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A resident’s guide to South Chiswick’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme

A public meeting will be held on 21 October at 19:00 at St Paul's church to discuss the South Chiswick's Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme. Tickets available here.

South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood (SCLN) Update 

 

URGENT: There is time sensitivity if you wish to contribute to the SCLN discussion as set out below. 

The Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) and The Grove Park Group (GPG) have been working together with other local stakeholder groups to develop an alternative proposal to London Borough of Hounslow’s (LBH) current implementation of the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood (SCLN) scheme as part of its Streetspace trials. We support the stated aims of the SCLN, to reduce through-traffic, improve environment and safety, which is the view of a majority of our members. We wish to see the implementation of the SCLN improved, and a consultation to further explore resident views. We do not wish to see the SCLN abandoned but note that a majority of residents are opposed in its current form.

In early August we engaged with lead Councillors Khan, Dunne and Lambert who were initially supportive of our alternative proposal, to have common traffic measures controlled by up to 9 APNR timed cameras within the area stretching from Hogarth Roundabout to Chiswick & Kew Bridges bounded by the A4 to the north and the A316. Access is controlled through a timed measure via ANPR cameras, effectively aimed at removing through-traffic, but allowing access to anybody using Grove Park’s services, such as doctors and schools also for entry of taxi or delivery vehicles.

During mid-August we were introduced by these Councillors to Jefferson Nwokeoma at LBH Traffic who dismissed our proposal out of hand, did not engage on the specifics and would not consider any workable alternatives. In particular, the significantly increased traffic seen on Burlington Lane and Sutton Court Road which he again described as being ‘a cost of the scheme’ and thus inequitably impacting Grove Park residents. 

As part of this dialogue LBH Traffic told us about four proposed changes to the SCLN which we communicated to members. We raised practical challenges and alternatives to three of these. Thankfully it seems none of these additional and disruptive measures are to be implemented.

Reading LBH’s Streetspace Review announced on 27 August we found that the trial measures in Grove Park have largely been made permanent. This decision has been made despite significant negative feedback from residents through consultation, which was a flawed process as it provided no traffic data to consider the impact of the trial measures, nor did it explain the trial measures selected or alternatives considered. 

Study of LBH’s further announcement on 1 September revealed that new measures were planned to provide a hard block to Burlington Lane from the A316 and an increase to the school hours in Staveley Road off the A316. This was designed to further reduce the through-traffic, but is ill-conceived in implementation, acting to the detriment of the adjacent residents who would not be able to access Grove Park without having to divert via Hogarth Roundabout and enter via Sutton Court Road. We support measures to reduce the through-traffic which has now been inequitably displaced across the area and LBH have clearly changed their position after listening to both our proposals and residents’ concerns. However, the practicalities of these additional disjointed piecemeal and ill-considered measures across the area effectively cut off Grove Park to residents crossing the A316. If LBH were to engage constructively with our alternative proposal and their own proposed changes these flaws would have been immediately obvious. 

The validity of these measures is to be questioned through an upcoming LBH Overview & Scrutiny Call in Sub Committee (OSC) at 19:00 on Thursday 23 September. The challenges raised by local Councillors are focused on lack of consultation, inadequate data and impact on local cohesion; the relevant document is here:

https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocument...

We understand that residents are planning to attend a demonstration at LBH’s offices. Should members wish to join this it will be at 18:00 on Thursday 23 September outside the LBH offices at Hounslow House 7 Bath Road TW3 3EB.

Alternatively, and prior to the OSC meeting this Thursday, residents are encouraged to email the following Councillor: daanish.saeed@hounslow.gov.uk who will be chairing the OSC sub-committee to make their dissatisfaction to the current traffic measures known and to add their support for the APNR proposal as a workable alternative.

The APNR timed camera proposal tabled by SoGA and GPG with other stakeholder groups is a workable option for delivering the SCLN in-line with Government policy for Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes. Collectively we remain open to discussing further proposals and amendments from LBH, from local residents and from broader stakeholders. Our stated aim is for ours and any other schemes to be discussed by all interested parties through consultation. 

The link for further information on LBH’s Streetspace Review, which includes the SCLN is here: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/.../2171/hounslows_streetspace/9

Your support is necessary, so please forward this email to friends and neighbours who may not be members of the relevant groups and take the time to email Cllr Daanish Saeed with your comments ahead of Thursday 23 September.

South Chiswick traffic measures

SoGA and The Grove Park Group have agreed to combine their efforts to work towards common traffic measures in the South Chiswick area from Hogarth Roundabout to Kew and Chiswick Bridges in response to the measures imposed over the last year by London Borough of Hounslow which has seen various disparate traffic controls through its Liveable Neighbourhood scheme.

We do not agree with the current implementation of the measures recognising the challenges and concerns as expressed by both our many members and local residents.

 

We do support the broader aims of the scheme: reduced through-traffic and improved environment for our neighbourhood. Our further objectives are to reduce speeding and encourage cycling and pedestrian travel once our roads are safe.

