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Camden have now issued a consultation on the Traffic Management Order (TMO). The details of the TMO can be seen here. This is the final stage before they implement the extended CPZ hours.
Camden propose to extend the CPZ hours of operation in their new “Sub Area A” from 10 – 12 noon to 8.30am – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday. Sub Area A is Bisham Gardens, Highgate High Street (Camden side), Highgate Hill (south-west side from its junction with Dartmouth Park Hill northwards), Highgate West Hill (between South Grove and Highgate High Street), Pond Square, South Grove, Swains Lane (between South Grove and Bisham Gardens) and the Grove.
The stated intention is to reduce inessential car journeys to the area by providing less parking opportunities for non-permit holders. The aim is to reduce traffic levels, vehicle emissions and pollution levels and manage congestion.
The deadline for comments to Camden is Thursday 28 February 2019;
They should be sent:
–by e mail to email@example.com or
–by post to CA-U review, Parking Policy, Transport Strategy Service, London Borough of Camden, 5th Floor, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG or
– by coming to a final drop in session we will hold between 6pm and 9pm on Monday 25 February at the Highgate Society 10A South Grove where we will assist you.
It is vital that you respond if this affects you in any way – even if you are not a car user or a Highgate resident. A lot of individual responses will have more impact than a single petition-style response.
You should give your name and address, and cover the following points:
- Whether you are a resident, business, institution, or regular visitor, and whether in Haringey or Camden.
- If you are in Sub Area A, state whether you received a consultation letter in Spring 2018. This was in a plain envelope.
- Explain how the proposals will affect you, and what impact they could have on Highgate, its businesses, residents and institutions? If you are a regular visitor, explain what brings you to the area.
Other points you might cover include:
– Why were residents and businesses on the Haringey side of the High Street not consulted, or even notified?
– Why was the requirement ignored in the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan for Camden and Haringey councils to work together over issues affecting Highgate?
– What evidence was produced that the proposals will achieve the Council\’s environmental aims, and how was this balanced against the potential damage to life and work in Highgate?
– The consultation showed a majority in favour of keeping the current hours which Camden has ignored. A majority is a majority.
– If more High Street businesses close as a result, won’t this lead to more car journeys to shop?
– Camden Council could work with Haringey to find a holistic solution which addresses the needs of the whole of Highgate.
– Better alternatives: E.g. a joint Haringey-Camden parking zone, a review of double and single yellow lines to free up parking spaces, less draconian hours of operation, controls only on the most affected streets (as in Priory Gardens), joint usage bays for business and residents.
For more details, see the Highgate Society and HLSI’s letter to Camden Council under our 4 February update below – but use your own words: do not just copy this.
Please note: We copied our letter to those who left email addresses at our public meeting on 28 January. However not everybody did, and some were not legible. As we won’t send out further individual emails, please continue to check this website for updates.
Monday 4th February 2019:
Sunday 3rd February 2019:
The Highgate Society is sending an urgent open letter to the Chief Executive of Camden Council and the Leader of the Council. It calls on Camden to halt the implementation of this plan, in order to allow time for a holistic solution to be found to the significant and complex parking problems that face both the Camden and Haringey sides of Highgate Village, and which their proposals will not alleviate and may even exacerbate. In particular the publication of the Traffic Management Order planned for 7 February, which would be the final procedure before implementation, should be halted.
We will put the letter up on the website as soon as it is available. If, despite this, the TMO publication goes ahead on 7 February, we will:
– put up full details of how to respond to this.
– provide a summary of points for letters and e mails and
-potentially take further actions depending on the terms of the TMO.
Thursday 31 January 2019:
The Highgate Society was pleased so many people made it to the meeting we had called last Monday evening on the CPZ changes on the Camden side of Highgate village. This is a hugely important issue for the health of the High Street and nearly 200 local people attended. We are especially grateful to our panel comprising Liz Morris Haringey Councillor, Anna Wright Camden Councillor and Sian Berry Camden and GLA councillor. Andrew Sulston the deputy chair of the Highgate Society chaired the meeting. Our panel explained the background and listened and replied thoughtfully and helpfully to the many points the audience raised throughout the two hour meeting at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre. We are very grateful to John and Katie Plews who opened the theatre on their night off for us and provided space, microphones, seating, heating and lighting. The level of engagement and the questions debated show how vital it is to find the right answer to parking issues for Highgate and the meeting overwhelmingly showed its opposition to the extended hours of control. It is especially important that Camden and Haringey councils work more closely together as is required by the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan which has clearly not happened in this case.
Notes and next steps will be made available shortly on the Highgate Society website. This was a real example of Highgate coming together – many thanks to all who joined us.