.
79. Crime in London is down 5.8%. Overall crime on the Tube and DLR is down by 8%. Robbery is down by 29.2%, violent crime is down 2.6% and public disorder offences are down by 4.5%. The average number of murders per year in London has fallen by over a quarter compared to those under the former Labour Mayor. Youth crime has fallen by nearly 11%.
80. Londoners on Job Seeker’s Allowance and the new Employment and Support Allowance now benefit from half price travel on the buses. This is to help people who have recently lost their jobs bounce back quickly, by being able to travel cheaply to interviews, and access libraries and job centres.
81. Funding has been found to train and recruit 10,000 Specials Constables by 2012. The numbers are due to increase by 2,690 over the next three years.
82. Major retailers including Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Borders have signed up to the ‘Open London’ scheme. The aim is to increase access to public lavatories. These businesses allow the public to use their lavatories, where available, without the need to make a purchase.
83. Cancellation of the ‘Beijing Bus’ saving £160,000.
84. For the coming year's budget, £100 million of new savings within the police service will be delivered by deploying staff and resources more effectively and bearing down on overtime costs, while continuing to improve front-line policing.
85. Savings of £100,000 a year in the cost of the London Assembly.
86. There are Northern line improvements with a new control centre and computerised signalling system, scheduled to be delivered in 2012. This will enable trains to run closer together and at higher speeds, cutting journey times by 18 per cent and increasing capacity by 20 per cent.
87. To cool tube trains in summer various improvements are being carried out, including restoring ventilation fans and installing mechanical chillers and portable summer fans.
88. On the Docklands Light Railway a total of 55 new carriages have been ordered, expanding trains from two to three cars and giving a 50 per cent capacity increase by June 2010.
89. Held biggest ever St George's Day event on Trafalgar Square - 20,000 attended.
90. Put cultural supremo, Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, in charge of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.
91. By summer the new generation of the Countdown system will increase bus customers’ access to real-time information for all of the 19,000 bus stops and 700 routes in London via mobile phones and the internet. New Countdown signs will be installed at around 2,500 key bus stops.
92. After years of inaction, started to build Crossrail AND will continue to defend it. On completion, Crossrail will add an additional 10% capacity to London’s transport infrastructure.
93. Boosting the amount of London’s food waste being turned into eco-fuel to cut landfill rates and carbon emissions in an initiative with the Foodwaste to Fuel Alliance.
94. Before Boris Johnson was elected the cost of the Olympics was spiralling out of control. As Mayor he has worked effectively to keep Olympics on schedule and in budget. The Mayor is pledged to ensure that Londoners pay no more than 38p per week for the Olympics.
95. Volunteering is being encouraged. The boy scouts and girl guides are being promoted. Lizzie Noel has been appointed the Mayor's adviser on Social Action and Volunteering and a website has been launched containing a one-stop-shop of volunteering opportunities for Londoners to get involved. As a result 100,000 young people can become involved in uniformed groups such as the Scouts and Cadets, which are great at giving young people role models and something positive to do.
96. Measures to help tackle the recession including halving the standard payment period of the GLA group to its small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers to ten working days.
97. The Mayoral commitment towards greater transparency has been demonstrated by publishing LDA grants of more than £1,000 on the LDA website. This is to safeguard against cronysim and waste. LDA grants are now going to worthwhile projects. An example is the £1,000 for the Bromley Table Tennis Development Group - one of many grants to promote sport. Some of the grant allocation, such as of the London Youth Offer fund has been delegated to the boroughs.
98. The LDA has established CompeteFor - a "dating agency" to help small and medium sized companies compete for the 4,000 Olympic contracts worth £1.7 billion.
99. There is more CCTV on London buses. Live CCTV has been brought in on a north London bus route. Twenty one double-decker buses have been fitted with technology, allowing pictures to be beamed live to the Centrecomm control centre shared by officers from Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police’s Transport Operational Command Unit. The technology allows officers to gain access to real-time images of the bus in question when a bus driver on the trial route makes a radio call to the control room. Pictures are beamed via secure and encrypted mobile networks directly from the buses to TfL’s control room. There are 60,000 CCTV cameras operating on the 8,000 London buses.
