Evaluation of Rediscover Mitcham project

Sandra Vogel made this Freedom of Information request to Merton Borough Council

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Dear Merton Borough Council,

I am writing to follow up on a question I asked to council on 13 September.

Please find the transcript below.

I find the response to be partial and feel it has not fully responded to the question asked. This request is for the detail that was not provided in response to the question.

Specifically:

1) The question asked what the methodology is for assessing the social and environmental impact of the bus street at Mitcham.

The reply did not describe or explain the methodology. Please provide detail of the methodology that will be used to assess both the social and the environmental impacts of the bus street.

2) The question asked what baseline is being used to measure new research.

The reply gave no baseline data. Please provide this baseline data both that which was achieved through research before the Rediscover Mitcham project began and any other data the council used to justify the project and which will be used as a measure to evaluate it.

I am aware of the two public research exercises carried out before this project began. The published results of this research is not what I am requesting here. I am asking for baseline figures and other information/data relating to social and environmental impact against which the new bus street will be assessed.

3) The question asked when the results of new research will be published.

The reply did not present a timeline. Please provide this.

Question to council 13 September 2017
From:Sandra Vogel
To the Cabinet Member for Regeneration Environment and Housing
What is the methodology for assessing the economic, social and environmental impact of the new bus street through Mitcham town centre, what baseline is being used to measure the relative success of the bus street and when will this
assessment will be published?

Reply
The council will use data gathered as at the start of the rediscover Mitcham project which also formed part of the TfL business case. The review will not be conducted until after the project has ended, and a suitable monitoring period has passed. It’s anticipated this will be undertaken mid-late 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Sandra Vogel

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Paul McGarry, Merton Borough Council

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Dear Sandra Vogel

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request

 

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

 

You asked a supplementary question to your question raised at Full Council
on 13^th September 2017:

 

I am writing to follow up on a question I asked to council on 13
September.

 

Please find the transcript below.

 

I find the response to be partial and feel it has not fully responded to
the question asked. This request is for the detail that was not provided
in response to the question.

 

Specifically:

 

1) The question asked what the methodology is for assessing the social and
environmental impact of the bus street at Mitcham.

 

The reply did not describe or explain the methodology. Please provide
detail of the methodology that will be used to assess both the social and
the environmental impacts of the bus street.

 

2) The question asked what baseline is being used to measure new research.

 

The reply gave no baseline data. Please provide this baseline data both
that which was achieved through research before the Rediscover Mitcham
project began and any other data the council used to justify the project
and which will be used as a measure to evaluate it.

 

I am aware of the two public research exercises carried out before this
project began. The published results of this research is not what I am
requesting here. I am asking for baseline figures and other
information/data relating to social and environmental impact against which
the new bus street will be assessed.

 

3) The question asked when the results of new research will be published.

 

The reply did not present a timeline. Please provide this.

 

Question to council 13 September 2017

From:Sandra Vogel

To the Cabinet Member for Regeneration Environment and Housing What is the
methodology for assessing the economic, social and environmental impact of
the new bus street through Mitcham town centre, what baseline is being
used to measure the relative success of the bus street and when will this
assessment will be published?

 

Reply

The council will use data gathered as at the start of the rediscover
Mitcham project which also formed part of the TfL business case. The
review will not be conducted until after the project has ended, and a
suitable monitoring period has passed. It’s anticipated this will be
undertaken mid-late 2018.

 

 

 

The Council’s response:

 

1.    The methodology will be developed when the post-project review takes
place in 2018. As the assessments are yet to take place, I cannot provide
the methodology you’re asking for at this time.

 

2.    Baseline data formed part of the TfL’s business case and was
reported via Street Management Committee as part of the decision making
process that led to the Rediscover Mitcham project. This centred mainly on
footfall figures to boost activity in Mitcham Fair Green.

In addition to TFL’s business case, the preparation of the Council’s
Mitcham Urban Design Brief in 2005 contained pedestrian flow and footfall
figures for the town centre which will be one of the comparable for the
post-project evaluation.

In 2011-12 as part of the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, the Council held a
number of workshops with StudioWeave. The outcome of the workshops
influenced the redesign of Mitcham Fair Green. A lot of qualitative data
was gathered through this process which will also aid in evaluating the
project once it completes. However, as noted in point 1: the full
methodology is yet to be developed as the assessment is yet to happen.

3.    The response to your Council Question did provide an indicative
timescale – mid-2018.

 

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Paul McGarry

Head of FutureMerton

 

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