CAMPAIGNERS against the London Fields road closures are still unhappy, despite the Hackney council launch of its promised consultation.
Leading objector Mike Hood told Loving Dalston that the council had said the questionnaire would give “residents and business in the affected area” a choice of options.
“However,” he said, “it is clear the questionnaire is open to the general public, including visitors, who can and will be manipulated by pressure groups that were campaigning for the original road closures.
“Hackney council has gone against its word, yet again.”
She added: “However, as HLS representative, all of Hackney is my area of interest and I could be involved in a scheme anywhere in Hackney.
“Many members of our campaign and all the original members are local to the area, living in Middleton Road, Malvern Road, Grand Union Crescent and other E8 addresses. They originally lobbied the council.
“We are now being supported by members of Hackney Cycling Campaign and HLS, from all parts of Hackney.
“We are delighted to see the original scheme improved by the addition of bus gates on Lansdowne Drive and Pownall Road, enforced by CCTV, ensuring that through-traffic is blocked while buses can pass and local drivers can still drive to their homes and park locally.
“We believe that motor traffic will not just be displaced to neighbouring streets, but that through-traffic will avoid the area and that the trial for this option in early summer will provide an opportunity to test this.”
The council said in a press release this week that it had planned to close 13 junctions to through-traffic early this year 2016, at the same time as consulting residents about the trial.
In response to “local concerns and high levels of public interest”, however, Hackney made a U-turn, promising instead an “independent consultation with residents before a decision was made on whether to proceed.
In response to “local concerns and high levels of public interest”, Hackney would instead undertake an “independent consultation with residents before a decision is made on whether to proceed with any traffic schemes in the area”.
Hamish Scott 140116
* If you have not seen Hackney council’s consultation pack, which has been distributed to 11,500 homes in the area, and you would like a paper copy, write to: London Fields Consultation, Streetscene, LBH, Keltan House, 89-115 Mare Street E8 4RU. Or see FAQs on line.
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