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
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.