Hello Living Wightman Supporters!
Yesterday we posted some great statements of support for filtering Wightman Road here from campaign organisations Sustrans, Living Streets, Friends of the Earth and the London Cycling Campaign.
Today we are delighted to publish two more statements of support, this time from elected members of the GLA's London Assembly, both of whom sit on the Transport Committee so are responsible for examining the Mayor's and Transport for London (TfL) activities and strategies for the city's transport.
First, Caroline Pidgeon MBE, Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Transport Committee, sent us this message:
"I am persuaded that filtering could be achieved on Wightman Road at a reasonable cost, yet make a huge difference to thousands of residents in Harringay ward.
Sensible measures to tackle rat running by motorists and van drivers would make the road far more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians, help reduce air pollution and make the area far more attractive and safer for everyone.
Filtering puts people before cars and deserves to be taken forward."
Next, Caroline Russell, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee and also a member of the Transport Committee, said:
"I completely support your campaign and agree with you that a one way system would be awful as it increases traffic speeds and community severance.
Very happy to come and visit after the election. Very best wishes and good luck!"
Local headteacher Ian Scotchbrook of South Harringay School had direct experience of filtering during the bridgeworks in 2016 and sent us this statement:
"Our school community experienced many tangible benefits during the period of the Wightman Road bridge works last year. There was a distinct reduction in noise and air pollution, and an all-round calmer feel to our everyday lives travelling to and from school. Perhaps my greatest joy as a Headteacher was seeing so many of our children playing and riding bikes with confidence after school, getting much needed exercise and taking advantage of the opportunity to feel less inhibited by constant traffic. It gave our area a greater sense of community. I feel the introduction of a traffic filtering system would lead to happier, healthier children at South Harringay School."
Please don't forget to show you support for filtering Wightman Road too - the council's survey can be found here: https://www.research.net/r/GLATS and closes this Sunday, 14th May 2017!