Hackney LCC meeting Wednesday 1 February 2006

Venue:
Marcon Court Estate Community Hall, E8

Members present:
Tim Evans, Marian Farrugia, Sally Haywill, Jed Keenan, Therese Kilpatrick, Vicky Lack, Richard Lewis, Charlie Lloyd, Melissa Martin, Trevor Parsons, Brenda Puech, George Solomon

Apologies:

Topics discussed:
1. AGM
2. Cycle training
3. Local elections 4th May
4. The Bike ProjectTM
5. Earlier meeting time
6. Stoke Newington gyratory meeting
7. LCN+ CRISPs: status report
8. Burns Night feedback
9. Any other business

1. AGM

Richard has enquired of Satu Vaisanen at Hackney Council about booking a room for the AGM. The alternative is still the Hothouse, but this would cost £250 – £300. Sally wondered whether
we could approach a school eg Gayhurst. Tim reported that the Round Chapel was not available, and likewise Marian reported that the church hall in Stoke Newington she’d been researching
also wasn’t free on that date.

We debated doing something on ‘naked streets’, viz reducing speeds & increasing caution by removing the differentiation between footway and carriageway. Kensington and Chelsea deputy leader Daniel Moylan was suggested as a possibility to speak about that borough’s excellent de-engineering work on Exhibition Road. We should also get a panellist who is sceptical. (Oliver mentioned the idea of ‘bottom loop bias’ and risk compensation. John Adams not available.

Some discussion of de-engineering ensued, including reference to Hans Monderman. Apparently he thinks 15% of motor vehicle
operators will ignore naked streets.

Perhaps try Alasdair Hanton and Lyn Sloman. Invite LB Hackney engineers. Roger Geffen could be good as well.

Sally suggested that the format of the evening could be rejigged. Split into interest groups for example. Tim disagrees: the last two of our AGM/seminar meetings have been full of good stuff which you would have missed if split into groups. We’ll see what speakers we get. Richard, Jed, Vicky, Oliver and Trevor delegated to sort it out.

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2. Cycle training

Good news that similar levels of funding will, unexpectedly, once again be available to support cycle training for the 2006/7 financial year. Money will have to be bid for very quickly. Steve Walker has asked if STA Bikes can put in for £150K. Some discussion about adult cycle training. Some regard it as not politically popular. OK, then put a ‘family’ spin on it. The current year’s spend on adult cycle training has been £17K. We should go for at least that in the coming year.

20+ schools doing training, plus 6 more in development. Lots of ideas, but need organisations to deliver eg to workplaces.

Richard: let’s find out what organisations have travel plans. Trevor: council still hasn’t got a travel plan, and is reluctant to call for other organisations to get one until it has sorted itself out. Organisations in need of a travel plan include Hackney Community College, Homerton University Hospital and the St Leonard’s NHS site.


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3. Local elections 4th May

What sort of campaigning should we do? Perhaps come up with five suggestions for Hackney. Need to be short & snappy. Could include:

  • permeability project

  • bike centre

  • x% of all schools having cycle promotion projects

  • a residential bike parking target

  • 20mph for all non-strategic routes

  • cross-lea access (v poor – documents presented by EDAW, towpath closures planned, exchange of land not looking good. ‘maintain access for cycling & walking plus full restoration
    of eastway’. We should make sure they keep their promises).

Charlie’s view was that the main advantage of election work for us is promotional.

George is standing in Queensbridge ward (for Respect).

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4. The Bike ProjectTM

Therese recapped on the idea of The Bike Project, viz cycle training, maintenance training, recycling, and establishing a cycle centre. One year on we have some people committed to work on it and will soon be constituted. So far have had about three meetings. Still looking for a site but difficult to fundraise until constituted. Fellow Hackney LCC member Simon Hughes is East London area manager of St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity. They have a new site on Mare Street. Mungo’s have been in court with the previous tenant and that is still a live issue, which is holding things up. Oliver has names of Mungo’s contacts from Simon that Therese should speak to.

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5. Earlier meeting time

There was a proposal for an earlier meeting time. It was felt that earlier could be better. Agreed to switch to 19:30 from April.

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6. Stoke Newington gyratory meeting

Hackney LCC member Robert Lindsay is coordinating SSNOWS, the Scrap Stoke Newington One Way System campaign. He is holding a public meeting on 22nd February at St Paul’s church at 8pm. Jed said that the next return to two-way due to be funded will be Tottenham Hale, then Stoke Newington. We think that a study is being pencilled in to next financial year’s spending plan as an aspiration? Jed feels that many residents may be lining up against the idea but let’s see.

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7. LCN+ CRISPs: status report

The LCN+ ‘CRISP’ process is still progressing very slowly in Hackney, due to the amount of work required on our part to produce comments on the four draft CRISP reports produced by consultancy Mayer Brown on routes 8, 9, 10 and 16. Some leeway can be granted to the consultants because Hackney was the first borough to go live with the CRISP process, but even so the draft reports produced following route inspection meetings were of a rather poor quality, with many confusions, errors and omissions. We have produced comments on routes 9 and 10, which took days of work to produce. We have yet to find time to comment on routes 8 and 16, but intend to soon.

Charlie suggested that Nick Morris TfL’s network management group might be interested to hear about this. Oliver: let’s ask for decent re-drafted CRISP reports to be produced incorporating our comments. An important problem with the current drafts is that they don’t contain many genuine options. This integration of our comments must be done before we have a Stage 3 meeting. This is the proper procedure. However it is now extremely urgent for us to produce responses on the other two drafts.

Charlie and Brenda expressed their interest in learning more about the CRISPS. Trevor and Oliver, who have done most of the work on these responses, said they would welcome involvement from anyone else who was interested in pursuing this detailed and painstaking work.

The current consultation on the Hoxton 20mph area was raised. Ralph Smyth had given comments on this, concerned that the proposed frequency of traffic calming features such as tables on
Pitfield Street would slow cycle traffic. Hackney’s cycling officer Olu Soyoye has raised similar concerns. Trevor has spoken to Chris Proctor of LB Hackney Streetscene about this issue. Chris says that the frequent tables are justified by the number of collisions on this stretch of road. Perhaps getting rid of the 1970s roundabout at the Britannia junction will help to reduce speeds on the approaches.

8. Burns Night feedback

All in all this year’s Burns Night was considered to be a great success. Some had worries about crowding on the dance floor, but Tim thought there was plenty of room to dance. The one major problem this year was Brenda and fellow volunteers working in the kitchen were severely overworked. We must solve this next time. Brenda reported that we think we have made about £1400 from the event, which is good.

9. Any other business

None.

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Next meeting
Wednesday 1 March 2006, 8pm, meeting place TBC (special location for AGM).