Save our Seven Dials: Public Consultation Required

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Save our Seven Dials

We are petitioning against the Seven Dials experimental plan by Camden Council in response to Covid 19 & social distancing requirements.

Camden Council has utilised Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amended) to make an experimental traffic order. 

The plans will make the Seven Dials area traffic free, thereby denying local residents and businesses the right to use their vehicles between the hours of 10-6pm seven days a week.

The plan also removes a significant number of resident car bays & shared use loading/resident bays that are extensively used by residents and businesses alike.

Camden has not explained where these vital residents and shared loading/residents bays will be relocated. This sudden loss of 22 residential car bays is unfair and unjust.

Implementing both timed road closures to Monmouth Street & Neal Street and reversing the traffic direction of Shorts Garden is a radical option with no consideration of the daily needs of independent businesses and residents.

A significant number of residents, retailers, hotels and restaurants actually oppose this experimental plan which will last an extraordinary 18 months. 

Furthermore, it is unfair that a public consultation will only take place after this scheme has been operational for 12 months ! 

Seven Dials is a mixed use area with a high number of retail shops, three hotels, three theatres, hundreds of office workers and over 290 residential apartments.

There are approximately 40 cafes, bars and restaurants in the area but with just only 4 cafes/restaurants in North Neal Street and 6 in Monmouth Street. 

The council MUST consider other alternative options in widening walkaways and suspending bays on a temporary basis than rather closing streets.

Residents wish to maintain a healthy balance and do not want Seven Dials to gradually turn into a permanent European-style alfresco dining area like Soho, with which comes high levels of noise pollution and disproportionate levels of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The timed closing of both Neal Street & Monmouth Street will disrupt home and business deliveries, service engineer visits, customers/guests arriving by taxis/cabs to hotels/restaurants/bars and notably increase the response time of the emergency services (fire, police & ambulance). Many long term residents in the Seven Dials area are indeed elderly and have underlying health conditions. 

The Council has not published any equality impact assessment nor fire impact assessment on their experimental plan. 

We are trying to encourage & support local  business, not deter it, however these measures in addition to the already imposed increases in congestion charge timings and prices when people still feel hesitant about travelling on public transport, do not help.

Camden Council must listen to both local residents & business and undertake a public consultation. 

Please sign and share this petition, make your voice count.

Respectfully, 

Amrit S Maan FRSA