In September 2020, Hackney Council closed certain roads to create what it calls Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). This made already quiet roads even quieter and
pushed all the traffic onto a small number of residential roads.
This has caused a significant increase in congestion and ever higher levels of pollution on the roads where many of us live, walk, shop, cycle, take buses, attend school and pray .
Many of these roads have high density housing (more people in blocks of flats and more houses divided into flats) with low car ownership.
The Council claims it is rebuilding a greener Hackney but this is only the case
for some residents inside the LTNs who already benefitted from cleaner air.
Many Hackney residents live on residential main roads outside the LTNs.
These roads are now less healthy, more polluted and more dangerous.
We think these LTNs are unfair, unjust and unhealthy. And certainly not ‘green’.
We want to hold the Council to account for the harm they are causing
residents on those roads that now have higher levels of traffic and pollution.
The LTN established in the London Fields area has included limiting traffic on a number of larger roads such
as Richmond, Middleton and Forest. This has pushed an unprecedented amount of traffic onto roads like Dalston Lane where Mossbourne Parkside Academy is.
Passing by the school all day long is a previously unseen increase in traffic. The traffic also includes a number of HGVs as a result of other restrictions, further increasing congestion and pollution.
Cars that sit in traffic idling cause significantly more pollution than free flowing traffic. This new high level of congestion has resulted in increased pollution on Dalston Lane.
It has been proven that exhaust fumes harm everyone's lungs but this is especially harmful to babies, children and young people.
Children attending school and nursery on this road deserve the same level of consideration as children attending schools in other parts of our borough.
Gayhurst Primary School is located a few streets away from Mossbourne Parkside Academy within the London Fields LTN. Already on a quiet road before LTNs were introduced, it is located just metres from London Fields.
We believe in working together to help ensure health and well-being is not dependent upon which road you live on. We cannot create clean air haves and have nots.
Many of our nurseries, primary and secondary schools are on roads negatively impacted by the introduction of LTNs. We need to protect all children and young people from the the harmful effects of pollution.
Hackney Together believes in engaging with local councillors and policy makers. As a group, we will be requesting meetings with key people in Hackney Council to discuss the impact of LTNs.
We would like to better understand why implementation of LTNs was considered the best option for Hackney Council to achieve its green ambitions. We would like to understand the data that exists and is being measured to assess the impact of these LTNs.
All roads must be looked at together and people's lived experiences of all Hackney residents must be taken into account. Data must be reliable and scientifically rigorous and show that LTNs benefit all residents, not just those within the LTN.
Cllr Mete Coban has said that he is happy to meet people with different views about LTNs and related measures. We are ready to talk.
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