Residents’ protests force U-turns, wreaking havoc on low-traffic neighborhoods.
LOW-TRAFFIC NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS are in shambles after demonstrations forced councils throughout the country to scrap plans.
More than 200 individuals attended a rally in Birmingham yesterday afternoon to voice their opposition to the city’s implementation of LTN schemes. The Workers Party, which is endorsed by George Galloway, organized the protest.
Residents have reacted negatively to LTN tests that have been implemented in various regions of the city.
Many people are upset with the lack of public participation on the plans and the quantity of misaligned traffic in the city.
There are concerns that instead of reducing the amount of vehicles on the road, traffic may just transfer to other places.
“About 200 people have assembled in Kings Heath for a protest called by our branch @[email protected] to express our disagreement to the way @BhamCityCouncil and #Labour councillors have imposed this messed-up #LTN,” they said.
“TRUE green measures begin with public transportation.”
Birmingham City Council is said to have changed several of the ideas before they were first implemented.
The council is eager to implement the programs in order to reach their “ambitious climate targets.”
More modifications, however, may be in the works as a result of the unfavorable reaction from the residents.
Birmingham City Council declared little over a week ago that they were “committed” to adjusting and upgrading the initiatives.
“The projects in Moseley and Kings Heath have gotten a lot of feedback, with strong views voiced both for and against,” they continued.
Following a similar response from residents, Ealing council became the third London authority to abandon their Low Traffic Neighborhood scheme last month.
In April, more than 1,000 people rallied outside Ealing Town Hall, forcing the council to make big changes.
Deirdre Costigan, an Ealing councillor, said the proposal could not be implemented “without the cooperation of the local community.”
Residents will get the “ultimate say” on future road proposals, according to the council.
The ruling comes only weeks after a local citizen overturned an LTN fine due to “confusing and ambiguous” road signs.
After driving down a road that claimed it was “open” for wheelchair users, bikers, pedestrians, and scooters, the resident had the sentence reduced at a tribunal.
The sign was designed to commemorate how the LTN will make it safer for people to cross the street, but the tribunal judged the signs to be deceptive.
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