Supporters and opponents of the controversial cycleway are expected to pack out tonight’s Cabinet meeting of LB Hounslow, when the council’s decision on Cycleway 9 will be announced.
Leader of the council Steve Curran has published a warning that access to the meeting will be limited.
“I’m very pleased that so many residents have taken a keen interest in the proposals being put forward by TfL” he said.
“Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting as observers, although for health and safety reasons, space is limited in the council chamber. Therefore in addition to the 60 councillors, senior officers, additional speakers and members of the press, we are restricting the number of seats for members of the public to 100. These will be handed out on a first come, first served basis from 6.15pm in the Hounslow House reception.”
Cycleway is a ‘piecemeal, poorly-designed scheme’
Among the opponents are ‘Redesign CS9′, who are calling on the Council not to approve it, primarily on the grounds of safety. They quote a Dutch commentator who says this sort of dual lane track is not suitable for a busy High street with lots of cross roads.
‘The Chiswick community should not be guinea pigs in this experiment. There’s a need for schemes that balance the needs of cyclists, residents and traders’.
They claim a majority of Chiswick residents oppose the scheme, saying ‘63% in the W4 postcode do not support CS9’, referring to the consultation carried out by Transport for London earlier this year.
But that is to misrepresent the statistics. All that figure shows is that a majority of those in Chiswick who responded to the survey were against the proposals (which have been revised since). 1600 people from W4 postcodes sent in their comments and of those 792 said they were ‘strongly opposed’ to the scheme, which is actually a tiny minority of Chiswick’s 31,409 residents (Office for National Statistics).
Scheme set to get the go-ahead
The Cabinet is expected to approve the cycle lane after receiving strong endorsement from the council’s traffic officers, led by Head of Traffic and Transport, Mark Frost.
In a summary report which runs to 63 pages, Hounslow’s transport officers have taken criticisms of the cycleway and evaluated them, highlighting where changes have been made to the original plans after consultation or setting out counter arguments to each of the objections and giving their reasons why they think on balance the cycle lane is the right thing to do.
The main summary report runs to 63 pages. They have taken each criticism which has been made of the cycleway and evaluated it, highlighting where changes have been made to the original plans after consultation or setting out counter arguments to each of the objections and giving their reasons why they think on balance the cycle lane is the right thing to do.
You can read their critique here.