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Mini Holland consultations gauging the views of locals

The £30 million Mini Holland initiative that Waltham Forest Council is looking to start implementing next year throughout the borough is continuing to engage with local people about the plans for their areas.


The consultation into plans for Ruckholt Road in Leyton ran last month and the feedback is currently being analysed. The Walthamstow Village consultation is ongoing until 19 December, with drop-in sessions arranged next week.


The drop-in sessions will be held at Shernhall Methodist Church Hall on Shernhall Street from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesday 9 December; at St. Stephens Church of England Church Hall at 1A Copeland Road from 2pm to 8pm on Wednesday 10 December; and at Vestry House Museum on Vestry Road from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday 11 December.


“We learnt a lot from the trial we ran in the Village and it stimulated a great deal of debate and an exchange of views that has been extremely helpful in shaping the plans we are now consulting upon,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.


“It will not have escaped the notice of local people that there were sadly two very serious accidents involving cyclists last week on Lea Bridge Road. My thoughts go out to those people and their families. Coincidentally we will be putting forward plans for proposed changes to Lea Bridge Road in the New Year when we launch our next round of consultation as part of the ongoing Mini Holland initiative.”


In the wake of the accidents last week a number of local people have been asking for the Mini Holland scheme to be implemented more quickly, but Cllr Loakes stressed the need to respect the consultation process. “We need to properly gauge how local people feel to inform how we go forward,” he said.


Research published last week revealed that accidents involving cyclists rose by 26 per cent over the last three years, with an average of more than ten a day in London alone.


The research by AXA and Road Safety Analysis revealed that cycling collisions in London have increased from 3,244 a year between 2008 and 2010 to 4,087 a year in the following three years. London is the only region in Britain to have seen a rise in every type of casualty (cyclists, children and general collisions) near schools.




Notes to Editors:



  • The research by AXA and Road Safety Analysis, along with an interactive road safety map is available to view at www.axa.co.uk/roadsafeschools/localroadsafetyindex/

  • London sees 16 per cent of all UK road collisions – higher than any other region

  • There were a total of 5,591 road collisions involving children between 2011 and 2013.

  • There has been a slight increase in collisions involving all road users up from 69,950 collisions on non-motorway roads in London, with 59,900 happening within 500 yards of a school in 2008 to 2010, to 71,119 collisions, with 61,024 occurring within 500 yards of a school between 2011 and 2013.

  • More information about the Mini Holland programme can be found at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/miniholland You can also email miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk

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