IN A HUMILIATING backdown, Hackney council today announced that it will consult residents about its proposal to close streets around London Fields.
It will hold a consultation next month January 2016.
The “traffic filtering scheme”– the council planners’ clunky title – was devised partly to reduce through-traffic and to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety.
The council had planned to start a trial of the road closures next year, consulting residents at the same time. But near riots or, in the words of the council, “very strong feeling on both sides”, erupted.
Cycling councillor Feryal Demirci says that to ensure confidence, the consultation data will be analysed by a market-research organisation.
Mayor Jules Pipe is irritated that his council has had to make another U-turn, so soon after the fiasco of its attempt to charge rough sleepers. He will want his officers to keep a close eye on future schemes with Demirci.
Hamish Scott 081215
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