The Croydon Climate Change Commission Transport and Energy Working Group ‘initially looking for brave and creative ideas’ – feasibility comes later, broadly on:
(a) how to reduce petrol/diesel traffic, increase walking, cycling*, clean public transport and localised living;
(b) how to increase renewable sources of energy and reduce energy used, domestically and commercially.
It has posed the following questions.
- Would Park and Ride schemes at GLA boundary tempt people out of their cars? (free ride but charge for parking.)
- Are there ways to get children to school safely without using cars? electric buses phased in by 2025? ……Lorries too? Mileage tolls for petrol/diesel vehicles?
- Early adoption of ULEZ?
- Cheaper bus and train fares?
- All housing developments required to include necessary facilities onsite, to reduce car dependency?
- Could Community Energy schemes be revived by subsidies, e.g. better FIT tariff?
- Co-housing – could council promote such developments, with shared facilities?
- More local community Launderettes – to replace private washing machines and encourage washable nappies?
- Domestic heat insulation….retrofit heat pumps and solar panels?.
- Solar panels on all public buildings? and on all homes in new developments?
- Replace any worn out or malfunctioning gas boilers with electric heating, ditto cookers; could incentives be offered?
- Create a league table of electricity suppliers in terms of their % from renewable sources?
If you have any thoughts please send them to Dr Jay Ginn, a member of the Working Group: email@example.com.
Jay is a member of the Green Party and of the Croydon Unite Retired members branch.
In the real complex and contradictory world of of transport Bromley has initiated a dispute with Croydon over traffic-calming.
Some Thoughts On Transport
The future of transport is now a very different story as a result of COVID.
- The false choice involved in secondary schools and the academisation etc of all secondary schools in Croydon means that far too many pupils are having to travel to school. Even in the private sector a large number of BRIT School pupils come in by train through Clapham Junction.
- The Government decision that TfL can no longer fund young people’s free travel will hit low income families of secondary school pupils. Will they be able to afford the fares for their children to attend school when they re-open in September? If their children do not attend they will be fined.
- The decision of the Council to have a specialist autism school will mean pupils will have to be driven by parents to the new school when it is open, or the Council provide buses.
- TfL budget will have to be drastically cut so it looks like they have shelved the changes at Five Ways, meaning that the area will continue to be subject to congestion and air pollution.
- With concern about the COVID safety of buses and trains more people are likely to use their cars, increasing congestion and air pollution.
- Croydon had a very low cycle usage in the 2011 Census. The latest survey in London suggests that a majority of people think cycling in London is too dangerous for them to take it up.
- If there is a substantial increase in cycling then there will be more bad cycling behaviour riding through red lights and on pavements. Any increased promotion of cycle must be accompanied by a licencing scheme with compulsory training and a licence plate number system.
- If residents are to be encouraged to use their cars less or not have them then the areas with no bus services, especially on the hills, will need to have single decker bus services provided, which TfL’s budget cuts will be unable to afford.
- The car traffic along the London Rd to Norbury could be cut if the Zoning was changed so that the stations from Norbury to East and West Croydon are in the same zone as Norbury and Streatham Common. This will also reduce competition for parking with residents.
- The 20mph zones are unenforceable. The traffic speeds during COVID have gone up significantly.
- The legislation limiting installation of speed cameras to stretches where there have been several fatalities needs to be amended so Councils and police can monitor speed breaches.
- The Council needs to monitor all rat runs that avoid London and other main roads to reconfigure roads so rat running can no longer occur.
- Are there are railway lines in Croydon which are no used or underused that could be turned into other transport forms. e.g. trams, cycle ways?
- What will be the adverse effect on transport policies if the Government gets its way with its White Paper on planning – public consultation goes on into October?
- Given the proposed down grading of Local Plans in the White Paper which transport policies in Croydon’s will have to be deleted?
See also my submission on Transport and Social Exclusion to the Fairness Commission.
Some Questions On Energy
- Has Croydon or the energy companies rated the energy efficiency the private housing stock to identify which need energy efficiency action?
- Has the Council rated the energy efficiency of its buildings and identified what action needs to be taken?
- What are the job descriptions of any staff with special responsibility for energy management and efficiency?
- Is the Council able to correlate information on where low income residents live, where fuel debt and disconnection occurs, where low energy efficiency rated housing is, in order to be able to decide on targeting energy efficiency activity to the neighbourhoods or groups of properties where the need is greatest?
- Has the Council ensured that its housing refurbishment programmes have energy efficiency action incorporated an integral objective of the work to be carried out, so for example insulation to doors and windows does not n simply result in more effective channelling of heat up to and out of the roof?
- How many Council properties will need to have gas boilers replaced by new technology?
- How many Council homes have all electric systems which are energy inefficient and expensive?
- What partnerships does the Council have with energy efficiency organisations?
- Is there scope for Combined Heat and Power for Council housing and buildings?
- How often does the Council review its energy supply contracts to negotiate cheaper deals, and earmark the savings for an energy efficiency action fund?
- With job cuts being planned can the Council support energy efficiency training for redundant staff?
- Is the Council review of the Town Centre Master Plan included how to activate the proposed District Heating Scheme?
- Does the Council’s examination of the future redevelopment of the Purley Way area include the potential for a District Hearing Scheme?
See also my submission on Fuel and Water Poverty & Energy Efficiency to the Fairness Commission.