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. Lots of council meetings were cancelled in response to the corona virus pandemic.
Here’s a link back to Jan & Feb’20 if you’re short of stuff to read.
With councils following government advice to socially distance and minimise travel, most committee meetings were cancelled and other business postponed. A few papers were published, though.
City of London
- 7 May, Policy & Resources Ctte, is one of the first to use the City’s new remote meeting protocol. Papers include:
- summary of why the City’s Aldermen elections scheduled for March 2021 shouldn’t really be rescheduled to align with the deferred London Mayor and Assembly elections in May 2021.
- Proposed local plan for submission to Sec of State, following consultation last year (5mb main doc, plus ctte paper).
Government / Department for Transport / Professional bodies
- 14 April: advice from DfT on publicising new traffic orders (use the local freesheet’s website, and put notices on lamp-posts). Can’t see it on the DfT website, but it has been picked up by the local authority networks here and here. This wasn’t as ground-breaking as some media outlets suggested.
- 16 April, Mark Strong has written (with others) a blogpost for the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport which looks at local authorities across the world creating more space for people walking, cycling and social distancing. Includes reference to the Berlin guidance below.
- An English translation of Berlin’s guidance on creating temporary cycle lanes, by Alistair McCay of Glasgow Uni.
- The UnderscoreStreets team at UCL has drawn a map of London showing where pavements are too narrow for social distancing at the recommended space of 2m, with narrative.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Decision re TfL’s Holland Park cycle route scheme – the scheme that K&C’s Conservatives objected to while TfL’s consultation was running – decision kicked backwards another month to not before 18 March … not before 23 April … not before 21 May.
- Decision scheduled for the (shite, round-the-houses, stop-people-cycling-in-Holland-Park) cycle route from Shepherds Bush to Notting Hill, not before 6 May.
- Decision scheduled for lamp post EV charging points, not before 26 May.
- 24 April, decision to implement a phased, Covid transport strategy (with doc#1 and doc#2), with focus on more space for social distancing plus accelerated work on lower traffic neighbourhoods.
- 28 April, Cabinet, focuses on pandemic operations with a paper summarising work across the council’s services. Prep underway to take council meetings on-line later this spring.
- 14 April: just under 10,000 motorcycles, mopeds etc. were stolen in London in 2019, with XLS chart by month.
- 21 April, published results of the Rotherhithe Movement consultation with a 16mb pdf report. 70% support from public for proposals which include completing the C4 cycleway.
Surrey County Council
- 28 April, Cabinet, approved the county’s climate change strategy (check agenda for lots of PDF papers – main doc is 25mb). Lots of good stuff but PDFs are easy whilst delivery is harder.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- 6 April, there’s been a couple of FOIs asking about the allocation of tickets for the annual Ride London event. This one, asking for male/female allocations, was unsuccessful as TfL doesn’t ask for the data from the event organiser. This one asks for the contract, answered with a PDF extract listing the groups expected to be assigned entries.
- 7 May, Finance Ctte, has a Covid pandemic update, which understandably focuses on health and social care priorities. Nothing, though, about transport and environment.
- 28 April, Planning Ctte has an application to convert the underground car park in Cavendish Square into commercial space (likely, medical use by nearby Harley Street practices). Paper says the car park is under-utilised.
City of London
- 3 March, Port Health & Enviro, has an EV charging point paper and action plan, and an air quality deep dive paper with appendix with 2018 stats. AQ is improving (including on major cycle routes) but more action is needed.
- 6 March, Planning and Transport, has the same AQ papers as above. Plus a proposal to follow Lewisham and several other London authorities and introduce a traffic management order (TMO) creating £80 engine idling fines, as the existing £25 (ish?) FPN is ineffective.
- 10 March, Epping Forest, Super’s report notes that 21 deer were killed in reporting period (Dec and Jan), and Uther the bull was found dead after spending three weeks with the cows!
- 19 March, Resource Allocation Ctte has capital allocations for 2020/21.
- 2 March, Cabinet to look at budgets. Enviro & Transport report gives updates on school streets (they’re popular!), and corridors.
- 17 March, Streets Scrutiny, with a Q&A with cabinet member. Proposals for “place plans” for areas across the borough.
- 23 March, Cabinet, has papers on citizens’ climate change and pandemic emergency.
Government / Department for Transport / Office for National Statistics
- 25 Feb, new research and advice from DfT on accessibility in the public realm including tactile paving, mobility aids, and mental health.
- 24 March, ONS publishes a website & searchable map showing where over-70s live.
