Traffic, Roads & Parking

A group comprising parents of children at Hazelwood School and nearby residents are asking the public to sign a petition to Enfield Council in support of the Hazelwood Lane Project, which was launched this week to coincide with Walk to School Week.It proposes major improvements to pavements, road crossings and public spaces between Green Lanes and Hazelwood School, all of which are currently in a very poor state. The objective is to encourage sustainable and active travel, reduce the number of car drop-offs outside the school and make it easier for children to travel to school independently.

The official transport decarbonisation plan - a vital part of the government's climate plan - says that 50 per cent of journeys in towns and cities must be walked or cycled by 2030 - only eight years away. How can we make this big change in our travel habits quickly enough? What can the council and individuals do? An online event run by Better Streets for Enfield will address these questions.

Haringey Council has published its detailed proposals for three low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), including one in the Bounds Green/Bowes Park area immediately adjacent to Enfield Council's Bowes Primary LTN. The other two both extend between Green Lanes and Tottenham High Road - the Bruce Grove/West Green LTN to the north of West Green Road and the St Ann's LTN to the south of West Green Road

The publication last week of Gear Change: One Year On, along with news of additional funding and updated guidance for local authorities, is a clear sign that the government expects councils to continue introducing new active travel schemes - cycle lanes, low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and school streets - in order to encourage people to walk and cycle more and drive less. What does this mean for the future of such schemes in Enfield?

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The statutory consultation period for phase 1 of the Connaught Gardens Quieter Neighbourhood scheme ended last week, on 14th June, but this week Enfield Council has launched a less formal 'engagement survey', which will run until Sunday 11th July.

Enfield's Cabinet has agreed to prolong the trial of the low-traffic neighbourhood scheme in the Bowes Primary Quieter Neighbourhood. An interim report on the progress of the scheme was prepared for the meeting and can be viewed online, along with annexes presenting information about consultation feedback and other data collected during monitoring of the scheme. Cooperation with Haringey Council, who are creating an adjoining LTN, may lead to an alternative design that could provide a better solution for both Enfield and Haringey

At their meeting on Wednesday 16th June Enfield's Cabinet will be invited to endorse a newly drafted Healthy Streets Framework, intended for use in developing and delivering Healthy Streets projects designed to enable more walking and cycling and reduce road danger.

Intervention by police officers last Wednesday prevented opponents of the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) from mounting a protest deliberatedly timed so that it presented a danger to children returning home from school. Last week was National Walk to School Week.

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In response to questions from Palmers Green Community, deputy council leader Ian Barnes has provided some updates on the status of the Connaught Gardents quieter neighbourhood scheme plus a couple of points about the Bowes scheme.

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Enfield Council has published further information about how it will be assessing the success of the Fox Lane quieter neighbourhood. The consultation period has been extended until 11th July and a webinar to update residents has been scheduled for 26th May. Data on traffic levels and speeds on surrounding roads is currently being collected. There will be further monitoring of traffic levels in the summer. In the autumn the council will be reporting on all monitoring activity and the outcomes of public consultation and will take a decision to either make the scheme permanent or remove it.

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