Bromley Living Streets’ inaugural event drew a large gathering of local residents to Bromley Central Library on Mon 3rd June, including a number of Liberal Democrat members, interested in plans to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport around Bromley’s neighbourhoods.
We heard about the successful campaign by local community members in collaboration with the charity Sustrans and local councillors to win funding from TfL to transform the area around Shortlands station into a Liveable Neighbourhood.
Catherine Maguire from the Clean Air Parents’ Network spoke about how poor air quality can lead to health problems and especially the impact on children. We believe that monitoring air quality is an essential first step to be able to identify potential health risks. Currently limited data is available to Bromley residents (Bromley air quality annual status report 2017), hindering our ability to make informed decisions.
After updates from Councillor Will Harmer on Bromley Council’s policy, Jeremy Leach from Living Streets London on the positive impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and Annie Miller from Sustrans on community engagement, the floor opened to questions. The wide range of issues raised by those in attendance demonstrated the importance of holding such events to engage residents with a sense of ownership of such improvement projects. There were some great ideas put forward by the panel and local residents, such as: reducing deliveries by creating local hubs for cargo cycles and porters to make the last mile; providing additional planting and green screens at schools in the most polluted parts of the borough; and reducing vehicles idling around schools.
As Liberal Democrats in Bromley we look forward to working together to support community groups in achieving successful resident-led enhancement of local spaces.
More information on the proposals at Shortlands discussed at the event can be found here; https://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/sustrans-works-bromley-secure-multi-million-pound-funding-package-liveable-neighbourhood
Bromley Living Streets' website is here: (http://bromleyls.org.uk/)