WOODCOTE SCHOOLS Coulsdon **. PARENT ACCESS BAN ** NO Motor Vehicles Except Permit Holders ** Mon-Fri 0800-0930 and 1430-1600 ** DUNSFOLD RISE AREA **

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Dear Croydon Borough Council,

The council's Statement of Reasons says:
The Order introduces experimental pedestrian zones to various roads outside schools in Croydon, with an exemption for permit holders.
The Order is intended to improve road safety, reduce pollution and encourage people to walk more.
The scheme is being introduced experimentally in order that its effectiveness can be assessed before a decision is made as to whether to make it permanent.

1 .. Please explain how this scheme is likely to improve road safety, given that there are NO RECORDEDINJURY ACCIDENTS in any of the roads covered by the access ban, and the alternative roads have less safe junctions with the main A237:
DUNSFOLD RISE
MEADOW RISE
FAIRFIELD WAY

2 .. What data is the council using for its pre-scheme accident rates here?
Please provide the actual data.

3 .. Please explain how this scheme is likely to reduce pollution, given that is likely effect is to create more congestion overall.

4 .. What measures of pollution has the council collected in the roads affected by the access ban?
How about the other roads nearby?
Does the council dispute that air quality at threes schools is generally good or excellent?
Please provide the actual data.

5 .. What part of the RTRA 1984 allows the council to close roads to "reduce pollution" - other than possibly when it reached dangerous levels?

6 .. Please explain how this scheme is likely to "encourage people to walk more", when its main effect to to COMPEL them to do so.

7 .. What part of the RTRA 1984 allows the council to close roads to "encourage people to walk more"?

8 .. The RTRA 1974 §122 states:

"122 Exercise of functions by .... local authorities.
(1) It shall be the duty of every .... local authority upon whom functions are conferred by or under this Act, so to exercise the functions conferred on them by this Act as (so far as practicable having regard to the matters specified in subsection (2) below) to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic (including pedestrians) and the provision of suitable and adequate parking facilities on and off
the highway.
(2) The matters referred to in subsection (1) above as being specified in this subsection are—
(a) the desirability of securing and maintaining reasonable access to premises;"

It is clear that this scheme makes "movement of vehicular" traffic LESS expeditious, LESS convenient, and does nothing to make it more safe.
Indeed it is likely to increase danger in the nearby area, and if children switch from car to walk, they are more likely to be injured.

This scheme clearly REMOVES "suitable and adequate parking facilities"

It directly goes AGAINST "maintaining reasonable access to premises"

How does the council claim its scheme does not place it in serious breach of its duty under this law?

9 .. Please confirm that the new access ban restrictions only prevent motor vehicles driving INTO these roads off the A237 Woodcote Grove Road.
MEADOW RISE
FAIRFIELD WAY
It does not prevent anyone driving along either of those roads or DUNSFOLD RISE, once past the entry ban signs?
It does not prevent any motor vehicle EXITING any of these roads onto the main road?
It does not prevent any vehicle from PARKING in the street at any point at any time?

10 .. It is normal and good practice to put up signs 14 days before a traffic management change so that the public is alerted in advance and can plan ahead.
They are the more needed here, when 2 turnings off a main road are to be closed to motor vehicles at certain times - a highly unusual arrangement.
For Example- EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC SCHEME STARTS 4 SEP 2017
NO ACCESS INTO FAIRFIELD WAY AND MEADOW RISE AT SCHOOL TIMES

Why are there no signs of this type already in place on the main A237 and elsewhere, given the access ban is start on Mon 4-9-17?

11 ... There are NO ADVANCE WARNING signs.
There are no GENERAL signs to warn drivers of the access ban.
Quite apart from putting up sign to warn of the new rules, in this case signs are needed beyond those at the entry points, so that drivers do not get caught out and try and turn into the banned roads.
For Example- NO RIGHT [LEFT] TURN AHEAD MON-FRI, 0800-0930 AND 1430-1600

This means that people intending to turn in will be taken by surprise as they enter, and have a choice between reversing back out into the main road and breaking the ban - obviously DANGEROUS.

Why are there no signs to warn drivers as they approach the access entry ban roads on the main A237 and elsewhere?

12 ,,, The Order states "“vehicle” includes any part of a vehicle", and "no person shall cause any vehicle to enter the streets".
Does this mean if a car stops after turning into the road but before it passes the sign, and then reverses out, it is liable to a £130 council fine?

13 .. "an exemption for those holding a valid permit issued by the Council" - does this mean that only cars and vans already holding a council permit may drive in and avoid a fine?
Why then is the school being asked to say who gets a council permit, and why are residents being told they can phone up afterwards and claim an exemption?

14 .. The council has put up blacked out signs either side of the entrance to MEADOW RISE and FAIRFIELD WAY.
There are cameras high up on street lights opposite the junctions.

Why should the public not conclude that he council is more concerned to fine those who may pass the signs than to provide proper information to drivers and avoid danger on the road?

Yours faithfully,

Yvonne Cameron

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Further to a site visit, there is also this question.

15 .. The council published the traffic order last week on 23-8-17.
However, contrary to routine established practice, NO STREET NOTICES have been put up at or near the closure points.

"Whilst this is not a legal requirement, notices were put up on lamp columns on every street affected" - 20mph TMAC Report, 9-5-17

"4.2 The legal process requires that formal consultation takes place in the form of Public Notices placed in the London Gazette and a local newspaper (Croydon Guardian). Although it is not a legal requirement, this Council also fixes notices on lampposts and signposts in the vicinity of the proposed scheme to inform as many people as possible of the proposals." - TMAC Report, 8-2-17, Item 5, South Norwood Objections

Why are there NO STREET NOTICES in the roads affected?

Please note: in 8 above, the year is wrongly typed. It should be RTRA 1984.

Yours sincerely,

Yvonne Cameron

Dear Freedom of Information,

I note that STREET NOTICES have now appeared in parts of the roads directly affected.

However there are no Notices near the actual. restriction signs - surely the most important place.
Why is that?

Yours sincerely,

Yvonne Cameron

Freedom of Information, Croydon Borough Council

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