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Council scraps plans for low-traffic neighbourhood after backlash

Council scraps plans for low-traffic neighbourhood after backlash

Southwark council has been forced to scrap plans to introduce a new low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) following a backlash from residents.
Council chiefs had planned to add an LTN in Dulwich Village in a bid to close a busy junction near Turney Road.

The Labour authority said the proposal would help make the area the “safest, most accessible space for people walking and using mobility aids, and cyclists” and “create more of a village feel”, The Daily Telegraph reported.

However, the council faced a backlash from local disabled groups as blue badge holders and disabled motorists were not due to be exempted.

The council has been forced to scrap the idea after residents bombarded them with angry responses.

An official survey of 1,242 residents found “limited support for all three objectives” behind the closure, with just 33 per cent showing support.

Richard Aldwinckle, co-founder of One Dulwich which helped lead the campaign to oppose the LTN, told the newspaper: “This is a victory for common sense, although Southwark council continue to ignore the wishes of the majority of people in Dulwich who voted for the other side of this junction to be reopened.

“It’s time the council stopped telling residents it’s for our own good and, instead, come up with a better and fairer scheme that doesn’t displace traffic, doesn’t discriminate against vulnerable, vehicle-dependent road users, and doesn’t damage local shops and businesses.”

Almost 100 LTNS were introduced by borough councils in the year following the start of the pandemic but they have divided communities, with some demanding their removal and others their retention.

Southwark council has been contacted for comment.

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