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LTN update: local people get the final say

Ealing Council is providing residents with an update on the borough’s low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs).

The council’s new leadership team has reassured local people in all LTN areas that they will have the final say on the trial schemes.

This will be achieved by a consultation on each LTN in the borough, keeping schemes that work and are supported, and removing those that do not.

The council has already announced the end of the trial West Ealing South scheme (LTN 21), following the decision by Hounslow Council to close Swyncombe Avenue for two months. The council will be looking to consult on smaller sections of LTN 21 that local people have said are successful. Residents will be consulted before implementation, and nothing will be installed until after they have had the final say.

The new cabinet has reiterated its commitment to active travel and tackling climate change. School streets, cycling infrastructure and low traffic neighbourhoods are all part of its agenda to tackle the climate emergency.

Council leader Peter Mason said: “Ealing Council promised to listen to local people’s views on active travel initiatives like LTNs, and we have done just that. The decision on LTN 21 has been brought forward because of the closure of Swyncombe Avenue and we will be ending the trial this weekend.

“Remaining LTNs will be subject to a CPZ style consultation, with a vote for local people on whether they think the LTNs will work in their neighbourhoods.

“I’ve pledged that the council I lead will be open, transparent and inclusive. That means being honest about what works and what doesn’t.

“This decision is about giving local people control over change in their neighbourhoods. Our commitment to tackling the climate emergency and enabling active travel and cycling remains unchanged, but we know we must take people with us.”

Last month (Friday 21 May), following the decision by the London Borough of Hounslow to close Swyncombe Avenue for a period of two months, the council announced the end of the trial West Ealing South Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN 21) and pledged to give local people the final say on LTNs in their communities.  

Cllr Deirdre Costigan, Cabinet member for Climate Action said: “We know that people in Ealing want a cleaner, greener borough with less traffic and congestion, with different views on what we need to do to get there. 

“We look forward to working with the thousands of people who have become more passionate and engaged in the future of their neighbourhoods because of the LTN debate to make our borough a better place to live for everyone.”

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