100. Crime mapping has been introduced allowing Londoners to find out about the level of crime in their neighbourhood.
101. Boosting hydrogen vehicles, building six hydrogen refuelling stations and aiming to have 120 vehicles in operation for 2012. We will have five hydrogen buses in the capital this autumn.
102. A scheme to divert 300 tons of perfectly good food from being sent into landfill - instead it will be provided to the homeless. This will be made possible by a grant of £362,000 from the London Waste and Recycling Board to the charity FairShare.
103. Planning a Cable Car crossing for the River Thames. The project would only go ahead if financed by the private sector. It would cost an estimated £25 million and the private operator would have to be willing to charge passengers via their Oyster Cards. It would connect the O2 arena (the Dome) with the Royal Docks.
104. The launch of a Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme a "new dawn" for cycling in the capital. Described as "London’s newest public transport system" and consists of 315 docking stations and 5,000 bikes. 60,000 people have signed up. Half a million journeys already. Now 18,500 a day.
105. Lauched an Edible Estates competition to encourage vegetable growing on scraps of derelict land around the edges of housing estates.
106. Planning protection for iconic London views (eg Richmond Park.)
107. Launched Payback London – a scheme whereby teenagers would have their travel cards confiscated if they misbehaved on public transport, they would have to EARN it back through community service. Over 1,000 young people have now earned the privilege of free travel.
108. Opened the Heron Unit, attached to Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute, which gives intensive support for those motivated to change. Almost 100 young people have gone through the Unit. The average re-offending rate is 78 percent, but just 6 percent of those graduating from the Heron Unit have re-offended. It has been so successful that there are plans to expand it.
109. By 2012 there will be more than 1,000,000 more visible police patrols a year giving a reassuring uniformed presence on the streets and deterring crime.
110. Cracked down on illegal minicabs by doubling the number of police officers dedicated to stamping them out, making it safer for women to travel at night.
111. Ending the previous Mayor’s use of taxpayer funded first class travel, reducing the Mayor’s travel budget by hundreds of thousands of pounds.
112. Increasing the number of public meetings so Londoners can question the Mayor directly more often.
113. Championed investment in London abroad on every trip as opposed to meeting with Latin American socialists.
114. By integrating London’s promotional agencies, Think London, Study London, and Visit London saved money, ensuring the capital gets more for its international buck; The “Only in London” campaign cost £2million but generated nearly £100million for the London economy.
115. Eased the burden on small businesses by delaying Phase 3 of the Low Emissions Zone which could have seen older vans hit by up to £500 per day fines.
116. Secured £23million investment to help small businesses survive through easier access to loans, advice and City Hall contracts.
117. Delivered the East London Line extension ahead of schedule and on budget.
118. Continued to upgrade the Underground’s capacity, which on delivery, will increase the capacity of the Underground by 30%.
119. Started to roll out 191 air-conditioned carriages firstly on the Metropolitan line; By 2015, all 191 will be in use on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, District and Circle lines.
120. Given nearly 25,000 black-cab drivers a voice with a representative on the board of Transport for London.
121. Spent £6 million in improving local parks.
122. By 2013 £225 million spent improving public spaces so all Londoners can enjoy their local communities.
123. By 2012 an extra 2,012 pieces of land into thriving green spaces to allow Londoners the chance to grow their own food – so far 450 spaces have been created.
124. Retrofitted 42 GLA buildings, making them much more energy efficient, saving Londoners £1million a year in energy bills.
125. Started a programme that will help 200,000 households save on their bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
126. Secured £22 million to turn derelict, abandoned and blighted buildings into affordable family homes, with at least 2,000 of them brought back into use.
127. 40 per cent of new social rented homes are now family sized.
