Petitions for debate – No to road closures which increase traffic on Church Street
“To: Hackney Council We’re calling on Hackney Council to scrap road closures put forward under its Walford Road Scheme and consider other solutions that would have less harmful impacts on Stoke Newington Church Street and neighbouring roads.
Why is this important?
Hackney Council now admits its proposed road closures in the Walford Rd area could increase traffic on Stoke Newington Church Street by up to 21.8% (2,080 extra vehicles per day). That’s far higher than the 5-7% “worst case” scenario stated in their consultation. Church St is a lovely road at the centre of the N16 community where people live, work and go to school. It already suffers from heavy traffic; many homes there are illegally polluted. The street is home to two schools, both of which have worrying levels of pollution, and it’s home to nurseries. In places the buildings are higher than the street is wide, so pollution can get trapped. The pavements are narrow and, in addition to worsening air quality and adding to congestion, extra vehicles could lead to more accidents. The road simply can’t cope with more traffic”.
Another important topic is the disinvestment in fossil fuels – see the questions.
It now looks as if road closures and parking restrictions which are the only real weapons councils have to counter car use and improve air quality have reached their limits. At least in central London.