Group of Bedford Park architects & planners organise Turnham Green Terrace workshop

Image above: Turnham Green Terrace

A group of architects and planners who live in Bedford Park is organising a Zoom workshop to examine the traffic changes to Turnham Green Terrace on Friday 6 November.

The road was closed to through traffic in July. Motorists are supposed to drive in only if they are intending to park in a disabled bay to use the shops and restaurants, to stop for up to 20 minutes to load or unload something bulky or heavy, or because they need access to Turnham Green Terrace Mews.

Many local residents say they applaud the aim to reduce traffic and make the Terrace a safer and more pleasant place to shop, but they dislike the changes that have been made. LB Hounslow has issued more than 4,000 penalty notices to drivers. Some people have appealed on the grounds that the signs are confusing and hard to see, or that as long term residents they just didn’t realise a change had been introduced and they weren’t looking out for them, and some have won their appeals on that basis.

Many of the traders in Turnham Green Terrace say they have lost trade because of the restrictions, and some residents of Bedford Park claim they are effectively cut off from the High Rd because to drive there, they now have to go along South Parade to the junction beside the Old Packhorse pub, or along Bath Rd to the Goldhawk Rd, creating traffic jams in both directions.

Images above: Foubert’s and Lizard women’s fashion on Turnham Green Terrace

How do we make Turnham Green Terrace better?

The workshop will look at the question:

“How do we make Turnham Green Terrace a better place to shop and dwell by improving the quality of public space, conditions for pedestrians and cyclists while allowing reasonable vehicular access, and how do we ensure that  changes in traffic movement do not lead to increased rat-running through local residential areas?”

The group behind the workshop describe themselves as a group of architects and planners in the area who want to involve the local community in the process of design and help them envisage how change could positively impact on the area.

‘Our aim is to help to protect the amenity of the area and our wonderful local shopping streets, and to ensure they are safe and healthy’.

The trial road closures to Turnham Green Terrace, Devonshire Road and Fishers Lane were introduced in July to permit greater social distancing for pedestrians and safety for cyclists. The work was carried out without local consultation because the government insisted in June that such measures were introduced “within weeks”.

The changes were installed as Experimental Traffic Orders which means that the Councils (Hounslow for Turnham Green Terrace and Hounslow and Ealing for Fishers Lane) will need to go through a consultation process if they are to be made permanent.

Images above: Traffic signs for Turnham Green Terrace on Bath Rd and for Fisher’s Lane on South Parade

The organisers say: “The sort of binary responses provided by web based surveys are not very helpful in guiding future changes to streets. By bringing people together in a creative way we can design the use of streets and the quality of places that suits the area while taking into account the wider traffic network”.

They will present the outcome to the council as part of the consultation process.

The workshop will be facilitated by leading transport planners Urban Movement:

To join the workshop on Friday 6 November, from 10.00am – 1.00pm please register here. The event will be recorded and available for comment at:

The consultation workshop steering group is: Peter Murray; Peter Oborn; Peter Eversden, John Scott, Hugh Broughton, Malcolm Reading, Bill Taylor

For further information contact:

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See also: Chiswick traffic management changes May – July 2020

See also: More Low Traffic Neighbourhoods planned for Chiswick

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