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Quiet Streets scheme cancelled by Redbridge Council

The planters will be moved over the next two weeks (credit: Redbridge Council) 

A trial which saw residential streets blocked to improve traffic flow in Barkingside and Ilford has been cancelled. 

The Quiet Streets scheme was intended to stop rat racing and reduce air pollution by forcing traffic onto main roads. 

However, local residents have opposed the measures as they were not consulted before the pilot was launched. 

“It is clear that residents have genuine concerns about the schemes,” said the leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal. 

“Although we have received some positive comments and significant support for the scheme’s principles, including reducing air pollution and making our roads safer, the overwhelming response has been to ask us to reverse the changes, and we are listening.

“Thanks to residents’ feedback and the concerns raised by local councillors, we have decided to remove the planters and stop the trial.”

The planters will be removed from the streets and repurposed over the next two weeks.

“Low Traffic Neighbourhoods or ‘Quiet Streets’ were intended to reduce traffic in and around residential areas and stop rat-running,” added Cllr Athwal. 

“While this has been successful, residents expected and deserved a thorough consultation prior to installing the schemes, which was not possible due to time restrictions placed on the Council.

“As a result, many people were frustrated, and I have heard this frustration.”

Letters with more details will be sent to residents in Barkingside South and Cranbrook West over the next week.

The scheme was originally intended to last until the end of the year. 

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