In August and September 2020, Ealing Council imposed a number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). One of these effectively drew a roadblock barrier across the spine of our area, Coldershaw and Midhurst Roads, as well as severing the link between Leighton Road and Northfield Avenue. This area is referred to as LTN21 or West Ealing (South).
Unlike the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods established in many other parts of the country, the LTN21 area was huge, encompassing close to 80 different roads. The 11 barriers installed in the original Scheme created in effect seven separate sectors.
The Coldershaw and Midhurst Traffic Action Group was formed to challenge Ealing Council on their implementation of this new traffic system in our area. For many reasons we considered that the fundamental design of the LTN21 scheme was wrong. We were unable to halt the installation of the roadblocks which took place on 26th August 2020, but on 29th September 2020 CAMTAG joined with other Ealing LTN groups in a legal challenge to the original Orders. This led the Council to issue new Orders in February 2021, including for LTN21, and as a consequence to extend the public consultation period to August 2021.
The February LTN Order addressed some of the problems in the old Scheme - in particular restrictions on emergency services access and some of the impact on disabled residents, but, in the view of most residents it did not appear that the fundamental flaws have been removed. This was confirmed by an online survey which CAMTAG organised, the results of which were published in April 2021.
On 21 May, following a change in its leadership team, Ealing Council announced that the LTN21 trial was to be ended immediately and that fresh consultations would take place regarding the future of the other Ealing LTNs. The LTN21 Order has now been revoked and the barriers removed. However, the Council have also stated that they intend to consult on smaller sections of LTN21 where some have argued that the scheme has been successful. CAMTAG’s objective remains to gather the views and experiences of all residents and businesses affected by such proposals and then present those views and experiences to Ealing Council..