Thanks again for all your comments. It's useful to hear the wide range of perspectives.
I am getting quite a few questions at the moment abot the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) measures so I have put together a fairly lengthy set of FAQs here: [www.jamesmcash.com
They cover the intentions behind the scheme, the process by which they have been implemented and what I think should be the next steps. It is also an attempt to honestly acknowledge the mistakes and shortcomings on the part of the council, and indeed on the part of us Goose Green councillors.
It's worth reading in full to get the whole picture but I want to draw your attention to the final two sections:
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
In my view, we need to look at the effects across the whole area but also on individual streets.
The two key criteria are air pollution
and traffic volume
. Put simply, if these two measures are not reduced across the whole area then the scheme has failed. It is not enough to displace the traffic - we want to reduce it overall.
But even if air pollution and traffic volume decrease across the board, it matters how it is distributed. I want to see a social justice
approach to the analysis. No matter what we do there will inevitably be some pollution and traffic. I want this to be shared equitably: protecting schools, nurseries and hospitals above all else; and not allowing the negative effects of air pollution to fall on those least able to bear them.
We have a new Leader of the Council, Cllr Kieron Williams, and this approach is already reflected in his leadership team. Instead of creating a post for ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’, he appointed Cllr Radha Burgess as Deputy Cabinet Member for ‘Low Traffic Southwark’. The shift in emphasis is important: we want to reduce traffic across all of Southwark, not segregate ‘low traffic’ and ‘high traffic’ neighbourhoods. (To be clear, this is not the intention of LTN measures, but if they do not work properly this can be the outcome).
I have spoken to Cllr Rose and Cllr Burgess (the Cabinet and Deputy Cabinet members with responsibility for this area) to request that these measures be evaluated as soon as we can. I have further requested that the evaluation considers the following factors:
- Overall levels of pollution
- Overall levels of traffic
- The ‘social justice’ implications of how pollution and traffic are distributed (i.e. who lives on the more polluted streets?).
We will learn more from this evaluation process but here are my initial thoughts:
- Local businesses on Melbourne Grove, Grove Vale, Lordship Lane and elsewhere need support from the council: there should be a joined-up approach between councillors, the highways team and the local economy team.
- Matham Grove and Zenoria/Oxonian Street are clearly experiencing problems which can and should be remedied, probably fairly cheaply.
- The junction between East Dulwich Grove and Lordship Lane has long been a problem, and this has only got worse.
- Nurseries, schools and hospitals should be considered ‘vulnerable hubs’ which we prioritise for protection from pollution.
There are a few LTN-related questions on here which are not answered in the link above. I will come back to the forum to answer those as soon as I can.
The only non-LTN question was from siousxiesue
about the libraries. I understand that the larger libraries are will have fuller opening relatively soon, and that this will include Dulwich Library but not Grove Vale. This is due to the social distancing requirements. The cabinet member responsible is Stephanie Cryan, her email address is email@example.com
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