I hope that you are all well.
I have written an article for SE22 magazine about the low traffic neighbourhoods. Many of you will have had it posted through your door but if you have not then you can read it online here: [semagazines.co.uk
] (Page 38 of SE22).
This follows from the explainer I wrote in our September newsletter, which you can read here: [www.jamesmcash.com
A fair few of the questions in this thread are answered in one of those two articles. I will try to answer a few more here.
LTNs - positive feedback
I really hope the council stay the course, and make these changes as well, as restrictions on Townley Road, permanent. I don't have high hopes though - the reopening of Camberwell Grove to traffic proves that ultimately the petrol heads always win the day over at Southwark HQ.
It is clear that there have beeen major benefits to the schemes and we would not want to lose them. However, this needs to be balanced against the negative effects. I think we need further time to assess this. I am keen to hear the views of all types of road user - not just those who drive.
LTNs - negative feedback
Are you concerned by the negative impact this is having on your constituents?
Yes. It is clear that the measures have so far had mixed results. Some people like them and have benefited a lot. Others have not, and have had a more negative experience. As I said before, I expect the negative effects to diminish in the medium term and I am committed to evaluating the schemes fully.
LTNs - monitoring
Please can you tell us where the council is monitoring car numbers and pollution levels on streets other than those that have been closed?
In addition to the roads which have been closed, I have requested that there be monitoring on East Dulwich Grove, Lordship Lane, Grove Vale, Matham Grove and Zenoria/Oxonian Street. They are at various stages of monitoring. There are some data from pre-implementation but it is not comprehensive and it is difficult to identify the extent to which changes were caused by the LTN measures relative to city-wide traffic increases resulting from the evolving covid situation. The monitoring will therefore need to look at comparable roads as well as comparing figures before and after implementation.
LTNS - public virtual meeting
I think this is a good idea. I would like to see sucha meeting be incorporated into the evaluation process.
LTNS - consultation, Southwark Cyclists
It was not possible to run a proper consultation for the LTNs (for reasons outlined above). Southwark Cyclists, like local residents, were not consulted regarding whether the measures should be put in place. However, the coucil sometimes asks them for technical advice regarding how best to implement cycling infrastructure.
LTNS - Car targets
Is it correct that the council is targeting a 50% reduction in car usage in the area
Iíve not come across this statistic before.
LTNS - Local businesses
I totally accept that we did not do enough to communicate with local businesses in advance of implementing the measures. For that, I apologise.
We are trying to rectify this now by organising regular meetings with the businesses in the affected area.
The suggestions on here sound great. I would love to see a road network which allows cyclists to totally avoid the main roads. It's just a case of finding the funding, and designing measures which balance the needs of all road users (at the moment the balance is clearly against cyclists!)
TfL are reluctant to bring cycle hires this far south. There have been discussions about bringing them closer - e.g. Peckham or Camberwell - but Dulwich seems to far for them. I agree that this would be positive though, and it's something I raise at every opportunity I have
- would you mind emailing me with further details? Happy to look into this. But if it is indeed a historic stream then I may struggle!
EDG speed bump
I'm in conversations about this speed bump and whether it should be removed. Replacing it with a camera is trickier though, as these have running costs that most other road measures do not.
Response to emails
Completely ignored an email I sent to him and all other Cllrs also regarding the road closures.
Many apologies - I try to always respond promptly to emails from constituents. In this instance, I expected one of the other recipients to respond, given that the email contained a number of technical questions which I was not well-placed to answer. I have since responded and hope that you will get a further response from officers in good time.
Yes it seems as if all councillors have a LTN filter on their inboxes that sends any email from anyone daring to question what they are doing to their trash!
I don't think this is fair. With the exception of the email mentioned above, I think I have answered all the emails sent to me. I sometimes receive emails addressed to a long list of recipients and do not always respond to those, but if someone emails to ask me a question they can be 99% sure they will receive a response.
We all miss him and the back and forth we all used to have - he gave as good as he received.
Thank you Rockets. I missed you too. One day I will retire and then I'll be able to spend the entire day engaging in banter with you. Until then, sadly I have to fit my time on this Forum alongside my other commitments.
In defence of James, he has been doing some behind the scenes chasing for me which has resulted in a very satisfactory outcome.
Pleased I was able to help! (Not sure what this is in reference to!)
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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