The Enfield Liberal Democrats, through its Manifesto Working Group, and in consultation with both local community groups and experts in traffic management, democratic engagement and public consultation have adopted the following policy with respect to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in the London Borough of Enfield.
Across the Borough, the Enfield Liberal Democrats are committed to delivering fair, reasoned and inclusive consultations. We believe it is the best way to deliver consensus and workable solutions over policy issues facing our communities. That's why Enfield Council's approach to the installation of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods runs contrary to our values. From the start, it has been clear that the consultation process has been poorly designed, and skewed towards establishing a divisive debate rather than a helpful policy. In addition to this, the Council have continued to do a poor job of providing balanced and informative materials for public consumption with an aim of promoting an open dialogue, and continue to do a poor job of the most basic element of consultation – advertising the fact that it is happening at the Borough level. As a result, Enfield's LTNs are poorly designed, have caused serious distress and division, and have many undesirable consequences for our community. As a point of principle, and to address many concerns, we would follow the lead of Lib Dem-run Sutton Council and ensure no LTNs were installed in Enfield without a properly and professionally designed consultation.
Design Inclusivity and Inequality
We think low traffic zones should be inclusive, and should not disproportionately negatively impact the life of citizens, whether they live in affluent or deprived areas. As a recent study has shown that in Enfield, LTNs seem to only have been introduced in the more affluent areas, leaving the less affluent areas facing higher traffic.
Owing to how they have been implemented, LTNs have been proved to be very divisive. The Lib Dem approach is to seek points of agreement across the community, and bring people together for the benefit of all. Such areas will be specific to each community, but could include measures such as traffic speed calming, measures to enable safe cycling and walking, promotion of public transport, and the removal of restrictions which are within the Council control that will facilitate these changes.
We will be clear about the criteria we will use to measure the success of any Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, taking into account the views of everyone who is affected. We will publish the results of the assessments against these criteria, and use these to prompt further discussion of what could be done better, or if the scheme is succeeding in its aims. We will ensure that the communities affected are involved in decisions on where e.g. barriers should be sited, and on providing additional benefits, such as improved walking routes to amenities or parks, or new small-scale green spaces.