LGTAG Council & Presidential handover
On 10 December our Council met. In a novel ceremony we had a virtual handover of the Presidential chain of office from Mid Ulster’s Andrew Cassells to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Mahmood Siddiqi (pictured above).
A video clip captured the moment with Oscar nominee standard performances from Andrew and Mahmood. The trailer for “Carry on President” is viewable here.
Council expressed our appreciation of Andrew’s leadership in his extended term during the particular challenges of Covid-19 restrictions. Mahmood then set out the headlines for his term. You can read more about his thoughts in an interview with Alex Peachey from our partners at LCRIG. The interview is available via this link.
Colin Mann – National Secretary – [email protected] / 07484191623
Please see the interesting range of professional development courses available from our friends over at PTRC in the first quarter of 2021. LGTAG members can get some discounts too.
LGTAG’s London region have held a well supported workshop on the transport implications of the Government’s Planning for the Future proposals. The group have subsequently written to the MCHLG about issues that arose. This is available below.
LoTAG response to MCHLG
LOTAG-PftP-Response-FINAL-20201122.pdf (6 downloads)
LGTAG registered members can also download the presentations from the workshop Chair (Dominic Millen of LB Enfield) and Transport for London below. The transport annexe from the Mayor of London’s consultation response is also provided.
Chair’s presentation to workshop
LoTAG-Planning-for-the-Future-overview-Nov-2020.pdf (4 downloads)
TfL presentation to workshop
TfL-Planning-for-the-future-LGTAG-Nov-2020.pdf (3 downloads)
Mayor of London’s consultation response – transport annexe
Consultation-response-PftF-Mayor-of-London-Transport-Annexe-Oct-2020.pdf (2 downloads)
The original Proposals can be found via the MHCLG website here.
LGTAG have submitted a response to the DfT’s Highway Code consultation that closed today (27 October 2020). Having heard from Living Streets at our last Strategic Transport Board we have wholeheartedly backed their stance on the issues raised. Our covering email and the full Living Streets response can be downloaded below.
Highway-Code-cover-email-271020.pdf (6 downloads)
Full LS response
Living-Streets-response-to-the-Review-of-the-Highway-Code-2020.pdf (6 downloads)
We are again delighted to be supporting this year’s Highways UK On Line which will be a 5 day festival from 2nd to 6th November. It has the usual array of great speakers and is a brave and exciting (hopefully temporary) move to a digital platform.
Friday the 6th will be the local authorities hub day with particular interest and input from LGTAG – John Lamb is on from 0950 that morning talking about resilience.
You can see the agenda and book your free space at HUK’s site here.
The London Strategic Transport Forum (LoTAG 1) chaired by Mark Frost held a well attended “show and tell” session on Thursday 3rd September 2020. This enabled officers across London’s boroughs to hear about the practical issues arising in the wave of quick emergency active travel schemes being implemented across London. Three authorities provided case studies. The slides downloadable below give information on examples in LB Lambeth and LB Hounslow.
Hounslow-LTN-Show-and-Tell-2020.pdf (8 downloads)
Lambeth_Managing-Streets-2020.pdf (10 downloads)
LGTAG have recently submitted a response to the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) consultation. As might be expected we had plenty of issues relating to our members’ areas of responsibility to raise. We draw attention to the following themes as priorities for expenditure:
- Actual delivery of ‘net zero carbon emissions by 2050’ or preferably earlier by all methods likely to have immediate effect
- Investing in infrastructure to reduce disruption and associated costs and ensure public and private enterprise can continue to provide economic gain in times of crises including the effects of global warming/heating.
- Ensuring we stop the dis-investment in infrastructure by proper maintenance of all our infrastructure
- ‘maximising productivity’ by reducing overheads in unnecessary/undesirable administrative overheads.
- Reduce pollution of particulates and noxious gases
- Providing support for healthy lives including exercise and reduction of obesity
You can download the full response below.
LGTAG-Representation-on-Government-Comprehensive-Spending-Review-17-9-2020.pdf (12 downloads)
Colin Mann – National Secretary – LGTAG – Secretary&lgtag.com / 07484191623
As the days draw in with winter approaching there are more valuable training and development opportunities this Autumn from our partners over at PTRC. Many LGTAG members can receive discounts on the cost.
- Heading the list the long established 20 week PTRC lecture series on “The Principles of Traffic and Transport” returns online from October 1st. More details available on their website here.
2. A wide range of other individual sessions are also running as listed below with links to more detail. PLEASE NOTE UPDATED ROAD SAFETY COURSE DATES
Another couple of events that may interest our LGTAG members.
PTRC and CILT have two exciting Fireside Chats coming up in the next few weeks!
Both events are free to attend.
**What have the roads ever done for us, and what would we like them to do from now on?**
Thursday 16 July 2020
16:00 – 17:30 BST
[Free Booking Available here] (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ptrc-fireside-chat-what-have-the-roads-ever-done-for-us-tickets-110251142134)
**Freight and Logistics: Post Covid-19 & zero carbon – unpacking the 6 ‘C’s**
Thursday 23 July 2020
16:00 – 17:30 BST
[Free Booking Available Here] (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freight-and-logistics-post-covid-19-zero-carbon-unpacking-the-6-cs-tickets-110961494818)
The previous two events in the series were a great success with over 3700 views. [They can be seen here.](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDP28MZ2Wl8YxfBe241q5X8EoT2AH269q)
Our LGTAG members at GAIST are holding an event with our LCRIG partners that may well interest a wider section of our membership. Details below
Highways safety inspections are a statutory obligation for councils. Vital for keeping roads safe, they also provide authorities with critical evidence necessary for defending against claims.
However, these inspections consume much time and resource. Typically carried out by a slow-moving vehicle, or on foot, some routes may also require traffic management with its associated costs and disruption. Due to the huge success of their first webinar, hosted by Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), Gaist will be holding a further session to unveil their modern solution that addresses many of the challenges you face in conducting your highways safety inspection.
Gaist would like to invite you to find out more about the new product SafetyView and how it can help you introduce significant cost and time efficiencies – enabling you to manage your safety inspections in a way never seen before.
Please click here to register for this webinar which will be taking place at 11am on Thursday 16th July.