I hope you are all staying safe and well, and that you have had the opportunity to enjoy the fine weather.
Let me try to answer as many of the points raised as possible.
Other locations e.g. East Dulwich Grove junction, Crystal Palace Road
If possible, please leave these comments on the interactive map linked in the original post. I am keen to consider as many safety measures as we can.
The decision-making process
These measures, if implemented, will be done through an Experimental Traffic Order. These are new processes introduced by the government to get work moving quickly in response to the new circumstances of the pandemic. Unlike other similar traffic orders, they do not require any consulation at all. Nearby local authorities have introduced wide-ranging changes using these, without any consultation. In Goose Green, we have prioritised measures which we suspect - from previous consultations and other methods - will have wide support. To be extra sure, we have run this very short survey as well.
The measures are temporary. They can be removed at any time. But they can also be made permanent after 18 months. We would have to see their impact before making this decision.
It is true that, in my capacity as a teacher and member of the National Education Union, I have been campaigning against the government's plans to re-open schools more widely before the NEU's five tests are met. But I am not the secretary of state so it may well be that many more pupils do begin to attend school from June 1st. Moreover, the five tests may well be met before the summer holidays, even if not by June 1st, in which case schools will become much busier then. It's important that any works we do take place as soon as possible.
How we contact Goose Green residents
My colleages, Victoria Olisa and Charlie Smith, and I try to reach residents in a range of ways: email, door-to-door canvassing, surgeries, public meetings, engagement with community groups and so on. I try to come onto here when I can but I do not prioritise it over the other forms. There's a number of reasons for this. First, anyone who can access this forum can also access email, whereas not everyone with email access uses this forum. Second, I want to prioritise the residents who live within Goose Green ward and many on here do not. Third, emails from residents are almost always regarding casework that I can help with, while lots of posts on here are more general comments or criticisms, which are an important part of a democratic system but not so time-sensitive or pressing as someone with a specific problem I can address.
That said, I will continue to come onto the forum when I can to read everyone's comments and respond where appropriate.
Interesting point about the potential for house prices to rise on these steets - I hadn't considered that. It's definitely not a motivating factor for me!
[b]Where does the money come from?[b]
TfL would fund the measures as part of their project to make London streets safer during and after the pandemic.
I hope this is helpful!
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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