London Fields Filtering Scheme: Options announced at public meeting

More than 350 people attended a public meeting last night (Monday, 14 December) to discuss the proposed London Fields filtering scheme, where further options for the area were presented to residents.

The panel comprised Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Sustainability; Kim Wright, Corporate Director of Health and Community Services; Andrew Cunningham, Head of Streetscene; and Christopher Proctor, Group Manager, Design and Engineering. It was chaired by Cllr Geoff Taylor.

The meeting, held in the Assembly Rooms of Hackney Town Hall, was called in response to local concerns about the Council’s proposals to live-trial the closure of 13 junctions in the London Fields area to through-traffic.

Ahead of the meeting, the Council announced it would instead undertake an extensive, independent consultation with residents before a decision is made on whether to proceed with any traffic measures in the area.

It also used the public forum to announce that there would a number of other options for residents to consider when the consultation formally opens in January.

These are:

  • Area-wide scheme (original, multi-junction closure to through-traffic)
  • Closure of Middleton Road only
  • Lansdowne Drive bus gate with possible Middleton Road closure
  • Middleton Road width-restriction only
  • Residents’ ideas

Following the presentation of the options (which can be viewed and downloaded in full here via the link at the top right of this page or picked up from the front desk of Town Hall), the audience were given the opportunity to talk to the panel about their concerns and views, a summary of which, along with FAQs, will be published here in the coming days.

Consultation is due to begin in early January. Documents will be sent to 12,000 homes and businesses in the affected area. It will also appear, then, online at the Council’s dedicated consultation hub.

Drop-in sessions are planned for January, February and March, for the public to talk to officers about the options - these will be announced in due course, including in the consultation material. The Council will also arrange to meet with residents’ associations too.