DAFT MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE STOKE NEWINGTON AND CLISSOLD JOINT WARD FORUM MONDAY, 15TH JANUARY, 2018, 18:00

St Paul’s West Hackney, Corner of Stoke Newington Road and Amhurst Road,
N16-7QB
Ward Councillors Present:
Stoke Newington Ward: Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas (Chair), Cllr Mete Coban,
Cllr Patrick Moule,
Clissold Ward: Cllr Sophie Cameron, Cllr Sade Etti, Cllr Ned Hercock
Council Cabinet Member: Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for
Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
Officers in Attendance: Andrew Cunningham, Head of Streetscene Kate Hart,
Group Engineer, Design and Engineering, Tom Thorn,
Policy and Partnerships, Caroline Westhart,
Communications and Consultation, Joanne Blackwood,
Policy and Partnerships
Members of the public Approximately 175
1 Nevill Road and Walford Road Environmental Improvements
1. Welcome and introductions
Cllr Fajana-Thomas opened the meeting and said that it was an opportunity for
residents to speak to Councillors and the Streetscene team about the Environmental
Improvements planned in the Walford Road area-.
There would be a 20 minute presentation from the Head of Streetscene, which would
set out the two options that had been put forward, and then a 45 minute question and
answer session.
2. Presentation on proposals
The Head of Streetscene gave a presentation on the Walford Road AreaEnvironmental
Improvements.
He explained that following proposals developed for Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1)
consultations were carried ou
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It was agreed that the road closures would be implemented and monitored by the
Council for a minimum of 6 months to assess the impact of the changes and to allow
submission of representations from affected stakeholders.
The closures were implemented in 2016. In November 2017 the experimental traffic
order was made permanent.
The main aims of that scheme had been to:
 Reduce non-local motor traffic using residential streets
 Make Wordsworth Road area a safer and more pleasant place in which to live, walk
and cycle
Residents were shown a plan of the road closures and the impact of closures in the
Wordsworth road area.
Residents were also shown a map showing the air quality monitoring and the wider
policy context which included:
 Nearly 10,000 Londoners died early every year as a result of air pollution from
vehicle emissions (Kings College London, 2015)
 Direct impact on our children’s health with evidence proving air pollution to be
directly responsible for alarming rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses
in schools (GLA, 2008)
 Two thirds of households in Hackney did not own a car, but the borough still
suffered from poor air quality
 The Council’s policy ambitions to:
o Make Hackney’s roads safer for everyone living, working and visiting the
borough
o Create an environment that will encourage more walking and cycling,
improve air quality and reduce local emissions
o Reclaim Hackney’s streets from motor traffic congestion and transform
them into the most attractive and liveable neighbourhoods in London
o Reduce the dominance of the private vehicle
Monitoring of the impact of the changes delivered in the Wordsworth Road area had
shown benefits in terms of traffic flow and air pollution. However, the changes had
also caused increases in traffic in some roads due to dispersal. The Council was
currently consulting on proposals to mitigate these issues.
The two options put forward in the current consultation were:
Option A: Permanently closing Barbauld Road junction with Albion Road and at Allen
Road junction with Shakespeare Walk
Option A would substantially reduce through traffic between Albion Road and the A10
and vice versa (including local traffic). Motor vehicles would be banned from entering
or exiting Barbauld Road at its junction with Albion Road and at Allen Road at its
junction with Shakespeare Walk
Option A was a wider intervention and would impact a broader area.
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Option B: Permanently closing Nevill Road between Osterley Road and Walford
Road. Clonbrock Road at its junction with Nevill Road and Allen Road at its junction
with Nevill Road.
Option B would substantially reduce through traffic in the east–west direction and vice
versa, as well as north–south and vice versa along Nevill Road. Vehicles would still
access Walford Road and Brighton Road via the A10. Access by motor vehicles to the
section of Nevill Road between the closures would be via Walford Road and Brighton
Road only.
Option B was a more localised filtering scheme which would reduce traffic flows in
Walford Road, Brighton Road and Nevill Road.
Other options that had been considered were:
 A one way system introduced on Brighton Road and Walford Road. These
proposals have not been taken forward as it may encourage “rat running” (by
making the roads easier to drive through) and also increase traffic speed on
these roads (as there would not be any opposing traffic).
 Points of ‘NO ENTRY’ or road closures at Walford Road, Brighton Road and
Beatty Road junctions with the A10. This proposal has not been taken forward
as it could mean large vehicles (delivery and servicing vehicles) getting stuck
and having to reverse along the lengths of the roads putting all road users at
risk. This would also be a problem for the Council’s refuse vehicles, which are
not permitted to travel in reverse for more than 25m, so this would cause
operational difficulties.
The Head of Streetscene added that it was important to consider other policies on a
national and local level.
This proposal was not just about road closures but was set within the context of other
work the Council was doing. For example, they formed part of the work to help
progress the Council’s policy to address air quality.
The Head of Streetscene added that the consultation went to 6000 properties. People
could respond online or on a paper version. Paper copies were available at the
meeting. Residents were reminded that the consultation was open until 26 January
and that the report would be published on the Hackney website.
3. Question and answer session on proposals
Cllr Fajana-Thomas opened the question and answer session. Questions/comments
were taken in groups and then responded to.
1. A resident representing Stokey Parents stated that traders on the north side of
Church Street, William Pattern primary school, St Mary’s primary and the
Londesborough pub had not received the consultation.
2. A resident stated that people who completed paper versions could only respond
one per household, but if you responded online you could complete two.
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3. The Council was asked to clarify the fairness and transparency of the
consultation and decision making process.
