Hackney LCC meeting 5th December 2012

London Cycling Campaign in Hackney

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, December 5th , 2012, 7:30pm

Marcon Court and Aspland Estates Community Hall

Present: Siobhan Blackshaw (rides co-ordinator), Alex Cooper, David Harris, Richard Lewis, David Lukes (committee member without portfolio), Trevor Parsons (co-ordinator), Brenda Puech (events co-ordinator), Oliver Schick (secretary, minutes).

Apologies: Michael Cordy (treasurer), Amy Erickson, Tim Evans, Marian Farrugia, Katie Hanson, Richard King (Canal and River Trust Towpath Ranger).

Draft agenda:

1. Minutes and matters arising

2. Election of officers

3. Burns Night

4. Leonard Square

5. 20mph motion

6. Hackney’s Development Management Plan Local Plan

7. Ponsford Street/Homerton High Street

8. Rides

9. Other events

10. Any other business

1. Minutes and matters arising

Green Lanes/Stoke Newington Church Street/Collins Road junction: Action carried over.

Wilmer Place: We hadn’t submitted our comments yet. Action carried over.

Mare Street: Action carried over. Hackney Living Streets had submitted critical comments on the scheme but these did not seem to have been implemented. Both groups had objected to the central median proposal. We should look at the scheme again post-implementation (in six months) and review how it is working.

Broadway Market awareness-raising: Action carried over. It is currently too cold to move ahead with this, and we will plan an action in the spring.

Hackney Play Association: Action carried over.

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital for Children development: Action carried over. OS to forward latest communication from the developers to TP.

Garage: We have now inspected the new premises in an unused building on City Road in which the Re~Cycle charity (http://www.re-cycle.org/) had offered us the use of some space. The door was not quite wide enough for the Brox, requiring it to be tilted up, but John Discombe was thinking about inventing a way of tilting it more easily and requiring less strength. John had also kindly manufactured an excellent hitch for the Brox while it was in his care, so that we can now attach the big Vitelli trailer to it, which makes for a formidable vehicle. TP said that the brakes still needed work and asked for money to be authorised to repair them. This was granted. Action: TP.

Air quality: DL had been in touch with Kathryn Johnson of Sustainable Hackney and discussed our involvement. DL to check whether we had paid our subscription. They were due to send us an invoice. Action: DL.

Cycle parking at Stoke Newington Station: We had sent our comments on the latest design, as well as a new drawing, but had not heard back from officers yet.

Old Street/City Road junction: OS/TP to attend ICAG meeting on the 14th December to discuss a position with ICAG on the junction.

Vision for Shoreditch: RL took some drawings of rough sketches of general concepts for cycling design with Shoreditch in mind to a course on the London Cycling Design Standards run by Urban Design London and got some good feedback. Action: TP/OS/RL to convene a workshop on creating a draft ‘Vision for Shoreditch’ (currently only contained in our response to the draft Shoreditch Space and Place Shaping Plan) so that we can put it out for wider consultation with members (of both Hackney Living Streets and the LCC in Hackney).

2. Election of officers

TP suggested having the next Annual Meeting in June or July to avoid it slipping back further and further in the year. All agreed.

We proceeded to election of officers. There were no contested elections, as there was only one nominee for each position. OS took the chair during the election of the co-ordinator.

Nomination for co-ordinator: TP (nominated by BP, seconded by SB)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for secretary: OS (nominated by RL, seconded by BP)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for treasurer: DH (nominated by OS, seconded by RL)

Elected unopposed.

We elected the following posts on a combined ‘slate’.

Nomination for events co-ordinator: BP (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for rides co-ordinator: SB (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for sustainability officer: DL (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for public realm adviser: RL (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for boroughnews editor: DH (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for newsletter editor: RL (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

Nomination for committee member without portfolio: AC (nominated by TP, seconded by OS)

Elected unopposed.

All present joined the committee. We welcomed new volunteers Dave Harris and Alex Cooper.

3. Burns Night

Unfortunately, BP had had negative reactions from almost all of the schools that she had approached. She had not succeeded in getting in touch with the headteacher of the schools. Tyssen school had got back to us but had advised that their kitchen was at a different level to the main hall. They invited us to visit the school and to check out the premises. We did not know what the hire charge would be.

We set the date for the 26th of January. Unfortunately, while the Muckers would be available, their regular caller was not, but TP said that someone else might be able to do the calling.

