Report of the Director of the Built Environment.
At this point, the Chairman sought approval from the Committee to continue the meeting beyond two hours from the appointed time for the start of the meeting, in accordance with Standing Order 40, and this was agreed.
The Committee received a report of the Director of the Built Environment summarising progress with delivering the Transport Strategy in 2019/20 and setting out the Delivery Plan for 2021/22 – 2022/23.
A Member noted that the report referred to the fact that data on collisions and casualties was still pending for 2019 due to processing problems and questioned what these problems were. He also commented that, whilst 2020 figures were likely to be skewed due to the ongoing pandemic, it would be important to gain an early view as to the safety of the experimental changes installed as opposed to reflecting on these later in 2021 and questioned how these problems could be overcome. Officers responded by stating that the long-term data had encountered processing problems and that when annual statistics were published these had to be very robust and reflect on the impact of any measures put in place. It was also reported that the City Police had recently switched reporting systems for recording data and that Officers had been working hard alongside them to determine what was happening at specific locations in terms of historic data. For 2020, City of London Police had undertaken to have a very live look at what was happening on the City’s streets around COVID-19 recovery measures and to feed into any recommendations on changes to these. Members were assured that this data would also be looked at in detail for next year.
Another Member made the point that per capita measures would be helpful in relation to this and mapping progress noting that City visitor numbers were likely to be very different post-COVID for some time.
RESOLVED – That Members note the report.