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One of the repeated criticisms of the Liveable Crouch End project  (don't forget to respond to the re-issued questionnaire) is that if we prevent traffic flowing through Crouch End it will be displaced to our neighbouring areas, who may be even less deserving of it than we are.

Regrettably, I'm not that altruistic, not even temporarily in order to preserve my car use privileges. 

And any way what are our neighbours doing about their traffic? Obviously they are jumping on the Mayor's electrically powered, low carbon generously funded  band wagon. There's a list on the TfL website setting out where funding has been granted in 2019 Shortlands in Bromley, Holborn in Camden, Old Town in Croydon, Enfield Town, Enfield, South Chiswick, Hounslow, Brixton in Lambeth, Freemasons Road in Newham, South Bermondsey, Southwark, Bow in Tower Hamletsand the  City Cluster in the  City of London. 

Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey (that's us), Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest boroughs were all awarded funding last year.

And apart from the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme the Mayor has a Low Emissions Neighbourhoods LEN) fund. Stoke Newington is currently consulting on theirs.  And that's close enough that if street in Stoke Newington are closed the displacement of the traffic might move to our side of Clissold and Finsbury Parks.

Other LENs already are

and coming up

  • LEN16, centred around Stoke Newington Church Street (Hackney)
  • Low Emission Camden Town (Camden)
  • 'Greening the Fiddlers': Becontree Heath LEN (Barking and Dagenham)
  • Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) (Southwark)
  • Ilford Garden Junction (Newham and Redbridge)

So it's very much my view that Crouch End needs to get on and do what it can to look after itself.

Tags: 2020 questionnaire, liveable crouch end

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