Grove Park LTN decision pushed back after traffic officer’s view published

Image above: No entry sign on Burlington Lane junction with A316 and sign warning drivers of access restrictions to Staveley Rd from the A316 

Decision pushed back to 11 April 

A decision on changes to the Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme that covers Grove Park and Strand on the Green has been pushed back to April.

Chief Officer for Transport Jefferson Nwokeoma has published his decision on its future, introducing some changes, but as the scheme is controversial the Council has decided to put it to the Oversight & Scrutiny Committee before making the final decision.

In January 2022 access was restricted to Staveley Rd from the A316 to general traffic Monday – Saturday from 8am – 7pm, except buses and permit holders. At the same time one side of Burlington Lane was blocked off to prevent entry from the A316.

In the consultation which followed 80% residents said they did not want the restrictions made permanent.

The Council’s Chief Traffic Officer is now proposing to lift the permanent access restriction on Burlington Lane, replacing it with a timed access restriction. This he says will address residents’ concerns about the lack of access into the Grove Park area from the A316.

Jefferson’s plan is to restrict access to Burlington Lane Monday to Friday only between the hours of 8.00am & 9.00am and 2.45pm & 3.45pm during school term time, in the stretch alongside Chiswick School between the junctions of Burlington Lane with A316 and Staveley Road.

LB Hounslow say the new rules, which effectively turn Burlington Lane back into a school street, will reduce the impact of through traffic while making the Grove Park area more accessible to general traffic from the A316.

No change is planned for access to Staveley Rd. It will remain as it is, with access only for permit holders and buses Monday – Saturday between the hours of 8.00am to 7pm.

Image above: Barrier blocking access to Burlington Lane from A316

Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society had asked if Staveley Rd could also be returned to School Street status, with restrictions only Monday – Friday as the restrictions on Saturdays have severely affected their ability to sell plants from their trading hut. They continue to sell plants on Sundays, but are limited to three Sundays because of Chiswick School car boot sale, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month.

Chairman Dennis Flaherty told The Chiswick Calendar he was disappointed.

“The Council have not been listening to the people who are affected by these schemes” he said.

“Burlington Lane is to be subject to the same restrictions as Staveley Road was when it became a safer school street. I cannot believe for the life of me why they did not revert to the 2 x one-hour prohibitions for both Burlington Lane and Staveley Road.

“We support many schools, places of worship and wellbeing gardens in Chiswick, and with the extra income we had hoped to generate we would have been able to do so much more charitable work in the community.”

Image above: Dennis Flaherty, Chairman, Chiswick Horticultural and Allotments Society

“We don’t understand how this helps anyone”, says Grove Park Group 

The Group Park Group, the residents association representing the Grove Park area, say the new plans don’t make any sense.

They say the proposals don’t address high volumes of traffic during peak rush hour times, which can often last well past seven o’clock most evenings. Reacting to the plans, Chair of Grove Park Group Rob King said:

“This latest Chief Officer Decision proposal to limit access on Burlington Lane only in school street hours ignores the Council’s own data around high traffic volumes in the early morning and evening, which will continue to travel through the area and undermines the Council’s aims for the scheme.

“We do not understand how this helps anyone, and this has not been adequately explained by the Council.

“We continue to be disappointed in the approach taken by Hounslow Council: the piecemeal approach to traffic measures, the chaos surrounding these individual reviews, the poor interpretation of inadequate data, the lack of interest in resident feedback, the minimal time and consultation with our locally elected representatives.

“Despite GPG’s best efforts and those of Strand on the Green Association, with whom our views align, the Council is still not listening.

“We propose the Council suspends all piecemeal actions surrounding the SCLN, and that instead they review the scheme as a whole – what works and what doesn’t.

“We still require a response to the four points consistently raised at the Chiswick Area Forum, on the recent residents call and directly with the Council: the need for visitor access, a review into speeding traffic, a review on signage and scheme simplification, an approach to address traffic divergence and inequalities introduced with the current scheme.”

The next opportunity to discuss those points will be before the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 11 April

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See also: Future of Grove Park and Strand on the Green LTNs expected to be announced this week

See also: Leader of Hounslow Council apologises for calling Chiswick a “backwater”

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