In this piece, community reporters Jill, Mik and Robert exchange thoughts on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
Jill: I now understand how these things work; if you drive through them you will be paying a £140 fine. They’re all over the place. They want you to cycle or walk or use buses, but some of us can’t do that. A lot of Disabled people aren’t able to cycle and I definitely ain’t walking because I just can’t.
So I need to use my car but there’s nowhere to park now. Soon there will be a graveyard of cars parked along the streets everywhere because we won’t be able to use cars because there will nowhere to drive!
Robert: The BBC Radio ‘Today’ programme reported on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Fines have already raised £500,000 million throughout England. The main complaint is that there was no consultation. The main positive was the reduction in the number of car journeys made for short trips. There was no specific mention of the effect on Disabled people.
Mik: I live in the Arlington Road LTN and have seen the negative impacts on disabled and older people first-hand. I also know the council could have found ways around them as they’re legally expected to do.