128. Launched a mentoring scheme, which is recruiting 1,000 adult male volunteers to help and advise black boys in London aged 10-16. It aims to keep the next generation of young people on the right path.
129. Delivered the Young Londoner's Fund which has given £5 million to 11 voluntary sector youth projects.
130. Delivered the Making Music Matter programme – a two year music education programme for young Londoners which funds innovative music projects.
131. Ensured that 2,400 young people have taken part in Well London Activities.
132. Set up a £4 million fund distributing grants to increase sports participation among at risk young adults, helping to give them something constructive to do.
133. Saved tens of millions of pounds in the Olympic budget by persuading the Olympic Board to use pre-existing facilities at Wembley for some of the events rather than building new venues.
134. Seen through his vision of a world famous, lasting landmark will be built in the Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit will make Stratford one of London’s top attractions for generations to come, as well giving the best views over our city from the 115m high viewing platform.
135. Founded the Olympic Park Legacy Company to ensure that the Games leave a legacy for generations including 10,000 new jobs and 8-10,000 new homes.
136. Campaigned for free Olympic tickets to be allocated to London’s children.
137. Funded £15.5million to increase participation in grassroots sports in the run up to the Olympics.
138. Launched the Freesports programme - helping 250 small clubs and community groups per year to fund sports coaching.
139. Delivered two cycling superhighways, One runs from Barking to the City, the second from Merton to the City.
140. Bexleyheath’s pedestrianised area is being opened up, removing unnecessary street clutter such as guard rails to create a more pleasant area to shop and visit.
141. Cancelled the Thames Gateway Bridge, which would have blighted large parts of Bexley.
142, Formally opened the improvements to Orpington High Street, which removed unnecessary street clutter making it a more pleasant place to visit.
143. Redeveloping the Britannia Junction at Camden Town Station in time for the Olympics.
144. Provided most of the funding for the redevelopment of Coulsdon Town Centre which will create a pleasant environment for shoppers and visitors.
145. Delivered the Mayor of London’s Skyride - when, for example, 13,000 people cycled Ealing streets free from cars.
146. Over 400 properties adjacent to the North Circular are being upgraded and refurbished so hundreds more of Enfield’s families can benefit from these affordable homes.
147. Committed £500,000 to the Broomfield House project in Enfield to restore this iconic local landmark.
148. In partnership with the Council, sponsored two academies in Enfield, which aim to boost educational achievement in schools that have historically underachieved.
149. Backed the successful fight against Heathrow Airport’s expansion.
150. Opened the new Hillingdon Leisure Centre which was built with support from the London Development Agency.
151. Hounslow Heath is benefiting from the Great Outdoors initiative. New paths through the Heath, such as ones between Staines Road and Hanworth Road are helping more people to enjoy the local nature
152. Funding for the construction of the Hogsmill Cycle Bridge in Kingston upon Thames.
153. Working with partners at Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank to deliver a public place where Londoners can watch and enjoy the Olympic Games in 2012.
154. Wimbledon Town Centre to be transformed for the Olympics when the tennis competition will be held there – this will make Wimbledon a more attractive place to visit and shop.
155. St Chads Park is benefiting from the Great Outdoors initiative. It will have a new pedestrian path linking Chadwell Gardens, Alexandra Road and Japan Road.
156. Redeveloping Clapham Junction’s Brighton Yard to improve conditions at the busiest train station in Britain.
157. Fair rents guide. Giving tenants and landlords in the private rented sector the chance to compare rents by postcode.
158. Changed planning rules to stop "garden grabbing."
159. Launched London Permit Scheme to reduce the amount utility companies dig up the roads. It means fines can be imposed for digging up roads without a permit and companies are encouraged to dig up roads at the same time.
160. Held an event to promote Latin in state primary schools. Currently only two – four per cent of state primary schools teach Latin compared to 40 per cent of independent primary schools.
