Image above: Fisher’s Lane, which runs from South Parade to Chiswick High Rd
The closure of Fisher’s Lane to all traffic except buses and cycles will remain in place until at least the autumn.
Ealing Council is reviewing its Streetspace measures, but Fisher’s Lane is not included in this review because it is not considered by the Council to be a Streetspace measure. The idea of closing Fisher’s Lane was in the Council’s plans as part of its design for cycle routes before the pandemic and the ensuing emergency measures which enabled the programme of Streetspace / Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
The former Leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell was ousted as leader in May, largely because of his handling of the Streetspace / Low Traffic Neighbourhoods initiative.
The incoming Leader Peter Mason announced:
“I want to ensure that local people know their council is on their side and to build an open, transparent and inclusive culture. That’s why I’m announcing steps to make interactions with developers more transparent.”
Ealing Council has announced that there will be a special consultation on Fisher’s Lane in autumn 2021. Consultations on the Streetspace schemes are due to go ahead over the summer.
Councillor Gary Malcolm, one of the Lib Dem councillors who represents Southfield ward said:
“Feedback from residents, in both the surveys we have conducted, is that 75% of residents do not want the Fishers Lane scheme to continue. Today when I spoke to residents near to Fishers Lane many who were cyclists said that the route through Fishers Lane is still dangerous and many are avoiding it. Liberal Democrats want to see the route reopened up and for the Council to engage about other methods to encourage people to cycle rather than trying to force people to cycle.”
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