4. A resident stated they have to make several trips a week for medical reasons
and that the proposals would add more time to these and directly impact their quality
of life.
The Head of Streetscene replied that consultation forms will be sent to those who
have not received them. The decision and report will be available on the website.
There was a question from a resident from Shacklewell ward. Cllr Fajana-Thomas
stated that this was a ward forum for residents of Clissold and Stoke Newington and
not a consultation meeting. Therefore questions would only be taken from residents
from those two wards. All residents had the opportunity to respond through the
consultation.
1. A resident from Londesborough Road commented that they now had to drive 5
times as far to get to Stoke Newington. A number of residents asked for the
Council to clarify if they had to choose one option or if they could disagree to
both options.
2. A resident asked what analysis had been done on air quality- has there been a
worst case test on cars passing William Pattern school- Traffic on Brighton road
is much higher since the road closure. What did the model say it would
increase by? A 7% increase in traffic would lead to a substantial increase in
congestion.
3. There were concerns about increases in traffic on Church Street and Defoe
road; there is a need for safe spaces around schools and nurseries.
4. A resident from Walford Road stated that the situation ‘is hell now’ and that
others were not considering this.
Head of Streetscene- There were a lot of things happening on a national and regional
level to change the type of vehicle use, but there was also a need to look at local
solutions. There was an issue with buses outside William Pattern School. The Council
is working with William Pattern on air quality. It was possible to oppose both options
1. A resident of Oldfield road stated that Option A was totally unacceptable and
that too many roads had been closed without adequate modelling.
2. Air quality meant nothing without a control (could have improved due to better
cars). Were there weightings for residents/visitors/businesses? Please retry
one way system.
3. A resident from Wordsworth said that since closures quality of life is fantasticthey
have to go around the block but it is no big deal.
Head of Streetscene – There was not a particular weighting but the report would
identify who had responded in the analysis of comments that had been made.
Evidence showed that the introduction of one way systems on a road would increase
traffic and traffic speed on it. They could cause further safety issues through the need
for larger vehicles (including refuse vehicles) unable to perform three-point turns to
reverse significant distances to exit.
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1. A resident from Oldfield Road stated that there were problems with the
proposals. One would see residents who started or finished on Nevill road
having their points of exit and entry decreased from 13 to 4. This would mean
that traffic increased by 60% but the consultation document stated no increase.
The Council were asked to release the evidence on which the statement had
been based.
2. A parent of a child who attended William Pattern school commented that the
Council were not taking air quality into account as the proposals would increase
traffic on this road.
3. A trader on Neville road said that both options would force her business to
close as customers are not able to reach them. They would also impact on the
nursery and corner shop. Consultation forms had not been received by these
businesses.
The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks stated that air quality
was one of the biggest problems facing children. There were policies geared to reduce
pollution around the schools. The Council was continuing to work with William Pattern
School.
There were few tools available to local authorities to stop traffic, but the Council was
committed to taking all possible action to protect residential streets and to improve air
quality.
The Head of Streetscene stated that the analysis have not differentiated internally
sourced traffic from traffic sourced from outside the area. However, the volumes of
traffic in themselves evidenced that the majority started and finished their journey
outside of it.
1. Had an impact assessment been done on road closures outlined in the
consultation?
2. A resident stated that the proposals set one group of residents against another.
3. A resident from Albion road stated that there had been an increase in traffic by
Matthias Road and by both Newington Green Grasmere Primary Schools.
Head of Streetscene – The Council had been talking to Grasmere School about
switching entrances. Consultation forms would be sent to people who had not
received them.
1. A resident from Nevill Road favoured option B and noted that the proposals
were part of a long term and necessary plan. Public transport and cycling was
the way forward. He had a car, but no longer drove in London due to levels of
congestion.
2. A resident discussed children’s health and asserted that both options would
increase traffic around the schools and nursery, but would reduce it outside
children’s’ homes in the area.
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3. A resident from Brighton Road felt that the comments about air quality were
disingenuous. Felt the whole scheme was about TFL’s super highway and
asked how many cyclists were using it now compared to a year ago.
A resident from Milton Road stated that 9000 dying every year from air pollution was
the tip of the iceberg and that it is was a public health emergency. They were
surprised at the continuing common assumption that people should be able to drive
and that it should be made easier for them to do so – it was not a sustainable form of
travel and the – long term solution was for people to use other modes.
In response to the comment on air quality the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods,
Transport and Parks said that the Council shared the view that it was a public health
emergency and that significant action was required to tackle it. The Council was
undertaking reviews and audits of air quality, and was leading on play street schemes
and looking to increase the low emission zone. The Clissold Ward had one of the
lowest levels of car ownership in the borough and one of the highest shares of people
travelling by bike and on foot which was something to be celebrated and learnt from.
London was growing and without progressive action problem caused by motorised
traffic was were going to get worse. She strongly felt that immediate action was
needed. The Council continued to lobby the London Mayor to widen the Ultra-Low
Emission Zone so that it covered Hackney. However, the Council was committed to
taking action locally. It was important that less polluting modes of travel were made
more easy and attractive, and for the area to be made less attractive to through traffic.
If the Council did not do this it would continue to suffer from residential roads being
used as rat runs by commuters on their journeys through Hackney to other areas, and
the associated problems of congestion and pollution. Road closures and filtered
permeability was one of the tools which would help change people’s behaviour.
4. Summary of discussions and next steps
Cllr Ned Hercock summarised the concerns raised above and encouraged people to
respond to the consultation. Councillors in Clissold and Stoke Newington had received
emails and people could continue to contact them.
The consultation was open until the 26 January.


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