LB Hounslow Cabinet decides to keep Grove Park traffic restrictions as they are

A meeting of LB Hounslow’s Cabinet has decided to keep Grove Park traffic restrictions as they are.

The Council’s Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee sent the traffic schemes back to Cabinet to be reconsidered in September, after members of the committee received hundreds of representations from residents as well as from Chiswick Riverside and Homefield ward councillors.

READ ALSO: South Chiswick LTN schemes sent back to LB Hounslow Cabinet to be reconsidered

Image above: Protesters heading for the Oversight and Scrutiny sub-committee

The Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes (LTNs) have been introduced in Grove Park and Strand on the Green over the past 18 months to reduce traffic in the residential area between the A4 and the River Thames.

A recent Freedom of Information request revealed that the biggest group of motorists fined for driving into Hartington Rd from the A316 this summer came from outside London, with 33%  drivers using it as a cut through from the A316 to the A4 coming from as far away as Aberdeen and Truro.

READ ALSO: FOI request finds the biggest group of drivers fined for driving into Grove Park from the A316 are from outside London

Cllr Guy Lambert

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, told The Chiswick Calendar that at a meeting on 19 October the Cabinet had considered the views of the Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee but they did not agree with their analysis.

“They came to conclusions we didn’t share” he said.

The councillors on that sub-committee, (four Labour and one Conservative) decided unanimously that consultation on the schemes had not been fair and inclusive and that the traffic data provided was insufficient to be the basis for such important decisions.

They were also concerned that impact on vulnerable people, such as elderly and disabled people and pregnant women, might constitute a violation of their human rights.

Cllr Lambert acknowledged that the Council had recently been criticised by the Local Ombudsman for not paying enough attention to its Public Sector Equality Duty – a duty of care to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups – when making the decision to close Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Rd to through traffic last summer.

But he said, that was done very quickly as a response to Covid and they’d had more time to make subsequent decisions about traffic restrictions.

“We have been careful to comply. We do try and do these things correctly and generally we do”.

READ ALSO: Local Government Ombudsman criticises LB Hounslow for Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshre Rd closures

Residents’ meeting planned

Residents associations including Strand on the Green Residents Association and the Grove Park Group as well as more recently formed groups in Park Rd and Burlington Lane have got together to organise a meeting on Thursday 21 October at St Paul’s Church to discuss the decision.

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