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URGENT: All who cycle in Camden: 19 June deadline for Huntley Street consultation

Apologies for the impossibly short notice but the London Cycling Campaign has just sent out the following action alert. I encourage all who cycle in the UCL/Bloomsbury area to respond immediately.

Deadline 19th June for letters and emails regarding a) Cycling contraflow in Huntley Street, Camden b) Cycle Hire docking station in Huntley St, Camden

We understand that both the proposal for a cycle contraflow in Huntley Street and the bike hire docking station in this street may be rejected because of resident objections. We understand there have been very few letters of support for either the contraflow for cycle users or the docking station. Many local cyclists will be unaware of this important consultation. We urge you to express your view immediately.

As you may be are aware local residents, and the many students, hospital staff and patients who use this street are currently forced to use the very busy Tottenham Court Road gyratory system to avoid the one way arrangement along a short (Torrington Place to University Street) but critical stretch of road. Huntley Street, as many people know, is directly linked to one of the busiest cycle routes in Britain – along Torrington Place. Making a small section of Huntley Street two way for cyclists will enable the many thousand of users of the busy cycle route to access University College Hospital and other buildings in this area without having to use the Tottenham Court Road gyratory system. Huntley Street itself has very little traffic and the northern stretch of the street is already two way for all vehicles – in terms of safety this contraflow is not problematic and it will only require minor works .

It would be most regrettable if a useful facility and a reduction in road danger to cyclists will be rejected when funding is available to carry out the necessary works. We understand the funding will be returned to TfL if the proposal is rejected.

The location of a cycle docking station in Huntley Street would be a great convenience for local residents as well as patients who wish to go to University College Hospital. It would unfortunate if this station were rejected. The contraflow in Huntley Street would make the short journey to the Torrington Place cycle route or UCL Hospital legal in both directions.

We understand that the council is consulting on the two matters separately in the same document. All local cyclists whether local residents, users of UCL Hospital. UCL students, Camden Cycling Campaign members, LCC members, CTC London members or any others are urged to write immediately to Dave Stewart, principal engineer, making their views clear on either or both proposals. The deadline is Saturday 19th of June. His email is dave.stewart {at} camden.gov(.)uk .

The consultation can be found at www.camden.gov.uk/consultations.

What one cyclist wrote to Camden Council:

“Dear Dave Stewart ,
I would like to show my support for the measures outlined in the consultation on a) Cycling contraflow in Huntley Street, Camden b) Cycle Hire docking station in Huntley St, Camden.
I am a regular cyclist in the area and I would find these facilities very useful.

Yours sincerely,
Alix Stredwick”

In memorium: Sharine Brown

I was shocked to learn last week of the passing away of Ms Sharine Brown, lately Head of Residences at Imperial College, London. She had held that role for a number of years, including the duration of my tenure as President of Imperial College Union (2003-2005).

We did not always see eye to eye – particularly when negotiating annual rent reviews (I managed to get them held to 6% rises in both years when Sharine was angling up for upwards of 12%.) She was, nonetheless, a strong champion for quality and choice in student accommodation and a considerable asset to the College. Whilst many others focussed their attention on Imperial’s high-profile and grand building projects, Sharine quietly worked hard to ensure that the best use was made of the crumbling facilities, to benefit existing students, whilst they awaited redevelopment. I always recognised that no matter what problems arose halls at Imperial College were generally better run than those at any other London university. Her passing will be a great loss to student body and she will be deservedly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 16.00 on Tuesday 25 May to celebrate Sharine’s life in Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road. RSVP: Mickie Turner-Goble.

Return to blogging

Hello readers!

Apologies for not having posted on my web log since last September. I’ve spent this evening working on installing the latest WordPress updates to the site, as well as a few new plugins, and expect to resume blogging imminently.

Surprisingly, it’s actually been Twitter which has re-ignited my interest in blogging. Whilst short 140 character soundbites are so much easier to put out, it does somewhat prompt a certain desire to write more considered posts.

C4 Political Awards – why the negativity?

I encourage everyone to make a nomination in the Channel 4 / Hansard Society Political Impact Awards 2009. Follow the link to submit yours.

Channel 4 include a short video at the foot of the above web page to act as a reminder of the political events of 2008. Curiously it’s all full of negativity. Now I can understand why Damian Green being arrested would be on there. But what was the point of Nick Clegg thinking the basic state pension was £30 a week being on there? Or indeed Peter Hain resigning from the government? They’re looking for nominations for people who have made an impact – not failed!

My nomination was for David Davis.