FW: [Lambeth_Cyclists] Tooting Common
- The meeting on 10 May which Carolyn Serter mentions below is the annual
public meeting of the Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee.
Please note that the entrance to St Anselm's School Hall is in
Louisville Road, near Tooting Beck tube station, (and NOT near Cricklade
Avenue, which I think is in Streatham - I hope that no notice misdirects
people to Cricklade Avenue).
There will be reports for the past year from one or two Wandsworth
Council officers dealing with the Tooting Commons; and from the
Secretary (the present one is Mike Squires, who happens to be a member
of Wandsworth Cyclists) and from the present chair (that is, me). There
will follow some discussion of those reports and of wider issues. There
will be some mention of cycling and the proposed cycle tracks, but it is
hard to say how much. However, we are waiting for the Secretary of
State to re-determine (confirm or turn down) Wandsworth Council's
proposed cycle track orders for the Tooting Commons and Wandsworth
The general discussion will be followed by the election of the members
of the MAC for the coming year, a total of 24. Those can be local
residents, or representatives of local societies or sports clubs.
(There will now be no separate allotment of numbers in those different
There is no particular reason why Lambeth Cyclists should not have a
representative. (I have been on the committee for the last two years as
a local resident. My policy has been to try to stop the committee being
used as a vehicle for people's personal agendas against cycling; rather
than to try to use it as a forum to further my own aims on the issue,
because I believe that it is the wrong forum for that.)
It is important that some more local cyclists should take an interest.
Otherwise ordinary commensense views about the place of cycling on the
commons are swamped by the unreason and prejudice of the lobby who think
that cycling and walking cannot mix, that cyclists can jolly well go the
long way round, and so on, and who do not understand the strong public
policy reasons for encouraging cycling.
If anyone on this list lives near or uses the commons, please come along
if you can, particularly if you are interested in the wider questions
about the management of the commons. (For instance, should we manage
for biodiversity or, on the other hand, for safety?)
Finally, to get onto the committee, which meets about every six weeks,
you probably need only put your name forward at the meeting. It is
unlikely that there will be as many takers as 24, sad to say.
[mailto:Lambeth_Cyclists@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Carolyn Serter
Sent: 28 April 2005 19:35
Subject: [Lambeth_Cyclists] Tooting Common
As I cycled across T/C I saw a notice about a meeting on how we want the
common to develop... on 10th May at 7.30pm at St Anselm's Church Hall.
Cricklade Ave. Is anyone likely to go to see if cycling paths are on the
agenda in view of the recent ban on cycling, I am unable to make it.
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