A plan to get more people walking and cycling on residential roads has been met by almost universal resistance from those who recieve care and their carers in Enfield.
Every single resident who receives care at home as well as 84 per cent of carers – who responded to a local consultation – said that the Bowes Primary Quieter Neighborhood scheme (a type of Low Traffic Neighbourhood – LTN) was a negative thing, the London Borough of Enfield revealed in a report today.
Each of the 23 respondents needing care assistance as well as 98 carers selected either ‘somewhat negative’ or ‘very negative’ when asked about the impact the scheme is having on their lives.
Despite this, the Council’s proposals look to expand restrictions in what they call ‘Phase 2’.
This will see traffic restricted at both ends of Brownlow Road, a key B-road which runs through the middle of the area. Only buses will be able to make right turns from the North Circular.
The measures are planned to be co-ordinated with Haringey Council and Transport for London (TfL) to ensure the measures have maximum impact in reducing traffic in the area which stretches from Bowes Park and Bounds Green stations up to the North Circular.
A 74-page report into the impact the scheme was having on the area’s air quality found the impact was “negligable,” meaning there was only little change. It noted that 2 of the 107 testing locations actually had worse nitrogen dioxide levels. A second, 48-page report did conclude that there were improvements to noise levels in the area though.
Council Deputy Leader Ian Barnes explained key elements of the report on Twitter. 80 per cent of the respondents were aged 40 or over despite them only representing just over a third of the area’s population.
He tweeted: “We will target upcoming engagement activities towards the younger residents whose future is threatened by climate change and pollution.”
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Residents on social media weren’t entirely impressed with his explanation though. Some pointed out that the lack of clear benefits weakens the case for Phase 2 and among the respondents, the younger and less well off they were, the more they said the scheme impacted them negatively – 51 per cent, a small majority, saying they believed the scheme was negative overall.
The Council will now have to decide what to do with the scheme. The cabinet is expected to make a decision at the next meeting on June 16 at 7.15pm where they will also discuss Enfield’s Healthy Streets scheme.
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