Report of open meeting held on 16 november 2011

34 residents packed the Grace Baptist church hall in order to discuss options to improve the traffic conditions on Hornsey Park Road. Marcus, the chair of the association, made a powerpoint presentation that explained the history and problems caused to residents by the traffic congestion and the possible gains and losses of making changes in the traffic flow.

In a lively discussion, almost everyone spoke their experiences of the advantages and disadvantages of the recent temporary one way system, which has now ended.

There was general agreement that the current traffic flow on Hornsey Park Road causes an unacceptable risk of injury to persons, particularly cyclists, children and the less able-bodied pedestrians, as well as damage to property and parked cars and constant noise and pollution. All these problems will be increased by the Heartlands development. It was also agreed that the recent one way system required drivers to make too big a detour. This was not the solution.

Residents were keen to find a solution that would have all of the benefits of the recent one way system and none, or at least an acceptable level of disadvantages. After a frank discussion that involved all views from all roads, it was agreed that the following options should be taken to the council meeting and looked into professionally, following which residents and all stakeholder should be invited to a consultation:

  • Option 1
    Reprovide the recent one-way system but with a right-hand turn from Hornsey Park Road into Clarendon Road at the traffic lights to allow drivers to head northwards via the new spine road, without a major detour:
  • Option 2
    ‘No Entry’ into Hornsey Park Roadat the Clarendon Road traffic lights – i.e. northbound traffic from Turnpike Lane/Wightman Road junction to use the spine road but two-way traffic permitted on Hornsey Park Road, beyond the no-entry sign.
  • Option 3
    Hornsey Park Road two-way (as existing) as far as Malvern Road with a ‘No Entry’ into the northern (narrow) section of Hornsey Park Road , i.e. Hornsey Park Road becomes one way southbound from Mayes Road to Malvern Road, restoring the traffic volume on the temporary one-way system.
  • Option 4
    Reprovide the recent one-way system but with Alexandra Road two-way between Malvern Road to The Avenue, to allow drivers within the area to head northwards via Malvern Road and Park Ridings, without a detour
  • Option 5
    Reprovide the recent one-way system but with the traffic going the other way – i.e. northwards along Hornsey Park Road and sothbound via the new spine road and to the Clarendon Road/Hornsey Park Road traffic lights.

All these options have potential gains and losses. Following evaluation and discussion at the meeting to be chaired by ward Cllr James Stewart, proposals will be presented and considered at a further PMRA open meeting.

Other Business
Residents shared information about two people knocking on doors and fraudulently asking for money for taxi fares. Do not be fooled. There is also concern about theft of gates for scrap metal and an increase in drug dealing in the alley off Alexandra Road (Arnold Bennett Way). PLEASE REPORT ALL INCIDENTS TO THE LOCAL POLICE BY PHONING ‘101’.

Those attending contributed £25.49 of which £15 was donated for the use of the hall. Thanks to the church for use of the hall and to the committee members who provided tea and biscuits for everyone.

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