We decided to draw up a business plan with a fundraising target of £1,000.

TP said that we should not rule out looking at other fundraisers. We thought that we would talk to Patrick Field and discuss possibilities for perhaps helping with catering and food stops on the Dunwich Dynamo.

Actions: BP and OS to visit Tyssen School. BP and DH to lead on developing a business plan. OS and TP to discuss possible DD options with Patrick Field.

4. Leonard Square

TP and OS attended a meeting on this where further details were discussed. This is looking very promising, with a shared space featuring street trees, seating, and at least one food stall. We eagerly await implementation of the scheme.

5. 20mph motion

We noted that at its last meeting, Hackney Council overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new motion supporting 20mph on certain streets in the borough, boundary streets shared with Islington, which has a borough-wide 20mph speed limit. The meeting recorded a vote of thanks to the Council for its renewed commitment to 20mph. Four adjacent boroughs across North London (Camden, Islington, Hackney, and Waltham Forest) have now adopted various kinds of 20mph policies.

OS said that what was interesting (and new) about the motion was that Hackney committed to working with police on enforcement of these new limits. Traffic policing is mainly the responsibility not of borough forces but of the Metropolitan Police itself, but we hope that dialogue will be advanced.

TP suggested holding a members’ poll for which Hackney streets that are currently outside the 20mph limit should be equipped with a 20mph speed limit next. All agreed.

TP suggested that the Council’s own fleet could be speed-limited to a top speed of 20mph. The vehicles are already fitted with ‘black boxes’. The fleet manager of Hackney’s waste service had observed that the ‘black boxes’ had led to improvements in driving. We anticipated various objections to such an initiative and explored some of its technical aspects.

Action: TP to set up a poll and to e-mail the list about it. TP to suggest speed-limiting Hackney’s vehicle fleet and potentially for buses. Ideally, this initiative would go beyond Hackney, e.g. to the other North London boroughs

6. Hackney’s Development Management Plan Local Plan

This was now out for consultation. It was an important Development Plan document. RL explained that the Local Development Framework was now called the Local Plan. OS commented that it seemed again more like an ‘old style’ UDP in being quite a large and comprehensive document, as opposed to the more modular design of the Local Development Frameworks previously being drawn up.

Action: OS and RL to draft comments to the Development Management Plan.

7. Ponsford Street/Homerton High Street

We were disappointed to note that TfL was minded to pursue Option 1, with staggered crossings and no general traffic lane reduction. We have huge concern about this backward junction design. We stressed that we were keen to see good infrastructure, i.e. straight crossings, implemented first. Signal timings, which TfL officers suggested would be worse with straight crossings than staggered crossings and include longer waiting times for pedestrians, could be adjusted later. We reaffirmed our support for Option 2a, which included both straight pedestrian crossings as well as a reduction in approach lanes. This was also the position of Hackney Living Streets.

BP suggested holding a demonstration at this junction if the decision by TfL was confirmed that Option 1 was to be implemented. Apart from our members, we also decided to invite Hackney politicians if they were in support.

Action: If TfL confirm that they have settled on the option opposed by both Hackney Living Streets and the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney, BP to organise a demonstration at the junction as a joint action between the groups.

8. Rides

SB reported that she was planning to join with Newham-based ‘Breeze’ Rides organiser Emma Harper to run a ride to the Thames Barrier soon. This would not be a ‘Breeze’, i.e. women-only, but a mixed ride.

9. Other events

Two-way Day will be on Saturday the 15th December, 2012—the tenth anniversary of the introduction of two-way working in most of the Shoreditch Triangle. It was now probably too late to organise a press call.

Action: TP to talk to the Boundary Estate about possibilities for commemorating the day.

10. Any other business

AC asked whether there had been any progress on the Dalston Eastern Curve path. OS said that he was unaware of anything having happened recently, as there was no money around to begin developing it. The start of the path was still the delightful Dalston Eastern Curve garden.

AC also asked about the Cat & Mutton Bridge and Broadway Market and OS and TP gave a brief report.

The meeting closed at 10pm.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 9th January, 2012, 7:30pm. (Note that this is the second Wednesday of January; our normal meeting date on the first Wednesday of the month would be on the 2nd of January, but this would be too early, as experience shows very low meeting attendance so early in the New Year.)

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