Ealing Council to consider a new charter of engagement after independent review

  Posted: 15.09.21 at 10:05 by Hannah Davenport

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AN independent review recommended Ealing Council adopt a new charter to improve community engagement on active travel schemes.

This comes after the council announced it will consider a report and its recommendations on the London Streetspace Plan (LSP), including LTNs and school streets schemes, at a meeting later this month.

A summary of the review, published by the council, highlighted a lack of public engagement approaches and said the speed at which the LSP programme was carried out led to mistakes.

It established that, when provisional plans were shared in the public domain the council was ‘unable to respond immediately to public concerns and criticism that were voiced.’

The review, under taken by Urban Movement, recommended a new charter setting out key principles of engaging with residents and stakeholders on active travel schemes, which ensure local people are involved from the beginning.

They recommended a pro-active public engagement and communications strategy on transport initiatives and the preparation of an engagement and communications plan.

A Citizens Panel for Active Travel in Ealing was also recommended for consideration.

Along with, proactively working with local people in scheme development and a clear monitoring strategy to ensure schemes are meeting their objectives.

The new approach also includes, a review of the Council’s 2019 Transport Strategy in the light of recent experience, with the revised version incorporating a stronger focus on public engagement and communications.

The council said this will be considered as part of their new and wider approach to consultation and engagement in the Council’s priorities.

Ealing Council will consider the findings of the independent review at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday 22 September.

The council has been approached for comment.

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