• April
  • 17th
  • 2014

People’s Question Time on Cycling: Wednesday 23 April 2014

Chuka will be chairing a People’s Question Time event on cycling on Wednesday 23 April at 7pm at The Grand Union Bar in Acre Lane. This event is an opportunity for local residents to raise concerns directly with those responsible for issues such as cycling safety, infrastructure and support.

Representatives from Lambeth Council and Transport for London have been invited to speak at the event, and the Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, the Metropolitan Police Cycle Taskforce Safety lead, and a representative of Lambeth cyclists, have all agreed to speak on the panel.

This People’s Question Time is open to all and there is no need to RSVP. Chuka’s People’s Question Time events are designed as an opportunity for local residents to raise any concerns they have about a particular issue, in this case cycling.

If you have any queries about this event, please see the contact page of this website for how to get in touch. 



- Food and drink is available for purchase at the venue. Please remember not to drink and drive.

  • April
  • 11th
  • 2014

Justice for Cherry Groce: Questions to Chris Grayling

Chuka tabled the following questions to Chris Grayling, who as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice will make the decision on whether to grant legal aid to the family of Cherry Groce for their representation at her inquest. The questions were named for answer on Thursday 10th April (yesterday) but no answer has been received. 

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to have concluded his consideration of whether to grant legal aid to the family of Cherry Groce for their representation at the inquest her death.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will grant the request by the family of Cherry Groce for legal aid for their representations at the inquest into her death, and if he will make a statement.

  • March
  • 25th
  • 2014

Streatham Megabowl

Since being elected as Streatham’s MP, regeneration and development of our high road has been a top priority for me. I’m very proud of the number of things we’ve achieved on this front – like the fantastic new Streatham Hub, the creation of Streatham’s Business Improvement District and the improvements to the central reservation on Streatham High Road. And I’ve used every opportunity I’ve had to promote and talk up our constituency and how good our local businesses are.

Other priorities for local businesses, like the urgent need to cut business rates, I can’t achieve while Labour is in opposition given the Lib Dem and Conservative Parties in government have not matched our pledges in his regard, but I have been able to give constituents a commitment that if elected in 2015 a Labour government will cut and then freeze rates from 2015. But one frustrating sticking point for me has been progress on the Streatham Megabowl site.

Back in 2011, it looked like we’d got to the point where the large investment the project requires from financial backers was in place, and I was excited about the positive effect this would have had on the Streatham Hill end of the High Road. But this deal fell through. The practical effects of three years without proper economic growth made it very hard for finance for the site to be secured. The economic climate meant that businesses didn’t have the confidence to invest even though the site is clearly a good opportunity.

Over the last few years, I’ve lost count of the number of meetings I’ve had about the Megabowl site, or the number of people I’ve contacted about the issue; whether talking to the boss of one of Britain’s biggest retailers about moving in to it or to the site’s developers, my priority has been to get the development moving. I have not been able to talk about all aspects of the development publicly out of respect for commercial confidentiality of potential investors we are trying to bring to the area, but it’s been clear that finance has usually been the biggest issue. Local cases like that of Megabowl tangibly show how 3 years of a flatlining economy can impact on an area – now a degree of confidence has returned, I’m hoping things will be able to advance.

Like the economy as a whole, we’re now far behind where we should be, but that just makes it more important than ever that we secure the key opportunities we have so local businesses can grow and Streatham can prosper. As some local residents will have seen online, it’s now public knowledge that the site was recently put up for sale.  In light of this, I intend to hold a public meeting on the Streatham Megabowl site this Summer when we should finally have more to discuss.  Ahead of that I’ll be holding a meeting next month with key stakeholders to see what we can do to make sure there is a positive future for the site.

If you want to get involved in this, please email me at chuka.umunna.mp {at} parliament(.)uk

  • February
  • 24th
  • 2014

BBC London on Streatham High Road: Motorists can be fined despite parking within restrictions

BBC London filmed in Streatham on Friday after Chuka complained that motorists are being deliberately hit with penalty fines by Boris’ Transport for London (TfL) even whilst parked in London loading bays for just five minutes – despite signs displaying a maximum loading time of 20 minutes

Click on this link to watch the BBC London video, which features constituents and Doolittle’s Pet Store, as well as Chuka.

For more information, see the blog post Umunna: Drivers Getting Duped on Boris’ Watch.