We should hear soon whether LB Hounslow will abandon the decision it made in the summer to close Turnham Green Terrace to no through traffic. At the moment the road is open, pending a review of the scheme.
All the Low Traffic Neighbourhood decisions which were implemented under the Government’s emergency measures have by law to be reviewed after six months. They are also subject to an interim review, which is due now (actually overdue, but the council says they deliberately put off the review so they could assess the impact on traffic of schools reopening in September).
LB Hounslow commissioned a report by an independent urban planning consultancy, Steer, which the Cabinet Member for Transport Hanif Khan expects to be discussing with colleagues on Wednesday (9 December). He has told The Chiswick Calendar that the review process will start then.
The traffic restrictions, particularly the closure of Turnham Green Terrace, have caused uproar.
More than 7,000 people have received penalty notices for driving the length of Turnham Green Terrace since the road was first closed in the summer. Many of them said they hadn’t realised the road was closed, saying they either didn’t see the signs or didn’t understand them.
Traders in Turnham Green Terrace and in Devonshire Rd, where similar changes were introduced, have complained that they have lost business because customers can no longer park to shop.
More than 8,500 people signed a petition against the changes to Turnham Green Terrace and Fisher’s Lane. While one woman took to walking up and down the Terrace with a placard, warning drivers about the fines, another man was spoken to by the police after took to social media saying the councilllors who took the decision needed shooting.
The decision to make Turnham Green Terrace a no through route was made under the emergency powers given to councils by the Government to create more space for walking and cycling. No entry ‘except for disabled, local buses, taxis and for access’ signs were installed at both ends of Turnham Green Terrace and at the High Rd entrance to Devonshire Rd in mid-June.
Chiswick’s Conservative councillors tabled a motion of no confidence against Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran, which Labour members unanimously voted down. But since then a Labour councillor, Richard Eason, demanded the decisions to be looked at again and called for the resignation of Cabinet Member for Transport Hanif Khan and Labour colleague Cllr Katherine Dunne.
Cllr Khan hinted to The Chsiwick Calendar on 16 November that he was considering changing the restrictions. When Thames Water roadworks on Acton Lane caused additional traffic on Chiswick High Rd the Council decided to reopen Turnham Green Terrace to through traffic. Since the roadworks finished, the road has remained open pending Cllr Khan’s review. The told us there needed to be a ‘proper rethink‘.
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