35 attended by Zoom including:
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Cllr Sami Chandwani, Cllr Ruth Gordon, Cllr Bob Hare, Quentin Given (convenor), Chris Barker (minutes), Michael Poteliakhoff, Neil Goldberg, Joe Baker, Ann Cunningham, Louise Wass, Annabelle Gregory, Brian Simpson, Helen Meyer, Marilyn Taylor, Robyn Thomas, Cara Jenkinson, Billie Krish, Tim Root, Sydney Charles, Anita Chandler, Lucy Craig, Cat Kenyon, Grant Gahagan, Jakes Morris, Sophie Buchwald, Jim Brewsher, Alan Morton, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Layla Laksari, Norman Beddington, Nicky Gavron, Pamela Harling.
Apologies: Cllrs Khaled Moyeed, Scott Emery, Gideon Bull.
Quentin introduced the session followed by short introductory remarks by Cllr Chandwani and Cllr Hearn.
1. An overview of short- and long-term measures.
Neil Goldberg summarised Haringey’s actions with the aid of a power point presentation.
He stressed the need for social distancing, to support social and economic recovery and to build in environmental sustainability. TfL have granted Haringey £45 million so far which has been used for
- Widened pavements (19 so far installed and another 9 to come)
- Cycle routes (five established in addition to extension of the cycle super highway)
- Further work on development low traffic neighbourhoods including Crouch End
- Development of school streets.
Further work is taking place on
- Reviewing streets which still have a 30 mph speed limit
- Making pedestrian improvements in Lordship Lane
- Increasing cycle parking
- Removing footway parking.
He asked everyone to contribute suggestions for further street interventions under TfL’s Streetspaces initiative on the council’s commonplace map, see https://haringeystreetspaces.commonplace.is/.
A meeting of the Transport Forum will take place on Microsoft Teams at 5pm on 1st July.
2. How can the council best engage with the Climate Forum.
There will be a Transport Forum on July 1st, which people are able to join online. Neil can send the link. People are also encouraged to use the streetspaces tool to suggest or comment on changes to benefit walking and cycling. The Climate Forum and other bodies present will continue to liaise with the Council on these issues. People are also encouraged to raise issues with their ward councillors.
3. How can we best communicate to the public.
Cat Kenyon made a power point presentation.
She said we need to ensure that residents understand why street changes are being made. This could be done through existing groups and local media, particularly important in the east of the borough. She showed how different boroughs are taking advantage of emergency funding to widen pavements and crate new cycle lanes.
4. Specific proposals.
Enforce cycle rules and act to reduce the number of cyclists on routes which are predominately pedestrian like the Parklands Walk and canal towpaths.
5. Encouraging electric vehicles including for freight.
Joe Baker said that the council are continuing to install electric vehicle charging points, mostly on the road rather than on the pavement, although progress has slowed during the present Covid-19 crisis. He envisaged all council vehicles will be zero carbon by 2027 and is planning to expand electric bike and cargo bike hire schemes.
Cllr Gordon asked if we have funding for replacing or adding to street trees (tree officer Alex Fraser has separately confirmed this – but the Covid-19 situation is preventing tree works). She also mentioned the need for a campaign against car engine idling.
6. Parking charge consultation.
Cllr Chandwani outlined the council’s proposed changed to car parking charges and asked people to respond to the consultation, see https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/parking/parking-consultations/current-parking-consultations.