Westminster Labour has reacted angrily to news that the Council’s planning department are recommending refusal of a planning application put forward by the council’s own transport team for the pilot installation of a secure Cyclehoop Bike Hangar on Ilbert Street in Queens Park.
Westminster’s planners claim that ‘Because of their size, location and appearance the proposed covered bicycle storage structures would fail to maintain or improve (preserve or enhance) the character and appearance of the Queen’s Park Estate Conservation Area. This would not meet S25 and S28 of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and DES 1, DES 7 and DES 9 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007.’
Labour councillors strongly support the proposed trial of secure cycle hangars. They have previously called on the council to ensure that during the pilot residents have the opportunity to register their interest in having a hanger in their neighbourhood and to explore placement options at the edge of large paved areas, home to the Council’s existing cycle stands, to reduce impact on parking spaces where feasible.
Labour Group Leader Cllr Adam Hug said “Westminster is far behind a number of other boroughs in providing on street secure cycle parking and Labour have been pushing the council to move ahead with this pilot and quickly roll-out hangars to areas where residents want them. The planning committee must listen to residents of Queen’s Park and cyclists across Westminster so that this cycle hangar trial can proceed.”
Queen’s Park Councillor Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg said “Providing bike hangars for local residents would be adding to local amenities and it is crazy that the Council’s Planners should use the Conservation Area status of Queen’s Park to refuse the Council’s own highways proposal. The Council now looks completely stupid with one part of the Council not knowing what another part is doing. It’s about time the Council tried some common sense”
For further information about the planning department’s bizarre recommendation please see here http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/documents/s21131/ITEM%2006%20-%2018%20ILBERT%20STREET%20LONDON%20W10%204QJ.pdf
To have your say on the scheme before the Committee makes its decision on Tuesday 31st January visit http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/ and look for 16/09622/COFUL