Councillor Webbe gave a presentation on the work of the Environment & Transport Directorate. A copy of the presentation would be interleaved with the agenda.
In the discussion the following points were
The meeting was advised that residents should continue to be
supported by initiatives such as “Energy Doctor in the
Home’, “Warmth on Prescription” and “Warm
Home Discount”, which had resulted in lower energy
2,600 residents had switched their energy supplier from one of the
six main providers to the Council’s Angelic Energy, which was
launched in October 2017. In addition, approximately 72% of those
who signed up have switched to pre-payment meters.
In 2017/18, 2,548 vulnerable residents had been referred, with each
being offered an average of four to five interventions. Members
were reminded that, through SHINE, Islington Council has achieved
an estimated average annual saving of £213 and, most
important, as a result of its success SHINE funding has tripled and
expanded across all London boroughs.
The meeting was advised that through the Solar Together London
initiative, more than 400 residents had registered interest and
over 100 properties had accepted the formal offer, thereby
increasing solar energy in the borough by 25%. Members were
informed that with more than 700 LED light fittings installed at
the Town Hall had reduced electricity consumption.
Air pollution monitors have been placed outside schools to protect
the health of the school children, and the Council, in partnership
with Hackney, had introduced the first Ultra-low Emission Vehicle Zone to help tackle the
city’s air pollution. In addition, the anti-idling campaign
is being promoted around a number of key hotspots.
Members were informed that road junctions in the borough that are
identified as dangerous are being transformed: Archway gyratory had
been reconfigured and construction around Highbury Corner is
ongoing, solely to improve pedestrian safety and to create safer
cycle routes. In response to concerns about other dangerous
junctions in the borough, the meeting was informed that where a
junction is identified as dangerous, it will be included in the
schedule of work. The Service Director, Planning and Development
indicated that she would look into the Drayton Road
The Executive Member for Environment and Transport highlighted the
Council’s plan to install a further 100 electric vehicle
charging points over the next 12 months to add to the 87 units
already in place.
The meeting was informed that although recycling rates fell in
2017/18 from 31.6% to 29.5%, the residual waste per household
figure remains the lowest it has ever been. Members were also
advised that the new fleet vehicles had resulted in a substantial
and consistent reduction in missed collections.
Members were advised of the new street cleaning service, launched
in June 2018, which covers every road in the borough five days a
response to a question regarding Islington’s transport
strategy, the Executive Member advised that, despite the Mayor of
London’s tight submission deadline of February 2019,
opportunities would be provided to ensure that councillors and
various stakeholders would be allowed to contribute.
Executive Member indicated that Council had plans to install more
than 100 electric charging points in the next 12 months and 400 in
the next four years. On concerns about light-and-noise pollution
from units installed in residential areas, members were informed
that where that is deemed to be unsuitable, there is a commitment
to switch off the fans and lights, but members were informed that
discussions are ongoing with the suppliers on the units’
design so that it addresses residents’ concerns.
· The Executive Member for Environment and Transport acknowledged that it would be ideal if, as the Council develops its Environmental strategy, the Biodiversity Action Plan were to be included and considered, particularly as Islington Parks would be part of the strategy
· The meeting was informed that if road junctions are identified as dangerous, they would be included in the works programme and that councillors should notify council officers if they have concerns.
· A request on whether the quality of the water in the Regents Canal, which looks to be polluted, could be monitored was noted by the Executive Member.
response to a question on whether Council was in discussion with
the management of Arsenal Football Club about possible mitigation
measures on the volume of traffic, congestion and pollution on
match days, the Executive Member advised that Officers would have
another look at match-day access and parking issues around the
stadium and report back to the Committee. She reminded the meeting,
however, that the council does has a targeted programme that looks
at the idling of vehicles on match days and that enforcement
officers manage traffic in and around the
issue of idling vehicles, particularly council vehicles, members
were assured that no preferential treatment is given to council
operatives; they are advised to turn their engines off. If,
however, council vehicles are seen not to be complying, it should
be reported to the enforcement team.
In response to a question on
whether the Council had any plans to deal with sources of litter
and refuse, rather than reacting when it had occurred, the
Executive Member reminded the meeting that although that is a
national issue that requires the involvement of central government
and discussions with suppliers of goods and manufacturers, the
Council had introduced improved recycling containers and bins to
address spillage. In addition, there is a new street cleaning
regime in residential areas to ensure that neighbourhoods are clean
· With concerns about rubbish and refuse from flats above shops, members were informed that the Council had introduced timed rubbish collection points which have generally been kept to, and that results from surveys by Keep Britain Tidy have confirmed that the borough pavements are generally clear of black bags.
the Council would be addressing concerns about cyclists riding on
pavements and the protection of pedestrians, the meeting was
informed that part of the solution would be to create safer routes
for cyclists, which it is looking to address in conjunction with
neighbouring authorities and the Mayor of London.
response to a question regarding measures to address air quality in
the borough, the meeting was advised that, since Islington is
designated an air quality management area, over the years it has
implemented a number of measures, such as introducing further
parking charges for high polluting vehicles, school streets, school audits
and ULEV streets, to mitigate the impact of pollution on the health
of its residents. The Executive Member acknowledged that this issue
could not be addressed by the Council alone and that it continues
to work with neighbouring authorities and the Mayor of London, but
that more would be required by central government including
enacting legislation to reduce toxic air levels.
· In response to a question on whether the Council had plans to extend the school-streets initiative across the borough, and whether it would be recommending that schools undertake pollution audits, the Executive Member welcomed the 50 audits that had been funded by the Mayor of London, but that they would need to be analysed and any actions would require funding.
That the report be noted.