Ahead of the Cabinet Council meeting on Monday 17 January, we wrote to Cllr Butt to express our extreme frustration at the entire process of how many of the active travel trials, especially the Healthy Neighbourhood schemes, have been conducted. Let’s not forget that the pop-up cycle lane was removed abruptly before the end of the consultation for dubious reasons like removing the wands for cleaning. They never made it back. We never had a report or a recommendation on that.
Watch the recording (from 9:54).
As council leader, Cllr Butt bears ultimate responsibility for their failure, as well as a total failure to
implement adopted Brent Council policies and follow guidance from the Department for
Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL).
We have numerous questions detailed in the letter below and are looking forward to reading the reply.
Over £350,000 of emergency funding was awarded to Brent to complete the implementation of 9 Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes by September 2020. By March 2021, the Active Travel Programme was in tatters despite being underpinned by the Council’s Strategic objectives as well as a number of adopted policies. School Streets is all that remains. But, it was always the council aim to roll out these schemes throughout the borough ever since the first two pilots 3 years ago.
Brent Council keeps stating their commitment, while at the same time weakening or removing active travel trial schemes. We need deeds, not words.
Brent Council keeps explaining this failure by having not managed to “bring the residents with us”. But they are demonstrably not understanding the engagement and consultation processes. TfL and DfT guidance provided the framework to effectively deliver LTN schemes based on a mountain of evidence from long-established schemes, research and good practice.Questions-to-Brent-Cabinet-January-2022
You can also download the letter here.