Why the Concern?
We are not all
25-year-old cyclists. Our wonderful rich neighbourhood includes the elderly and
the disabled, fellow residents who need cars to access doctors, hospitals,
friends and shops just to live their lives.
Councils implementing these schemes have NOT
allowed consultation but ploughed ahead regardless, ignoring the needs of the
Local residents are up in arms and vigorously protesting. Closing off access to these areas will inevitably result in traffic being funneled into main roads that are already at capacity, leading to greater congestion, isolation for the vulnerable and a nightmare for their carers.
The closures are
sneaked in using a variety of jargon :
- People Friendly Streets
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
- Liveable Streets
- School Streets
A Cleaner City For The Future?
It definately will not work if performed piecemeal [borough by borough] and focused on the needs of one or two interest groups.
Our Vision For A Clean Borough?
- Stop all road closure schemes immediately, until such time as the Council ( LBI ) has democratically engaged with the local community whose lives it is affecting so drastically and whom it has ignored so far
Commence a far-reaching and transparent impact assessment designed to identify and quantify the impact of issues that adversely affect the less advantaged and privileged in our community.
LBI to take a step back and analyse the potential for using non-physical barriers, e.g. camera technology to allow a more nuanced "experimental" period to produce more valuable data with which to formulate final recommendations.
- That both Local Businesses and Residents should not be impaired or disadvantaged by outside visitors being refused access in their chosen means of transport.
- Islington to become a clean, green, modern borough that works for all our neighbours, not just a favoured minority
Planning to reduce pollution:
If a proper objective of a local authority is to reduce pollution in their borough, assuming that said pollution is too high, then there is an obviously need to have a plan to do that.
Does LBI have the figures on the amount of pollution created by residents' cars ? ... of that how much is from petrol and how much from diesel cars ?
If they don't, why don't they ?
Pollution reduction approaches:
Reduction in pollution is a legitimate objective and there are many potential ways of achieving that. Eliminating car journeys deemed "unnecessary" by LBI is not a legitimate activity of a local authority if to do so is to make "necessary" journeys longer.
This is potentially a zero-sum game re pollution but adverse in terms of its effect upon residents.
A massive switch away from diesel cars and to low-emission petrol cars, hybrids and electric vehicles is already taking place. The latter two have been hampered by lack of local authority investment in charging points.
Has this trend to lower-polluting vehicles been extrapolated and its effect upon future pollution levels taken into account ?
Collaborate not discriminate:
It may well appear that it is desirable or necessary to force drivers off the roads by deliberately making their lives difficult. This has the effect of disadvantaging the disadvantaged even further.
It unfairly discriminates against those who cannot easily travel on foot or access public transport, mainly the elderly, the disabled and their carers.
Road closures also have a potential totally catastrophic effect upon small local businesses, especially serious as unemployment inevitably rises as a result of the pandemic with visitors being refused access in their chosen means of transport.