Report on findings based on feedback to be published in December
Planters acting as road barriers. Picture: Owen Sheppard
Ealing’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods will “shortly” be reviewed based on feedback from residents, businesses and emergency services on how the trials are going so far.
Council leader Julian Bell told members at the borough’s virtual full council meeting on October 27 that the ‘interim assessment’ would check there are “no significant issues” that may need fixing, or for further action to be taken.
A report on the findings is expected to be published in December.
The move comes as Ealing Council launched a new platform where residents can share their views about specific trials or aspects of the schemes. All feedback on the Commonplace media platform will be anonymous.
Cllr Bell also said a final review will take place at the end of the six-month trial period for each LTN, adding, “Officers will look at all the available data gathered over this longer period including air quality, traffic figures, impact on local businesses, feedback from residents, and all views expressed in the initial assessment are updated, before delivering a report to cabinet on whether each scheme should be made permanent, modified or suspended.”
But the council leader admitted that the postponement of the London mayoral and Greater London Authority elections to May next year will place some restrictions on decision-making until after the ballot is carried out.
It is understood this means individual LTN schemes, which were originally said to be trialled for six months, could go on for much longer as they await a final decision.
Experimental traffic orders allow for LTNs to go ahead to run for up to 18 months legally.
Upturned planters on Leighton Road. Picture: Twitter
Cllr Bell said, “As each individual scheme started on different dates they may not be considered all together but will go to the first appropriate cabinet meeting.
“Due to postponed mayoral and GLA elections, restrictions will affect when cabinet can consider these reports so it’s expected some reports will be considered after those elections.
“I want to reiterate and reassure residents and councillors that we do want their views and we will listen and what their views are will be taken into account at the point when the interim assessments take place and final decisions are made.”
To give feedback on the Commonplace platform click here.
According to the council previously submitted comments to the authority will be used in the interim assessment.
Anahita Hossein-Pour - Local Democracy Reporter
October 28, 2020