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‘Friendly streets’ protesters set for Town Hall talks

Council leader set to meet campaigners who are opposed to traffic scheme

04 September, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Protests against the ‘people-friendly streets’ scheme have taken place throughout the summer

THE scene is set for crunch talks to take place today (Friday) between Town Hall chiefs and protesters opposed to the council’s “people-friendly streets” scheme.

A demonstration has been called for 2.30pm outside the Town Hall in Upper Street as council leader Cllr Richard Watts is due to meet the spokespeople for the group.

Islington’s “people-friendly streets” are aimed at ending rat-running through the borough’s residential streets by closing roads to traffic and making it easier to walk and cycle.

But hundreds of demonstrators have marched on the Town Hall for four consecutive weeks against the plans.

They say they have not been consulted and emergency services are struggling to reach certain areas when they come up against roadblocks.

The schemes are being introduced under 18-month experimental traffic orders (ETO).

The council says it will consult residents on the changes after 12 months and insist emergency services were contacted about the changes before they were introduced.

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