By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Reporter
A month-long consultation on whether to change, keep or scrap a controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in Crystal Palace opened on Friday.
The closure of some roads in the area to through traffic was introduced three months ago with the aim of encouraging more people to ditch their cars for short journeys and stop drivers from using side roads as a cut-through or ‘rat runs’.
The measures were introduced as a trial following funding from central government.
Now people will get the chance to say whether they should stay, be removed or be replaced with ANPR cameras which would allow eligible residents and emergency vehicles to enter the zone.
Both the replace and remain options would see the bus gate in Auckland Road moved 150 metres, providing better access to Auckland surgery along with the addition of two new disabled parking bays.
Since the scheme was introduced, more than 2,000 residents have given their feedback on the council’s website.
Some welcome the changes and say it makes their roads safer and quieter, while others are concerned that it increases traffic elsewhere and impacts on local businesses.
Councillor Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon, said: “The temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhood was introduced because over a period of years residents expressed serious concerns about the volume of traffic in their area.
“So as a council we have now developed a number of options and are progressing with our consultation as planned. I would encourage as many people as possible to participate and let us know their views.”
The consultation will run until December 4 and can be found here.
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Pictured top: A protest against the Crystal Palace LTN
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