At the Council: January & February 2020

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.

Here’s a link back to the last of 2019′s if you’re short of stuff to read.

February 2020

City of London

Department for Transport

Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Kensington & Chelsea Council

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

London Assembly

Merton Council

Metropolitan Police – Freedom of Information

Surrey County Council/ Elmbridge District Council

  • Brooklands Business Park Accessibility Project, which has been running for a couple of years. Basically, shared-use pavements and converted footpaths through parkland. Notable for the rare use of a cycle track order, use of common land and the resulting inspector’s report.

Sutton Council

Transport for London – board meetings and consultations

Transport for London – freedom of information requests

Wandsworth Council

  • 5 Feb, full council, has Exec papers for approval, including changes to capital budgets. The strategic community infrastructure levy fund (SCIL) is contributing to various transport initiatives including cycle parking and the Trewint Street bridge (which now appears to be over £3million). Details in appendix A of the SCIL contributions and a revised capital budget in appendix B.
  • 6 Feb, Strategic Planning & Transport, a huge agenda with lots of interesting things. There’s 60mb of papers, so click through to the agenda for the detail. Includes:
    • West end of Nine Elms / Battersea Park Road – complex paper saying that WBC will work with TfL to get a solution, supporting TfL’s contracting process to secure design & construction to follow-on from the east and middle sections. Looks like construction could start late 2021 …
    • Recommendation to make the Furmage & Twilley one-way cycle contraflow permanent.
    • Paper and report from consultants WSP for Garratt Lane, recommending stepped cycle tracks for the whole length from Wandsworth to Tooting, lots of low-traffic neighbourhood interventions and a 20mph limit.
    • Similar paper, in style, from WSP for the Queenstown corridor from Wandsworth Road up to Chelsea Bridge. Again, more radical options.
    • Battersea Church Road: options to make this bus-and-cycle only as a through road from Battersea Bridge Road to Battersea Square, giving residents access from one end only.
    • A £35million proposal to rebuild Battersea Park station!
    • Plus car clubs (WBC thinks its 29,000 residents make theirs the biggest in the country), Thessally Road and West Putney traffic studies.
    • And a bike hanger consultation report. Lots of objections from residents complaining about loss of parking, but recommended to go ahead as an experiement, funnily enough in a Conservative ward.

Westminster Council

 

January 2020

Brent Council

  • Way outside my parish, but this one is fun. Brent Council have published the results of its first consultation about bike hangers – nine will initially be installed with public’s support (web page, pdf report). Usual objections, but the best is the complaint about bike hangers having “poor Feng Shui”.  Officers’ responses to the complaints were polite but robust.

City of London

Civil Aviation Authority

  • Dec’19 – assessment of Heathrow Airport expansion’s cost models – now thinks 2029/30 might be more realistic delivery dates (web link and pdf report) due to phasing of early project costs over several more years.

Croydon

Government / Department for Transport / Justice

Hammersmith & Fulham

House of Lords

Kensington & Chelsea Council

  • Exhibition Road safety changes. After treading water for 10 months, RBKC has published a plan to install new bollards, granite benches and re-sited parking spaces.  The scheme will cost £1.25m and now appears focussed on stopping vehicle attacks on the museums and institutions. It does little for the original objective which was to reduce motorised vehicle speeds to the 20mph target, and give pedestrians more time to use the shared-space safely.
  • 10 Jan, traffic order for contraflow cycling in 8x one-way streets, in places like back of Sloane Square.

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

Lewisham Council

London Assembly / Mayor of London

Merton Council

Metropolitan Police – Freedom of Information

Richmond Council

Road Safety Trust

Surrey County Council

Sutton Council

Transport for London

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

Westminster Council

 

 

 

 

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