Now Sadiq Khan desires to REINSTATE hated Excessive Avenue Kensington cycle lane after new survey claims greater than half of native residents help scheme
- Labour mayor quotes new ballot claiming 56 per cent of residents need the lanes
- It comes after Kensington and Chelsea Council scrapped scheme in December
- The council pulled the scheme, after £320,00 grant, following 322 complaints
- Mr Khan has threatened to take management of street and demanded the cash again
The Mayor of London is making an attempt to use strain on native authority bosses to restarted the loathed mission.
It comes after the scheme was dramatically scrapped in December amid a row between Transport for London and Conservative-run Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC).
However forward of a crunch assembly later this month, the Labour mayor is pushing a brand new ballot which claims greater than half of native residents help the scheme.
The survey, launched immediately by Metropolis Corridor, claims 40 per cent ‘strongly help’ protected lanes in Kensington Excessive Avenue. An additional 16 per cent ‘barely help’ them, in keeping with the survey.
Nonetheless Kensington and Chelsea Council immediately appeared to forged doubt over the energy of the ballot, citing issues by residents that the query had been ‘main’.
It comes the council is about to assessment its resolution at a gathering on March 17, with out the involvement of the lead councillor who ordered the lanes to be scrapped.
Sadiq Khan has immediately risked the ire of London’s motorists by urging council chiefs to reinstate the despised Excessive Avenue Kensington cycle lane. Pictured: Cyclists protested the closure of the lanes in December
Forward of a crunch assembly later this month, the Labour mayor (pictured) is pushing a brand new ballot which claims greater than half of native residents help the scheme
Kensington cycle lane timeline: How row erupted over £700,000 scheme
September 28 – Kensington council begins putting in the lanes, saying they might improve the quantity of people that may entry the excessive avenue in the course of the pandemic
October 14 – The work is full
November 12 – Residents’ teams and native companies write to the council saying the scheme was ‘not working’ and harming the native financial system
November 29 – Council confirms lane might be eliminated ‘after companies and residents expressed issues
1st – Extinction Riot activists descend on the cycle lane to protest its removing
2nd – Activists glue themselves to a piece van, briefly halting the removing work
seventh – Council confirms all of the bollards had been eliminated.
Forward of the assembly, Mr Khan immediately stated that analysis by ICM Limitless, who telephoned greater than 1,000 native residents, confirmed 56 per cent of individuals supported the scheme.
Round 30 per cent both strongly opposed or barely opposed the mission.
Talking in regards to the survey, Mr Khan stated: ‘The ripping out of the brand new cycle lanes final 12 months was not simply an unacceptable waste of cash, however went in opposition to what everybody may see: that the secure area for biking on Kensington Excessive Avenue was working.
‘Biking numbers had been up, bus journey instances down, but the Council had been swayed by a number of loud voices dedicated to the established order.
‘I love RBKC’s dedication to placing their residents first.
‘What this ballot reveals is that their residents need to have the ability to cycle alongside Kensington Excessive Avenue and different foremost roads throughout the borough.
‘I urge the Council to make the precise resolution and work with TfL to reinstate the cycle lanes.’
Nonetheless the council immediately appeared to lift doubts in regards to the survey. In a press release to the Night Commonplace, a spokesperson stated: ‘We’ve requested the Mayor of London to see the questions and the methodology behind this survey as a result of our residents have raised issues.
‘We’ve acquired complaints that questions had been main and it was not clear which organisation the survey was being run by.’
The lanes had been put in final 12 months after the council had been awarded greater than £300,000 as a part of Transport for London’s Streetspace scheme.
Extinction Riot supporters tried to forestall contractors from eradicating bollards on Excessive Avenue Kensington which marked out the pop-up cycle lane in the course of the Covid-19 lockdown
However the authority eliminated the lanes in December after receiving 322 complaints from residents and two enterprise organisations.
The removing of the lanes, which had been being utilized by greater than 4,000 cyclists a day, sparked a backlash from the borough’s academics and bike owner, who organised a protest after the choice was introduced.
Mr Khan threatened to grab management of the street from the Tory-controlled native authority, reinstate the lane and pressure council chiefs to repay the £300,000 of public cash used to place it there within the first place consequently.