Residents ask Hounslow to withdraw latest Grove Park traffic management proposals

Image above: Barrier closing off entrance to Burlington Lane from A316

Officer’s decision will just ‘open the floodgates’ to traffic again

Strand on the Green and Grove Park residents associations have asked LB Hounslow to withdraw the latest proposal for traffic management in Strand on the Green and Grove Park.

Chief Officer for Transport Jefferson Nwokeoma announced in February he was planning to lift the permanent access restriction on access on Burlington Lane from the A316, removing the barrier and installing signs instead, limiting access to restricted hours.

There has been opposition to the Low Traffic Neighbourhood from the beginning. This latest change is intended to appease residents who live east of the A316 who want access to Grove Park.

Access to Burlington Lane would be restricted Monday to Friday 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.

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

Cllr Peter Thompson

According to Cllr Peter Thompson, who represents the Riverside ward and leads the Conservative group on the Council, the change:

“will reintroduce thousands of cars a day back into our area – a decision which will undermine the only success that the scheme can claim to date.”

The Strand on the Green Association say the change is “to the detriment of South Chiswick residents.

“SoGA and the Grove Park Group believe that reintroducing commuting and through traffic into and through Grove Park and Strand on the Green is against the goals of the Council’s own LTN scheme and will have lasting impact on the Thames Road ‘access only’.”

The proposals will be considered by the Council’s Oversight and Scrutiny Committee on 11 April before going to a formal decision by the Cabinet on 18 April.

SoGA has circulated to its members a request that they email the councillors on the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee to let them know their views.

“We urge you to recommend rejection of the COD [Chief Officer’s Decision] and demand further consultation with the relevant residents’ associations to achieve an LTN with common traffic measures across the entire South Chiswick area that meets the following fundamental requirements.”

The South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood project (ie. south of the A4) was launched in 2019 and measures were introduced during the pandemic which have since been put out to consultation. Some measures have been made permanent while others have been changed subsequently.

Residents have complained consistently that they are too complicated, badly signposted and leave residents and visitors confused as to where they can drive.

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