Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability & Parking, Westminster City Council

Heather-ActonCllr Heather Acton has lived in Westminster for 30 years whereshe joined a local amenity society in Marylebone, ultimately chairing it for three years.  She was elected to the Council in 2010 as Councillor for Hyde Park Ward. She became Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking in 2014, having been Deputy Cabinet Member for Children's Services. She is also Lead Council Member for Edgware Road and for Shisha Strategy.   

Her current Cabinet role covers air quality, cycling, walking, greening, biodiversity, road safety and parking. Last year Heather set out Westminster’s Greener City Action Plan, the Council’s 10-year vision to promote a sustainable, liveable environment. 

Heather's original career was as a development economist working for organisations including the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations.

Presentation: Incorporating road safety in public realm improvements
In July 2016 Westminster City Council won funding to create a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in Marylebone. The purpose is to trial innovative ideas to reduce the number of vehicles and improve air quality.  Encouraging walking and cycling is a key part of these proposals, and road safety is therefore a vital element. The Council is also in the process of updating its Walking Strategy.

The presentation will consider the potential schemes and their road safety both in the short and the long term. It will reflect how the various trials will be measured and what will be determined as success. There will also be discussion on the vision for the Walking Strategy and Westminster Council’s approach, with its partners, to creating a safer environment for vulnerable road users.