Lambeth election 2010: candidates agree on cycling policy

At a packed Lambeth Council sustainable transport hustings held in April representatives of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties debated cycling and related measures in Lambeth.

A large degree of consensus emerged with all parties generally signing up to measures contained in the Lambeth Cyclists’ manifesto (available on the website). All parties agreed on the need to increase cycling by continuing support for measures such as cycle training including training of lorry drivers, cycle promotion and making junctions safer. There was less agreement on our proposed 20mph borough-wide speed limit and controlled parking zone policies and criticism of the Council’s reponse to pot hole fixing but these do not detract from the cross-paerty political support that cycling has in Lambeth.

We thank Councillor Julian Heather (Liberal Democrat), John Hare (Green), Councillor Nigel Haselden (Labour), and Councillor Clare Whelan (Conservative) for representing their parties at the event – we look forward to working with them on sustainable transport issues in the future.

Results in Lambeth
As you are probably aware the Labour administration on Lambeth Council was re-elected on 6 May and, in contrast to the national picture, Labour gained five seats on the Council giving it 44 of the 63 Councillors. The Liberal Democrats lost two seats to Labour to end up with 15 Councillors, the Conservatives also lost two seats to Labour ending up with four Councillors. The single Green Party representative on Lambeth was also defeated.

At the time of writing the roles in the Council executive had not been allocated. Lambeth Cyclists will continue to work closely with the new Lambeth administration, opposition Councillors and Council officers to increase cycling in the borough. In particular we will be pressing for the proposals contained in our manifesto to be implemented over the next four years starting off by writing to all Councillors with the full version of the manifesto.

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