Amendments Announced To Grove Park Traffic Scheme
Residents east of A316 to be exempt from Staveley Road restriction
Protestors against Hounslow's proposals at Chiswick Station. Picture: Tim Mack
Hounslow Council has announced a series of amendments to planned traffic restrictions in the Grove Park area.
It has now been decided to exempt residents living to the east of the A316 to the planned restriction on Staveley Road. Originally only residents of two Controlled Parking Zones to the west of the road were to be allowed free access but now residents between and including Corney Road (to the north) and Riverside Drive (to the south) - will be allowed to use the road without being fined.
In addition residents of roads between and including Grove Terrace and Magnolia Road will be exempt from Hartington Road access restrictions.
The operating hours of the Staveley Road restriction which were originally announced as being 8am – 5pm Monday to Saturday are now to be extended to 7pm and similar operating hours are being proposed for the Thames Road and Hartington Road access restrictions.
There is no plan to make delivery vehicles exempt from the restrictions.
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, said, “We recognise that many residents felt very strongly about Hounslow’s Streetspace trials. That’s why it was so important for us to listen, and to show we were listening.
"We have done that systematically and carefully, with independent reviews and around 10,000 individuals taking part in consultation in writing and in a series of online engagement events we organised including some specifically for businesses.
"In designing these Streetspace schemes, our priority has been to balance the convenience of local residents and businesses against the need to create safer and more attractive spaces for walking and cycling and to reduce through traffic on residential roads. It has been a challenging and lengthy process, and I'm sure that even now not everyone will think we have it all right, but to have been personally invited to Downing Street in recognition of the quality of the Council's work and our process is a testament to the approach we have taken.
“My thanks go to every resident, councillor and business owner who took part in the consultation and engaged with us subsequently, which meant we were making final decisions and necessary amendments that were right for local residents and the wider borough."
The announcement came as a group of Chiswick residents were heading to Hounslow House to hold a protest in advance of this Thursday’s (23 September) Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting at which the decision to extend the operating hours of the Staveley Road restriction and block access from the A316 into Burlington Lane as well as making other restrictions such as the one at Hartington Road had been called in by Conservative Councillors.
Opponents of the measures argued that the restrictions are ill-conceived and, given their likely impact, this was a key decision that needed to be considered by the council Cabinet and properly consulted on. The committee, which has a majority of Labour councillors, agreed there was too little consultation on the measures and evidence had not been provided to justify them and referred the decisions back to the council cabinet.
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September 26, 2021