Joe Dodd, a member of the Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats, wrote today to the LBHF Council to call for further action to improve cycling infrastructure in the borough. The letter can be read below:
Dear Cllr Iain Cassidy,
Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats welcome the speed at which the council has introduced segregated cycling lanes and reallocated road space to pedestrians in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
As we continue to rebuild the economy following the lockdown, more and more people are returning to work and going about their lives. People are being urged to avoid public transport whenever possible to reduce the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, any increase in car use threatens to significantly damage air quality in the borough. It is for this reason that walking and cycling infrastructure needs to be prioritised to ensure residents are able to maintain social distancing rules. The separation of cyclists from other road users has been proven to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers while also enhancing the appeal of cycling for everyone.
H&F council have woefully failed to improve cycling provisions in the borough over the past five years. It is a shame that it has taken a pandemic and the threat of uncontrollable toxic air to finally act to make even minor improvements to cycling infrastructure. The council declared a climate emergency one year ago. In the meantime they have only scratched the surface of the kind of action urgently required to deal with the emissions caused by transport within the borough. The current temporary cycling lanes do not adequately extend throughout the borough and improve connectivity between Hammersmith and Fulham.
What is being done to scale up the strategy for temporary cycling lanes? What are the council's plans to improve the long-term strategy for cycling and walking in the borough?
Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats
This article was amended on 13th July 2020 to state "do not adequately" rather than "do not inadequately".
The Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats have today written to LBHF Council Leader Stephen Cowan inviting him to consider closing North End Road to vehicles for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown and potentially for a period afterwards.
Hammersmith & Fulham resident and Liberal Democrat member Alison Hancock sent this letter in. Please read through and help the council understand that this is a bad time to raise taxes on the people of our borough already hurting from the economic repercussions of Brexit and COVID-19. And as always, let us know your thoughts and feedback.
Last year H&F council tax bills increased by a staggering 4.7% and this year it is compounded by a further inflation-busting increase of 4%. The council is being far from transparent about the rises and even imply that this increase reflects a cut by falsely claiming on their website, "this year’s budget sees council tax rise by less than inflation — a real-terms cut”!
Our first campaign of 2020 is to save the Parsons Green NHS Walk-In Centre which, as you may know, has been threatened for some time with potential closure or conversation to an appointment based service.
Join us at Parliament Square on Monday 20th January at 1pm to rally to protect refugee family reunion in the run up to the Lords voting. Guest speakers include Ed Davey.
Just a quick note to let you know the election results from last night in our borough.
Local Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of the Green Party to stand aside at this election in Chelsea & Fulham.
This General Election is about the direction of our country for the next generation.
In Hammersmith & Fulham, the Liberal Democrats topped the polls in the EU Elections and we are now the main challengers to Greg Hands and the Conservatives in Fulham and Chelsea.
Thursday is 31st October. Boris Johnson might be marking Halloween in a ditch, but if we are still in the EU, Siobhan Benita will be hosting a celebration of our EU membership in Parliament Square from 7pm.
The Lib Dem surge continues today with the announcement that lifelong Lib Dem and ardent Remainer Nicola Horlick has been chosen as our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Chelsea & Fulham.