Hammersmith & Fulham
- 2 March, Cabinet, with petitions for and against the experimental order filtering Harwood Terrace. Decision as to unwind the experimental TO, go back to the previous free-for-all on any roads, and set up a new working party to study a nightmare-of-an-ANPR-camera-whitelist to possibly restrict traffic in the future. Cabinet minutes record that that 9/10 vehicles were from outside H&F.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Decision re TfL’s Holland Park cycle route scheme – kicked backwards another month to not before 18 March at least 23 April.
- Holland Park’s residents associations have set up a Save Our Streets website to continue their campaign against the Holland Park cycle route. All the usual bullshit and lies, including a traffic survey that shows that only one person swims in the shark-infested waters so a bridge isn’t needed. The disappointment is that Cardinal Vaughan (catholic secondary) School is supporting this dishonesty.
- RBKC’s proposal for an east-west cycle route, round the houses and backstreets, to substitute for TfL’s Holland Park proposals. Utter shite. Consultation closes 22 March.
- 4 March, full council, focuses on 2020/21 budgets. Capital programme is on PDF pg64.
- 10 March, Scrutiny … has nothing to scrutinise. But minutes from 28 Jan include the claim by Cllr Elizabeth Campbell (leader of RBKC) that cycle lanes cause congestion and pollution.
- 17 March, Health – 47%/45% of K&C and Westminster households are singles.
- 23 March, Enviro, has priorities for environment (100% of residents within 200m of an EV charging point by 2020, benefitting the 687 with EV permits today), and priorities for transport (oppose the TfL Holland Park scheme, and 70% of residents within 400m of a cycleway of unspecified quality by 2021).
- 12 March, Surbiton local ctte, has a paper with a very high level Go-Cycle building timetable, with an appendix suggesting the results of the 20mph borough-wide consultation will be available in June.
- 5 March, assembly plenary, listed Q&A with Mayor and TfL Commissioner. Includes Qs about Silvertown tunnel and active travel schemes.
- 11 March, Budget Ctte, has the TfL Q3 (Apr-Dec ’19) report and presentation which look like the ones sent to recent TfL finance committees.
- 12 March, Transport Ctte, discusses the Mayor’s Transport Strategy with Will Norman and Heidi Allen.
- 18 March, Budget & Performance, has the 18 December 2019 version of the TfL business plan to 2024/5. Transcript from the 6 Jan Ctte looking at TfL’s finances includes discussion on Streets and Healthly-Streets budgets being overprogrammed, underspent and shuffled. TfL mngt claiming that the underspend is due to £356m of Rotherhithe Bridge budget being dropped. Mmmm.
- 19 March, Mayor’s Question Time, has pdf with Qs to the Mayor. Most will get written answers.
- March questions to the Mayor include:
- Caroline Pidgeon: Rotherhithe ferry likely to be hybrid power with diesel backup.
- Caroline Russell: cycleway Q21 in Richmond disconnected between Richmond Park and River Thames. LBRuT revising design to comply with new cycleway quality criteria.
- 42% of London’s roads now have 20mph speed limit, an increase of 14% since 2016. 7% of TfL’s TLRN has 20mph, focussed in central London.
- (UKIP?) David Kurten asks about cycle route funding. TfL spending £140m in 2019/20 and plans to spend £170m in 2020/21.
- Susan Hall: car free days impact on business – central London event was cash positive and supported by businesses.
- Leonie Cooper: there’s no cash for the Sutton tram
- 6 March, consultation closes on supplementary planning framework for Wimbledon town centre. The earlier draft took a pasting in 2018’s consultation. This version has lots of boilerplate stuff about healthy streets, none of which is then applied to the proposals for Broadway etc.
- 23 March, Cabinet, has the finance report to Jan’20, which continues to report underspend on active travel projects (pdf pg 37). Papers on diesel levy parking charges (ctte paper and paper with potential charges) with an appendix with NOx measurements across borough. Some papers about community plan, where the council’s actions in other papers don’t do much of the stated priorities.
Metropolitan Police – freedom of information requests
- 25 Oct’19: number of vehicles with incorrect / illegal number plates, with pdf report. Big surprise is that BMWs are the most common!
- 30 Sept’19: gambling arrests on Westminster Bridge – about 1 per week.
- 3 March, full council, focuses on 2020/21 budgets, with capital programme paper.
- 10 March, Transport and Air Quality, has lots of papers about Burtons Road where a traffic filtering scheme has been narrowly rejected by local residents (from nearby roads) in a consultation. Does feel like Richmond Council is treating consultations as referendums. Plus the borough Air Quality Plan for approval.
