Camden's Consultations (and others that affect residents)
BRAG is trying to make sure as many local people as possible know about Camden's consultations that are taking place.
Responding to consultations seems to be a full time-time job, and most people are juggling work and family commitments - so it does start to feel like a 'tick box' exercise whereby the Council and other organisations can say they've "engaged with the community". But how effectively?
Tavistock Place - Torrington Place Corridor: eastbound or westbound?
The most recent public consultation on the Tavistock Place corridor (re: direction of traffic flow) took place between November 2018 and January 2019. We were told by Camden that a report would be published by officers detailing all responses to the consultation. A Cabinet meeting to decide the outcome was scheduled to take place in April. This has been postponed, and provisionally re-scheduled for a Cabinet meeting on 19 November 2019.
According to government guidelines, responses to public consultations should be published within 12 weeks or an explanation given. We do not find it credible to simply read on Camden’s website that “the required analysis and assessment has taken longer than originally expected.”
Is this contentious traffic management scheme simply being kicked into the long grass, with the hope that local people either don’t know about it - or have forgotten - or simply don’t care any more? We are arranging a meeting with local Councillors to find out.
This delayed decision is however impacting on construction projects within the local area. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is located at 17-19 Tavistock Place. They cannot provide residents with accurate information on their Construction Management Plan until they know whether traffic will flow east or west.
Electoral Boundary Review - changes to ward boundaries in South Camden
Map of proposed new ward boundaries
Camden has proposed changing the boundaries of all three wards of our area: Bloomsbury, Kings Cross and Holborn & Covent Garden.
Kings Cross ward will cross the Euston Road to incorporate the former railway lands. Bloomsbury ward will incorporate the enclave of streets east of Upper Woburn Place and north of Tavistock Place, as far east as Judd Street (historically, the Skinners Estate). Bloomsbury will also extend further south towards High Holborn, west of Southampton Row, thereby incorporating an area that currently lies within Holborn and Covent Garden ward.
Consultation on these proposals is currently taking place.
Here is the link to HAVE YOUR SAY on Camden's draft recommendations
The consultation closes on 5 August 2019 and we understand that the final recommendations will be published on 1 October 2019.
In Spring 2019 there were a lot of consultations taking place, on issues such as Camden's Transport Strategy, Camden Planning Guidance (CPG) documents, on Camden's Draft Clean Air Action Plan, and a six month survey of the West End Project.The first public consultation on proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries ended in March.
BRAG did find time to respond to the Planning Guidance documents, focusing only on Air Quality, which also referred to the issue of community engagement. See BRAG's full response by clicking here