161. The London Waste and Recycling Board has already pledged financial backing for a gasification plant with planning approval in Dagenham, which will be the largest in the UK and provide clean energy for
10,000 local homes; if all municipal waste that couldn't be recycled were used for energy production, it could generate enough power for 210,000 homes.
162. London's primary school children are being encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, through a new Capital Growth schools competition - with the support of Chris Collins, the Blue Peter gardener.
163. Heading England's bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
164. Opened the first new fire station to be built in the capital in over a decade, complete with state of the art facilities and top-notch green technology. The new station, at Harold Hill, Havering, is the greenest ever to be built in London. Fitted out with an innovative water collection system, solar panels and energy saving boilers, it will produce 43 per cent less CO2 emissions than a station built without these green features.
165. A new-look Windrush Square in Brixton. Improved square includes new water feature, better lighting and more open spaces.
166. Abolished the London-wide target for Gypsy and Traveller sites.
167. Backed the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project. A three year arts and education programme will give young Londoners unique access to the museum directors and curators, artists and
collectors who shape the British contemporary art scene, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and successful in the world.
168. Introducing The Culture Diary, which will be the definitive guide to cultural activity in the capital throughout the whole of 2012, offering a unique platform for cultural and creative organisations of all sizes.
169. Championed localism. The Mayor proposes that responsibility for the Royal Parks Agency (RPA) and the Port of London Authority (PLA) should be devolved from Whitehall to the Mayor. Other proposals include giving the Mayoralty greater powers over traffic control and the awarding of rail franchises on routes into London.
170. Honoured the armed forces. For instance with the flag raised at City Hall in a ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day.
171. Appointed Musician and campaigner Annie Lennox as unpaid London Ambassador for HIV. 40,000 people are estimated to be living with HIV in the capital, 27% of them undiagnosed. In many cases this is likely to be due to the stigma that may be associated with HIV, something that Annie Lennox is keen to challenge.
172. Improved accountability by opening up the State of London debate to online, BBC Parliament and LBC audience.
173. Worked for better busking by launching the Rhythm of London Busking Underground competition.
174. Hosted Chewing Gum Summit to apply success story for Croydon of a 38% reduction in chewing gim litter across London in time for the Olympics.
175. Promoting reuse as well as recycling. For instance through setting up the London Reuse Network which will be made up of ‘clusters’ of organisations , including local authorities and charities who will work together to deliver an easy-to-access and consistent reuse service to residents and businesses within their area. It will collect, store, refurbish and sell on everything from furniture, books, carpets and bikes through to cookers and fridges. It aims to divert 17,000 tonnes of reusable products from landfill over the first two years of the project saving over 80,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. It will provide a single ‘reuse hotline’ and web portal serving the whole of London. By 2015 the network aims to be diverting over a million items from the waste stream every year, training thousands and employing hundreds of people. The first cluster will be set up by Western Riverside Waste Authority who manage waste from the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Western Riverside Waste Authority will work with LCRN to deliver a reuse network across the four boroughs and will work in partnership with key organisations and community groups. The project includes the creation of a reuse workshop operating as a training centre for the refurbishment of white goods and furniture, training over 40 young people in the first year.
176. Encouraging London's children to draw. This year's Children's Art Day also sees the launch of Look Out London, a new visual arts competition for children in the capital initiated by the Mayor and run in partnership with the Campaign for Drawing. Winning entries will be showcased on the engage and Campaign for Drawing websites later this year and schools will be presented with art materials donated by Cass Art and Daler-Rowney.
177. Recruiting 8,000 welcoming faces that will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to descend on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
178. Marking two years to go until the London Games Opening Ceremony, the Mayor launched the London Ambassadors programme that is looking for people who have a passion for all things London to volunteer their time to give help and advice to our visitors arriving in 2012.
179. Launched a new £4 million sport fund aimed at projects which use sport to tackle a range of social issues from crime to unemployment, as well as increasing participation in sport. The Mayor wants to support organisations which help turn around lives through motivational activities that produce long term change in participants. Funding applications are open until 1 October 2010.
