Friday, 9 September 2016

Mini Holland Update 9-9-16


From Stella Creasy MP's Newsletter

Mini Holland: 

The Walthamstow Village Review is Launched 

In September 2015, Waltham Forest Council pledged to conduct a review into the Mini Holland Scheme in the Walthamstow Village area, the first location for its implementation. This week the Council has contacted 5,000 households in the area to ask their views on whether the scheme is achieving its objectives.

Mini Holland was designed to reduce rat-running traffic, noise and pollution outside people’s homes, improve road safety, make it easier for people who want to walk and cycle and generally make the area more attractive for residents and visitors. The Council have commissioned an independent, external company to carry out a face to face survey with all households in the scheme area from late August to the end of September to give residents the chance to give your feedback impartially and confidentially. Interviewers will visit every household in the Walthamstow Village area. They will also be interviewing businesses and local emergency services for their feedback too.

The review will involve collecting a range of information alongside this feedback, including technical data about traffic counts, cycling in the area and the number of accidents , and they will then publish a report summarising the results and outlining any adjustments that may be required. The Council say this report will be published on at the end of the year. 
For more information on the review visit the Mini Holland Website or email your questions


The pedestrian refuges have been removed at the junction of Shernhall Street, Church Lane and Vallentin Road making it very dangerous for pedestrians to cross. I am waiting to hear from the council what the final scheme is but, currently with Holy Family School having returned from holiday, the council could not have picked a worse time to start tinkering with this very congested junction. So far the main beneficiaries are motorists who can get along this part of the road much easier - that's assuming they avoid the pedestrians struggling to cross!


Even if the squandering of public money on Mini Holland can be justified there is no point if there is no maintenance budget. Wild flowers along Selborne Road may look pretty for part of the year but the rest of the time they are a mess. But worse is planting trees in tubs and then not watering them as has happened at the junction of Lea Bridge Road and Shernhall Street:

It is not all bad here is an example of where MH has had some benefit at Aubrey Road off Church Hill.


Despite various requests MH will not tangle with one of the worst traffic problems - outside Wood Street station. There is a continuous clash of traffic, double decker buses and pedestrians which could easily be solved by traffic lights (when Thames Water had to do work at that junction they put in temporary traffic lights and they worked well!). Here is an example of how bad it can get:


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