- Seeks feedback by email about the 2nd iteration of its draft movement strategy (web page, and pdf doc). As we’ve seen from Royal Park over the last 20+ years in Richmond Park, it’s softly-softly don’t-upset-motorists while cyclists-are-scourge-to-be-tamed, and thus pissed off a lot of active travel advocates. Feedback by 25 March.
- 2 March, full Council to review budgets, lots of papers including capital narrative and capital allocations by scheme.
- 5 March, South Sutton local ctte, which gets a climate change discussion paper, I guess like most committees this month (e.g. Beddington on 10 March)
- 11 March, Enviro & Neighbourhood Ctte, has the LIP settlement for 2020/21 (ctte paper, project list and 4mb pdf map). Ctte paper says that the sustainable transport strategy will be revised (with its cycling strategy).
- 19 March, Wandle Valley Local Ctte, has a paper of local projects that says the council has completed the Budge Lane works at a cost of £13,000. (Long Twitter thread discussing how clumsy the council’s work has been).
- Information consultation with proposals for mini-roundabouts on Forresters Drive, which is a popular cycling route from Purley north towards Wallington that avoids the A23 Purley Way. Closes 9 March.
Transport for London
- 5 March, Programmes & Investment Ctte, all papers in a 12mb pdf. Main programmes report starts on pdf pg 35. “High quality” cycling routes are being rebranded as cycleways, with C6/CS6 being the first completed.
- 5 March, way forward published following the Lambeth North & South consultation from way back in 2017. Construction to replace the roundabouts to start in 2022, ten years after the initial proposal.
- 10 March, updated consultation report for the Dalston – Lea Bridge cycle route. Some bits good, some not.
- 11 March Finance Board, 4mb pdf with papers. , 24 June. Capital report (pdf pg 33) notes that Healthy Streets is £16m underspent against budget of £102m for P10 (to 1 Feb’20) – underspend increased by £6m since P8 (see TfL finance reports to Assembly Budget Ctte above). Revised TfL scorecard is proposed on pdf pg91.
- Tfl Board 18 March with 18mb bundle of papers, has been cancelled as cannot be quorate face-to-face so urgent decisions approved by Chair after consultation. Papers contain some interesting announcements hidden by the work-in-progress updates. Will Norman was scheduled to publish a Strategic Walking Analysis with related tools on 16 March, now deferred. TfL to work with LCC members to understand slow traffic lights that slow cycle journeys unnecessarily. Budget papers and prudential indicators for 2020/21 along with new scorecard. Plan to add new cycle hire stations along cycleways (e.g. C4 in Southwark) and renew 3700 Santander bikes. Versus the Dec’18 business plan (“2019 business plan”) streets investment is reduced by £99m, which TfL claims is ‘pragmatic’ given its underspend in 2019/20 on things like Healthy Streets.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- 20 February, response to Tim Lennon with STARS schools travel data.
- 24 February, road safety data for Elephant & Castle may be available late April.
- 3 March, taxi driver (or his mum) complains about 20mph.
- 6 March, request for the Ride London contract between TfL and London & Surrey cycling partnership. Answer due early April. Related, request last month for RideLondon ballot allocations, got no result from TfL as it doesn’t have the data – “go and talk to the organisers”.
- 10 March, reply to Roger Stoker with quietway cycle scheme funding for 2019/20 with pdf report. In future, it will be classified as cycleway funding. Merton’s bits look the Roehampton-New Malden C31 cycleway, Sutton has bits for design of the Morden-Sutton ex-quietway, and Wandsworth got £1200 to paint bicycles on Roehampton High Street as part of the defunct Q21.
- 24 March, TfL receives £12m in fines over 12 months from drivers ignoring the vehicle restrictions in the Rotherhithe tunnel.
- 2 March, after approval at committee last month, consultation on changes to Battersea Church Road (along the river to Battersea Bridge) which could restrict through-access to buses, cyclists and pedestrians. Closes 29 March.
- 3 March, press statement to say that December 2019’s consultations on 20mph speed limits for five of the council’s A-roads were supported by the public.
- 4 March, full council, mainly budgets and reports from previous scrutiny committees as presented to Exec, with notes of the 6 Feb Transport Ctte indicating all proposals go ahead.
- 4 March, full council, looking at 2020/21 budgets with a capital projects paper for those with excellent eye sight.
- 23 March, Community Services Ctte, has a paper about its Future Victoria project, which claims better streets around Victoria as an objective, but looks like a property-developers forum.