GET KEN TO THINK AGAIN

  • by: Cathy Preece
  • recipient: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority
WE CALL ON THE MAYOR TO: HOLD A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE CONGESTION CHARGING SCHEME IN LAMBETH. MOVE THE PROPOSED ZONE BOUNDARY. ENFORCE THE NIGHT TIME LORRY BAN. INSTALL SPEED CAMERAS. LIFT THE RED ROUTE PARKING RESTRICTION ON SATURDAYS.
KENNINGTON
TRAFFIC & CONGESTION CHARGING
PETITION
TO THE MAYOR OF LONDON, KEN LIVINGSTONE
from the residents, businesses and local organizations of Kennington

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY BLIGHTED BY THROUGH TRAFFIC
The residential and small business communities of the Kennington area are blighted by the priority given to traffic travelling THROUGH, not TO, Kennington.
Day and night - cars, motorbikes, vans and lorries speed unchecked down Kennington Lane, Kennington Road, Kennington Park Road and Harleyford Road.
Our shops and small businesses have suffered a 20% decrease in business as a result of Red Route parking restrictions and are already struggling to survive.

MORE VEHICLES, MORE POLLUTION ON CONGESTION BOUNDARY
The proposed Congestion Charging zone boundary on Kennington Lane will increase traffic on the lane and outside the edge of the zone by up to 15%.
More traffic will bring more noise, more pollution and worse air quality.

DIVIDING COMMUNITY - A TAX ON THE POOR AND SMALL SHOPS
The £5 per day, per vehicle charge to cross into the central zone will discriminate against all those who have to drive to doctors and hospitals or to visit infirm relatives.
Residents inside the zone will pay an extra 50p per day to keep their car on the street.
Shops and small businesses who rely on customer access and their delivery vehicles, fear that Congestion Charging's increased costs will force them to close and move.

HISTORIC LANE - BLOCKED BY DAY - TRUCK SPEEDWAY BY NIGHT
Kennington Lane is not Park Lane - it is - a lane - predominantly single carriageway with houses close to the road. It is already unsuited for the amount of traffic it carries. The traffic increase will surely bring the Lane to a standstill during the day and encourage delivery lorries at night. The existing night-time lorry ban must be enforced.

Moving the boundary to Kennington Park Road and Harleyford road is not a solution.
The Kennington community will still be divided and our vital small shops will be further cut off from their South London customer base, even deeper inside the zone.

This unique central London residential community must not be destroyed by congestion charging and through traffic priority.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED CALL ON THE MAYOR OF LONDON TO

HOLD A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE CONGESTION CHARGING SCHEME IN LAMBETH.
CARRY OUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND A LOCAL BUSINESS IMPACT ASSESSMENT.

MOVE THE PROPOSED ZONE BOUNDARY to the North of the Thames in Westminster.

ENFORCE THE NIGHT TIME LORRY BAN in Kennington Lane.

INSTALL SPEED CAMERAS and measures to enforce the speed limit and calm the traffic on Kennington's major roads.

LIFT THE RED ROUTE PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON SATURDAYS and install a 'tidal flow' on weekdays to aid small business deliveries and customer parking at local shops.

Petition organised by residents, businesses and local organisations of Kennington and supported by Kennington Oval & Vauxhall Town Centre Partnership Board, all local Councillors and Kate Hoey MP.


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