Subject tag: Quieter Neighbourhoods

02 April 2021

A recently published Environmental Statement by the Enfield Society indicates support for measures to reduce car use and encourage walking and cycling, while stressing that the Society 'is careful not to become involved in political debate' and 'will only support schemes where it can be clearly demonstrated that reduced traffic flows in some areas do not significantly increase them elsewhere'. Cycling 'is not just the preserve of young people, it should be viewed as an important mode of transport'. By discouraging car use 'our air will be cleaner, our health better, the burden on the NHS reduced and deaths/serious injuries on the roads reduced'.

11 March 2021

An update on the Let's Talk Enfield website has information about extension of trial operation of the low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood and announces a new focus on gathering information about the impact of the scheme on people with disabilities and their carers.

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03 March 2021

Formal consultation for phase 1 of the Connaught Gardens quieter neighbourhood is now under way. This relates to a small one-way system and 20mph zone in the north-western corner of the area designated as a quieter neighbourhood.

23 February 2021

The draft minutes of the Winchmore Hill ward forum on 11th February are now available online. Topics discussed included the Fox Lane LTN and the new care home at Reardon Court.

08 February 2021

Ahead of the start of consultation on a new Walking and Cycling Action Plan, due to be considered by its Cabinet this week, Haringey Council has published a map of 25 low-traffic neighbourhood areas covering the vast majority of streets in the borough. Simultaneously, Haringey has launched the initial engagement phase for the three low-traffic neighbourhoods for which it has been allocated funding by Transport for London, including an LTN in Bounds Green which is adjacent to Enfield Council's Bowes quieter neighbourhood.

02 February 2021

At last Thursday's full meeting Enfield councillors rejected a call by the Conservative and Community First groups to remove the low-traffic neighbourhood schemes and allow through traffic to use all streets in the Bowes and Fox Lane quieter neighbourhoods.

19 January 2021

An article by Better Streets for Enfield presenting data showing that low-traffic neighbourhoods reduce road danger, allow more people to cycle, reduce car ownership, are not socially unjust and do not hinder emergency vehicles.

06 January 2021

Enfield Council has been allocated government funding totalling £1.55 million to spend on active travel schemes: £1.3 million to pay for two cycleway schemes and £160,000 for phase 2 of the Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN), which would use a 'bus gate' to give relief to the long suffering residents of Brownlow Road. Additionally, the council is hopeful of obtaining funding from Transport for London in the next financial year for phase 2 of the Connaught Gardens LTN and is planning to start work on two further LTNs, in Upper Edmonton.

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22 December 2020

The chair of Fox Lane & District Residents' Association (FLDRA), Richard Mapleston, has announced that he is standing down from the position, which he has held for three years, because of the 'rancorous' nature of opinions expressed by committee members when discussing the trial of a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in the Fox Lane area

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07 December 2020

A notice in the official publication The Gazette notifies the public that the revised one-way system in Windsor Road, Osborne Road and parts of Lightcliffe Road and New River Crescent will come into force on 14th December. It will be put into effect by an Experimental Traffic Order, which will run for a period of six months, during which written objections to its being made permanent can be submitted.

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03 December 2020

Supporters of the low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) trial in the Fox Lane area have launched a website to promote their cause. The new website, foxlaneltn.org, has pages explaining the reasons for setting up the LTN, pointing out how the last decade has seen traffic in London growing and spilling over from main roads onto residential side streets, and quoting evidence about the effects on emergency services and businesses.

02 December 2020

Residents for Connaught Gardens LTN is a new group set up to support the proposal to create a low-traffic neighbourhood in Palmers Green to the east of Green Lanes. In this article they set out the reasons why they would like to see all through traffic excluded from the triangular area between Green Lanes, Hedge Lane and the North Circular Road.

25 November 2020

Enfield Council's plan for a low-traffic neighbourhood in the Connaught Gardens area was drawn up after an origin and destination survey using automatic number plate recognition revealed that there are multiple routes through the area used by drivers cutting through between main roads.

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18 November 2020

Enfield Council has launched a consultation on proposals for the Connaught Gardens quieter neighbourhood. The council plans to use low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) principles, which would stop drivers using the area's residential streets as a cut-through between Green Lanes, the North Circular Road and Hedge Lane, while still allowing access to all addresses by car.

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16 November 2020

On the back of polling showing strong public support for measures to create safe space for walking and cycling, transport secretary Grant Shapps has this week allocated a further £175 million for councils to implement new school streets, low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), cycle lanes and pedestrian improvements. Polling shows that in London a majority support and only 19 per cent of people oppose LTNs. Other polls are in line with this. There is also evidence that people in favour overestimate the level of opposition to measures to reallocate road space.

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07 November 2020

A year ago more than half the children attending St Monica's school arrived by car and only just over a quarter by 'active travel' - walking, cycling, scooting or skating. Now, after the introduction of a school street and the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood, the proportions are almost exactly reversed. The headteacher has now begun cycling to school and is suggesting that those parents who still drive all the way to school should think about other ways of getting there.

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06 November 2020

More than 120 medical professionals, concerned about 'the adverse impact that motor vehicles have on our patients and the broader community', have written to the Mayor of London in support of low-traffic neighbourhoods and cycle lanes.

04 November 2020

On 26th October a GLA session included a question to the Mayor of London about the Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood scheme.

28 October 2020

The government has rejected a petition calling for an immediate withdrawal of funding and support for low-traffic neighbourhoods, cycle lanes and school streets and has issued a strong defence of such measures. The response from the Department for Transport states that such schemes are 'a key part of the Government's efforts to reduce harmful emissions from transport, as well as to help make people healthier'

20 October 2020

The statutory consultation for the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood trial is now under way and comments can be submitted online or by post. People can comment more than once. The trial is initially due to last for six months, but if modified might be prolonged. On the other hand, it could be stopped before six months is up, as has occurred in some other boroughs. The council has made it clear that - despite claims to the contrary on social media - the emergency services have not objected, but if they do raise any issues during the trial the scheme will be suitably modified.