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Photo:Kensington Street - focus of some projects during the past year

Kensington Street - focus of some projects during the past year

AGM report by NLCA Rep on Living Streets, 2012/13

By Bruce Smith

This last year Living Streets has been consulted on such matters as the Station Gateway Project, where I have in the end had to side with the NLCA’s opposition to the proposed Frederick Street taxi rank and the use of Trafalgar Lane for local traffic, as these could have a harmful effect on pedestrians.

Cycling contraflow

The Cycle Contraflow system now in place I accepted, though with reservations, as some walkers may yet find it confusing and potentially dangerous.

Projects during the past year

LS also participated in trying to plan an improved Valley Gardens, though here I personally had to drop out quite early on: I hope NLCA members find the suggestions positive.

One area close at hand I have worked on is Kensington Street: here, by nagging, I managed to get rid of the old BT switchbox, while I am still trying to get the drainage improved, and the speed of vehicles reduced, in order to further improve pedestrian safety and convenience. 

Always monitoring new schemes

In short, whenever any change affecting pavement users is proposed, we have been there, monitoring the schemes, as well as trying to improve things day to day.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 221, March/April 2013]

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