Objection to Ealing's Lower Traffic Neighbourhood (LTNs)
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As local residents, we object to the proposed plans for the local Ealing LTNs. We intend to unite to oppose these plans and demand an opportunity to be consulted so that the final plans benefit all residents. Whilst we support the overarching objective of reducing traffic & improving the environment, we don’t believe this proposal is fit for purpose.
The essence of our objection is that:
The closure of local Distributor Roads will divert traffic onto narrower, quieter residential roads. This will add traffic onto these minor roads, reduce air quality and add dangers to residents and their children going about their lives.
The proposals have not been officially published for consultation and therefore the residents have not been afforded the chance to consider the matter. We deem this to be undemocratic, non-transparent, and a failure of the Council to serve the community responsibly.
We believe this lack of transparency has created much fear and anger in people.
We require the council to share with us the following:
*Objectives to the scheme
*Timelines of the overarching plan
*Maps of all proposed impacted areas
*Evidence based Data on traffic in roads in question.
*Impact assessments & Risk assessments which should include statements & assessments from London Fire services, emergency services & St John’s Ambulance
*Success criteria & measurements pre & post trials
*Consultation period dates & timings
Many proposed plans for the area we consider to be totally impractical and contravene the LTN objectives. Should the proposed plan be submitted and accepted in its current form, much of the traffic will struggle to flow bi-directionally, as many of the routes are too narrow. This is likely to create significant congestion which will increase engine idling and increase fuel consumption, thereby delivering a negative impact on the quality of air.
We are also concerned that congestion/road blockages may cause problems for emergency service access. We have many elderly, vulnerable residents in poor health, with an increased dependency on emergency and medical services during this COVID 19 pandemic, when timely interventions can be critical. We believe this plan to be completely ageist & discriminatory against at least 20% of Ealing’s residents. Along with our concerns for the emergency services (fire & ambulance), we worry the impact this scheme will have on our public services and the access they require weekly to conduct their duties. The current scheme makes no provision for an alternate route for traffic to enter or leave the area. Thus, at least every week, when said public service vehicles perform their duties, all impacted residences will be placed in gridlock with little or no vehicular access.
We also object to the plan to implement this without proper consultation. We have been informed that there will not be a consultation period before this trial starts, but a review conducted post trial. This is totally undemocratic and will cause 6 months of stress and chaos for a huge proportion of residents at a time (Covid-19) when many are already suffering hugely. We do not accept that it is democratic for consultations to start only after the scheme/trial has been implemented. We believe that you are abusing emergency measures which were intended to solve far greater problems than local 'rat-runs'.
In summary, whilst we support the overall objective to reduce traffic and improve our environment, we demand an opportunity to have all plans for the area (8 LTNs) shared with us and resident’s agreements sought, prior to implementation.
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