What are the councils up to? July & August 2021 edition

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 May and June 2021’s round-up if you want to rummage backwards.

August 2021

Consultations closing

Camden Council

Camden is way off-piste for me, but this one’s good.  Camden’s Conservatives raised a call-in for the proposed Haverstock Hill cycle lane, with objections including that a 3% gradient over 1.2km made it one of “the most daunting climbs in London”.  The call-in was discussed at Enviro Ctte on 26 August, and the scheme goes ahead.  The officers’ response to the call-in arguments is really good.  

City of London

  • 6 Sept, Hampstead Heath Ctte, has the minutes of the April meeting where there was a heated discussion about allowing kids to cycle across the heath on specific paths to school.
  • 6 Sept, Police Ctte, has a local priorities report, looking at issues such as ASB, theft and roads policing.  City Police have been tackling bicycle theft by using decoy bikes and made 30 arrests.  In not-so-good news, TfL’s poor financial state has reduced funding for Vision Zero road traffic efforts.
  • 7 Sept, Transport Ctte, proposes extending the review of the City’s transport strategy into spring 2023, partly to allow time to review post-covid travel patterns, partly due to lack of TfL LIP funding.

Croydon Council

  • 26 July, Cabinet, has the borough’s bid to TfL for LIP funding … but has no idea if TfL will fund any of it given the overall financial situation. See agenda for appendix papers.
  • 16 August, Cabinet, looks at Croydon town centre.  With the Westfield development effectively dead, there are papers proposing a new forum to create new redevelopment vision, and a business improvement district (BID).

Government / Department for Transport / Professional bodies

Hammersmith & Fulham

Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

London Assembly / Mayor of London

Merton Council

Surrey County Council

  • 1 Sept, Surrey Hills AONB ctteAONB progress report notes the danger where the North Downs Way crosses the A25 (which sounds like Newlands Corner) but doesn’t propose any action.   The Q&A to the June meeting is fun: lots of local whining about mountain bikers, yet as the answers explain with photographs the real damage to local trails comes from 4x4s and motor bikes. 

Transport for London

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

Westminster Council

  • 3 Aug, Planning Ctte, has a proposal on Millbank between Lambeth Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.  Of interest is TfL’s request for £250,000 towards the Lambeth Bridge North roundabout scheme.

July 2021

Consultations closing

City of London

Croydon Council

Government / Department for Transport / Professional bodies

Hammersmith & Fulham

Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston Council

Lambeth Council

  • 5 July, Cabinet, has medium-term financial strategy, financial out-turn April/May, and CIL papers.
  • 13 July, decision to procure and install ivy-clad moveable green screens at 20 schools.
  • 14 July, consultation on school streets introduced in 2020 under temporary or experimental traffic orders. Closes 14 Dec.

London Assembly / Mayor of London

Merton Council

Richmond Council

Surrey County Council

  • 29 June, Cabinet, has the 4th edition of the county’s transport plan (see item 129/21, includes 5mb pdf with strategy). Lots of papers with usual stuff.  Will go to consultation in July through to October via a commonplace website.
  • 19 July, Spelthorne local ctte has plans for more shared-use pavement in Stanwell, SW of Heathrow Airport.   Uses DfT Tranche 2 funds, but seems to fall short of LTN1/20 requirements.
  • 21 July, Epsom & Ewell local ctte. Scanning through the public and councillor questions, and petitions, there’s lots of requests for dropped kerbs, better traffic islands and better crossings, to help pedestrians generally and mobility-limited citizens specifically.  And the officers reject every one, mainly due to lack of budget, but also due to lack of KSIs.  Basically, Surrey Council won’t fix anything until people are injured or worse.

Sutton Council

Transport for London

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

Westminster Council

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