Islington Liberal Democrats support Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). They reduce pollution and traffic, and encourage active, healthy alternative modes of transport such as walking and cycling. However, the introduction of LTNs needs to be done with sensitivity to the needs of the local community, especially groups, such as the elderly and disabled, who are more dependent on cars.
Proper engagement is essential in order to secure the long-term consent of residents. Otherwise, the risk is that LTNs will not survive and we will return to the bad old days of rat-running, with parents and children afraid to walk or cycle to school or the shops.
Before the last Council elections, Labour promised to consult residents before introducing LTNs. They failed to do so, with the result that the hastily imposed LTNs put in place in 2020 in Canonbury, Highbury, and St Peter’s have caused unnecessary controversy and anguish.
It doesn't have to be this way. Islington Liberal Democrats have put five questions to the Council meeting on 25 February to encourage the Council to change their approach before the next round of LTNs are put in place in Mildmay, Barnsbury, The Cally, Nag’s Head and elsewhere.
Our five questions to the Council:
- Will the Council commit to consulting residents and community groups properly, for example by using Citizen’s Assemblies, before any other new LTNs are implemented?
- Will the Council publish their assessment of the impact of LTNs on the mobility of those residents who because of age, illness or disability find active travel more difficult?
- Will the Council allow the use of Automatic Numberplate Recognition (ANPR) technology to allow access through camera filters if residents and/or Disability Groups request this?
- Will the Council commit to publishing all the data the Council holds on air quality and traffic levels in and around LTNs so residents can have confidence in the planning process?
- What additional infrastructure and incentives (e.g. cheaper bike hangers and improved crossroads) is the Council planning to help make it easier to travel by bike and by foot in Islington?