Working Together to Make Traffic in Queen's Park Safe Request to defer the current proposals by Brent Council to ban eastbound morning traffic through Summerfield, Montrose, Hopefield avenues and Dudley Road, and to work collaboratively with the entire Queen’s Park neighbourhood to develop more widely acceptable and long term solutions, respectful of all residents, to manage traffic across the entire Queen’s Park area.
We the undersigned petition the council to 1. Defer the current proposals. 2. Engage with the Queen’s Park neighbourhood in its entirety on the matter of managing traffic issues across the area, including with the Queen’s Park Area Resident Association (“QPARA”). 3. Create a joint Queen’s Park Traffic Group comprising the council, the Queen’s Park neighbourhood residents and QPARA working in a collaborative manner. 4. Co-create new and more acceptable proposals respectful of all residents to address the traffic problems working with the Queen’s Park Traffic Group and TFL.
In February 2023, the council launched a consultation proposing to introduce measures on trial basis to ban traffic (except cycles) entering Summerfield Avenue from Kingswood Avenue during 7am to 10am, Monday to Friday. The Council is also proposing to introduce similar measures to Montrose Avenue and Hopefield Avenue (which are also subject to the same consultation process), effectively banning west to east traffic on 3 parallel streets (together the “Proposal”).
The only residents allowed to participate to the consultation and vote for the proposed scheme are the residents living on the streets covered by the Proposal and who stand to benefit from traffic protection measures. The residents not included in the consultation are the ones set to suffer directly from the Proposal.
We have reviewed the Proposal and consider it clumsy, poorly considered, dangerous and extremely sub-optimal for the entire neighbourhood given:
1. The Proposal merely moves hundreds of rush hour vehicles from protected streets towards other streets in the neighbourhood;
2. The Proposal is not by any means a long term solution for the entire Queen’s Park area community to deal with traffic, but is oddly focused on favouring very selected streets;
3. Residents from the streets around the streets covered by the Proposal (the “Neighbouring Streets”), are neither included in nor invited to the consultation, and therefore do not have a voice in this process;
4. The Neighbouring Streets were not included in discussions between the council and the streets protected by the Proposal in the period leading up to this consultation. The council did not inform the residents of the neighbouring streets that these proposals have been launched and are imminent;
5. The Neighbouring Streets stand to suffer meaningfully from the Proposal in terms of increased traffic, safety, nuisance and pollution, while creating benefit for the protected streets under the Proposal;
6. No modelling data has been provided, although requested by the Neighbouring Streets’ residents, to justify the Proposal and its impact on the Neighbouring Streets;
7. The problem of rush hour tailbacks in certain streets is of long standing and there is no urgent factor to justify absence of discussions with all affected or failure to provide key data.
The under-signed have considerable empathy for the residents of Summerfield Avenue and Dudley Road. We share their objective of reducing the impact of traffic flows across Queen’s Park, albeit we are mindful of our central London location, which obviously limits the neighbourhood’s options.
We believe the issue of traffic is not the matter of one street
but of our broader Queen’s Park community, which we enjoy and
strive to make better, and we should deal with it together as
proposed by this petition.
Started by: Pierre-Antoine Tisseau
This ePetition ran from 18/02/2023 to 19/03/2023 and has now finished.
188 people signed this ePetition.