15 of us gathered at Coffee E7 for the annual meeting , fortified by a buffet. Â We benefited from the presence of Richard Wadey -Sustainable Transport Â Officer for Newham Council and Councillor David Christie, both of whom have gone out of their way to consult over the previous year. Â We are grateful for their support.
On theÂ formal side the annual accounts and report were adopted (see earlier post). Bill’s oral presentation of a budget for next year was similarly approved.
Elected onto the Committee were:Â Kerena Fussell and Arnold Ridout, as joint Chair; Bill Bremner as Treasurer and Olawale Ajibola as Cycling Schemes Lead.
Richard gave a talk on the application of TfL’s Cycling Levels of Service (CLOS) assessment. Â Right click on the link below for a copy of his presentation.
It emerged that Newham has a Â high level of walking and public transport use, but a relatively low (but significantly increasing) level of cycling.
CLOS is likely to be a useful tool. Â It is instructive how low the score was for the proposed Upton Corridor scheme, to which we have lodged formal objections (see earlierÂ post).
This opened up a series of open discussions ranging from the lift failures in the Woolwich Foot Tunnel to our website and communications to our proposed rides for the forthcoming year (the next being a Newham Ride on 4 April).
Some future guidanceÂ emerged:
- The CLOS can Â be incorporated into our campaigning.
- We need to publicise our objections to schemes on our website.
- We need to contact our local Councillors and respond to consultations as individuals as numbers count.
- We need to increase our liaison with pedestrian groups.
- There is a gap in our communications in theÂ absence of a platform for discussion.