LTN21 Order Revoked
On 21 May, 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 Experimental Traffic Order which created the LTN21 scheme (“The Ealing (West Ealing South LTN) (No.1) Experimental Traffic Order 2021”) has been revoked and the barriers, planters etc associated with the scheme were removed during the course of Friday 21 May.
The Council’s announcement also stated that they would be looking to consult on smaller sections of LTN 21 that local people have said were successful, but that residents would be consulted before implementation, and nothing would be installed until after local residents have had the final say. It is not yet clear whether these consultations would take place alongside the consultations on the other existing LTNs or at some later date.
The CAMTAG Committee have confirmed that CAMTAG will continue to function for the time being so that residents’ (and businesses’) voices are indeed heard in any consultations about smaller LTN schemes in the LTN21 area.
THE CAMTAG LTN21 INTERIM SURVEY THE RESULTS
CAMTAG launched their Interim Survey for LTN21 residents on 29th March. A team of more than 80 CAMTAG Volunteers delivered a leaflet to each of the 5,500 plus households within LTN21 and on its border roads. This leaflet directed recipients to an online survey site where they provided their views and opinions on the road system implemented by Ealing Council in August 2020.
Everyone receiving a leaflet was encouraged to participate whether they were in favour of or oppose the LTN21 scheme as the results will form an important part of CAMTAG's submission within the Council's statutory consultation period.
For the results please go to our 'Surveys' page.
CAMTAG challenge LTN21 rationale in letter to Virendra Sharma MP
CAMTAG have written to local MP Virendra Sharma challenging the view that the LTN21 scheme will help in the battle against climate change. The letter also stresses the extremely limited nature of the changes introduced in the Experimental Order which came into force last week, re-iterates the many serious consequences the Scheme poses for local residents and businesses and seeks support for CAMTAG’s plans for a comprehensive survey of residents’ views.
To read the full content please follow this link: Letter to Virenda Sharma
High Court Cases Withdrawn - Ealing Council to Meet Claimants’ Costs
The High Court cases launched last September against five of the Orders creating Ealing’s LTN Schemes have been dropped following Ealing Council’s decision to revoke those Orders and make new ones.
Commenting on this development, Peter Edward Mason, CAMTAG Co-ordinator and one of the claimants against the LTN21 Order, said. “I am very pleased that Ealing Council will be meeting the costs we have incurred in challenging several of the Orders they made last year. I regard the payment of costs - and the fact that the new Orders address some of the issues of emergency services access and (to a limited extent) discrimination against the disabled - as a clear admission that Ealing did not give proper consideration to the effects of these Schemes before they were so hastily introduced last year.
I believe the new Experimental Order for LTN21 - which ignores most of the comments residents have put forward in the past six months – still creates a scheme which is fundamentally flawed. It will cause problems which far outweigh any benefits they may have. My colleagues and I will therefore be examining closely whether this and the other Ealing Orders have been properly made.
More importantly, we will apply what we have learned about the underlying legislation to make sure that Ealing Council do not continue to ignore the views of local residents and businesses if they attempt to make these LTNs permanent.
As Council Tax payers, we take no pleasure in seeing how the Council have wasted our money in meeting their own and our legal costs, defending their evidently flawed decision-making. This is on top of the pointless expenditure of installing and then removing bollards. We must remain vigilant in holding them accountable.”