Apologies: Douglas Carnall
Claire Tansley (in the chair), Gill Dibben, Keith Butcher, Crispin Truman, Patrick Field, Trevor Parsons.
Patrick Field gave us a run-down on the current public enquiry into compulsory purchases for the proposed development on Dalston Lane. There is one statutory objector, plus several community objectors including Patrick on behalf of the LCC in Hackney. We looked at artists’ impressions of the proposals, and scrutinised the excellent proof of evidence submitted by Patrick and Douglas Carnall. This is now available online here.
Patrick hopes (against hope?) that the inspector might be convinced that this is a bad scheme in toto, and that he would then find a technicality with which to reject it. There is also the remote possibility of a judicial review of the whole scheme.
We decided to write to Bernie Hewing of Hackney’s Traffic and Transportation Group asking for early sight of detailed plans for the proposed pedestrian and cycle route through the development to make up for the loss of Roseberry Place. Interestingly, the Council has ruled out insisting on a guarantee from the developers that they will keep this route open 24 hours a day permanently.
Trevor Parsons mentioned that the Hackney’s Chief Executive is making £100,000 available to each of the neighbourhood committees for bids for community projects. Trevor is still making enquiries about how to apply for this, but he asked whether we would be interested in making bids, and for what use. He suggested the possibility of hiring consultants to work on Safe Routes to Schools schemes. Claire Tansley said that she has experience of Safe Routes projects, and a couple of sources for matched funding were mentioned, viz the health authority and Shell Better Britain, although this latter stuck in some people’s gullets considering their record in the Niger Delta, among other places.
No conclusion, but we will continue to inquire and think about this possibility.
See details in the diary.
Keith Butcher let us know that the next meeting of Hackney’s Agenda 21 Transport Working Group will be at 6pm on the 29th January at the Town Hall. Lorraine “joined-up thinking” Langham, the newly appointed Executive Director with responsibility for transport, will be coming. The strategy is to keep the agenda very tight, concentrating mainly on the aim of re-activating the promised Pavement Parking Review, and also on the possibility of motor traffic-free days in various of our high streets.
To get on the mailing list for the Transport Working Group, call Deijo Abelade on 0181-525 3248.
[N.B. February’s Transport Working Group meeting will have as guest the person who is currently doing an environmental assessment of Hackney’s Unitary Development Plan.]
Claire reported that she has only had one person call so far about being trained to be a cycle trainer, which was advertised in our last newsletter. The man from the English Schools Cycling Association lives in Southampton, and it would only really be worth him coming to London if there was a group of ten or more volunteers to train. (The cost of the weekend course is £60 per person, but this could be recouped quickly from earnings).
We decided to extend the appeal to London-wide, hoping to make up the numbers that way. There’s no reason why this should be confined to the borough of Hackney, after all. We will endeavour to get some editorial on this in the next London Cyclist.
Patrick has produced a suggested syllabus for training cycle trainers. He is confident that as the year goes on there will be a good take-up for this opportunity. We talked about other ways of advertising, including putting something in the Hackney Gazette.
Trevor relayed the good news about the Shoreditch neighbourhood committee adopting our recommendations about the Shoreditch one-way system review. He mentioned what Cycling Officer Liam Mulrooney had said about there being a possible pinch point in Old Street which might make putting in a contraflow cycle lane difficult. Crispin suggested that they could perhaps make the general (eastbound) traffic lane relatively narrow and put restrictions on entry to that part of Old Street, sending HGVs etc round the two sides of the triangle.
Claire is organising away for the 24th. The tickets will be £10 each in advance or £15 on the door.
We decided to request a statement of account from our treasurer for the next meeting.
John Templeton has been asking Dalston’s Rio Cinema about the possibility of putting on a programme of cycling-related films. Charles from the cinema likes the idea and suggests a no booking fee, no profit basis, which is OK by us. We decided to go for a Sunday afternoon in March or April. Many suggestions were made for good films.
Trevor sounded the early warning siren for Bike Week, which this year runs from Saturday 6th June to Sunday 14 June. We discussed various possibilities, including doing a Cyclists’ Breakfast on the East-West cycle route in De Beauvoir, organising bicycle polo for the Victoria Park event, and extending Project Modal Shift.
The subject of the LCC’s 20th anniversary celebrations came up, along with plans for the 20mph for London campaign. Crispin suggested that we could do a survey of motor traffic speeds in Hackney’s existing 20mph zones, which he believed often exceeded the limit. His contention was that isolated 20mph zones are not very satisfactory, and we could demonstrate the need for a more radical approach.