Attended by 26 people inc Joe Baker, Cat Kenyon, Helen Mayer, Norman Beddington, Alan Morton, Chris Barker, Anita Chandler, Louise Wass, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Jill Boswell, Brian Simpson, Cara Jenkinson, Billie Krish, Lucy Craig, Marilyn Taylor, Nicky Gavron, Robyn Thomas, Tim Root, Quentin Given, Dr Lisa Greenspan, Pamela Harling, Barbara Furlotti

Apologies from Cllrs Hearn, Chandwani due to Labour Group meeting called at short notice.

Current Council activity. Joe baker reported that work on climate action was proceeding although slowed because four of his team were working partly on COVID19 matters, phoning vulnerable households, and delivering food and medicine using 10 electric vehicles and cargo bikes, thy are trying to purchase electric cargo bikes too. They are also advising some households facing unaffordable energy bills.

Air pollution had dropped by about 10% in Haringey at the two monitoring stations, not as much as central London where it was 40%.

Council is widening effective pavement at pinch points to enable distancing, removing street furniture inc sadly some bike stands. They are looking at improving cycling facilities at traffic interchanges inc bike stores, and at plans for creating new cycle lanes in high streets etc. in liaison with Living Streets and Haringey Cycling Campaign.

TfL is offering some funding for measures to be in place by September. Boroughs are cooperating to look at supply chain issues. Some boroughs already had worked-up plans for schemes, Haringey is having to develop schemes.

Discussion around highways issues:

63% of people who normally travel to work in Haringey do so by public transport. TFL estimate that to enable safe social distancing, the capacity on public transport will be down by 1/5. TFL have also warned that even a slight increase in car use in the capital will lead to gridlock/increase in emissions. The government is now calling for a major shift toward walking and cycling for anyone who can, so that limited space on public transport is taken by those who have no alternative. In a borough where most households don’t own a car, how can we support/enable as many people as possible to walk and cycle in the coming months? how can local groups support?

Any encouragement for e-bikes? Can we get uber jump bikes into Haringey? Can we bulk buy elec cargo bikes, buy and sell cheaply? Hire of cargo bikes??

The number one reason people don’t cycle is not feeling safe cycling on roads. Do we have quick wins to make cycling safe? Some boroughs are doing quick temporary lanes by removing parking and putting up cones. Could we do this on Green Lanes for example?

Can you please inform us about your plans for filtering neighbourhoods. There are neighbourhoods waiting and ready for this kind of intervention. It just would take a few planters. Please see what Croydon and Lewisham are doing with planters to create cellular neighbourhoods where cars enter as guests. There are co benefits for walkers and cyclists exercising and commuting, including children.

Commonplace is a good tool that Waltham Forest use for community engagement around highways and transport.

We need to act quickly before people go back to cars can we have emergency transport plan and involve residents in cheap measures eg planters to close roadscan we bulk buy  elec cargo bikes & sell cheaply cheaply

Can we restrict the regrowth of car traffic by eg removing parking reintroducing parking charges and lobbying TfL about reinstating the congestion charge. : Can we help the council in installing planters to filter roads and hold people’s assemblies?

The Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham are doing some really interesting work about getting bikes into more deprived areas


: Really encouraged that fuel poverty response is being linked to energy efficiency work

Concern that many of the 60% of people who commute by public transport could try to drive. That will create huge congestion, increase pollution etc. What can we do that’s quick and cheap? A quarter of car journeys are under 1 mile.

One of the higher costs for low traffic neighbourhoods is the modelling and consultation – by using emergency orders, we can do the consultation through implementation (will this make filtering much cheaper?). Also lots of cheap options for cycling – in some cases we just need to remove parking on highstreets and add some orcas

Some boroughs are using planters to block through-motor traffic. Could we make them in-house (as LBWF) or using volunteers? We should be moving to more local production and local jobs…

Joe has highlighted how little money TFL and Councils will have for the measures we want. TFL funding will be dire this year as a result of Covid. While we are focussing on Haringey, we also need to bear in mind that the Government has to be pressured to deliver policies that will deliver real benefits for climate change but also health and care eg better housing, low-carbon transport etc.

For those that CANT use bikes eg carers with buggies & toddlers is there scope for community dial-a-ride on sliding scale, run as a community enterprise (jobs) as in Oxford)

We want to encourage working from home, and generally travelling less, people engaging more with their local area. Are we building the right sort of homes? More local co-working spaces?, Socially distanced of course. Could we use empty high street shops for local working hubs?

people on bikes with babies watch this film

Haringey Transport Forum is being reviewed, there was a consultation process, proposals are due to come out soon.

Just to flag – Haringey Living Streets have a meeting next Monday to discuss how we can gather community ideas for an emergency action plan. All welcome.

Community engagement

Can we look at what Newham have been doing with neighbourhood assemblies

we can capitalise on community engagement AND prob good feeling about council. Can we buy in invite street/council block reps, to consult neighbourhood about what wd help active transport, retrofit etc. All languages. competion for children on vision of build back better

number of events in a year (regardless of success) should NOT be a measurable metric  (objective Com 1)

Can we build on mutual support groups and other voluntary networks that have emerged to create a localised climate network, at ward, neighbourhood and even street level? Examples given of people engaging with ca 200 neighbours, which seems a good size for a local “cell”.

Louise : Let’s build distinctive neighbourhoods and resilient neighbourhoods. resilient communities I mean. WE can achieve full and wide community engagement by involving them in finding solutions. Make it positive – how we can create stronger, cleaner, greener neighbourhoods Can we support local independent shops with online delivery platform and e-cargobike delivery so they can compete with supermarket online offer

M & S in Muswell Hill put solar panels on their roof, could we get large emissions cuts and strong publicity by pushing other supermarkets to take large green measures and thus boost their image? And Spurs are planning a new block of flats and a multi-storey hotel. Will these be very low carbon? Maybe we can insist they are.

Cara Jenkinson  : It is a lever to get people to make their homes more comfortable (insulated)

Haringey Climate Forum website:

 could Haringey fund using the HCF web site as an interactive trusted facility?

We have a good web site, but needs updating and integrating with community engagement we need

Like the idea of using the climate forum web page – can we pay someone to keep it up to date?? sydney : I would be willing to input to improving the web page. But would want there to be a techie person to do it. Just needs some tweaks. The HCF web site already has an excellent list of many community groups for various purposes

Other community engagement

Messages: green jobs for Haringey, rebuild better, Share space for healthier streets

it would be great to see young people involved in their local environment, possibly thru schools?

Concern that if we wait to communicate the CEE until Covid is over we could lose a year! I think we need to find a way to get started.

Can we have a double page spread in Haringey People magazine straight away? there are plenty people here that could probably write on a regular basis.

Dr Lisa Greenspan : people can be encouraged to replace their grass with wildflowers. no mowing or watering and so good for mental health

As a result of lockdown people have discovered more of the green spaces in their area.

We are facing a drought which threatens trees, especially newly planted ones. One quick action to engage people wanting to help would be around adopting and watering trees especially street trees. On Ferry Lane Estate the residents’ association is getting people to adopt the 70+ young trees, and put a tag on the tree to show it’s been adopted. So far about 25 trees covered.

Next meetings

Agreed that next meeting should focus on transport. We want to encourage councillors to attend, but it’s also vital that we get the right officers.