Agenda item

Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission - Action Plan Update

(All wards)

 

Contact for information: Simon Phillips, Transport and Public Realm Strategy Manager; 020 7926 4067, sphillips2@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

Councillor Nigel Haselden, Commission Co-Chair, introduced the report and explained the rationale for the Commission and provided an update on developments, outlined in the Action Plan, since its implementation in 2015.   

 

The Assistant Director for Highways further explained that:

·         The Council worked to eradicate uneven pavements wherever possible when all footways were being resurfaced when it was economical viable to do so.  Under the Highway Improvement Programme all streets were checked and walks with ward councillors undertaken to ensure that streets were examined.

·         Christiania Cargo Bikes were costly and the Council felt owners would be unwilling to leave them parked outside in the open but the Council continued to work with its suppliers Cycle Hoop to make this happen.

 

The Chair invited speakers to address the Committee.

 

Robert Hill, former councillor and co-chair of the Commission, said that:

·         He was delighted with the achievements made since the Commission had been implemented four years ago.

·         He was pleased that two-way cycling in one-way streets had been progressed which would reduce traffic issues in Streatham.  Also, that staff training had been delivered to recognise the impact of uneven road surfaces and provide support for people with mobility difficulties.

 

Claire Clare Neely, Lambeth Cyclists/Loughborough Junction Forum said that:

·         Reduced car ownership was key to reducing car use.

·         New CPZs imposed in Hackney, reduced car parking to include cycle hangars and parklets.

·         Lambeth Cyclists wished to see existing CPZ spaces close to retail parades reallocated for deliveries and heavy goods vehicle pick-up.

·         On behalf of the Loughborough Junction Forum a 24-hour bus clearway on Coldharbour Lane through the junction, reallocating side street CPZ space for servicing retail should be considered.

·         In relation to two-way working streets, if parking occurred on both sides, this puts cycling in the car dooring zone which could lead to collisions or accidents being caused.  Therefore, walking and cycling should always be prioritised when CPZs were created to ensure that sufficient space was available for people.

 

Councillor Claire Holland, Cabinet Member for Environment and Clean Air, expressed her thanks to all officers and Commission Councillors for all their hard work.

 

The Chair then opened up the discussion to members of the Committee and in response to questions, the following points from the Transport and Public Realm Strategy Manager, and the Assistant Director for Parking and Enforcement, were noted:

·         It was believed that on-street charge points as part of the planning applications process had been secured by the Council for the Metropolitan Clapham Park Estate development but the matter would be investigated.  The new Local Plan would ensure that such initiatives were acquired from developers for future developments.

·         Work by the Council to consider the impact of parking for local businesses and shops would be commissioned as part of the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood bid, should the Council be successful.  Although TfL had carried out research, it was appreciated that a Lambeth study in that area was required.

·         Technology to ensure that both Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) could be issued by an officer from the same device now existed.  It was hoped that street issues, such as pot holes and signage could also be reported.  A two week pilot was in the process of being carried out and, if successful, would be rolled out across the borough.    

·         It was appreciated that further work was required on the Council’s website to increase awareness of enforcement issues for businesses within the borough.  Although the Council engaged with local businesses, a much more joined-up approach was required to ensure businesses complied with enforcement regulations.

 

Members of the Committee then raised the following issues:

·         It was strongly felt that enforcement of engine idling (recommendation 4, page 125) should be robustly enforced, especially as new technology (discussed above) was currently being piloted.  As no PCNs had been issued last year, the scheme, if enforced, would provide investment opportunities for the Council, whilst ensuring that vulnerable people were protected from air pollution.  Concern had also been previously raised regarding the Council’s own enforcement vehicles idling their engines but a response was still awaited    and requested an update from officers.

·         Shared transport initiatives, such as shared taxi services, should be considered to assist disabled people, which could also reduce the need for disabled parking spaces though it was reiterated that parking was prioritised for disabled drivers.  

·         Although increased parking enforcements in CPZ areas for Lambeth was welcomed, concern was expressed on how CPZ displacement in Lambeth and neighbouring boroughs would continue to be measured and monitored.

 

In response to the issues raised, the following points from the Transport & Public Realm Strategy Manager and Assistant Director for Parking and Enforcement, were noted:

·         Parking for disabled residents and Blue Badge parking would continue to be prioritised and provided where needed within the borough.  The Council continued to work with TfL to provide Dial-a-Ride services for people.  Also most TfL buses were now accessible for wheelchair users. 

·         The Council anticipated introducing enforcement for engine idling within the next 12 months.  An investigation concerning the Council’s enforcement vehicles would also be carried out.  However, engines might be left running to ensure that the CCTV equipment worked. 

·         Work was underway to replace mopeds where possible with electronic bicycles and discussions were being held with contractors.

 

The Chair expressed his thanks to all officers and speakers for the valuable contributions.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.      To request further detail regarding installation of electric vehicle charging points on new and refurbished housing estates (in particular Clapham Park estate).

 

2.      To endorse the work being done to combine and broaden enforcement functions and request that the outcomes/learning from the two week pilot referred to be shared with the committee when available.

 

3.      To urge officers to take measures to increase awareness of the scope and parameters of the enforcement service. This should include clear guidance on the council’s website regarding enforcement functions, processes and appeal procedures.

 

4.      To note and welcome the intention to step up enforcement of engine idling and to ensure council officers and contractors lead by example in this regard.

 

 

 

 

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