At the Council: May & June 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. Lots of council meetings were cancelled in response to the corona virus pandemic.

Here’s a link back to March & April 2020 if you’re short of stuff to read.

June 2020

City of London

Croydon Council

Government / Department for Transport / Professional bodies

Hammersmith & Fulham

Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

London Assembly / Mayor of London

Merton Council

Richmond Council

Surrey County Council

Sutton Council

Transport for London

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

  • 9 June, Transport Ctte, has an underwhelming set of papers, given how local Conservatives talked “wait for Transport Ctte” in late May.
    • Several papers on Covid-streets (here and here, plus plans for Putney High St), but picking apart the details, most appear to be re-announcments of previously planned schemes which are unfulfilled (e.g. cycle contraflows in one-way streets, or school streets) or still in planning (e.g. Garratt Lane cycle track). Only new bits look like wider pavements, which are welcome, in shopping areas such as Clapham Junction, Tooting etc.
    • West Hill Traffic Management scheme recommended to go ahead, after recent trial (area SE of Tibbets Corner towards Southfields). Interesting how many anti-change responses from people living outside the area.
    • Petition for traffic calming in Ramsden Road, in part due to the traffic caused by (fee-paying) Broomwood Hall school. (The school had a planning application to rebuild in Autumn 2019 (Twitter thread), the papers provided travel mode share info).
    • Report on last year’s petitions (safer streets, cycle hangers etc.) shows how progress is more related to councillor support than actual need.
  • 24 June, Wands BC announced several low traffic neighbourhoods, including the east side of Tooting Common centred on the junction of Dr Johnson’s Avenue and Elmbourne Road. Letters were sent to local residents, stating the changes would be implemented 1 July as a 6 month trial with a consultation web-page for feedback from 13 July.  Local (Labour) councillors wrote up a blogpost with copies of the letter and plans stating they were not informed. After grumpy responses over the weekend of 27/28 June, the proposals were withdrawn.
  • 2 July, Finance Ctte’s makes resource allocation decisions. The Covid-recovery paper covers a lot of ground, including promises of school streets, pop-up bike lanes and on-street bikehangers by September.  The climate change & sustainability paper has analysis of borough emissions data and progress against actions – bike hangers will be installed by August.  Plus results of a residents survey (most like the cheap council tax) and papers launching a planning zone for central Wandsworth, based on redevelopment of the town hall complex.

Westminster Council

May 2020

City of London

Croydon Council

Government / Department for Transport / Professional bodies

Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

Lewisham Council

Good to see Lewisham Council is using a commonplace map like Lambeth (above) and many other councils to get ideas from the public on Covid-related transport, walking and cycling needs.

London Assembly / Mayor of London

Merton Council

Richmond Council

Royal Parks

Surrey County Council

  • 28 April, Cabinet, approved SCC’s climate change strategy. See item 60/21 as there’s several papers, including the heavy 25mb strategy document.

Transport for London

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

  • 7 May, Finance Ctte, has a Covid pandemic update, which understandably focuses on health and social care priorities. The paper is similar to that presented to Richmond Council (above) which is not a surprise given the shared team of officers. Nothing, though, about transport and environment, unlike Croydon Council’s paper (above).
  • 19 May, Planning ctte, has an application for a 373 room hotel on Tooting High Street (5mb pdf) on the old Constitutional Club site, SW of Tooting Broadway tube station. This is on cycle route CS7, TfL red route. Ctte paper and docs in the planning file give slightly different stories on deliveries and coach/taxi drop-offs to the site – ctte paper says they’ll be in adjacent Woodbury St, the applicant’s revised docs say on Tooting High St is legal but that the hotel operator will “encourage” the use of Woodbury St for taxi drop-offs.
  • 18 May, puff PR piece saying Wandsworth Council will do unspecified actions at unspecified sites over an unspecified timeframe to implement Covid-streets across the borough, with more info at Transport Ctte in June. Waste of bytes, really.

Westminster Council

 

 

 

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