Letter: Facilities needed to make LTNs work

Kingsland Road:Picture Ken Mears

Kingsland Road shopping centre - Credit: Ken Mears

Shopping areas need improving

Charles Webber, Dalston, full address supplied, writes:

Though I’m still not convinced the big stick approach of LTN’s will really work on the motorist as our weather deteriorates, Hackney and other local authorities might try a bit more carrot to encourage pedestrianisation and supporting any Stay Local and green initiatives. 

Car-free day in Stoke Newington Church Street. Picture: Hackney Council

Stoke Newington Church Street's Car Free Day in 2019 - Credit: hackney council

Unless pedestrians can pause and rest, visit a bathroom and walk the street without every blocked drain risking an instant shower they’ll always be a reluctance to leave the car at home. 

Can our esteemed council set an example; clear away the decrepit phone boxes, install some extra seating, encourage businesses to offer toilet facilities with rate reductions and clean every blocked drain in the borough – with a reporting system for such that actually works?

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It’s all very well “modelling” everything but without the basic logistics in place, we’ll just create an underclass of lonely hermits who order every tube of toothpaste online.

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