Liveable Crouch End – the scheme to improve local travel and the liveability of the neighbourhood – is gradually moving through the preparatory stages, and after a reasonably comprehensive effort to gauge local opinion Haringey have now published their initial consultation findings: a Pre-Engagement Report, with appendices and a résumé of the stakeholder workshops, click here. (*) Please see below for the report’s recommendations.
Do have a look, and get in touch with them if you feel they’re missing anything. You can tell us, or contact Haringey or the consultants, Project Centre, directly.
CENF’s role is to represent the interests of local residents, but also local businesses, organisations, people who work here, study here, and local property owners. The viability of the town centre remains a high priority for the Forum in particular, so we were interested in the following chart, which clearly identifies priorities to improve the visitor experience. By far and away the most desired measures seek to improve pedestrian movement. It closely accords with our own surveys.
We’re also keen to hear more about the response of TfL buses, the performance of which, and possible impact upon, is a key local concern.
Elsewhere, we were pleased to see engagement with local schools. The project should deliver a number of improvements to schools, including establishing school streets and modal filters able to better control car drop-offs and pick-ups, and the construction of protected cycle routes. To this can be added the availability of local CIL funding for improvements such as green walls, and the forthcoming expansion of the TfL ULEZ zone, both of which should assist in markedly improving air quality. Transformational, and the measures for schools alone are worth supporting the scheme for.
A final observation is the intriguing suggestion, in the workshop report, to re-site the construction of the new clock tower piazza to the east of the clock tower (thus closing the main road in front of Gail’s). Thoughts please.
Details are beginning to emerge, and our guess for the next few months is –
- May-July – Development of concept designs & trials options
- June – Further stakeholder liaison
- August-September – Initial trials period
- October – Option development & gateway 2 funding submission to TfL
- December – Formal public consultation for designs
You’ll note the scheduled appearance of trials. These will be designed to assess the impact of road schemes, both upon traffic movement and to generate further local feedback – hopefully supportive (who wouldn’t like a quiet street and some extra greenery?) and not limited to the qualms of local motorists and businesses. These will probably start this summer and will be of varied duration. Some will last weeks, others months. Those affected should look out for council communication.
We’re especially keen to hear from any local businesses throughout the scheme – CENF believes that any changes must include clear benefits for the town centre. An improved public realm has to mean more visitors and increased footfall for local traders. We need those wider pavements, public spaces and better crossings.
Do check back in to see the proposed designs when they become available, or sign up for the CENF newsletter (see homepage). Earlier posts about the Liveable Neighbourhoods Initiative can be found here.
Of course the project as a whole takes us through to 2022-23. So there’s a little way to go before completion.
(*) The recommendations in the report are worth repeating –
” Based on our pre-engagement responses, the objectives of the scheme should be to focus on improvements to:
- Pavements and pedestrian areas
- Air quality
- Cycling infrastructure / safety
- Traffic volume and speed
These are the themes that are of the most interest to people in the area and align with Transport for London’s Liveable Neighbourhood’s objectives.
In addition to the above, opportunities to improve public transport in the area should be taken. However, it is likely that improvements to public transport can only occur if they are not at the expense of the primary objectives listed above.
The constraint of the A-roads running directly through the Town Centre means that in order to improve the area in such a way as to achieve the objectives, the following are likely to be the primary interventions:
- Reduction in traffic using the residential roads through the use of personal motor vehicle restrictions, such as bus gates, banned turns, one-way restrictions and closures points (except cycles).
- Reallocating road space for pedestrians in the areas of highest footfall, such as outside schools and areas close to the Town Centre.
- Changes to parking availability on and close to the Town Centre high streets.
The specific nature and location of proposals will be informed by data gathered through local traffic and parking surveys to ensure that the changes are feasible and that the local needs are adequately taken into account. “