2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Havering continues to languish near the bottom of the Scorecard table in 32nd place out of 33 London local authorities, with only Hillingdon scoring worse overall. It is one of the few boroughs in London not to declare a Climate Emergency, and there is little sign its political leadership has any will to deliver improvements for anyone other than drivers.
Little progress has been made implementing measures that result in healthier streets. Protected cycle track covers a mere 1% of Havering’s road length compared to leaders Waltham Forest with 12%. Only 10% of the borough’s roads have 20mph limits and only 12% are covered by Controlled Parking Zones (when many boroughs now have controlled parking on all roads). Low Traffic Neighbourhoods cover just 7% of the borough’s suitable area (considerably less than the London average of 19% and nowhere near leading Outer London Borough Waltham Forest at 47%).
Although the Council consulted on 13 School Streets schemes, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, covering 18 schools last summer, it implemented these at just four schools. This represents 5% of the borough’s primary and secondary schools. Despite failing to deliver all the School Streets it originally proposed, Havering is in the top quartile of boroughs for school STARS behaviour change accreditation.
Havering remains a borough with high levels of car ownership (109 cars per 100 households compared to a London average of 75). Only Hillingdon and Harrow have more cars per household.
The borough is bottom of the table for regular cycling (fewer than 1% of residents cycle at least 5 times per week) and 22nd out of the 33 London local authorities for regular walking. The borough has, however, made a small year-on-year improvement in the levels of travel by sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport), up three percentage points from 42% in HSS 2020 to 45% in HSS 2021.
While Havering has the lowest cycling casualty rate of all London’s boroughs , it is in the upper quartile for the pedestrian casualty rate and will need to do much more to make its streets appealing for active travel if it is to meet its target of zero serious and fatal casualties by 2041.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2021 results (includes 2020 and 2019 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2021 results. You can also:
Scorecard (factored score) chart explained
In the chart above, each borough has been given a factored score. Factor scores are composite variables which provide information about a borough’s placement on a scale. Factor scores are given by F=XB, where X is the indicator normalised score for a borough and B is the factor score coefficient (or weight). Each indicator is weighted as 1, or 0.5 if there are two parts to one indicator, for example Modeshare has a weighting of 1, Active travel – walking has a weighting of 0.5 and Active travel – cycling has a weighting of 0.5. The borough’s total factored score is the sum of all indicator factored scores which is then factored to 10 (multiplied by the number of indicators/10) to give a value on the scale between zero and 10. We can then compare boroughs against each other on the scale.
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