Further correspondence with Camden about the traffic proposals.

Posted October 8th, 2023 by admin

07 October 2023 16:19 from Adam Harrison Cabinet member for a sustainable Camden.

Dear Meric and Debby 

Thank you for getting in touch on this and for all the work you’ve done in recent months and years on what changes to make to roads in the Inkerman area. 

As the trial measures are somewhat time-constrained, being part of an experimental traffic order, we are limited in terms of being able to extend consultation periods, and in this case it would take us too close to the end of the trial period – by which point you have to revert to the original arrangements if you’ve not made a decision to keep the trial arrangements (and in this case, consideration of the additional proposals at the same time). Never the less, the 3 week consultation period is, as officers have stated, in line with our approach for all similar schemes in the borough, and follow engagement activities throughout the trial period. 

I wasn’t at the meetings I know have taken place but I understand there was an appetite to explore additional options through that engagement, which we asked officers to do and take to consultation, to further improve conditions for walking and cycling, increase greening and reduce traffic movements in the area. The consultation is the opportunity to gather people’s views, allow us to see if they would work or if we’d need to make changes or tweaks to this. The results and analysis will be shared in a decision report, which will be published on the council’s website and shared with you at that point. The decision report will carefully consider, and respond to, all the feedback received during the consultation itself, and prior engagement activities during the trial. 

Best wishes  

Adam

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We replied 08 October 2023 18:35

Dear Councillor Harrison

Your email below asserts that the consultation period cannot be extended because you say that it is about “making the trial changes permanent.” 

But the new proposals are not just about that matter. They are far greater and more complex than that. They affect the whole of the area with numerous possibilities of unintended consequences.

They require considerable thought and discussion with Camden.

To ignore that is to render the consultation invalid and challengeable. 

You will be aware of the requirements in consultations laid down in case law from the highest courts …. ” First, that consultation must be at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage. Second, that the proposer must give sufficient reasons for any proposal to permit of intelligent consideration and response. Third,… that adequate time must be given for consideration and response and, finally, fourth, that the product of consultation must be conscientiously taken into account in finalising any statutory proposals.”  (relevant emphasis added) 

We strongly ask you to treat the existing consultation as simply being about the trial changes being made permanent and open a new consultation about the wider and more radical proposals – with a new deadline. 

This can give the necessary “adequate time for consideration and response” and to include a meeting with officers and councillors at which they can “give sufficient reasons for any proposal to permit of intelligent consideration and response” . 

Best Wishes

Debby Hyams 
Chair of IARA