The purposes of the community engagement and consultation were to understand how the public felt about the scheme at large, about specific aspects of the proposed plans, and to solicit feedback and recommendations for the design process. The consultation ran for four weeks, from 1 July 2021 to 1 August 2021.
Overall, respondents support the scheme. A clear majority of respondents were either strongly supportive or supportive of objectives and proposals. The report demonstrates that the project has strong public support for the proposed improvements for the Royal Docks Corridor.
Engagement was undertaken through several channels to reach as many residents and businesses as possible. These channels included face-to-face engagement, online engagement, and printed publications to ensure accessibility. Details of the engagement activities are below.
- Leaflets including background information, and a plan of the project area were distributed by Newham Council to the local community
- Online engagement platform:
o Online Survey
o Question and Answer Forum
- Four engagement sessions were held for local residents to come and give their comments verbally and discuss the proposals. These sessions were held at different times and locations, with two being held virtually online via Microsoft Teams.
Newham Council’s Highways team will review all individual comments and take them on board for further development of the scheme.
As of March 2022, Oasis Academy school works are nearing completion and the school is due to open early spring 2022. It is the Council’s intention to deliver highway improvement works in the locality of the school to make it safe and convenient for the school attendees.
Construction planning for further phases of the Royal Docks Corridor will begin once funding arrangements are made more clear.