Presentation of proposed schemes and review of the TfL study by the Head Ranger for West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons.
The Committee received a verbal report of the Head Ranger regarding the pedestrian crossing proposals from Transport for London (TfL) on the A232 at Hartfield Crescent. He gave a history of proceedings, which dated from 2004, and confirmed that in November 2014 TfL met with City of London Officers to present three options. These were outlined in detail to the Consultative Committee, who discussed the suitability of each. Members noted that the three options would be presented to the Epping Forest & Commons Committee in March 2015 for approval.
In response to Members’ questions, officers confirmed that the approximate area of land-take of each option did not include the reclamation of car park space, as this was deemed to be too expensive and complex to act as mitigation and would not necessarily be advantageous for visitors. Officers also advised that Options 2 and 3 only concerned City of London land, but Option 1 affected land owned by both the London Borough of Bromley and City of London. With regard to highway safety, Members discussed the history of the junction, which had always been a hazard for pedestrians, and discussed the positive impact a crossing would have independently of the option of widening Hartfield Crescent.
The Committee requested that plans for all three options be circulated electronically, and it was agreed that all comments would be fed back to officers by 1 February 2015.
RESOLVED – That:
(a) Plans for all three options be circulated to Consultative Committee Members electronically; and
(b) All comments be fed back to officers by 1 February 2015.