Low traffic neighbourhoods for Walthamstow

Two new low-traffic neighbourhoods are set to be created in Walthamstow following a public consultation.

The schemes are designed to encourage walking, cycling or public transport by preventing vehicles from travelling through residential areas.

Waltham Forest Council has announced that it is now finalising technical designs for two “improvement schemes”, covering residential zones north of Forest Road, following a consultation last year.

In an update leaflet sent to residents, the council said it is aiming to address “ongoing concerns” about traffic and “improve the look and feel” of the areas.

The Lloyd Park scheme will see five new modal filters – traffic enforcement cameras – preventing through traffic alongside a range of “green infrastructure” and traffic calming measures.

A smaller scheme covering an area between Blackhorse Lane and Forest Road will also see two side road entrances blocked off to motor vehicles.

Overall, the consultation – which ran in November and December last year – saw an average of 48% of residents speaking positively about the scheme, 44% against and 6% neutral.

However, the proposed modal filters in both schemes had similar levels of positive and negative feedback, at about 45% each.

The council originally proposed nine modal filters, but following feedback from 550 “verified people”, two in the Lloyd Park scheme have been shelved and two in the Blackhorse Lane scheme have been swapped for no entry restrictions.

Noticeably, two filters on Brettenham Road and Peryn Avenue have been dropped, and may be replaced with other “speed reduction measures, junction improvements, tree planting and green infrastructure”.

One of the proposed filters, in Monoux Grove, may be installed in the future pending the findings of a four to eight-week review “to assess the impact of the revised scheme”.

Once designs are complete, the council will implement experimental traffic management orders lasting eighteen months.

The first six months of those orders will be a further statutory consultation period, before the council makes a final decision on whether to make the changes permanent.

If you will be affected by this scheme and want to share your views, email: josh@socialspider.com

For full details of the scheme, visit: https://enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/work-in-your-area/higham-hill-and-lloyd-park-area/

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Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter