Southfield councillors to host online forum about Fisher’s Lane

2 December, 2020 / by Matt Smith

Ealing’s Liberal Democrat councillors have invited residents of Southfield ward to an online forum about Fisher’s Lane on Monday 7 December.

In July this year, Ealing Council banned all vehicles other than buses from driving under the railway bridge on Fisher’s Lane. In October, The Chiswick Calendar reported that motorists were still ignoring the changes, more than two months later. There have been arguments about it between pedestrians and drivers in the middle of the road and one cyclist was taken to hospital after he was knocked off his bike by a car beneath the bridge.

Enforcement cameras due to go live

The vehicle ban has not been enforced by the council until now. Cllr Andrew Steed found out in August that LB Ealing were not planning to use enforcement cameras due to ‘financial constraints’. Since this was revealed and drivers have continued not to comply, the council has now decided to introduce cameras. They have been installed and are due to go live in early December.

Image above: the results of Southfield councillors’ survey

The councillors will be listening to residents’ feedback on the survey they carried out, which shows an overwhelming majority of residents are against the changes.

They will be asking whether residents think there are any acceptable alternatives to the status quo, other than the road being reopened. They will also be updating residents on other traffic measures introduced by LB Hounslow.

For residents who may have missed out on the survey, the meeting is a chance to have your voice heard before a final report is handed to Ealing Council during a scheduled cabinet meeting in January.

‘Negative impact’

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Busuttil, who will be chairing the meeting, said:

“Liberal Democrats can confirm that the Fishers Lane traffic restrictions will be reviewed at the Cabinet meeting in January. The meeting could lead to Ealing’s Labour party either retaining or amending the current restrictions. Lib Dems want to make sure that the Council understands the negative impact the scheme has inflicted on the Southfield community including disabled residents.”

The meeting will take place from 6.30 – 7.30pm on Monday 7 December. Email southfield@libdems.org.uk to receive details of how to gain access.

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See also: Motorists still ignoring Fisher’s Lane closure

See also: A divided community

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