After a two day diversion of traffic onto Hornsey Park Road, to allow Alexandra Palace Way to be closed for the Red Bull BMX Mountain of Dirt event this weekend, we awoke this morning to learn the diversion is to remain in place until 8th June, right through the Jubilee Holiday and school half term, leading to more misery for residents. Already a car has been badly scraped by traffic trying to squeeze down the narrow northern end of the road. Meanwhile, the Spine Road remains almost empty.
We have called upon our Ward Councillors , Cllrs James Stewart, Alan Strickland and Pauline Gibson, and the council to amend the diversion to, at least require northbound traffic to be directed to use the spine road, something that worked successfully during the gas main replacement works last autumn. However, this time Hornsey Park Road would remain open northbound.
The council has said Transport for London stand between them and the altermative diversion. Transport for London say they would be happy to use the diversion after they have conducted a 'route test', something that the council must instruct them to do. The council can solve the problem very easily, if it chooses to.
Almost anything must be better than increased traffic causing yet more noise, virbration, pollution and damage to parked cars. It is not possible for buses to pass one another or cyclists or to safely pass oncoming vehicles.
We are grateful to Waitrose and its drivers for leading the way in using the new road - their concern and respect for our environment is greatly appreciated. Let's hope the council and TfL follow suit.
Life on Hornsey Park Road has been plagued with problems including noise, pollution and crumbling pavements, on top of this there appears to be a lack of strategic vision for the future. Council Leader Peray Ahmet and a few of her fellow councillors came to discuss the issues with our representatives.
Eight of us got out before the rain last Saturday. We cut back a lot of growth at the Lavender Garden ready for winter. Most of what we cleared has now gone down for composting. By John Miles
Sometime in the next week or so the work on Mayes Road will near completion. It will be a new benchmark for the look and feel of our neighbourhood and enhance its biodiversity. (photo: Luke 'Duke' Newcombe)
© Parkside Malvern Residents Association