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E-petition following traffic incident in Alston Road

Recently, a child was hit by the wing mirror of a car travelling along Alston Road and the child was badly shocked, although fortunately suffered no significant injuries. Following this incident, a resident from Puller Road has raised an e-petition to present to the Council to get some action.  SPACES has long campaigned for a 20 mile/hour limit in this road and one of the reasons given by the Council in the past for no action has been the lack of any reported accident. The one fortunate outcome of this recent incident is that it will increase pressure on the Council, particularly if backed by a petition with many signatures. We would like to see the 20 mile/hour limit by the zebra crossing extended along the full length of Alston Road (and possibly to some surrounding roads too). Please consider giving your backing to this petition by adding your name – go to:

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=500000082

It is true that a petition was presented to the Council about 12 months ago asking for an extended 20 mile/hour limit in Alston Road. The petition resulted in the Council carrying out a speed monitoring exercise in the early months of 2018.  They found that the average speed was around 19 mile/hour and the 85 percentile speed was around 23 mile/hour (this means that 85% of the vehicles were travelling less than 23 mile/hour).  This does not satisfy the Council’s criteria for having a 20 mile/hour limit. However our argument is that 20 mile/hour is the maximum safe speed for the road and the Council’s figures indicate that almost half the vehicles are travelling faster than this. The recent incident, backed by an e-petition with many signatures, should put pressure on the Council to think again.

 

Pavement parking

The Highways Department of Barnet Council have been anxious for some time to ‘formalize’ pavement parking in all the roads in the Borough. Our roads are too narrow to have parking only on the roads and the first scheme that was proposed for Puller, Calvert and Sebright Roads was to ban parking on one side and just have bays painted on the road on the other side. This would have caused chaos and was rejected by our local councillors. Following a visit last year, the Council agreed to put forward plans for another approach. The approach is to paint a dashed yellow line permitting vehicles to park with their wheels on the kerb stones, but not to intrude onto the main part of the pavement. There would be a second dashed yellow line in the road indicating the limit that a vehicle could protrude into the road. The lines would be continuous so that there would be no reduction in the number of parking places due to the implementation of bays. Plans were drawn up and the Council stated that consultation with residents would take place in Autumn 2017 (which, of course, it hasn’t) – a question put at January 2019’s Residents Forum returned the answer that consultation would take place before the end of 2019. The Council have also undertaken to estimate the number of places that would be lost due to the implementation of bays if CPZ were to be extended to our roads so that this option can be considered again.

 

Premier Inn on the Barnet Market Site

The plans for a Premier Inn to be built on the St Albans Road Barnet Market site have now been approved.  The Market has moved to the area around the bandstand which is near Waitrose.  It is hoped that this improved visibility will bring more customers to the Market.  It is not clear when work will begin on the Premier Inn.

 

 

Revitalizing the High Street

Last year, the Council proposed a scheme to widen the pavements on The Spires side of the High Street from the Post Office up to beyond the entrance to The Spires. The intention of the scheme was to create a more pleasant environment for shopping in the High Street. There was controversy over the design during the consultation period, one worry concerned the proposal to move loading bays into Union Street and Salisbury Road. Further plans are being drawn up and we await to see whether they will be implemented.

 

 

Parking in and around Barnet High Street

Be aware that there is an hour’s free parking in the Moxon Street car park. For longer stays it is credit/debit card payment only. If you want an hour’s free ticket, you must press a button to obtain a ticket, otherwise you will be fined. This hour’s free parking is ideal for High Street shopping, going to the Post Office, having a coffee, etc. There is also a free parking area on Hadley Green although it is very poorly signed, but the period is two hours. Earlier this year, NCP took over the management of The Spires car park from a company called Legion and the cost of parking was reduced to £1/hour (cash). There has been an immediate increase in the number of cars using the car park.

 

Library Garden

Library garden after residents' workIn a ‘pub’ chat, Ali Amos of Amos and Duarte came up with the idea that we, as residents, could do something about the rather sad looking library garden. Ali is a garden designer and has developed an arrangement of trees, shrubs and plants (see picture) which will make the garden attractive in each season of the year, while requiring minimum maintenance.  Chris Smith of SPACES helped to implement the idea after discussions with library staff (who were very enthusiastic about it).   The initial work was performed in March 2015 by volunteers from neighbouring roads and Barnet Council backed the scheme by providing money for all the materials from its ‘Micro-Fund’. Since then, Doreen Martin and others have worked on the maintenance with hot summer weather providing a particular challenge. We need volunteers to maintain the garden, so if you are prepared to help, please contact: cdnightingale@aol.com

 

SPACES AGM

The 23rd SPACES AGM was held in the Sebright Arms on Monday, 12th November, 2018. One new committee member was elected, namely Samantha Holroyd (Puller Road). The chair’s and treasurer’s reports (available on request) were followed by an open discussion session where topics of current interest were raised from the floor. Transport for London’s proposals to re-route the 384 bus attracted the most discussion with a resident of Calvert Road explaining how much the proposal would inconvenience residents of an estate in New Barnet. Also, more locally, the suggested re-routing of the eastbound bus along Salisbury Road would mean that some residents would need to walk further to catch the bus. It was stated by the Chair that many residents in Alston Road would actually welcome the re-routing as it would mean reduced passage of heavy vehicles past their houses. There was further discussion of the pros and cons, with doubt being thrown on the suitability of Salisbury Road to take the bus. Other points raised concerned whether there was an active Neighbourhood Watch in the area (answer “no”), difficulties caused by missed bin collections (residents urged to report all missed collections on the Council’s website) and the long-heralded plan by the Council to paint dashed yellow lines as referred to in ‘Pavement Parking’ above (issue to be raised at January 2019 Residents Forum). The meeting finished at 10.10 pm with a vote of thanks to Katie of the Sebright arms for hosting the meeting.

 

 

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