LB Hounslow mark up Chiswick High Rd in preparation for Cycleway 9 changes

Workmen from LB Hounslow have marked up the pavement opposite the end of Chiswick Lane in preparation for further changes to C9.

Image above: Chiswick High Rd opposite the end of Chiswick Lane; photograph @FifteenMph Twitter

‘It’s like an explosion in a surveying factory’ wrote someone who calls himself ‘Fifteen MPH’ on Twitter.

The Council is just marking out where the various utilities have pipes and cables in preparation for the next – but still temporary – iteration of C9, they tell The Chiswick Calendar. The changes were announced in July, but aren’t iminent, as they have yet to appoint contractors.

READ ALSO: LB Hounslow sign off on changes to Cycleway 9

End of OneChiswick’s attempt to take the Council to Judicial Review

Members of OneChiswick have commented on social media that they have dropped their attempt to take the Council to Judicial Review over the cycle lane.

The Facebook group, which has been against all the traffic restrictions introduced in Chiswick since the beginning of the pandemic, argues there were a number of legal errors in the way in which the cycle lane was introduced, under a temporary measure. This measure has been superceded by a new one introducing the latest changes, making their action irrelevant.

The decision to drop the Judicial Review raises another question – what will happen to all the money they raised for it? To date they have raised £44,517. The Chiswick Calendar has asked OneChiswick for a comment.

Images above: Road signs in Hartington Rd

South Chiswick residents associations now considering legal action

Residents associations which represent areas of Chiswick south of the A4 are now considering legal action over the traffic changes introduced there which were recently confirmed by Hounslow Cabinet, despite being referred to them by Hounslow’s Overview and Scrutiny committee for reconsiderastion.

The group of residents assocations, which recently held a public meeting to discuss next steps, say they are considering three options:

  • Possible legal action against specific Councillors for misconduct or misfeasance in public office
  • A submission to the Local Government Ombudsman
  • A Judicial Review

They acknowledge that any of these moves would ‘need to be carefully considered as they are both time consuming have no guarantee of success’.

In the case of taking the Council’s decisions to Judicial Review they admit the process ‘could be both expensive to initiate and more so if the verdict is found against the Claimant’.

They are planning another public meeting later in November which they say the Council’s chief traffic officer Jefferson Nwokeoma and relevant councillors have agreed to attend.

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