Tuesday, 14 July 2009

More TFL cycle scheme pod / bay placements for SE11 and SE1

Further to my previous post on the TFL cycle scheme and initial cycle pod/bay placements, there have been some additional requests:

1. 09/01864/FUL 12/06/2009 Pavement Opposite 1-12 Adam Court, Kennington Lane London Installation on pedestrian footway of cycle hire docking station for the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme containing a maximum of 35 docking points for scheme bicycles plus a terminal to secure and release scheme bicycles and to provide registration and payment facilities and wayfinding mapping.

2. 09/01766/FUL 05/06/2009 Outside Former Lilian Baylis School, Lollard Street London Installation on pedestrian footway of cycle hire docking station for the Transport for London cycle hire scheme comprising a maximum of 25 docking points for scheme bicycles plus a terminal to secure and release scheme bcycles and to provide registration and payment facilities and wayfinding mapping.

3. 09/01765/RG4 05/06/2009 Outside 1-28 Tresco House, Sancroft Street London Installation on the pedestrian footway and vehicle carriageway of cycle hire docking station for the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme comprising a maximum of 29 docking points for scheme bicycles plus a terminal to secure and release bicycles and to provide registration and payment facilities and wayfinding mapping.

4. 09/01755/RG4 05/06/2009 Opposite Prince Consort House, Albert Embankment London Installation on pedestrian footway of cycle hire docking station for the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme comprising a maximum of 24 docking points for scheme bicycles plus a terminal to secure and release bicycles and to provide registration and payment facilities and wayfinding mapping.

I don't see a problem with any of these. The Albert Embankment cycles will be useful for tourists and handy for getting to and from the Albert Embankment, which is somewhat off the tube map and not well connected via the rest of SE11 by bus (there is a Black Prince Road bus route, but that's the only route which takes SE11 residents to the Albert Embankment). The Sancroft street bays are quite central, and a much better suggestion than Windmill Row.

I'm not sure what to make of the ones by the former Lilian Baylis cycle placement (the second half of Lollard St is rather quiet due to being a no through road), but no doubt local residents might comment on the position. I suppose the new bikes could be used by church members, rather than parking in local roads, if the former Lilian Baylis is purchased by the ANC!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the council's intention is to set up a community trust, and the ANC may be a partner in that trust. That's very different from selling the site to the ANC?

What was your objection to the Windmill row cycle bays?

Anonymous said...

on windmill row, I see from your previous post that there is some concern that parking spaces will be lost in an area where there is acute parking pressure. Hmmmm. Seems to me that there is acute parking pressure everywhere.

Three wheeled one said...

The problem re. former Lilian Baylis (this probably doesn't belong on this post, but yesterday's one) is that the Council have simply not declared their intention to set up a community trust or otherwise. If you are in a position to confirm, I'd be grateful, but their literature is entirely unclear.

I agree with you that there is parking pressure in a number of places, but in my experience, parking pressure is not present on all roads in SE11. There's a huge swathe of road that is so unparked that it's currently used by coaches at the weekend in the Vauxhall section of the area.

Windmill Row is currently clogged by cars (even leaving parking aside) and isn't a particularly safe place for cyclists. Also, there are other more suitable locations nearby that would not detract from parking and would not clog the road at that location. We are fortunate to have some very wide pavements in the SE11 area, which mean that we have a lot of options. Under the initial community consultation, the Windmill Row option was rejected (and this was submitted by various local councillors), and yet, TFL are still applying for planning permission. Why bother consulting the community?

Anonymous said...

Were all the consultation responses made public? Perhaps there were responses in favour of windmill row. If the reponse rate is very low, is it fair to favour the wishes of the minority (perhaps tiny) who have noticed the consultation and found the time to respond?

My preference would be for opposite the durning library (but I'm not sure I'd say the same if I lived in the properties opposite the durning library). Do we know how many different berths they will have?

Anonymous said...

on LB, I'd just heard gossip that it was to be a community trust.

Three wheeled one said...

The TFL consultations weren't made public (to my knowledge), although I'd have thought that representation from local councillors against certain locations would outweigh other voices. I suppose there might have been mass support for Windmill Row, but my guess is that most people just didn't respond to the TFL consultation.

The trouble with the consultations (you'll see if you look at old posts on the blog) is that there are just too many (and in general, you're only going to respond if you've a high level of being engaged with local planning decisions or if it affects your doorstep). Additionally, it helps to have IT knowledge since you wouldn't know about most planning applications otherwise. One area that I'm particularly interested in is digital literacy. There are huge swathes of people in SE11 who don't own a computer and even with free access provision (such as the Durning Library) wouldn't have a clue about how to use a computer (particularly true of older people). The council and other consultative bodies need to figure out how to engage with such parties if they're truly interested in their views. (Indeed, the consultation on the future use of the former LB site only received a 16-17% response rate).

We've about 5 consultations on tall buildings that are ongoing in SE11 and surrounds. There's a new application to extend the number of days that the Oval cricket ground lights can be switched on (I just heard this morning), there are new cycle stand applications that are dribbling through slowly, but weren't all submitted at once, so need to be rechecked. You have to have a fair bit of free time to be interested and make comments on many new developments locally. It's hard enough just to keep up with what is proposed. One of the reasons I run this blog is to try to use the internet to link together local people with common interests (even if they disagree with me) and to bring planning applications, news of events, photos of events, local elections (which I tend to enjoy, regardless of who wins) and general council policy decisions together in one place. Without local people to engage in civic matters, the council and big business tend to get their own way, regardless of whether people have discussed whether certain actions might be detrimental to some kind of common good.

If you are interested in planning issues, you might consider joining the Kennington Association. I believe they have a planning committee which meets to ponder some of the large applications.

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