The Coldershaw and Midhurst Traffic Action Group (CAMTAG) is composed of residents within the area covered by the traffic scheme named ’Local Traffic Neighbourhood: West Ealing South: LTN 21’. The scheme was originally defined in the ‘Ealing (West Ealing LTN) (No.1) Experimental Traffic Order 2020. LTN 21 was installed in August 2020. The four founders of CAMTAG first met at a meeting to discuss LTNs in Coldershaw Road on 2 August 2020.
Our founding objective was to collect information, notably on what residents thought about the LTN 21 scheme, circulate information and prepare honest analysis of the claims that were being made about this and other schemes. We took this action because each of us believed that there were serious flaws in the scheme contained in the Experimental Traffic Order made last August. However our fundamental commitment has always been to ensure that the voices of residents are heard regardless of whether they are for or against the implementation of LTN-style schemes in our area.
Ealing Council have now announced that the original LTN 21 Scheme, as modified in Febraury 2021, has now been abandoned. However, they have also stated that they will be looking to consult on smaller sections of LTN 21 that local people have said were successful. CAMTAG’s focus is therefore now concentrated on making sure that residents’ (and businesses’) voices are heard in any consultations about smaller LTN schemes in the LTN21 area. CAMTAG has grown to a network of over a hundred Volunteers, co-ordinated by a Committee which initially developed plans for a comprehensive, neutral survey of the views and experiences of residents in the LTN 21 area and will now be monitoring future consultations. The CAMTAG Constitution may be viewed here: The CAMTAG Constitution.
We have never been opposed to sensible measures which reduce the nuisance and environmental impact of traffic in our area. However, we are concerned that in many cases LTN-style schemes will actually increase pollution and degrade our environment. We are particularly concerned that any new schemes do not cause unfair disadvantage to those who have no option to use a car – the elderly, disabled or infirm and those who need a car for their livelihood - and do not adversely affect our local businesses.
CAMTAG is supported by well- established local residents groups namely Boston Manor Residents Association, Hanwell Community Forum and West Ealing Neighbours. We also liaise with the OneEaling Campaign Group, which has developed from the Ealing Residents Against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Facebook Group.