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Dear Haringey Living Streets Members,

We hope that you are all keeping well. We’re getting in touch to share details of our next meeting, and also some key updates with you all.

1.        Next Meeting:

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th November 2020, at 19.30pm. Details for joining the call are as follows:

-          https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87194780782?pwd=Nk9mTm93MEhxeG9mVG9peG9vdkNJUT09

-          Meeting ID: 871 9478 0782

-          Passcode: 330438

We look forward to seeing you there!

2.      Updates:

·         Walking & Cycling Plan: At our last meeting we agreed to organise a delegation to Haringey Council in October to support the borough’s Walking & Cycling plan. Shortly after our meeting, Cllr Matt White was announced as the new cabinet lead on the council for strategic transport. Cllr White contacted us to explain that he felt that the plan needed revision to include specific targets and therefore would not go to Cabinet as expected. A further delay is obviously very disappointing news given we have been waiting for the plan for two years (the Council’s Transport Strategy document committed to deliver the document by winter 2018). However, we welcome more specific and measurable targets for the plan and will still ensure a delegation is organised as soon as the plans are shared.

·         Haringey’s COVID-19 Transport Plans: Haringey Living Streets and the Haringey Cycling Campaign wrote a joint letter to both the Leader and Chief Executive of Haringey Council in October, to raise concerns about the continued lack of emergency active travel infrastructure in the borough. Whilst our neighbouring boroughs have pressed ahead with emergency cycle lanes, school streets, and low traffic neighbourhoods to provide constituents with transport alternatives with capacity on public transport being reduced, change in Haringey has been limited. Even where funding was secured, a range of concerns have also been raised by members about how funding was being spent – from school streets not being delivered, to parking still being allowed in cycle lanes. Our members had agreed to a protest of some sort at the last meeting to reflect concern about lack of action. This was put on hold in light of the second lockdown, but we are keen to discuss possible future ideas at our next meeting.

·         School Streets: Haringey Council put a School Streets Action Plan to Cabinet this week with a commitment to the delivery of 20 school streets across the borough by end of March 2021. Once the papers for the cabinet meeting were made public, members of Haringey Living Streets compiled and shared feedback on the plan with relevant cabinet members, which can be accessed here. Feedback included the need for all schemes to be implemented for at least an hour at drop off and collection times. Members have also flagged that the rate of delivery of three school streets per year after the initial delivery of 20 is far too slow. The recent Healthy Streets Scorecard on school streets put Haringey at nearly the bottom of the table on the delivery of school streets across all boroughs in London.  

Best Wishes,
Haringey Living Streets

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