At the Council: November & December 2019

An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case it is of use to others.  November has been a relatively quiet month due to general election purdah, but a few councils have snuck a few decisions through.

Here’s links back to August-October, May-July,  March/ April and January/ February 2019 posts.

December 2019

City of London

Camden Council

Croydon Council

Department for Transport

Hammersmith & Fulham

Hounslow Council

Kensington & Chelsea Council

Kingston-upon-Thames

Lambeth Council

  • 16 Dec, Cabinet – recommendation to adopt the South Bank and Waterloo area neighbourhood development plan (which influences planning and transport decisions) (ctte paper, NDP document).
  • 17 Dec, Planning Ctte, has an application (2mb pdf) to erect a temporary marquee on the Upper Ground car park (oppo IBM’s building) Jan-May 2020 for a Van Gogh exhibition. Land is owned by Coin Street and let to a car-park mngt company.

London Assembly

Mayor of London

Merton Council

Ooop north

Sutton Council

Transport for London – board papers

  • 3 Dec, Audit & Assurance, big 19mb pdf with all the papers. Assessment of strategic risks notes the Croydon Fiveways project has a £15m funding gap in 2021/22, and still has a weak business case (pdf pg 78). Cycling future routes (CFR) need more work on the business case. Concern that the Santander hire bike contract isn’t well managed (pdf pg 90)
  • 18 Dec, Finance, has a bundle of papers including the finance report up to mid-November (revenue is falling vs budget) and a big pdf with the results of the taxi fares consultation. Lots of info in the taxi paper e.g. black cab journeys have fallen over the last 10 years from c 185k/day to c109k/day.
  • 18 Dec, Programmes & Investment, 9mb pdf with several papers on Crossrail and other rail projects. Main programmes report starts on pdf pg 46, with the Healthly Streets section starting on pdf pg 94 (no surprises, and Westminster Council are still delaying safety changes to Lambeth Bridge), and air quality on pdf pg108. The project assurance report (pdf pg 154) politely states that the Healthy Streets portfolio is not very well managed against budget and timetable.  Big air quality papers starts pdf pg 163 covering ULEZ, electric vehicles and buses – including interesting graphs for the first few months of central London’s ULEZ.

Transport for London – consultations

Wandsworth Council

Westminster Council

 

November 2019

City of London

Camden Council

Department for Transport

Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hounslow Council

Kensington & Chelsea Council

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

London Assembly

Merton Council

Metropolitan Police – freedom of information

Richmond Council

Royal Parks

  • 6 Nov, summary results of its movement strategy consultation conducted earlier this year (web page and pdf report). Strong support for prioritising walking, cycling and public transport, and deterring motorised rat-running.  Next steps will be announced in the new year.

Sutton Council

Transport for London – board papers

  • June 2019: the Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Taskforce – webpage, executive summary and detailed delivery plan. Aims to roll-out up to 4,000 rapid chargers (needed for buses and taxis) and 47,500 standard chargers across London by 2025.
  • August 2019: blog post introducing TfL’s cycling infrastructure database (CID), with API examples and an email address where submissions can be sent.
  • 13 Nov, Safety & Sustainability Ctte has a bundle of papers in 6mb PDF doc. Reports that bus vs VRU KSIs are down – for pedestrians only (pdf p41).  Streets safety stats start on pdf p50.  Summary Healthy Streets notes on pdf p86, 20mph in central from from p117 and air quality from p125.
  • 20 Nov, main TfL board all papers in a 10mb PDF doc. Progress on healthy streets projects is slow with the Camden-Tottenham Hale cycle route being restarted. Finance report notes that HS projects are underspent compared to budget (Crossrail effect? Nearly all capital programmes are underspent).  2019 April to June Q2’s central London cycling volumes were down by 1.6% to 2018.
  • 27 Nov, Customer Service & Ops, has a 15mb PDF with all the papers. Quarterly report starts on pdf pg 23 (numbered 19) has much the same KSI safety stats as the main TfL board papers above.  Walking and cycling volumes are slightly down on the record 2018 numbers.  Rotherhithe crossing is definitely a ferry. And TfL is planning consultations for safer junctions along the A3 (Tolworth) and CS7 & CS8 corridors (bits around Clapham, and the York Road roundabout) – consultation timings possible impacted by election purdah.
  • 3 Dec, Audit & Assurance, big 19mb pdf with all the papers. Assessment of strategic risks notes the Croydon Fiveways project has a £15m funding gap in 2021/22, and still has a weak business case (pdf pg 78). Cycling future routes (CFR) need more work on the business case. Concern that the Santander hire bike contract isn’t well managed (pdf pg 90)

Transport for London – consultations

Wandsworth Council

Westminster Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

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