The report was introduced by the Deputy Leader (Environment and Clean Air), Councillor Claire Holland. She highlighted that:
· Lambeth had responded to feedback and continued to make improvements, noting the considerable input from organisations like Mums for Lungs in tackling toxic air and the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency in January 2019.
· Lambeth was working with the Mayor of London and other boroughs to decarbonise transport and improve road safety, and had signed up to the Mayor’s Zero Carbon Plan by 2025.
· Cabinet wanted to stop road use by non-residents and had instigated low-traffic neighbourhoods and 10 miles of healthy routes to reclaim local areas for local businesses and residents.
· More initiatives and proposals would arise from future implementation plans.
· Thanks were offered to partners and residents, who provided invaluable, critical challenge.
Cabinet next heard from Simon Still, Lambeth Cyclists; Sarah Richard, Valley Road Residents’ Group; and, Sally Warren, Vauxhall Gyratory residents group; who gave the following representations:
· The Strategy set out implementation and would address many issues disproportionately affecting young people, primarily on their health and safety, with 50% of London air pollution and a third of carbon emissions caused by traffic.
· Work to improve traffic was urgent and consultation needed to be short.
· The Council was thanked for its response to decrease rat-running, noise and air pollution, and safety; and Valley Road Residents’ Group were keen to assist with local engagement, support other initiatives in the borough and Strategy, and lobbying to improve bus and train services.
· The Vauxhall area had significant traffic problems, with increasing volumes and speeds ruining residents’ quality of life, and the gyratory expected to compound issues.
Councillor Scott Ainslie, Green Party, provided the following comments:
· There was considerable improvement from the draft strategy and the new initiatives were welcomed, however, it was believed that the climate emergency should entail greater urgency, a thorough and bolder review of approach, and mention of CO2 reduction.
· Electric vehicle charging points were embraced, but further work with Transport for London (TfL) to limit through traffic and a commitment to the working parking levy was required.
· Cycling routes circumnavigated the borough, but more routes were needed within the borough; additionally two junctions (between A205-A23 and A24 and A3) were of concern and officers were asked to detail proposals to make these safe.
Cabinet Members provided the below representations:
· The Strategy would have positive impacts on public health and wellbeing, clean air, and the community; however, it needed to counter cultural influences, including the rise of SUV sales.
· The Strategy was filtered down throughout the Council and had seen pro-cycling measures, cleaner transport, improved recycling, and review of electrical charging on estates.
· The Strategy did note CO2 reduction and air quality, and would help deliver the Healthy Routes plan.
· The Strategy inputted into the Brixton Neighbourhoods Plan to reshape transport moving within Brixton and improve community safety.
· The input of children and young people into consultation was of the utmost importance.
· The Strategy was welcomed by residents, partners and stakeholders; but would need to be taken forward by residents with neighbouring boroughs to be a success.
In response to questions, the Deputy Leader (Environment and Clean Air), Councillor Claire Holland and officers advised that:
· The declaration of a climate emergency had had a significant impact on the Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan (TSIP). Carbon reduction was also a new guiding principle for the Council, which had a rigorous monitoring programme to meet its high ambitions.
· Lambeth was reviewing the Parking Levy with other boroughs and would report in early 2020.
· Consultation for the A205 South Circular cycle route was expected to start in January.
· Significant budget cuts meant that the Council needed to be strategic in its investment and delivery.
· The Council was working with TfL, the community, and other partners to deliver; and it was noted that some roads came under the management of TfL.
· The Workplace Parking Levy was under review through London Councils, although public institutions exempted in Nottingham (e.g. schools and hospitals) comprised Lambeth’s largest employers and emitters.
· Resident feedback was positive, but consensus was needed and meant delivery could be slow.
· Proposals, such as the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood, relied to some extent on Mayoral funding, with whom Lambeth had a good relationship.
· Lambeth held regular meetings with neighbouring boroughs and continued to work with them.
· There would be extensive engagement with children and young people, who were key to success, comprised some of the most vulnerable road users, and were most at risk from traffic pollution.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Jack Hopkins, summarised the discussion:
· Thanks was offered to all who had been involved in designing proposals, and noted that these had only been possible with the step-change in attitudes.
1. To approve the Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan (appendices 1 to 9 of the report).
2. To delegate authority to the Strategic Directors for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity, in consultation with the Deputy Leader (Environment and Clean Air), to approve the publication of future iterations of the Transport Strategy Implementation Plan, subject to the provisions of the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.