I am writing to raise the issue of lighting on Wandsworth Common and request that action is taken to improve the situation.
The tragic kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard so close to home on Clapham Common was a shock to the Battersea community as well as the rest of the UK. It emphasised how much more work needs to be done to make our streets safe for women and girls.
While eradicating violence against women and girls is a complex task, there are also simple proactive measures that can be taken locally to improve safety. Among these is improving lighting in public parks to make them less risky for female pedestrians.
Many women and girls, including from local secondary schools in the constituency have spoken to me about being scared to walk around Wandsworth Common due to the unlit pathways.
I believe it is important that our public spaces are safe for all residents. That is why I am calling on you to take action to improve lighting around the Common.
I look forward to your response and to working together to ensure the safety and security of women and girls in Battersea.
Marsha de Cordova