Ealing follows Harrow by ripping up plans for low traffic neighbourhood


west London council has turn into the most recent to tear up plans for low traffic neighbourhoods as protests proceed to flare over the controversial schemes.

Last month greater than 2,000 folks marched on Ealing’s city corridor in protest on the traffic restrictions. Over the weekend the native authority relented and introduced the tip of a trial neighbourhood at West Ealing South — and vowed that it could give residents “the ultimate say” on future schemes.

Campaign group One Ealing stated the council had “divided our neighborhood by putting in CCTV cameras, bollards and putting planters in an unsafe and undemocratic method”.

It added: “We are all for cleaner air, however not on the expense of the residents and colleges on the principle roads.” Ealing council stated the scheme was being torn out at Swyncombe Avenue, a key street linking Hounslow and Ealing, which was being closed for at the least two months for street works.

Council chief Peter Mason stated: “Remaining low traffic neighbourhoods might be topic to session, with a vote for native folks on whether or not they’ll work of their neighbourhoods.”


Councillor Deirdre Costigan added: “Implementing lively journey initiatives with out neighborhood assist is unsustainable — we will’t do that with out the assist of native folks.”

It is the most recent in a succession of battles over street closures agreed by city halls for the reason that begin of the pandemic beneath the Government’s £250 million emergency lively journey fund.

Low traffic neighbourhoods have been set up to attempt to cut back air air pollution

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Harrow council has introduced the elimination of its TfL “Streetspace” cycle lanes, which have been set up throughout lockdown within the borough. Councillors cited a “clear” lack of assist for the modifications.

Drivers throughout London are actually additionally being warned by residents in regards to the “money cow” traffic cameras set up to police the schemes.

Residents in Parsons Mead, Croydon, staged a protest over the weekend calling on the native council to scrap its new traffic restrictions, saying indicators banning autos have been unclear.

Shakeel Yousaf, who makes use of the street to drive to his mosque, stated he was first caught out on Christmas Eve and was hit with 13 fines — which he efficiently appealed towards.

In Lewisham, a dementia assist employee was given three £130 tickets for by accident driving right into a low traffic neighbourhood close to her dwelling and has alerted lots of of motorists they have been about to be fined for coming into the zone.

Figures obtained beneath freedom of data legal guidelines have revealed motorists have paid 250,000 fines totalling £14 million for driving into the cycle-friendly LTNs in simply 10 of London’s 32 boroughs. They embrace the Lee Green low traffic neighbourhood in Lewisham, which has generated £3.7 million in fines because it opened final summer season.

Southwark levied £2.5 million in three months from two schemes, with one in Dulwich Village producing 22,424 fines in seven weeks.

Earlier this 12 months, protests in some areas pressured councils to reverse the set up of cycle lanes.

Kensington and Chelsea ripped out its Kensington High Street cycle lane within the winter after seven weeks following complaints.

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