Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Meeting and Walk Thursday 4 June

We met Thursday 4 June at Nido 200 Pentonville Road at 6pm. After the meeting we led a short walk for local students and residents, via the canal, Kings Place, Regents Quarter, and ending in St Chad's Place.

Our ongoing campaigns were discussed;

1. Access through Kings Cross Station (aka Battlebridge) in the medium to long term via Camden Council and Islington Council (Herman T suggests a note is being produced at Islington) Clarifying London Borough and National constituency boundaries ie Kings Cross Station not being in Frank Dobson's constituency (Susanne G) Agreed to raise awareness of the ongoing Battlebridge campaign.

2. Twenty's Plenty, the campaign to introduce a general 20mph speed limit on borough roads, provisionally adopted in Islington, we will ask Camden to follow at a Bloomsbury area forum on 1 July (Greg C) and Hantilowes (Suzanne G).

3. Other activities : Marchmont Street Fair (September) and this weekend's (Sunday afternoon 7 June ) Active Travel Sunday at Regent's Park Broadwalk, for which Alasdair has had flyers printed.

Alasdair also suggested our group might like to make use of open source mapping software to document our walks.

4. Based on the successful work with Nido's Eco-Fair (22 Apr) with Anup P and Sara G, who arranged to hosting the LS meeting at 200 Pentonville Road -Nido, we followed the meeting at 6.30pm with a guided walk and walking audit for local people and students. Living Streets people guided the walk (to Thornhill Bridge and the Regents Canal, via Kings Place, Crinan Street, Railway Street, via Regent Quarter to St Chads Place for a drink) and established a local walk also suitable for future summer school students.

5. Gregory C acted as chair, Lisa T as treasurer - and nominations are sought for a secretary/ administrator - we propose to continue to meet monthly. Funding available from Britannia was discussed. Dan agreed to present his design work from London Metropolitan University (MA architecture of rapid change annd scarce resources) on Living Streets at a future meeting, and Herman T would investigate meeting venues.

ps RUDI has offered members and readers heavily discounted conference fees for "People, Places and Movement" on 10 June, from £50 by contacting Nadia Saeed.

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