Decision details

Cabinet response to the Air Quality strategy scrutiny review

Decision Maker: Environment Scrutiny Commission

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Cllr Catherine Rose Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment & Roads introduced the Cabinet response and noted the recent developments on air quality - particularly Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN), updates to the Movement Plan’s equity framework and the wider development of Low Traffic Southwark. Cllr Radha Burgess,  Deputy Cabinet Member, for Low Traffic Southwark, said she would be happy to come back to set out more detail on Low Traffic Southwark.


The chair invited comments and the following points were made by commission members:


·  A few of the cabinet responses say ‘to be considered’, for example on Southwark’s diesel fleet. The commission would welcome an update on this.


·  The ambition of the new appointees was welcomed, alongside the vision of a Low Traffic Southwark.  However in places the  cabinet responses falls short of this, in particular the review called for 10,000 bike hangers but  500 are promised, there is  no freight strategy, nor is there a commitment to a  borough wide CPZ, yet other boroughs are doing this.


·  Where cycle hangers are introduced they are used immediately, even in Dulwich, with lots of gardens. If the council is serious about a modal shift (from car journeys to walking and cycling) then this needs to resourced.


·  The south of the borough has some of the poorest public transport and consequently some of the lowest PTAL scores.


·  LTNs need complementary improvement to main roads.  


Cabinet members said in response to these points:


·  They are mindful for the need for improved public transport south of the borough.  


·  There are strategic plans to increase bike hanger provision that they would like to come back to the commission on.


·  They agreed  that LTNs needs to make  connections at main roads and with  other transport modes , which will be done incrementally, working with TFL.


·  Low Traffic Southwark is a vision  and framework for a Southwark with much improved air quality and near zero car traffic injuries.








The responses provided by cabinet to the Air Quality report will be tracked, including recommendations still under consideration.

Publication date: 17/01/2021

Date of decision: 04/11/2020

Decided at meeting: 04/11/2020 - Environment Scrutiny Commission

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