Fox Lane LTN – Update from Richard Eason – LBE, Healthy Street team
Richard Eason, LBE writes
Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood
The Healthy Streets team have now completed an extensive analysis exercise to review the comments received on the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood programme, following the engagement event held on Tuesday 12th November and subsequent 6 week opportunity to provide comment. This review included consideration of the following:
- 1174 comments and 67 questions through the Let’s Talk platform;
- 267 comments cards from the public exhibition;
- 166 emails;
- 147 signatures on a petition from residents in Oakfield Road;
- Four letters from stakeholder groups including:
- Green Lanes Business Association
- Federation of Enfield Residents and Allied Associations (FERAA)
- Better Streets for Enfield
- Winchmore Hill Residents’ Association.
The team are now in the process of finalising a report for this engagement, which will provide the key themes and include a detailed FAQ section. In addition to this feedback, the Healthy Streets team have been reviewing detailed input from a further engagement process direct with Ward Councillors. The draft report from the public engagement will now be discussed with Ward Councillors before finalising and uploading to the engagement hub.
However, prior to the publication of this report, we can say that as a result of the feedback received, a decision has been made to make changes to the original design. Further work is now ongoing to develop a revised proposal, that responds to a number of the key concerns raised. The Council have held a number of conversations with local groups and have received suggestions of what a revised scheme could look like. These ideas will be seriously considered and will help inform a revised design. This will include a review of the use of ANPR (Auto Number Plate Recognition) in Quieter Neighbourhood projects. Initial thinking is that whilst ANPR could play an important role in certain contexts (for example, enabling continued through access for emergency vehicles) they are unlikely to be the right solution for every street corner across the Borough.
We anticipate the following next steps:
- Publication of initial engagement report once discussed with relevant Ward Councillors
- Development of a revised scheme design
- Ward Councillor discussion on revised scheme design
- A workshop session with local community representatives to discuss revised design and how it is presented
- Sharing of revised design to wider community with opportunity for final comment
- Decision on whether to procced with a trial
- If a trial period is decided, formal consultation would then start enabling a further opportunity for comment
The Council can implement trials on the public highway without any pre-engagement, with formal consultation through the trial period. However, we recognise the value in engaging with the community and the community helping to shape the design of these neighbourhood projects. The Quieter Neighbourhood project was re-launched in the summer of 2019 and is focussed on creating long-term change. This project is expected to be delivered over the next 20 years, progressively delivering neighbourhood improvements across the Borough. The Healthy Streets team recognise the need to continually review how we deliver projects and will take learnings from one scheme to the next.
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