 

We propose the South Chiswick area from Hogarth Roundabout to Kew and Chiswick Bridges be treated as one common traffic system with commonality in terms of access controlled by ANPR cameras as per the attached map. We will benefit from consistent access for local resident, their visitors, deliveries and taxis, whilst meeting the aims of the scheme being reduced through-traffic and improved environment.

 

We have so far engaged with local residents impacted by the schemes, proposed the detail of our scheme to our local Ward Councillors receiving their broad support, and held an initial meeting with LBH Cabinet members led by Hanif Khan (Cabinet member and Head of Traffic) who also indicated initial support. Whilst we were concerned to hear the LBH Traffic team’s messaging as expressed through their Streetspace engagement calls last week, we believe our proposal has not yet been considered and are awaiting a meeting with Jefferson Nwokeoma (Assistant Director of Traffic & Transport) and Councillors to discuss the Councillors’ support and potential implementation of a common traffic scheme.

SOTG CPZ - new operational times

In the event you have not received a letter from LBH, the SOTG CPZ times are being extended to 10.00-12.00 and 18.00-20.00 Monday to Friday and 14.00-16.00 on Saturday and Sunday. The new scheme comes into force on Thursday 12 August.

SOTG/RV/CS/FR/ER LTN traffic review

The South Chiswick LTN traffic review (which includes amongst other measures the Thames Road 'access only', the northbound closure of Hartington Road to non-residents and closure of the exit onto the A4 via Harvard Hill) is due to be published in July. That means that LBH Traffic is collecting and correlating data now in order to go to print with its conclusions based on residents’ feedback so far received. As residents, we have a final opportunity to express opposition to these traffic measures that are to the detriment of everyone in the SOTG/CS/RV/FR/ER (Elmwood Road) CPZs where no common traffic measures exist.

 

SoGA has proposed an amalgamation of the four CPZs plus ER into one zone benefitting from common traffic measures:

CS/FR/ER want to be able to access and exit through Thames Road via Kew Bridge;

SOTG wants to be able to enter from the A316 via Hartington Road; and

FR/RV/ER want access and egress via Harvard Hill.

 

This can be achieved by having APNR controlled cameras at the access points to the four CPZ zones and ER. Regardless of whether you agree with an amalgamation or just object to the arbitrary and disjointed traffic restrictions imposed over the area, now is probably the last opportunity to express your objections to the South Chiswick LTN traffic measures. To do that residents must register the objections by email to traffic@hounslow.gov.uk. The more vociferous the response the more likelihood of our being heard. 

SOTG/RV/CS/FR area traffic measures

There is considerable discussion being expressed locally about the disparity of traffic measures in the area comprising SOTG/RV/CS/FR and of residents receiving PCNs when passing through Hartington Road.

PROPOSAL

SOTG is one of four CPZ within an area roughly bounded by Sutton Court Road, the A4, the river and the A316. The other three CPZ are CS Chiswick Station (which includes Hartington Road), RV Riverview and FR Fauconberg. Whilst being virtually a self-contained area none of the four have a common traffic policy under LBH's current Traffic Measures:

SOTG cannot use Hartington Road northbound; CS cannot use Thames Road to go to or come from Kew Bridge; RV being between cameras can use both Hartington and Thames Road; and FR can use neither.

None of the four CPZ can exit onto the A4 via Harvard Hill as it is closed off to outgoing traffic.

NOTE: Elmwood Road is historically in the GP zone but would be included under this scheme or if LBH can be persuaded to redesignate Elmwood Road into the FR CPZ.

SOLUTION

SoGA proposes an amalgamation of this area into one benefitting from the same traffic measures and controlled by timed ANPR cameras (red dots) as per the map. With time controlled cameras linked to ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) at the following points: Kew Bridge / Hartington Road / Sutton Court Railway Bridge / Fauconberg Road / Elmwood Road and Harvard Hill, the area becomes one whilst retaining their separate CPZ designations but benefitting from common traffic measures whilst remaining open to visitors, deliveries, taxis and shoppers but closed to rat running and the 'access only' along Strand on the Green and Thames Road would become redundant.

SoGA has put this scheme to LBH Traffic and subsequently discussed it in greater detail on a Zoom meeting. As the existing traffic measures are new to the area, LBH Traffic require time to assess both their impact locally and the overall effect caused from displaced rat running traffic. COVID has had implications on the timing of both the introduction of the traffic measures and the Thames Road cameras and consequently the subsequent review which will now not be before June/July and perhaps later.

Since first publishing this proposal a secondary scheme has been proposed whereby all GP would be included. This would mean one common traffic zone stretching from Hogarth Roundabout to the river bounded by the A4 to the north and the A316 to the south controlled by cameras and APNR. This is a more ambitious scheme but would provide equanimity throughout the area and should be achievable riding off the camera network being installed for the ULEZ. It will be up to residents to make their feelings known to LBH Traffic as and when their review on the current disparate and disjointed traffic measures is published. 

SoGA will keep you updated on developments.