Hounslow moves ahead with next round of Phases 1 and 2 Streetspace engagement

Hounslow Council has announced the next round of public engagement on Phases 1 and 2 of its Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and ‘Streetspace’ trials.

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2020

Cllr Khan

Those will start this month, after the Council’s Cabinet Committee confirmed plans agreed last month, having considered comments and recommendations made by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The Streetspace trials were brought forward at the request of the Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to aid social distancing by creating more space for people, especially the elderly and disabled, as well as promoting cycling and walking and reducing pollution. Meeting the Government’s request has meant consultation having to take place during the trial period.

Speaking at the Cabinet meeting, Council leader Cllr Steve Curran, thanked the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the work done to produce the recommendations and their contribution to the process.

Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, said:

“We’ve been clear throughout the Streetspace trials that we want to hear everyone’s views, especially as we have not been able to consult in advance in our usual manner. It is now time to get on with the next phase of engagement. We know some of these are at a busy time, but we want to start these conversations as soon as possible, and hear people’s voices. We will gladly rerun events in the New Year where there is sufficient demand.”

Streetspace has seen 62 trial measures introduced across the Borough, with 30 of those implemented around schools. These ‘Schools streets’ have a particular emphasis on road measures near schools, which promote cycling among pupils and boost air quality.

The online consultation for the initial trials was scheduled to close on 22 December 2020, however this will now be extended until 31 January 2021 to allow any further representation to be made following these engagement sessions.

The online consultation events for the trials implemented will take place as follows.

Date

Time

Area

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Thursday 17 December 2020

7pm

Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth, Heston, Cranford and Central Hounslow

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Friday 18 December 2020

7pm

Brentford

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Monday 21 December 2020

7pm

Businesses - boroughwide

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Thursday 7 January 2021

7pm

Businesses - boroughwide

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Friday 8 January 2021

7pm

Chiswick North

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Monday 11 January 2021

7pm

Chiswick South

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Tuesday 12 January 2021

7pm

Isleworth

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Thursday 14 January 2021

7pm

Chiswick South

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Monday 18 January 2021

7pm

Chiswick North

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Hounslow Council has been listening to feedback from residents throughout the trials and is still collecting feedback as part of the public consultation. Anyone wishing to write in with their views can do so to Hounslow House.

The next phase of the trials will come in the form of independent interim reviews, carried out by Steer, an accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Steer will review the data and feedback received on each of the trials. Their conclusions will advise decisions on whether trial measures are adapted, made permanent or removed altogether.  The reports will be published and available on our website.

The purpose of these engagement events is for Steer to present the findings from their analysis which will form the basis for decision making.  It is essential to seek input at this stage to ensure the evidence base provides robust conclusions on which to base future decisions.

Questions regarding the data, which includes traffic and bus issues, should be submitted in advance to ensure answers can be provided during the sessions. Questions can also be submitted at the sessions and all answers will be published on the council website.

Cllr Khan continued, “We have committed to independent reviews based on the views of residents and the data we have collected for each trial. If you haven’t already taken part, I urge you to submit your thoughts – whatever your views – so the reviews fully reflect the breadth of opinion in Hounslow as well as the specific needs of particular areas where the Streetspace trials have been delivered.”

There is no current date for commencement of Phase 3 trials.

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