In response to northernmonkey Today, 10:15AM
"Its interesting the way that this is being portrayed and it isn't wholly accurate. The Melbourne South closure was part of the OHS consultation and therefore has already been consulted on. The rationale for the closure is not to change the route that people use to access their homes (whilst inevitable)but instead to stop the large volume of traffic that uses the length of Melbourne Grove as a rat run to cut off Lordship Lane.
If you use a map and look at the layout of the road, the idea that traffic would cut down Melbourne south when travelling North and then right turn down Ashbourne or Chesterfield is clearly unlikely as it would essentially be going back on itself. Whilst there may be some journeys that go down these roads from residents of Melbourne its more likely that there will be a significant decrease in traffic cutting through to reach Melbourne Grove and travelling beyond."
The Our Healthy Streets Consultation gave two options for Area A:
"Melbourne Grove experiences high levels of motor vehicle traffic currently - this could increase if some of the above proposals are implemented. We want to explore options with residents for either:-
a northbound no entry restriction (south of the Tell Grove junction); or
a permeable closure (no motor vehicles) between Tell Grove and Ashbourne Grove."
Residents of Melbourne Grove have choosen to pursue / push for option B - a permeable closure (no motor vehicles) between Tell Grove and Ashbourne Grove.
This will block off Melbourne Grove to traffic but residents will use other streets to enter and exit - plus their delivery trucks, vans, rubbish collection trucks and visitors.
Consultation is not implementation, the Council has outlined Next steps:
model the likely impact of measures - Summer 2020
phase 4 engagement - Autumn 2020
decision on the way forward - Winter 2021
statutory consultation - Spring 2021
construction - Summer / Autumn 2021
Healthy streets are for all not a few.
It is worth recalling in 2015 over 250 people signed a petition to the Council to stop a barrier on Melbourne Grove at the same location.