Hackney Council aims to reduce construction site road risk and join CLOCS

Hackney Council is aiming to reduce road danger around construction sites by become a Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) champion. Writing in response to a letter from Dr Ashok Sinha, LCC’s CEO, recommending CLOCS membership, the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville said:

“We value the CLOCS scheme as a package of measures to implement best practice safety standards in the management of vehicles accessing construction sites, both on the sites themselves and on the journey to and from the sites. Hackney has a strong track record in promoting elements of this CLOCS standard.”

“We do recognise, however, that we need to go further by becoming CLOCS-compliant as a Council, and especially in the area of improving monitoring and enforcement of CLOCS standards both on local construction sites and in the Council’s supply chains. To this end, Hackney’s draft Local Plan seeks new developments to achieve CLOCS standards on local construction sites and we are reviewing other measures required to meet this standard.”

Hackney’s commitment to join CLOCS is in step with its neighbours, the boroughs of Islington and Tower Hamlets, which have also made a commitment to become CLOCS champions. The City of London another of the neighbouring local authorities, is already a CLOCS champion and requires all major developments in the City to follow the well-established safety standards laid out by CLOCS.

CLOCS is an industry-led standard for the construction sector whose requirements include:  construction lorries that meet specified safety standards (including side guards, alert systems and six mirrors); drivers completing the Safer Urban Driving (SUD) course that includes on-bike experience; site marshals guiding vehicles in and out of sites; and operators agreeing lorry routes with local authorities. 

Local authorities that become CLOCS champions, like Camden and City, incorporate the standards in the planning process so all major developments have to adhere to the same procedures and agree to periodic audits.