The Cabinet Member for Environment and Clean Air, Councillor Claire Holland, introduced the report which presented a long-term vision for mobility and connection across the borough. She explained that the guiding principles of the Draft Transport Strategy had been developed following consultation with key stakeholders and that they would help to deliver the three priorities identified in Borough Plan 2016-2021. The Transport Strategy presented an opportunity to extend Lambeth’s reputation as a walking, cycling and public transport borough. It placed public health at the centre of transport planning and tackled poor air quality, focusing on people rather than traffic.
Councillor Becca Thackray (Green Party) addressed Cabinet and welcomed the Draft Transport Strategy, noting that Lambeth had a high potential for increased numbers of cyclists. She asked whether the possibility of a Mini-Holland had been investigated before requesting further information on an additional Overground station, accessibility at Loughborough Junction Station and potential SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) schemes.
The Transport and Public Realm Strategy Manager, Simon Phillips, responded that TfL now operated a Liveable Neighbourhoods programme which gave boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes, however not to the same levels as Mini-Holland. Potential Overground stations had been investigated at Brixton and Brixton East and officers were now looking at Loughborough Junction, the latter of which would receive improvements to accessibility in the event of a viable scheme being agreed and confirmed. Officers would also explore whether SCOOT could be used as a tool to encourage compliance with the speed limit in the borough.
The Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Councillor Ed Davie, welcomed the emphasis on sustainable forms of transport and cited the public health emergency resulting from the air quality in London. Lambeth Council needed to be ambitious in its action to improve air quality and tackle climate change. Simon Phillips added that lots of small changes on a local level would produce positive results.
Councillor Lib Peck said that cabinet members work with officers to investigate the successes of the Mini-Holland scheme in Waltham Forest and engage with their colleagues across London. A site visit would be beneficial.
Councillor Holland concluded that the council was working with local communities on these issues and would also engage with the Mayor of London to deliver a more sustainable environment for residents. It would also put pressure on Government and train providers to address air quality and improve local transportation.
It was RESOLVED:
1. To agree public consultation on the Draft Transport Strategy and Local Implementation Plan (Appendices 1 and 2 of the report) to take place over eight weeks between October and December 2018.
2. To approve the Draft Local Implementation Plan for submission to TfL.
3. To delegate authority to Cabinet Member for Environment and Clean Air to approve any revisions to the Local Implementation Plan required by TfL.