Headlines: August 25th, 1998

Seven London councils have got together to fight their corner in the build-up
to the capital having its own mayor and assembly.

The West London Alliance aims to provide a clear voice for its residents and
businesses. Its backers say it will provide a strategic voice and speak more loudly than each council working individually.

Surprisingly, to outsiders, the grouping will be clarifying the image of the
area as wealthy and successful, saying that it has pockets of desperate poverty
which are a priority. Councillor Andrew Slaughter, the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, will chair the group for the first year. He said: “Initially we will be concentrating on regeneration and revitalising the local economy. We will also be supporting the Government’s integrated transport policy by looking at ways to promote and improve public transport and reduce congestion on some of the busiest commuter and tourist routes into London.”