Hello Living Wightman supporters!
We've had some lovely messages of support from several organisations in the last few weeks and thought we'd share them with you - obviously our aim to put people first, not cars, resonates far wider than our few streets!
Please don't forget to show support for filtering Wightman by completing the council's survey here by Sunday 14th May. Meanwhile, we hope you'll be as inspired as we were by all our supporters' messages:
Sustrans: “It is fantastic that the local community is campaigning for the road filtering!! It really fills me with joy. Even more so as we have worked very closely with the community in Haringey over the years. We would be delighted to support in any way we can.” from German Dector-Vega, London Director, Sustrans
London Cycling Campaign: “Accepting ever more vehicles squeezed onto every possible road is what is causing congestion, pollution and inactivity crises. We urge Haringey Council to be bold, brave and move forward schemes that tackle motor traffic dominance, remove unnecessary through traffic and give residential streets back to the community. We want a future where kids can play out, neighbours can chat and more people can walk and cycle safely. Removing through traffic from Wightman Road, alongside approaches to controlling motor traffic volumes and speeds across the area, so other roads don’t just become the new Wightman, and enabling far more people to walk and cycle, should be a priority for Haringey Council. Not taking serious action, and failing to act on lethal pollution and inactivity, would be terrible.” from Simon Munk, LCC Head of Infrastructure Campaigns
Living Streets: “Living Streets and the London Living Streets Group support Living Wightman in its campaign to reclaim Wightman Road for people. This narrow residential road is unsuitable for the large volume of traffic using it, currently over 114,000 vehicles per week. This is generating killer levels of pollution, with children most at risk. Nitrogen Dioxide is above EU legal limits. Worse still, given the high proportion of deprived households on Wightman Road, some of the poorest children in Haringey are paying the price for the convenience of motorists from other areas who were using Wightman Road as a rat run. A way must be found to end the status of Wightman Road as a through route and restrict access only to local traffic.” from Jeremy Leach, Chair of London Living Streets
Friends of the Earth “Tottenham & Wood Green Friends of the Earth supports Living Wightman. Evidence shows that restricting road use to motor vehicles reduces overall traffic levels and so has multiple benefits. This includes reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, and encouraging cycling and walking with all the health and social benefits that they bring. We encourage Haringey Council and TfL to be bolder in their measures to cut traffic and create low-traffic area.” from Quentin Given, Co-ordinator FoE Tottenham & Wood Green
Enfield Cycling Campaign: “We've been watching Wightman Road developments from over here with great interest and we fully support your aims! It's exciting to see your strong campaign to reclaim Wightman and surrounding streets for people” from Clare Rogers, ECC Co-ordinator
Needless to say, the local borough group of the London Cycling Campaign has also been providing some hands-on help in getting the message out to the cyclists making thousands of journeys every week in our area. Thanks especially to Grant & Selena!
We've also had some messages of support from London Assembly Members Caroline Russell and Caroline Pidgeon, and local headteacher Ian Scotchbrook, please click here to read them.