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Looking at opposition to the trial raises further questions:
I look forward to the report back.
Thanks, Luke. Where do I look for the report of your meeting, or can you summarise it for me? What have I missed that came up there?
I was one of those in the meeting that packed the upstairs library room. We heard that not enough was known about the proposal.
The Council Cabinet member responsible for the scheme declined the invitation to attend and instead, Luke read out her prepared statement. Kirsten Hearn said she would attend a later meeting when data from the fortnight's trial was available.
The misnamed sustainable transport department has a poor record on active travel. They may not have either their heart—or head—in this big scheme. If fear they are not trying hard enough and may be hoping the scheme fails, in order that it is not repeated elsewhere.
The too-brief trial needs to be postponed and proper consultation held.
There is also a serious need to engage people outside the demographic at Sunday's meeting which was absolutely not representative of the totality of Crouch End.
What is representative of Crouch End, please, and how did the meeting differ? And why is it important? If the people who went to the meeting are the people who care enough to go to the meeting why should their views not take precedence?
This ward profile from the Haringey website gives some demographic measures. My attempt to summarise in this table may be rather unsubtle.
|Demographic measure||Compared to Haringey Crouch End is/has . . . .||Compared to London Crouch End is/has . . . .|
|Size (sq km)||smaller||smaller|
|Population density||less dense||more dense|
|Open Space||has less||has less|
|Pop'n age||0 - 19 under represented||0 - 19 under represented|
|Ethnicity||whiter and more british||whiter and more british|
|Religion||less religious||less religious|
|Education||much more educated||much more educated|
|Income||much better off with less unemployment||much better off with less unemployment|
|Housing tenure||more homeowners, less social rent||more private rent, less social rent|
|Household make up||more singletons and couples with no children, fewer single parents||more singletons and couples with no children, fewer single parents|
|Health problems||much healthier||much healthier|
|Obese year 6s||slimmer||slimmer|
|Crime||less crime||more crime|
Just to complicate this a little further -
Virtually none of the trial site, Middle Lane, is in Crouch End Ward. The street is almost entirely in 'Hornsey'.
The main roads that stand to be impacted by the scheme are Park Road (almost entirely in Muswell Hill ward), Tottenham Lane (almost entirely Hornsey ward), and possibly Priory Road (Muswell Hill) and Hornsey High Street (Hornsey). Very little is in 'Crouch End'.
However the public meeting was held solely by Crouch End councillors.
NB. At the meeting the dominant voice of protest was heard by residents from Park Avenue South and surrounding roads. These streets are not in Crouch End either, they're in Muswell Hill Ward.
Thanks, Mark, I'll add that to my meeting notes, which I've just noticed is not the 'tomorrow' I mentioned but Wednesday 2nd.