Dollis Valley Greenwalk

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3799
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question No: 2015/3532

'Barnet Council have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of Transport for London money on the "upgrade" of Dollis Valley Greenwalk from Dollis Road to Fursby Road. This was done without any public consultation, proper planning or consideration of the Health and Safety of users. Users were not informed of the works until the month before the project was scheduled and then with just basic information. The resulting path does not comply with the Department for Transport 'Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists (LTN 1/12)' or TfL's 'London Cycling Design Standards'. This is also an area for Nature Conservation and Green Chains but this was not considered with trees and vegetation removed, the contours changed, and, many plants, likely in seed form, foreign to the area brought in during the path construction and not monitored or eliminated when they later grew. In the process of building this path, the contractors raised it in some places by more than 40cm and it consisted of various layers - gravel, base layer asphalt and top layer. The majority of users are pedestrians where the interaction with the surface is with a foot strike. The harder the surface is, the greater the force back through the body. If you are jogging or running the force is even greater. The needs of pedestrians have been overlooked in the interest of cyclists: do you agree that pedestrians should be given proper priority in this Walk and what are you going to do to ensure TfL money is spent appropriately?'

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'Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.'

Will you now give a substantive reply?

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