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Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission report

12/04/2017 - Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission report

The Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources), Councillor Imogen Walker, introduced the report and noted:

·           Parking and the environment were highly important to residents.

·           The commission’s recommendations would have positive equalities impacts, particularly on health (via improving air quality and encouraging active travel).

·           Councillors Hill and Haselden were thanked for their hard work leading the Commission.

 

Councillor Robert Hill, Co-Chair of the Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission, added the following:

·           The report included recommendations on parking, air quality, and street management, and would dovetail into several other council initiatives, such as the air quality action plan, the long term transport strategy and the parking feasibility study.

·           Input was received from a range of stakeholders.

·           In relation to the action plan, a number of responses were flagged that did not fully address the recommendations and should therefore be strengthened. These were: the need for cycle hangar, car club and electric charging provision to be considered in a systematic way to ensure borough-wide coverage (recommendation 7); consideration of the use of pool bikes for essential staff travel (recommendation 8); an expectation that officers would actively pursue an annual charge for crossovers (recommendation 12); a firm commitment that information regarding the importance of the “Pedestrian Pound” to businesses would be disseminated to Business Improvement District (BID) members; and the need for publicity around the ways in which the parking surplus is spent (as opposed to simply the figures).

·           Changing behaviours and attitudes was key.

·           Although the commission endorsed the principle of a borough-wide Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), different hours of operation would likely be appropriate in different areas. Any such CPZ(s) should be subject to local consultation.

 

Members made the following comments:

·           The Council had been grappling with parking stress for a long time and any solution would require behavioural changes around car usage.

·           The Council needed to ensure that mobility issues were handled correctly (recommendations 1 and 5), with dropped kerbs and considered design required. It was hoped the commission’s report would encourage those designing new housing estates to properly consider such issues.

·           The Council should take account of the diverse needs of people using different forms of transport when looking at borough-wide parking provision.

·           There needed to be a focus on the psychology of individuals, as residents used their car to travel to town centres and pollution was caused by those looking for a parking space, particularly in Norwood. 

 

Simon Phillips, Transport Manager, responded to questions from Members:

·           It was essential that transport proposals considered future population growth. Residents and stakeholders should be bought into the proposals.

·           Any borough-wide CPZ would only be introduced following sufficient evidence and consultation with local people.  The Council had recently consulted on two new CPZs.

·           The Council needed to ensure that its messages on reducing private car usage, such as encouraging smarter driving via car-sharing schemes, was received by local people.

·           He agreed with the comments regarding dropped kerbs and stated that Capital Programmes were putting in processes to ensure different ability and access needs were fully taken account of in public realm schemes.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, thanked Scrutiny members, Councillors Hill and Haselden and officers for designing an integrated and compelling vision of good sustainable transport in Lambeth.  She also noted air quality campaigning had resulted in the London Mayor ensuring that Lambeth had the second low emissions corridor, and this report would help reinforce that positive change.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To receive the report and recommendations of the Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission (Appendix 1).

2.         To approve the action plan prepared in response to the Commission’s recommendations (Appendix 2) and to note that it will be reviewed in September 2017 and September 2018.