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‘People-friendly streets’ plan finds plenty of enemies

Hundreds of residents oppose Town Hall scheme over fears it will ‘simply displace traffic’

03 July, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Rowena Champion: ‘It is vital that we act now in order to create people-friendly streets’

MORE than 2,400 people have signed a petition against the rollout of the council’s “people-friendly streets” programme.

Islington wants to earmark half the borough as low-traffic neighbourhoods, which would cut rat-run routes but allow people to park outside their homes.

The scheme is set to start in St Peter’s ward next week, before moving on to Canonbury, Highbury, Clerkenwell and Nag’s Head by the autumn.

The changes will be implemented using temporary traffic orders, and the council says a public consultation on each will take place, but only after they have been in place for a year.

But objectors say the plans will simply displace traffic onto other streets.

One resident, Ross Kelly, told the Tribune: “There has been no consultation. This is strike first, ask questions later, and it has huge implications for people who live here.

“The marketing of this is as ‘people-friendly streets’, but the council clearly needs to learn the difference between reducing traffic, and simply displacing traffic.”

Environment chief Rowena Champion said: “It is vital that we act now in order to create people-friendly streets, to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle, and to ensure that streets are better and more pleasant for all.”


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