Ealing Council made the changes to close one important road without any consultation. Three quarters of the Southfield residents surveyed were against the Fishers Lane traffic scheme implemented by Labour-run Ealing Council.
Residents raised concerns such as the lack of consideration of disabled people or residents with struggling mobility, the fact many are still afraid of taking public transport in the midst of Coronavirus pandemic, and increasing pollution on major roads such as South Parade due to congestion.
We all want to see more people walking and cycling but like many well intended programmes the rights of many are often ignored in the design process.
One disabled resident remarked, “I would have struggled to sit in traffic with my pain levels so just returned home. I have shielded for 5 months and now the councils have taken advantage of that and now pretty much stopped me from having the little life that I had.”
Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "Before designing such schemes, it is only right that councils listen and allow residents to express their opinions. Even today a month or so after the scheme first started, the Council are still making changes to the signage. How ill-prepared and disorganised!"