Local streets reclaimed for residents in Bounds Green and St Ann's
Neighbourhood streets in Bounds Green and St Ann’s will be reclaimed for the community when two Haringey Streets for People initiatives are launched in the borough this month.
Safer, cleaner and quieter residential roads are just around the corner as trial low traffic neighbourhoods go live in Bounds Green and St Ann’s on 15 and 22 August respectively.
New filters are being installed to stop motor traffic using these neighbourhoods as a through route. The measures will reduce road danger, improve air quality and make it easier to walk, wheel, scoot, cycle and shop locally.
Most of the filters will be camera enforced, enabling emergency and waste vehicles to pass through. All homes and businesses remain accessible by motor vehicles at all times.
Meeting the needs of residents with access and disability needs was an important part of the design process for the schemes.
Both will launch with a full exemptions criteria and application process in place, which has been developed following extensive engagement and research.
Cllr Mike Hakata, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Environment and Transport, said:
“These measures herald a street revival in which our residents and active travel are prioritised. Pollution, speeding, road traffic collisions and carbon emissions will be reduced, at the same time as improving the walkability and cyclability of the local area.
“Car ownership in our borough might be low but it’s a fact that most pollution and congestion is caused by motor vehicles passing through.
“We have learnt from elsewhere and have introduced a full exemptions criteria and application process before the schemes go live. We will continue to listen, as well as consider air quality and traffic data, before deciding whether to make the trial permanent.”
The new measures in Bounds Green and St Ann’s will initially be in place under an 18-month experimental traffic order. The council is keen to hear the views of residents and will undertake a feedback exercise in around three months once the schemes have settled in.
Residents and businesses in both neighbourhoods have received information explaining how the scheme will affect them.
The announcement follows several measures already introduced in response to an extensive engagement exercise in 2021, including new School Streets and cycle hangars.
Haringey Streets for People is part of the council’s vision for a fairer, greener borough and will play a key role in creating a zero-carbon borough by 2041.
To discover more about Haringey Streets for People, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/haringey-streets-people where you will also find responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ).
For more information on exemptions and how to apply, click here
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