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Do you want Dedworth to be a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?

You have until 9th February to respond to the consultation, see more info here >>>

The proposal would see the ends of certain roads blocked off and residents encouraged to walk or cycle across the whole of Dedworth. Buses may be given right of access and residents may have to drive around the block to get home.

I have only seen this information in the last couple of days and reviewed with fellow Councillors and the RBWM project lead this afternoon.

I wanted to get it out to residents ASAP so you can offer your feedback. Please note you don’t have long to respond.

This would be implemented through Government funding but if not something that residents want then the funding would be withdrawn.

So please read through and consider the implications and whether this would be a benefit or hindrance to the local area.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Consultation

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What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?
A Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) aims to improve street environments and local neighbourhoods for walking and cycling, and to create more opportunities for people to meet on the street. An LTN introduces access restrictions, known as ‘modal filters’, to prevent motor vehicles from using local streets as a cut through to avoid main roads. Often, vehicles will use local streets to shorten their journey times, but at the same time increasing local traffic, road danger and pollution levels, and therefore making it harder for residents to consider more sustainable modes of transport such as walking or cycling for local journeys.

What is a ‘modal filter’?
‘Modal filters’ are either physical barriers on the road, such as planters or bollards, or can be signposted and monitored with enforcement cameras. Modal filters created with physical barriers will restrict access for motorised vehicles but will still allow enough space for pedestrians and cyclists to travel through them.

Some larger modal filters may take the form of a pocket park dependant on the space available in the area. Surrounding area layout and conditions would be taken into account so assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a pocket park in any area.

What is a pocket park?
Pocket parks are considered to be small areas of inviting public green space where people can relax, exercise, socialise and play. They must be openly accessible for the communities they will serve, and ideally offer open access for anyone wishing to use them.

The definition of a Pocket Park is: “a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict”.

They can be both natural and more formal in character (and perhaps ideally a blend of both) on the basis that they either will provide a green open space that also offers habitat opportunities and opportunities for people to connect with nature.

Will I be able to access the road I live on by car?
Local residents, businesses, visitors, emergency services and other service providers such as waste collection, utilities and deliveries will still have vehicular access to every address within an LTN scheme, although they may need to take a slightly different route than before. We have consulted emergency services to ensure that the scheme meets their requirements.

What about the impact on the wider area from displaced traffic?
Restrictions will initially be put in place using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) which allows us to trial things in a ‘live’ situation, and then make changes to the order if required. The impact on the surrounding area will be monitored and if there is an adverse effect on the wider area due to this scheme the ETO can be adjusted.

What is an Experimental Traffic Order?
An Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) is like a permanent traffic regulation order in that it is a legal document which imposes traffic and parking restrictions such as road closures, controlled parking and other parking regulations indicated by double or single yellow line etc. The ETO can also be used to change the way existing restrictions function. An ETO is made under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. ETOs can only stay in force for a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed. Changes can be made during the first six months of the experimental period to any of the restrictions (except charges) if necessary, before the council decides whether or not to make the scheme permanent.

Please take time to add your feedback to the consultation ASAP.

Thank you.

Jon

11 thoughts on “Do you want Dedworth to be a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?

  1. Leave our roads alone! We don’t want other roads gridlocked with traffic. It should be our choice if we want to walk or ride a bike.not forced on us by people who think they know best. It’s been fine for years and there is an old saying! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. They have tried something like this in Slough with the bus lanes. Closing the whole lane to cars leading to huge traffic jam which in turn means longer journeys more pollution.

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  2. Dear Jon,
    Thank you for sending this round. The whole idea is dismaying and total ludicrous. As if we haven’t got enough to deal with at the moment. The timing is great as well – using the lockdown to say they cannot get out in their usual ways to inform people??? We only see council reps at election time so I’m not sure what they meant by that. Usually anything they want approval for is all over social media, but I’ve seen nothing at all. Anyway, have filled out the survey, as has my husband and forwarded the link to as many people as I can think of asking them to do the same. So far I have only had negative comments coming back about it.
    I’m sure they will say that overall it was met with approval, because that is what they always say, but hey ho.
    Kind regards, Sue
    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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  3. Hi Jon
    My son goes to Dedworth Middle school. He is physically disabled. If Smiths Lane would become a low traffic neighbourhood with a modal filter, how would I be able to get him into school. I would be unable to drop him off at the top of Smiths Lane/ Dedworth Road as he is unable to walk that far to school and is unable to ride a bicycle. Would I be allowed to drive through the bus gate?
    Has anyone thought about the implications this would have on any disabled person??
    Liz
    Windsor resident

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    1. Hi Liz
      With either option 1 or 2 you will still be able to access the school by car as now. The proposals prevent through traffic only, so you can’t drive in to Smiths Lane at one end and out the other.
      Paul

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  4. I’d love to know who dreams up these ideas clearly they have no idea regarding traffic flow or the fact that people park vehicles in and around the outskirts of the town centre ie Dedworth to walk into town to work due to double yellows and parking charges.Putting this hair brained idea into practice would be a total nightmare for residents having to live with it.If the borough has money to waist on this perhaps we as residents are being totally ripped off through our council tax

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  5. A large part of the problem is parked cars, especially cars parked partially on the pavement. Very difficult for parents with prams plus maybe a toddler to get past. Sometimes it is difficult for a single pedestrian to squeeze past.

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  6. Are you that bored at RBWM that you have to dream up ways to annoy people ? To suggest ways to make the pavements more busy at a time such as this is ridiculous. Some people don’t want to “be encouraged” by RBWM to walk or ride a bicycle, thankyou, we have bought expensive cars which we pay tax on every year. Living just off Dedworth Road in Stuart Way it looks like this will put about a mile in heavy traffic on my route from Dedworth Road so please tell me how this good for me at all ?

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  7. Yet another ridiculous idea for RBWM to even be considering. Focus on the real issues in the borough and stop wasting time and money!

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  8. I think this is a great idea! Hatch Lane will be so much better if it was quieter and made a traffic Freezone. It would mean there is less of a Cutthrough to Clewer Hill Road and Clarence Road. I can’t wait for this to happen. I think there should be planters at the end of the road with beautiful plants and trees in. This would make everything so much better!

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