LTN photo 2. ltn petition


Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), part of the so-called People Friendly Streets initiative, have been introduced in many Islington wards and Barnsbury could be next!  This is a deeply divisive issue and the Cloudesley Association has to date addressed the subject only insofar as it has a direct impact on the Cloudesley Estate (for our policy, see the minutes of the latest Newsletter, here and the last two Association meetings, here).

However, in a departure from our usual approach on this website I am posting a personal view which I've felt compelled to write entitled:

"The Case Against LTNs in Islington".  (click to download)

It's rather long and a bit of a rant, but if you care about our neighbourhood I urge you to take a look.  I've tried to be as honest, fair and objective as possible.  It seems to me that the Council, supported by a very well organised and active cycling/environmental lobby, have staged an extensive and somewhat one-sided campaign exclusively in favour of LTNs and I felt the need to express the other side of the argument.  I'd be interested in any feedback, both for and against, so please feel free to use the Comments button below, or if you prefer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Just in case you're still unclear about my position on the subject (!), here's the conclusion from the piece:

Conclusion: the Islington LTN programme is a misguided initiative, poorly implemented, to address a problem which is at best exaggerated and at worst dangerously misconstrued.  The costs of the programme, especially in terms of unintended consequences, hugely outweigh the benefits.  Many of Islington’s constituencies, including some of the most vulnerable, will be severely disadvantaged and the unique character of Islington itself will be compromised.  The programme should now be halted, re-evaluated and if necessary reversed.  It should not be extended to other wards, if at all, until such re-evaluation is complete.