Opponents of Waltham Forest’s Mini Holland initiative, which is transforming the streets of the east London borough to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as more pleasant for local residents, have today had an attempt to have the initiative blocked thrown out of court.
The group E17 Streets for All, which had claimed that the borough had not followed the consultation process correctly, was also ordered to pay the council costs of £12,000 according to a tweet from the Twitter account @WeSupportWFMH, run by backers of the £30 million scheme.
— We Support WF MH (@WeSupportWFMH) November 6, 2015
In a statement sent to road.cc, Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment at Waltham Forest Council, said:“Our Mini-Holland programme is designed to improve the borough for everyone and we are pleased that the High Court has dismissed the arguments put forward.
"The Council appreciates that people have concerns and hope that this provides another opportunity for us to reassure everyone in the borough that we take seriously the need to meet all the appropriate legal requirements.
"We will continue to work with the community to develop the programme, which encourages walking and cycling, as we roll it out across the borough,” he added.
This afternoon, the council tweeted these pictures.
— WalthamForestCouncil (@wfcouncil) November 6, 2015
And earlier this week, @WeSupportWFMH tweeted this picture which provides a striking example of how Mini Holland is changing the borough.
— We Support WF MH (@WeSupportWFMH) November 4, 2015
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.