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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillors Convery, Graham and Hamitouche.
Declarations of Substitute Members
There were no declarations of substitute members.
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There were no declarations of interest.
Councillor Clarke requested that changes be
made to page 5 of the minutes, that reference to the expansion of
monitoring of air quality outside schools should mention that it
includes Nursery Schools.
That subject to the above correction the minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
Committee clerk informed the
meeting that consultant witness had indicated of not being able to
attend the meeting in light of Covid-19, offering to use Microsoft
Teams – a video conferencing tool as an alternative, however
unfortunately not possible in this
instance as Council could only offer Skype.
In response to a question on available support to staff of Better Leisure who had been notified of job losses in light of Covid-19, the Corporate Director for Environment and Regeneration acknowledged that presently the Council’s focus is to keep its essential services running and supporting and protecting its vulnerable residents.
On the suggestion about possible redeployment of staff to other council services in the interim, the Director advised that all options will be considered, however reminded members that although Council will aim to support staff, it is important to note that Leisure Services is not regarded as critical or a priority services.
Order of Business
The order of business would be as per the agenda.
For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.
In the absence of David
Shannon, Active Travel Manager, the Corporate Director, Environment
and Regeneration gave a presentation to the Committee regarding
Islington’s Active Travel Programme. The following issues
were highlighted during the discussion:
Islington’s Travel programme has been in
practice for quite a while. The programme continues to encourage
school children to cycle and walk more to schools and it correlates
with Council policy especially around School Streets.
Members were informed of the range of initiatives
such as Bikeability, Cycle skills,
STARS, Bike hangers, Dockless cycle
hire, School streets, which are all part of the Active Travel Plan,
all initiatives aimed at encouraging cycling in the borough which
is funded by TfL.
With regards to concerns about road safety of
cyclists, initiatives such as Bikeability and Cycle Skills have resulted in an
increase in the number of children and adult being trained. Meeting
was informed that in the borough with over £132,000 received
from TfL, the council has commissioned independent trainers in
within school environments and on public roads to help increase the
levels of ability of cyclists. Members
were advised that this is an ongoing programme both during school
and holiday periods.
In addition to cycle training, other initiatives
offered to cyclist include Dr Bike, which are maintenance classes,
which help cyclist acquire the skills of being able to repair their
bicycles. Meeting was informed of plans in the future to extend the
programme in general to council staff
With regards to the STAR (School Travel and Road
Safety) initiative, a London wide programme funded by TfL, the
meeting was advised that schools are invited to participate in a
wide range of activities such as walking, cycling, the use of
scooters and public transport, smarter driving, curriculum, fund
raising and partnership. Schools are then awarded Gold, Silver and
Bronze status based on their level of skills and ability. Of the 39
Islington schools enrolled in the STARS programme, 5 have been
awarded Gold status, 1 has Silver and 33 are Bronze. The aim of the
Council is to support all schools in Islington into achieving Gold
Members were reminded about the benefits of the
School Streets initiative which has been in operation for a number
of years, as the Council aims to send out a strong message
discouraging parents from driving their children to schools.
Islington presently as 13 School streets in place with plans
to introduce another 17 over the next
As part of Islington’s Travel Active Plan, the
Council has a programme of installing bike hangers to encourage
cyclists. Plans are in place to install 100 per year in open
spaces. In addition the Council in
2019-20 installed 150 new stands for cycle parking as it recognises
its importance to its residents. Cycle stands are installed outside
schools and train stations with a view of increasing
· In response to concerns about the erratic parking of Dockless cycles on pavements, the Executive Member Environment and Regeneration acknowledged that more needs to be ... view the full minutes text for item 360.