Statement on Liveable Crouch End
A statement on the Liveable Crouch End trial from Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability:
The Liveable Crouch End trial began on Monday 7 October and will run until Sunday 20 October. It involves traffic reduction measures in the town centre, including a closure on Middle Lane.
We understand the changes are bringing a measure of temporary disruption for road users, but we believe the trial is an important and positive step to gather valuable data and views from the community to move this project towards improving Crouch End’s environment and making the area friendlier for sustainable forms of transport.
Haringey Council declared a climate emergency in March this year. We have also made firm commitments in our Borough Plan to make Haringey a cleaner, greener, healthier and more accessible place to live. This cannot be achieved without firm and decisive action – and sometimes that means disruption too.
Climate change is a global crisis that affects every one of us and it is incumbent upon us all to take measures to address the issue head-on. Those most affected include the most vulnerable in society: those such as the elderly, children, the less economically well-off and people with pre-existing health problems. We have heard from many residents that improving the air quality around schools should be a priority. We hope that as Liveable Crouch End develops, it will help to achieve that goal.
Liveable Crouch End is an ambitious project that will create a more people-friendly environment for residents, businesses and visitors. We believe that the short-term issues that arise during the trial are justifiable if they help to bring valuable insight into the emerging designs and enable us to deliver longer-term benefits to residents in improvements to the environment, accessibility and air quality.
The trial is based on months of information-gathering and engagement with residents, beginning with a survey on what changes the community would like to see in the area; meeting with businesses, schools, community and disability groups; and a series of workshops with residents discussing their prior feedback and formulating suggestions on how to improve Crouch End. We are committed to working with the local community – we continue to invite suggestions and opinions from residents and following the trial and further design development there will be a full public consultation, anticipated in early 2020.
We believe strongly in Liveable Crouch End and we are determined to make it work. Haringey being chosen as the host venue of the Liveable Neighbourhoods Conference in July is evidence of the firm commitment that the council has demonstrated to the project. A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating Liveable Crouch End – so many council officers have dedicated an exceptional amount of time and work to engagement with the community, planning and preparing for this trial.
We want those efforts to result in a successful strategy that will work positively for Crouch End, its residents, businesses and visitors. Our aim is to make Crouch End more welcoming to pedestrians and cyclists, improve the quality of the air that residents are breathing and do our part to address the climate and environmental emergency head on.