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Ramblers in London get up to lots of activities. Check out the individual groups' sites to see what they are up to.

You can see some of what we're up to on Twitter on the side of this page and the articles, below give a bit more detail about what's been going on or is planned in Inner London Area.

Annual Report Front PageTwo walks, led by Clare Wadd and Caroline Wall, converged on Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church after lunch on Saturday 4th February 2017 for the Annual General Meeting of the Inner London Area, followed by a talk and film by Travis Elborough highlighting aspects of his book "A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution".

A few dozen people attended to hear about what we did in Inner London Area last year and to go through the formal business of the Area.  Formal minutes can be found here (pdf), but the key points to note are:

  1. The Area committee (technically the Area Council) is largely unchanged in its membership.  There has been some shuffling of seats so Clare Wadd has taken over as Chair from Phil Marson, who is now Vice-chair.  Dominic Pinto stood down from the Council.  Sarah Doherty's recent co-option to Membership secretary was confirmed.  Tony Atkins and Marion Watkinson were elected as representatives of all of our affiliated groups.
  2. Following an earnestly contested election, the Area will be represented at General Council by Caroline Wall, Gemma Butchart and Phil Marson.
  3. In the presentation of the financial reports, it became apparent that the wrong version of the report had been sent to the printers.  The meeting requested that the correct version would be posted to the web site.  It can be found here (pdf).

Annual Report front pageIn advance of its Annual General Meeting - 4th February 2017, the Inner London Ramblers present our annual report.  Click here (PDF), or on the image to find out about our campaigning, publicity and other activities last year. 

Our accounts for 2015-16 are available here (PDF).

Love London, Walk London logoActive travel (walking and cycling) are key to addressing many of London's issues, including reducing congestion, improving physical and mental health, and revitalising local 'town' centres.

In the run-up to the 2016 Mayoral and Greater London Authority elections, the Ramblers' Love London, Walk London campaign called for the new Mayor to employ a Walking Ambassador. Sadiq Khan's manifesto promised a Pedestrian Champion.

This pledge has been fulfilled by the announcement today of Will Norman, as the Mayor's Walking and Cycling Commissioner. We welcome this appointment and look forward to working with him to improve conditions for all walkers across our great city.

We're delighted that our Love London Walk London campaign has been shortlisted for the Ramblers Volunteer Awards 2017 in the Innovation category.

There are three categories of awards this year - Inspiring Walkers, Innovation and Protecting and Expanding Where We Walk - and there were over 90 nominations in total.

You can vote in all of the categories here (but we hope you'll vote for Love London Walk London in Innovation).

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published a new vision for London: A City for All Londoners.  This document outlines the capital’s top challenges and opportunities across his priority policy areas, as well as the changes that City Hall wants to deliver over the next four years.

The Mayor’s role is to steer London in the right direction as the city changes. A City for All Londoners outlines how he plans to respond positively to pressures on growth, celebrate diversity and unite through our unique culture.  It aims to ensure people from all walks of life are healthy and live well alongside each other. We want to build a city that's open to the world for business and where Londoners experience a high standard of living, fitting for the world’s greatest city.

This document sets out a direction for London, which the Mayor will later expand upon in detailed strategies, including:

  • land use and growth (the London Plan)
  • transport
  • housing
  • economic development
  • the environment
  • policing and
  • crime
  • culture
  • health inequalities 

We welcome the document and its acknowledgement of the importance of walking for transport, health and the environment in in London, and will be responding to the consultation. In particular, we are pleased by the  healthy streets and the “feet first approach” and references to protection of the greenbelt, good design in public spaces, the prioritisation of access to green space in planning, 20mph zones and neighbourhoods that are attractive and accessible.

We will also be encouraging our thousands of members and volunteers in London to respond as individuals when the consultation opens to individuals.

You can read the document and respond to the consultation here.

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