Hackney LCC meeting 5th November 1997

No apologies received

In attendance:
Douglas Carnall
Martin Powers
Patrick Field
David Fowler
Roger Blake
Trevor Parsons

Topics discussed:
1. Appointment of Hackney Council Executive Director
2. Hoxton and Haggerston CPZ
3. Agenda 21 Action Trust Lottery Bid
4. Wick regeneration
5. Taxi service bid
6. Cycle training report
7. Bollard parking
8. Cyclists Manifesto review
9. Lea valley ride

1. Appointment of Hackney Council Executive Director

RB announced that Lorraine Langham has been appointed as one of the Council’s new troubleshooting executive directors. Her brief includes transport. It was agreed that we will approach her to acquaint her with Hackney LCC and its works. We may even invite her for a cycle tour around the Borough, as proposed in a previous meeting.

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2. Hoxton and Haggerston CPZ

TP’s report detailing Hackney LCC’s response to the detailed proposals was adopted nemine dissiente. The meeting recognised that the failure of the Traffic and Transportation section to consult Hackney LCC as agreed was a matter of concern. The report has been circulated to councillors in the Shoreditch neighbourhood and officers concerned.

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3. Agenda 21 Action Trust Lottery Bid

PF announced that the £170,000 lottery bid by Hackney’s Agenda 21 Action Trust was past its first hurdle. The aim is to pilot local sustainability, identifying in the first instance two areas of the borough within which to develop projects.

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4. Wick regeneration

DC has been contacted by someone wishing to set up a cycle workshop/training centre as part of the regeneration process in Wick. Brenda Puech had been active in this same area of interest before she went to Zambia some twelve months ago. Efforts will be made to contact her to find out what the state of play might be. MP once again advised extreme caution in considering this type of project.

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5. Taxi service bid

PF let us know about another application which he has made, this time a draft one seeking £50,000 from the Groundwork Trust for setting up a cycle taxi service, creating nine-and-a-half jobs.

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6. Cycle training report

PF reported that he and Simon Bannister had gone on the course for the Preliminary Cycle Training award, and they were not at all impressed. An object lesson in how not to run a course, was the verdict. It is run by the Association of British Cycle Coaches, and has the single virtue of conferring access to cheap insurance for cycle trainers.

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7. Bollard parking

TP mentioned that Liberal councillor Mark Williams has been reminding us of his idea of providing handy extra cycle parking by adapting existing bollards on the pavement for such use. Mark Williams believes this could be a cost-effective way of expanding cycle parking, especially in shopping streets.

The meeting recognised that there are several uncertainties associated with this relatively untested type of provision, including the issues of pavement clutter, pedestrian inconvenience and possible problems with supporting the cycle securely. We would be happy to see a pilot of the idea, if this can be arranged.

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8. Local Cyclists’ Manifesto review

TP enquired about the possibility of future revisions to the detail of the Local Cyclists’ Manifesto, which will soon be celebrating its second birthday. The meeting had no objection to this in principle, provided that the spirit and general aims of the manifesto remained. It was suggested that now would be a good time to take stock of implementation, and that we should undertake a review of progress to date.

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9. Lea valley ride

The ‘Lea Valley Political’ ride will meet at 10.30 for 11 on the morning of November 16th, at the Pub on the Park, London Fields.