As well as playing a key role in the immediate response to Covid-19, London boroughs will be key to the capital’s recovery, ensuring we emerge from this period stronger and better together. From green deliveries to free online courses, London’s councils are doing all they can to continue to improve lives
Free online courses to help Croydon residents (over 19), who may have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, explore and develop new skills to help them get into work. Croydon Adult Learning & Training (CALAT), the borough’s adult education hub, and Croydon Works, the council’s free jobs, training and recruitment service, have partnered together and will deliver five one-hour courses to help people sharpen or develop their employability skills.
Haringey Adult Learning Service's (HALS) learning centre at Wood Green Library is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the learning opportunities aren’t stopping. HALS is now fully up and running as an online learning service and all courses are free until July 2020.
Sustaining the environment
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Parcels not Pollution, is the council’s emissions-free delivery service for businesses struggling to fulfil deliveries due to the coronavirus outbreak without adding to current overheads. H&F Council is partnering with Hammersmith BID, Transport for London and e-cargo bikes on the scheme. The removal of delivery van journeys from the borough also helps improve air quality, while reducing traffic and congestion.
The removal of delivery van journeys from the borough also helps improve air quality, while reducing traffic and congestion. Streets across H&F are being temporarily adapted to make social distancing easier, walking and cycling safer, and support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis and predicted recession. Pavements have been widened, and new segregated cycling lanes have been installed on key routes, as well as pop-up planters and allotments being introduced.
Haringey have been using e-vans to do home deliveries for residents who cannot go out at the current time; this provides immediate supplies.
A range of traffic-management measures are being rolled out across Hounslow to help keep pedestrians and cyclists healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The projects, will create more space for people to follow social distancing guidelines, include closing some roads, widening pavements, improving cycling routes and introducing more ‘school streets’.
The Council is also launching a public consultation to get ideas from residents on ways they think traffic can be managed better and streets made more pedestrian and cycle friendly.
Lambeth are using cargo bikes for food deliveries to vulnerable residents
The council have narrowed some roads in order to make the pavements wider so social distancing measures can be easier to adhere to.
Waltham Forest Council
Waltham Forest Council is using Zero Emission Delivery bikes service (ZED) to deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents and collect PPE donated by residents and local businesses. They are also using ZED to deliver the online library service which launched on Friday 24 April. They have offered 30 free “bikes for hire” to key workers for their partner organisations including the NHS and the Police Force so they can stay off public transport and out of cars.
Waltham Forest Council
Social media campaign to encourage people (while at home more and cooking more) to use their food waste bins (reducing refuse in black bins). Have seen an increase of 30 per cent in organic food waste collected across the borough.