If you live in Hornsey Park Road now’s the time to demand change. A couple of weeks ago I joined the Living Streets Haringey webinar hosted by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group. Living Streets want to get vehicle traffic reduced with more space for pedestrians and cyclists.
We know all about this on Hornsey Park Road. The street is often in poor repair and the pavement's a disgrace. The figures from 2014 show 8-9000 vehicles a day travelling in each direction. Locally, vehicle ownership appears to have declined since then but the numbers driving through (including large trucks and out of service buses) has stayed the same. Many people report so much noise and vibration that they avoid the front of their houses. The first few weeks of the lockdown vastly improved air quality.
We haven’t been idle. The original 20 hour limit, the narrowing by the Mall and at Clarendon Road, the build-outs and tree-planting next to The Avenue, the restored off-pavement parking southbound from Ravenstone Road – these are all the result of our campaigns. Soon there’s to be a new table-top and reduced parking opposite the lime-trees and the new park entrance. But it’s not enough. We need a permanent weight reduction for a start and a proper consultation about the road with full political support from our elected representatives and the Council’s Highways department.
The Greater London Authority’s new Streetspace initiative promises new cycle lanes and wider pavements in London. But getting things to change here will not be easy. The planners will have a real problem finding alternative north and south routes. But change is essential and a new generation of Hornsey Park Road residents are impatient for it to happen. We don’t have to put up with it anymore. So look out for our new campaign proposals. Please get involved and support them.
The loss of trees is becoming an issue locally. The wonderful false acacia at the junction of Mayes Road and Coburg Road was removed because it ‘had a fungus’ - just in time for the planning application to build on the petrol station site beside it.
Photo: The gardening team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on a Saturday morning
"When the wheels finally came off the wagon it was from an unexpected angle. Why, it was asked, was there so much space for cycle parking and no segregated cycle route?"
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)
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