CAMTAG : Coldershaw and Midhurst Traffic Action Group
CAMTAG (www.camtag.org) was formed in response to Ealing Council’s installation of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood – LTN21 – in August 2020, without prior consultation. Our stated aim was to ensure the views of residents and businesses can be gathered and presented to the Council in a comprehensive and unbiased way.
We have now completed the ﬁrst of our two planned surveys of residents. This Interim Survey gave residents an early opportunity to express their views on the remade Experimental Traffic Order for LTN21. It was conducted as soon as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowed us to distribute leaﬂets which are essential to deliver a secure online survey.
From 29th March around 100 CAMTAG Volunteers delivered 5807 leaflets to households inside and on the borders of LTN21. This leaflet invited residents to participate in an online Survey and answer five questions designed to establish their opinions on a number of key issues. The Survey closed on 16th April and the results are shown below.
They represent opinions from a substantial and meaningful proportion of residents on LTN21, following encouragement of all qualifying households to participate whether they are in favour of LTN21 or not. We feel no need to comment on these results and feel that we are meeting our commitments by publishing them as received.
We intend to carry out a ‘Full Survey’ in the Summer nearer to the end of the statutory consultation period which closes on 16th August. This second Survey will use a methodology designed to achieve an even greater participation level. Specifically, we will rely principally on door-to-door interviews carried out by our Volunteer network, supported by both online and postal options.
The size and complexity of the internal barriers means that the LTN21 scheme creates, in effect, seven separate sectors within the LTN21 area itself. It also has a signiﬁcant impact on several roads outside the LTN boundary. The actual impact appears to differ from one sector to another, according to the travel patterns in these sectors. We have therefore devised a Zonal system to allow the views of sectors with similar characteristics to be reported separately. These Zones are indicated on the map below as follows:
- Zone A: BROADWAY Streets able to exit to The Broadway only
- Zone B: NORTHFIELDS Streets able to exit to Northfield Ave only
- Zone C: BOSTON Streets able to exit to Boston Road and Boston Gardens only
- Zone D: MONTAGUE A distinct and discrete area of Hanwell
- Zone E: BORDERS Streets on the east, south and west borders of LTN21.
Do you wish the LTN21 road changes to be removed or remain?
Were you pleased with the road changes which the LTN 21 Scheme introduced in August 2020?
Have the recent modifications made to the LTN 21 Scheme (cameras, local Blue Badge exemption) altered your opinion significantly?
How have the LTN21 road changes affected your view of Ealing and Hanwell as a place to live?
Are you satisfied with the consultation with residents that Ealing Council has conducted since the LTN21 Scheme was introduced in August?
Residents were also able to provide their own comments. These responses are still being analysed and will be used in developing our Full Survey questionnaire. We will also reflect any significant findings in our formal response to the consultation process.
The Interim results will aid the preparation of our Full Survey and provide material for CAMTAG’s formal representations as part of the statutory consultation. It is already clear, however, that a number of the ﬁndings clarify or contradict claims that have been made about Ealing’s LTNs. We are therefore sending these results to senior officers in Ealing Council, local Councillors, the two MPs for our area and our London Assembly member. We hope this will help them be better prepared to take early decisions if the Full Survey conﬁrms, with an even higher response rate, the picture presented by these results.