At the town hall meeting last week the Council set out a number of options that will be consulted on in January.
The original scheme was presented as Option 1. However, the original scheme has been expanded to include bus only filters on Lansdowne Dr & Pownall Rd. It is by far the most comprehensive option being put forward. The other options are outlined in the full presentation see the below link:
We will be campaigning for Option 1. Although some of the other options would bring overall benefits, Option 1 is by far the most comprehensive and the one which will benefit the greatest number of people.
Over the Christmas period we'll update the website to reflect the various options now on the table, and try to outline what we see as the pros and cons of each one. I'm sure that the new year will bring a good level of debate and discussion, and we look forward to that, and to seeing the best possible solution for London Fields to be implemented later in the year.
Supporting the scheme has been an interesting ride over the past few weeks. We certainly did not expect, before the consultation process had even started, for the scheme to feature in the Evening Standard and the Telegraph (with follow up posts highlighting the shocking journalism here, here and here). Neither did we count on being subject to the intimidation that is outlined in the Evening Standard article. A lot of misinformation has been spread, which we have answered the issues in the FAQ page and on the Loving Dalston article.
Our aims are to make the area safer, cleaner and more pleasant. We will continue to campaign for a scheme that achieves these aims. We will engage in the consultation and encourage our neighbours to so too. We will meet Council officers and Councillors when invited to. We will attend meetings. We will talk to journalists. We will engage in constructive discussion with opponents of the scheme. We will not stand for being intimidated.
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Hackney Council has announced that it will launch a consultation in the London Fields area in January 2016, rather than holding the consultation period alongside a three month trial period.
The type of consultation method is used by the Council is not important to us. We appreciate the Council has come under a lot of pressure to carry out a pre-trial consultation, even though a consultation alongside a trial is a valid and well-used option in traffic schemes. See the FAQs page for more information.
We remain supportive of the scheme and will continue to advocate for a scheme that will benefit the neighbourhood and the surrounding area. We hope that the outcome of the consultation will be a scheme that improves the environment for everyone, including cyclists and pedestrians, while reducing through motorised traffic and its associated noise, pollution and danger. We hope the additional time this consultation will take will allow the Council to engage with the wider community, refine their plans, and enable them to build a scheme that gains widespread support.
We can now focus on discussing the merits of the scheme, rather than the debate surrounding the the consultation method!
The Council have announced that there will be a meeting to discuss the scheme at Hackney Town Hall on Monday 14th December at 7pm.
We are sure that the meeting will be well attended. We encourage anyone who likes the sound of reduced traffic to attend the meeting. We hope to see you there!
This meeting will present an opportunity for councillors and senior officers from the Council’s Streetscene service to answer questions and concerns from the public.
We are a group of local residents who walk, drive and cycle. We support Hackney's traffic and pollution reduction plans. We firmly believe this scheme will help make London Fields a better place to live. We look forward to working with all of our neighbours and the council to make this scheme a success.