Chiswick’s Conservative councillors have written to Cllr Steve Curran, Labour leader of Hounslow Council, lodging their opposition to the scheme and calling on him and his fellow Labour councillors:
“to recognisethe significant and broad-ranging local sentiment against such an expensive infrastructure project along Chiswick High Road”.
The councillors have been collecting signatures for a petition to stop the cycleway, which Hounslow transport officers’ briefing says had received 1,633 signatures at the time they published their report.
To put that in some perspective, the total population of Chiswick is 31,409 (2001 ONS Census).
Leader of the Conservative group Cllr Joanna Biddolph has told me she would support court action to try and prevent it if, as is expected, LB Hounslow approves it next week.
There are discussions going on among anti-C9 campaigners about setting up a crowd-funding page to take Hounslow to a Judicial Review, once the decision is made, but such action is phenomenally expensive and has no similar precedent.