A report from the Executive Director – Place is attached. (Key decision – reference number 5196)
Councillor Ian Barnes (Deputy Leader) introduced the report of the Executive Director Place providing a summary of the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood project to date.
1. The report set out in detail an interim update on the monitoring of the project.
2. It was clear that there had been a serious impact from the lockdowns which affected travel patterns. It was therefore recommended to continue the existing trial.
3. The report provided data which gave insights relating to residents’ perceived concerns.
4. Assessment would be ongoing and would be further informed by additional collection of data.
5. Further engagement and consultation on a potential alternative design that considered the wider area spanning both Enfield and Haringey would take place.
6. Members highlighted the analysis of crime in the project area. It was noted that officers would be patrolling more proactively within the vicinity where vehicles had been reported stolen. Police had been asked to give more advice on suitable bicycle locks and storage.
7. In response to Members’ questions, the collection of further community feedback, and of more traffic data, was confirmed. This would enable a further decision report to follow on the project, anticipated in the Autumn/Winter of 2021.
8. Thanks was expressed to the officers on behalf of Cabinet for their commitment and ongoing hard work on the project.
Alternative Options Considered: NOTED the alternative options which had been considered as set out in paragraph 41 of the report:
· Ending the trial in a direct response to feedback received – This was considered to be a premature decision at this stage of the project, when there is a pathway to collecting further data that can better inform the impacts of the trial.
· Amending the trial in some way under the existing ETO in response to feedback received – Given the complexity of this project and its interaction with adjacent roads in Haringey, it is not considered appropriate to make changes to the trial before we have explored potential options alongside Haringey, as this may influence any amendments to the existing trial.
· Recommending making the scheme permanent now – This was considered to be a premature decision at this stage of the project, when there is a pathway to collecting further data that can better inform the impacts of the trial.
· Not bringing this decision to Cabinet (and instead bringing a decision on the permanence of the trial at a later date) – We consider there to be sufficient public and political interest for Cabinet to make interim decisions on the continuation of this trial.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed that:
1. The Bowes Primary Quieter Neighbourhood trial continues, enabling the opportunity to collect traffic data that is more representative of ‘normal’ conditions. A pathway to this return is identified by the Government’s published roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions.
2. Following collaborative working with Haringey and full assessment of community feedback received to date, further engagement takes place on any alternative design that is developed. This engagement will occur alongside the ongoing assessment of the existing trial.
Reason: NOTED the detailed reasons for the proposals as set out paragraphs 3 to 6 of the report.
(Key decision – reference number 5196)