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Traffic filter vandals graffiti over road closure signs in Hackney

PUBLISHED: 11:22 25 September 2020 | UPDATED: 12:36 28 September 2020

Vandalised traffic filter in Shepherdess Walk in Hoxton. Picture: Tony Emberson

Vandalised traffic filter in Shepherdess Walk in Hoxton. Picture: Tony Emberson

Tony Emberson

Traffic filter vandals “with zero respect” have defaced planters and bollards in Hackney.

Traffic filters have been used to close off roads to through-traffic and have led to a mixed response from residents. Picture: Tony EmbersonTraffic filters have been used to close off roads to through-traffic and have led to a mixed response from residents. Picture: Tony Emberson

The filters have been placed on streets across the borough to prevent through-traffic as part of a controversial scheme which has led to protests on September 19.

READ MORE: Hundreds join protest march and rally to ‘stop horrendous Hackney road closures’

Planter boxes sprayed with frowning cartoon faces and the words “get Boris out,” painted over a previous message saying “Get Khan out,” were seen by resident Tony Emberson on September 22 at Shepherdess Walk.

He reported the graffiti and its swift clean up to this newspaper, calling it “radical stuff”.

“The road closure brigade has gone from protest to vandalism. I’m no Tory, but this looks awful. People have lost their faith in the system,” Tony said.

Twitter account Hackney Downs LTN, a group consisting of residents supporting the introduction of a new low traffic neighbourhood in the Brooke and Evering Roads area, posted about another incident of vandalism on September 24.

The traffic filter vandals also called to sack and get Boris out in the graffiti left at the scene. Picture: Tony EmbersonThe traffic filter vandals also called to sack and get Boris out in the graffiti left at the scene. Picture: Tony Emberson

READ MORE: Hackney Down residents praise introduction of low traffic neighbourhood

Environment chief Cllr Jon Burke said the vandals are “thugs and criminals” who “think they can bully their way to the outcome they want” on Twitter.

He told the Gazette: “The people committing this vandalism have zero respect for the Hackney residents who have had to suffer decades of pollution and rat running.

“We will repair damage as soon as we are aware and will work with the police to prosecute anyone caught committing criminal damage.”

Hackney Council have introduced road closure measures and created three new low traffic neighbourhoods in Hoxton West, Hackney Downs and the area between London Fields and Kingsland Road, in order to make streets safer and encourage cycling and walking as lockdown eases and public transport remains low.

READ MORE: Hackney residents speak out about road closure disruption

The council hopes the measures, which include blocking about 20 roads to through-traffic and restricting 40 or more school streets, will decrease air pollution as well and help reduce CO2 emissions.

As the measures are being rolled out under experimental traffic orders (ETOs), residents can share their thoughts on the measures up to six months after they have been implemented.

Residents can have their say online at rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is

The police were contacted for comment.


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