Re: Proposed bollards on Rosendale Road
Posted by: parkhall5
03 September, 2015 13:18
This morning I have received this from local councillor Anna Birley - common sense in action?!
From: Birley,Anna Cllr <ABirley@lambeth.gov.uk>
To: Birley,Anna Cllr <ABirley@lambeth.gov.uk>
CC: HAYES, Helen <email@example.com>, Deckers-Dowber,Max Cllr <MDeckersDowber@lambeth.gov.uk>, Cowell,Fred Cllr <FCowell@lambeth.gov.uk>
Apologies for the group email – I wanted to make sure no one was left off communications.
For context, for those who emailed later than my last update went out –
· Sustrans proposed a temporary road closure on Rosendale Road and Tulsemere Road as part of the cycle quietway from Gipsy Hill to Elephant and Castle
· They sent information to some local businesses last week. This was also the first time that we as councillors were notified of the proposals.
· We have since been emailing and discussing this with many of you, and have talked to Sustrans, Helen Hayes MP, Cllr Jenny Brathwaite, the responsible cabinet member, Cllr Lib Peck, the council Leader, and Lambeth officers
I met with Ruth from Sustrans this morning and expressed our dissatisfaction with their process – the lack of communication and the way they sprang an albeit temporary road closure on residents and businesses. I expressed our support for slowing traffic and making Rosendale Road less congested and safer for cyclists but that this clearly wasn't the way to achieve that.
I asked that the proposal be scrapped and that we use the upcoming meetings instead to design something together – have the traffic engineers in the room with residents and businesses so that we local people can decide on changes to their own neighbourhood.
Ruth acknowledged that they have not gone about quietways on Rosendale Road well and apologised. She took my feedback to TfL and her colleagues and they have agreed that we should proceed with my suggestion – we will start again from scratch with a blank map and residents will be able to design any changes for themselves.
Next steps -
The meeting dates have changed a bit from the previous email I sent, and will be as follows –
· 22 Sept at 5-7.30 at Aspire on Parkhall – a discussion of current traffic on Rosendale and neighbouring roads. Traffic engineers will share the data they have collected and will listen to any local issues around safety, speeding, rat running and congestion.
· 26 Sept at 10.30-2.30 at Tea West and 8 Oct at 5-7.30 at Aspire – co-design, starting with a blank local map and exploring options suggested by residents and businesses. Again, traffic engineers will be on hand to share experiences of schemes elsewhere and support residents. I suggested this should happen twice so that if people can't attend one session they can come to the other.
· 17 Oct at 10.30-2.30 at Tea West – engineers will have drawn up ideas from the previous sessions into options and residents and businesses can choose. We can discuss next steps on the trial and what should be measured so as to properly evaluate impact.
I hope that by starting with a blank slate we can have a really useful and constructive process going forward, with genuine engagement and real opportunity to decide on a local level how this investment from Transport for London can best be spent. Max, Fred and I will continue to work hard on making sure as many people are informed and included at every stage and we are very happy to meet with any of you, or arrange for Ruth or one of her colleagues to come to visit your street.
We’ll be scrutinising the process very closely so please let us know if you have any further concerns before, during or after the workshops. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along and take part – it’s important that we make sure as many local voices contribute as we can.
You should all receive a letter soon from Sustrans acknowledging that their approach to date has been poor and setting out how it will improve from now on. It will contain more detail on the workshops.
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