Attendees: Tony Levene, Veronica Chamberlain, Anoop Shah, Glenn Stewart, Penny Hayward
1. Review of mini-Holland tour
2. Proposal for Harrow cycle network / Liveable Neighbourhood
Veronica proposed the name ‘Healthy Streets for Harrow’ as the name of the campaign for mini-Holland style improvements in Harrow. This campaign would aim to appeal to non-cyclists, and we would seek support from a wide range of health and community organisations in Harrow. At this stage the emphasis would be for the council to agree on the principles, aiming for the benefits of healthy children, clean air, more physical activity etc., rather than asking for commitment to individual schemes. Cycling should be considered a normal transport option.
Healthy Streets for Harrow will have a facebook page and a Twitter account.
3. Future meeting and liaison with the council
Anoop will arrange a meeting with council officers and aim to do a joint presentation at the next Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel meeting. This presentation should emphasise the widespread benefits of the mini-Holland scheme, including air quality, healthy children, public health and better transport. This should be framed in the context of the Mayoral Transport Strategy and Harrow’s Cycling and environmental strategies. We note that Kingston has misused some mini-Holland funds to improve the roads for motorists, but Enfield has been doing good work. Waltham Forest was chosen for the tour as it was easy to get to and is the most advanced of all the mini-Holland boroughs.
Some councillors stated they were interested in a mini-Holland tour but were not able to attend. Anoop will email an update to all councillors, asking those who stated an interest in a mini-Holland tour which dates they can make.
Tony has met Varsha Parmar and introduced the idea about investing in walking and cycling, and will invite her to one of our committee meetings.
Harrow’s Cycling Strategy dated 2015-2018 is coming to the end, and we should hold the council to account for what they stated they would have achieved. Tony will review the strategy and also the party manifestos, and write a press release about progress on cycling to date.
Waltham Forest has been using money from motorist fines to improve the streets. Tony will find out what happens to parking income and fines in Harrow, as we suspect they may be diverted to other budgets.
5. Next meeting
Wednesday 10th October, 7.30pm at 60 Longley Road, Harrow, HA1 4TH