We will all be receiving a letter from the council announcing a short consultation on which mini projects should be undertaken as part of the ‘Community Streets Project’ for our area. Conceived as a collaboration between the council and residents to deliver innovative traffic calming, reclaiming space and promoting healthy and environmentally friendly transport modes, the modest budget of £80,000 won’t stretch very far. We therefore need to focus on the needs of our community (not visitors to the town centre or traffic passing through the area) and ensure the limited funding is not used for repairs or improvements that should be carried out under the normal budgets – our area suffers a huge amount of wear and tear and has demands placed on it from its adjacency to the town centre, something that the council should be taking into consideration when planning its regular budgets.
The association is backing the following projects to create a coordinated and comprehensive series of measures to help address the harmful effects and barrier created by the excessive amount of traffic in Hornsey Park Road:
- A ‘gateway’ to Hornsey Park Road at its south end with wider pavements, trees, features to mark the beginning of a residential street, alignment to reduce traffic speed
- Improved zebra crossing and raised surface across the face of the junction of Ravenstone Road – to create a safer, more attractive crossing with less vibration and noise
- Create an attractive space in place of the unused parking bays on Hornsey Park Road at the end of Malvern Road, to compliment the lime trees ‘space diagonally opposite
- Planting in the island at the junction of Mayes Road and Hornsey Park Road to enhance this important space and help create a northern gateway to mark the beginning of a residential street
- Build outs for trees: we would like to see more trees in Hornsey Park Road in build-outs at the ends of parking baysIn addition:
- Fencing to Martins Walk – a popular path forming part of our community garden
Other works not part of the Community Streets project What next?
• Please respond to the consultation by supporting our proposals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 above
• Come to our meeting on the 12th October and share your views on what else we should be considering
• Contract the association or share your views by commenting on this Post
• Email PMRA on firstname.lastname@example.org