Ealing Liberal Democrats challenge Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Image above: Cllr Gary Malcolm in a Zoom meeting with Council Leader Julian Bell

Ealing Liberal Democrats have requested a formal ‘call-in’ to Ealing Council on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

A ‘call-in’, which can be made by any councillor, enables the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider whether the Cabinet should be asked to review its decisions. It’s a way for ordinary members of the council to challenge the Council’s leaders to adhere to the principles of good decision-making.
Ealing Liberal Democrats have called in the recent decision by Ealing Council on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, so the topic can be questioned and probed in more detail. Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of Ealing Liberal Democrat Group, says:
“Despite its best intentions I have very serious reservations about LTNs’ likelihood of reducing pollution, their terrible implementation due to no consultation, and the blatant neglect of the needs of all disabled people, carers, and ambulance services”.

Councillor Malcolm, who represents Southfield ward in Chiswick, said:

“The lack of consultation between Ealing Labour and its residents of the borough has resulted in an appalling neglect of the needs of carers and the disabled people. Recently the Council gave way to give some blue badge holders an exemption so they can travel in cars in the LTNs however many carers will have to spend much, much longer visiting their vulnerable family members or people they care for. We have no choice but to use the call-in procedures to question Labour and persuade them to either cancel the LTNs or give more exemptions to other key workers.”

Fisher’s Lane closure also due to be reviewed

Southfield councillors held a public meeting by Zoom for Southfield residents last week, in which is was clear that many people objected to various aspects of the schemes as they affected Chiswick, not just the closure of Fisher’s Lane to traffic other than buses.

The Fisher’s Lane closure, which is part of Ealing Council’s planning for cycle routes rather than a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, is due to be reviewed by Ealing Council at the first Cabinet meeting in January.

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