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When hundreds protested in East London against Mini Holland cycle scheme


Protesters gathered exterior an East London city corridor to oppose plans for a cycle scheme 5 years in the past this week.

Hundreds demonstrated exterior the Town Hall in Walthamstow to oppose the Mini Holland cycle scheme.

Some 300 individuals gathered to protest against the controversial challenge, which has seen components of Walthamstow and Leyton closed off to site visitors.

Waltham Forest council is now holding a sequence of workshops because it prepares to increase the scheme into Chingford.

One of the protesters, Walthamstow resident Kim Roberts, stated: “Lots of people are livid because the scheme has been rolled out.

“Drivers have no idea the place they’re going – you even have emergency automobiles happening dead-end roads as a result of they have no idea the route.

“It just isn’t truthful on individuals, all of us must exit of our means now to get to the identical level.

“If the council don’t hearken to what persons are saying, there’ll simply be one other protest like this and there will likely be much more individuals right here too.”

The Mini Holland scheme was launched in 2014, when Waltham Forest council was awarded £27 million by Transport for London to make the borough extra cycle pleasant.

However, the challenge has come underneath criticism, because of street closures, a perceived enhance in emergency service response instances and a priority for companies that depend on entry to vehicles.

Campaign group, We Support Mini Holland in Waltham Forest, which has round 600 members, stated consultations confirmed a “clear majority” of residents had been in favour of the scheme.

A spokesman for the group stated: “We urge our councillors to recollect the outcomes of the in depth consultations they’ve undertaken.

“As our inhabitants booms, we desperately want extra journeys made on foot and by bicycle to assist ease congestion and cut back air pollution.

“We need the streets we reside on to be quieter, safer locations the place we and our households can stroll and cycle with much less concern of motor site visitors.”