Report of the Director of the Built Environment
The Sub Committee considered a report of the Director of the Built Environment A three-year programme implementing pedestrian priority and pavement widening schemes across the Square Mile to enhance the comfort and safety of people walking. The Chairman introduced the item, commenting that this was an important project which would hopefully lead to an evidence-based approach and avoid some of the problems reported in other London boroughs.
In response to questions from Members, the Director of the Built Environment advised that further assessment on interventions and network management would be undertaken, as well as traffic modelling to explore the interaction of the proposals with other schemes. It was further advised that the public consultation on All Change at Bank would be taken into account in progressing the scheme. The Director of the Built Environment then gave the Sub Committee further detail on the Air Quality data used and advised that more recent data would be included in the Year 2 proposals. Members suggested that a timetable capturing all the planned works be produced for ease of reference and to aid monitoring.
In response to a question from a Member, the Director of the Built Environment confirmed that all temporary measures could be reviewed and designs of existing and proposed measures would be looked at in detail. A Member commented that some schemes may be adversely impacted by the return of footfall and traffic to the City and stressed that network flexibility should be maintained. The Director of the Built Environment responded that further assessment and stakeholder engagement would be undertaken and confirmed that any measures could be modified, retained or rolled back as necessary.
RESOLVED – That the Streets & Walkways Sub Committee: