At the Council, March 2018

An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case its of use to others.  With London council elections in May 2018, and the purdah period kicking in for April, this month will probably be the last useful one for council business for a couple of months.

(Similar pickings of councils’ papers from January and February here).

City of London

Croydon Council

  • Cycle forum on 20 March: no papers attached to agenda, which includes an update from Met Police on its close passing initiative.
  • Streets Scrutiny Ctte on 20 March: has the response from Croydon Cabinet regarding the recommendations at the previous meeting – September 2017 – when TfL’s plans for the Fiveways Junction were scrutinised and, well, slaughtered. The Council wrote to TfL on 6 October listing issues and proposed revisions, and a full consultation report is expected in June 2018.  (See TfL below which published an interim consultation in early March).
  • Full council on 26 March. Cllr King’s paper reports that Croydon has completed rollout of the 20mph zones.

Kensington & Chelsea

  • Public Realm Ctte on 15 March:
    • Highways programme paper report that 869 adults and 1083 children have received cycle training in 2017/18 (this is fully funded by TfL);
    • Appendix lists several areas where pedestrian and cycle related works are ongoing and proposed. For 2018/19, the council is proposing further extensions to the central London cycling grid, 20mph zones on selected roads, a possible dockless bike scheme, and 21 junctions to receive ASL boxes.  Nothing radical.
    • These papers include the claim that RBKC has more miles of cycling quietways than any other London borough. This is using RBKC’s own definition of quietways which includes Central London Grid – the latter is a completely separately TfL programme.  RBKC’s mix of the terms is causing a lot of confusion and, due to the poor quality of RBKC’s routes, further devaluing the already weak quietway brand.
    • Cabinet members report summarises impact of TfL’s squeeze on LIP funding, although the highways appendix above suggests smaller budgets for active travel have been maintained.
    • Paper on criteria for selecting streets for 20mph zones, which seems overly complicated when neighbouring boroughs are rolling them to most residential streets.
    • 2016 road casualty data (it takes a while for STATS19 etc to be verified and reported). Collisions rose by 10% and casualties by 9% from a statistically low number in 2015.  Cyclist casualties were 166, an increase of 13 over the 153 in 2015, with no fatalities.  Pedestrian casualties were 179, an increase of 34 over the 145 in 2015, with 2 fatalities.   Report compare with neighbouring boroughs.  Lots of sober analysis of junctions where people walking and cycling are being injured.

Kingston Council

London Assembly

Mayor of London

  • 28 February, published The Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which updates the draft following consultation last autumn. All the papers are in the London Assembly agenda for its 8 March meeting, along with the process for its approval.  There’s a big emphasis on public transport, active travel, healthy streets and the need for modal shift from private transport and low-utilisation freight.

Mayor’s Question Time, February 2018

Merton Council

  • Scrutiny Ctte on 20 March: in the discussion on ANPR cameras, the minutes note the council is considering using cameras to enforce parking rules outside schools. (I’m sure I’ve read somewhere there’s debate about whether councils can/ should do this, and I’m also sure that RBKC is considering this too in the papers above … )

Mitcham Common Conservators

Richmond Council

Sutton Council

Transport for London – Board papers

  • TfL Board on 20 March:
    • Commissioner’s report has updates on CS3 (N/S CSH) construction at Farringdon, and other work-in-progress updates. Santander hire bikes have been extended into Brixton, and January’s 646k hires was the month’s record for the scheme.
    • TfL’s proposed scorecard for 2018/19 has new measures & targets for active travel, mode share etc, all based on the mayor’s proposed transport strategy.

Transport for London – Consultations

  • On 27 February, TfL published the headline results for the Cycle Superhighway CS9 consultation in west London.
    • Overall, 59% support the plans, 38% against
    • The consultation report summarises comments from a number of organisations. The stand out classic was Turnham Green’s (Hounslow) Conservative Councillors who claimed that building CS9 will “increase local crime (cycles used for snatch thefts and planned heists from high value retailers such as jewellers)”.  Cue lots of comments about Oceans 11-speed, Reservoir Cogs and Grand Theft Velo.
    • I may have had too much fun highlighting the best of the NIMBY nonsense in a Twitter thread.
  • On 19 March, results of the Nine Elms consultation. The proposals got flamed for sub-standard cycling infrastructure, especially for the western section between the Power Station and Queenstown Road (joining to cycle highway CS8) – this section will be redesigned.
  • On 19 March, results of the consultation into the Mayor’s draft transport strategy. Looks like it will go ahead with minor tweaks – there will be a heavy emphasis on public transport and active travel.
  • On 22 March, results of the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing consultation. Headline is that 93% are in favour of a new crossing.
  • On 23 March, results of the CS4 consultation, a cycle highway from Tower Bridge towards Greenwich (but stopping short …). Again, heavy results in favour but lots of feedback on design details.

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

Westminster City Council


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