Ealing Council scraps LTN as trial ends

Ealing council has ended one of the borough’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes in West Ealing South.

The decision to not renew continue the scheme after the trial’s end comes after months of significant protests from disaffected residents. In April, more than 2,000 people marched on Ealing’s town hall.

The council said the scheme was being torn out at Swyncombe Avenue, a key road linking Hounslow and Ealing, which was being closed for at least two months for road works. 

Recently, LB Hounslow made the decision to remove the controversial ‘Streetspace’ scheme at Turnham Green Terrace, which was installed during the first national lockdown. LB Harrow has removed similar schemes within the borough too.

Since the previous leader of Ealing council was ousted by the incumbent, Peter Mason, his tone has been more conciliatory to residents opposed to LTNs. As the West Ealing South scheme was removed, Cllr Mason vowed “a vote for local people on whether [LTNs] will work in their neighbourhoods.”

Campaign group One Ealing said the council had “divided our community by installing CCTV cameras, bollards and placing planters in an unsafe and undemocratic manner.

“We are all for cleaner air, but not at the expense of the residents and schools on the main roads.” 
Deputy Leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Deirdre Costigan, added: “Implementing active travel initiatives without community support is unsustainable — we can’t do this without the support of local people.”

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See also: Opponents scent victory over Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes in west London

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