180. This year marked the contribution of the 100,000 strong Latin American community in London with events marking the bicentenary of the independence movement in Latin America. Supported the Carnaval Del Pueblo (CDP) festival, one of the largest Latin American festivals in London.
181. Visited the Brick Lane Mosque in east London, at the heart of London’s Muslim and Bangladeshi communities. During the visit, the Mayor reiterated his call for 5,000 adult volunteers to work with uniformed youth groups such as the Scouts.
182. At the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture launched the ‘Shape Your London’ competition targeted at 16-19 year olds, who aspire to transform their local area for the benefit of the community. Participants will be asked to submit designs that change their local estates, streets, local park, or new designs for homes. Prizes include bursaries for university and college fees, educational resources and work experience placements.
183. 25 per cent more bins are being put on the Tube network by the end of the year, as part of efforts to tackle litter in the capital in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
184. Pizzas with home-grown vegetables at seasonal harvest festival events are being used to inspire London’s green-fingered gardeners to apply for a share of £50,000 to grow their own food on unused land. The cash can be claimed by new community food growing projects as part of the Capital Growth food growing scheme.
185. Launched the Mayor’s Safer Parks Award to recognise tough measures boroughs and friends of parks groups have taken to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.
186. Fighting bureaucracy. For instance pushing for the 6,500 pages of standard operating instructions imposed on the Metropolitan Police to be streamlined.
187. Resisting the tube strikes. Boosting river and bus services, holding back road works and encouraging people to cycle. But also more fundamentally urging the Government to bring in changes to bring union power back within the law.
188. Adding a new Fruit and Vegetable category for the Tube's annual Underground in Bloom competition. North Acton on the Central line scooped first place in the new Fruit and Vegetable category with their winning strawberries and sweet corn, Brent Cross on the Northern line claimed the second prize and Greenford on the Central line came a close third.
189. Blackwall Tunnel northbound refurbishment completed six months early.
190. TfL freezes salaries of senior staff for second year running as underlying number of TfL staff with total remuneration over £100,000 falls by 8.5 per cent.
191. Introduction of digital 'Countdown' timers tell pedestrians how long they have to safely cross the road. System expected to smooth traffic flow across London.
192. A 50 per cent increase in the capacity of the Bank to Lewisham section of the DLR, the network's busiest route over the next 12 months.
193. An upgrade of the Jubilee line delivering a 22 per cent reduction in journey times and a 33 per cent increase in capacity to serve an extra 5,000 passengers an hour - also on schedule for the next 12 months.
194. Expenditure on Police Officer Overtime has been controlled effectively in recent financial years. There has been no significant growth in expenditure despite a significant growth in officers. Since 2007/08, there has been an overall reduction in overtime expenditure per officer and there are further planned reductions in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
195. The regeneration of Dalston town centre will create more than 500 new homes, a public library and archive, new shops and restaurants. It has already delivered a new London Overground station at Dalston Junction. At the heart of the development will be 'Dalston Square' - the largest new public space to be created in the area for over 100 years. The revitalised centre now includes the community-run Dalston Garden, which hosts regular events open to all such as workshops, gardening days and picnics. It is part of the Great Outdoors project.
196. The University of London and Newham University Hospital NHS Trust are the first public sector bodies in London to use the Mayor's RE:FIT framework to retrofit public buildings with energy saving measures to cut carbon emissions.
197. Over one thousand Londoners have been given a stepping stone into work through the 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund. It covers creative industries such as making costumes.
198. The Homeless to Work programme will target individuals with a history of rough sleeping to rebuild their lives off the streets to get back to work and find a home.
199. Launched the London Brownfield Sites Database - the country's most comprehensive database of land available for redevelopment.
200. The London Fire Brigade has improved. Deaths and injuries from fires are down. Greater efficiency has saved money. It had a target to slash carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2012 from 1990 levels, but figures presented to a Fire Authority committee show that this has been achieved a full 18 months early.