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Wandsworth Living Street: Open Meeting 19th January 2011

January 21, 2011

Author: Robert Molteno, Secretary

Venue: Alma Pub, 499 Old York Road, SW18 1TF

Present: 20  people present: Julian Berry, Sharon Burt, Wendy Deakins, Peter Deakins, Paul Dinsdale, Alan Fennell, Reg Francis,  Mike Grahn, Sue Hynard, Jeremy Leach (speaker), Jeannette Leigh, David Lewis, Robert Molteno (WLS Secretary), Susie Morrow (WLS Chair), Lucy Neal, Ruth Pates, Liz Spiro, Sumi Tikaram, Lindia Ulrich, Max Williams.

Apologies: The following 22 people kindly sent in apologies: Richard Carter; Jonathan Callaway; Vicki Carroll; Wendy Cater; Senia Dedic; Diana Godden; Oli Griffiths; Cllr Russell King; Eva Macartney; Christine Miller; Derek Purcell; Trish Roberts; Gery Roberts; James & Chryssie Rosling; Cyril Richert; Ian Ralph; Judith Scott; Cllr Liz Stokes; Mary Ann Tarver; Valerie Taylor; Lea Tatham.

WELCOME: Susie welcomed all of us; and Jeremy Leach, our speaker from Southwark.

WINNER OF OUR COMPETITION: Liz Spiro (prize: a free drink courtesy of Robert!). The right answer to Robert’s question: which firm has sponsored the billboard  campaign with the strapline — ‘You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic’ – is Tom Tom (advertising its new HD satnav).

UPDATE SINCE OUR LAST MEETING on 8 NOVEMBER 2010:

  • TfL’s Attempt to abolish traffic light-controlled Crossings: Susie reported that Transport for London (TfL) had not been come up with evidence in support of their removal of traffic lights at  the 8 crossings they had selected in Wandsworth (out of 145 across London). In the face of local opposition, including Wandsworth Council’s dislike of the proposals, TfL has withdrawn its proposals. But they could bring forward a new set of proposed traffic light removals.

ACTION: WANDSWORTH LIVING STREETS TO KEEP A WATCHING BRIEF ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS.

  • Mayor of London’s Year of Walking 2011: Susie reported, despite it being 2011 already, the Mayor has not announced a budget for the Year of Walking, or selected which of the over 100 suggestions sent in by Londoners would go ahead. Susie has written to Wandsworth Council on behalf of Wandsworth Living Streets inquiring whether it has made any plans to give effect to the Year of Walking in our borough. She has made 3 suggestions:
  1. New Signposting for pedestrians at key locations: These could include stations like Clapham Common and Putney. Such signs could improve the ‘legibility’ of our streets, making clear the direction of local landmarks, and rough walking times to reach them, and forming a lasting contribution to the idea of Walkable Wandsworth. [Post-meeting note: This could use the Legible London model – see: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/microsites/legible-london/].
  2. A new ‘Green Lane’ linking Garratt Lane and Trinity Road via Streatham Cemetery and Springfield Hospital: This is an idea of Transition Town Tooting. Local groups might welcome the idea and wish to participate in its development.
  3. Schoolchildren – ‘walking promotion’ competition: Suggested theme ‘How I’d like my street to be’. It could have primary and secondary school versions. Wandsworth Living Streets could be involved in judging it, and the Council’s school travel planning team would seem well placed to organise it.

ACTION: SUSIE TO MAKE SURE WANDSWORTH COUNCIL RESPONDS.

  • Wandsworth Council’s consultation re its transport plan (Local Implementation Plan — LIP) to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy: In August 2010, Susie and Robert submitted a brief response on behalf of Living Streets in Wandsworth to the Council’s initial consultation on its Local Implementation Plan (LIP) which will run for the next 3 years, til mid 2014.  Public consultation is now in process. Individuals and local organizations can make submit comments up to Friday, 18 February. More information on the Council’s website at: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/lip Susie requested volunteers to come forward and help draft our WLS response.

ACTION: IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT SUSIE MORROW on wls@semorrow.com

WANDSWORTH LIVING STREETS – A LITTLE BIT OF BUSINESS:

  • Website: Robert said how grateful we are to Cyril Richert (Clapham Junction Action Group) for being willing to set this up for us.

ACTION: SUSIE, CYRIL AND ROBERT TO MEET AND ACTION THIS.

  • Committee: Robert reminded us of the people who had volunteered to serve on the interim Committee (Susie Morrow, chair; Robert Molteno, secretary; Cyril Richert, website; Alan Fennell; Reg Francis). He suggested that, as particular WLS campaigns get going, each campaign should have one person on the WLS Committee. The obvious advantages include communication, coherence and democratic control.

  • Local Groups Charter: This has been been finalised for all Living Streets local groups.

ACTION: THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER IT AND AFFILIATE FORMALLY TO LIVING STREETS.

  • Wandsworth Environment Forum (WEF) steering group: Our Representative: Robert explained that WEF is reorganising the way it works in order to share out the work involved, and to be a more effective umbrella body for all local groups concerned with environmental matters. One step taken has been to set up a Steering Group. Each local amenity society and environmentally concerned group is being invited by Denny Gray, WEF Chair, to select one person to act as its representative on the WEF Steering Group.  Mike Grahn nominated Robert to be the WLS Representative, and this proposal was seconded by Susie Morrow, and accepted nem con.

  • Campaigning – Getting down to it: In view of time constraints and our eagerness to hear Jeremy’s talk, Robert suggested and it was agreed that, instead of dividing up into issue-specific campaign groups this evening, we should get supporters interested in particular issues together in gatherings in people’s homes to set the ball rolling for specific actions on issues like introducing a  new standard speed limit of 20mph), developing the concepts of ‘Walkable Wandsworth’, ‘Pavements for People’, and ‘Liveable Town Centres’. ACTION: SUSIE AND ROBERT TO CONSULT EVERYONE ON WLS LIST AND SET THIS IN TRAIN.

  • Date and Venue of our next Full Meeting: 7.15 for 7.30pm, Tuesday, 19 April – The Alma Pub (upstairs function room).  We are most grateful to the Alma’s management for letting us use their room free of charge.  Topic TBA – suggestions invited.  PLEASE NOTE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES.

SLOWER SPEEDS AND MORE PLEASANT TOWN CENTRES – Learning from elsewhere in London – Presentation by Jeremy Leach of Southwark Living Streets http://southwarklivingstreets.org.uk/

The meeting closed at 9.45pm.

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