20mhp + HUMPS

20mph with 130 hump. Hale End votes AGAINST the but the Council wants to introduce them anyway.

Everyone’s in favour of improved road safety but over 100 humps in Highams Park is not the answer

Last October, Waltham Forest Council issued a questionnaire to all residents and businesses within the Hale End and Highams Park Area Proposed 20mph Zone. It included detailed maps of the proposed 130 road humps for the area and asked if you support the proposal.

The result was 41% supported and 59% against. This was not what the Council wanted, so they combined the results from this consultation with the result from two other consultations for Valley North and for Larkswood. They still could not get to the 51% in favour.

The Council then examined the comments on the consultation forms for anyone who had voted against the proposition but had written comments that implied that they would have voted “in favour” if there were fewer or no humps (e.g. 20mph only). These votes against were counted as “in favour”. The result of this “adjustment” was 54% in favour for the three consultation Areas taken together. The Council reduced the number of road humps by 15% as a gesture.

Cllr Clyde Loakes and Mr Ian Hastings have both issued statements stating that 54% voted in favour in an area they call North of the A406. North of the A406 it was actually the Hale End and Highams Park, Valley North and Larkswood Areas combined.

In the Hale End and Highams Park Area the figures, even after the results were “adjusted” by the Council, were 46% supported and 54% against the 20mph plus 130 humps.

Hale End and Highams Park voted AGAINST the widespread use of humps but the Council aims to install them anyway.

The Council have issued two public notices given on pages 17 and 18 of the Waltham Forest News dated 21st December 2015. These are:

  • T42b(15) – for the traffic calming measures North of A406 (that’s the road humps)
  • T42a(15) – for the 20mph speed limit proposal.

Anyone wishing to object to either the blanket road humps or the blanket 20mph (or both) should write to:

Traffic Orders, Engineering Design,  Low Hall,  Argall Avenue,  London  E10 7AS
by 18th January 2016

The objection must include the reference number (either T42b(15) for humps or T42a(15) for 20mph or both), your name and address and your reason for objecting (e.g. Hale End & Highams Park area voted against it. The humps are not justified by the accidents statistics for Highams Park (zero deaths in last 5 years). The delay to emergency service may cause deaths. The pain of humps to infirm etc) Use your own words and add your own reasons.