Residents fighting plan to ease retail park traffic chaos
16 April 2008
|ANGRY residents outside the Arena retail park. (left to right) Andrea Constantinides, Altino Corrfia, Nteno Kibalabala Vivien, Des Gomez, and children (left to right) Vas Constantinides, 10, George Ef|
A RESIDENTS’ rebellion is brewing against a Haringey Council-led proposal to ease chronic traffic problems in a popular Green Lanes shopping centre.
The council has met Arena Retail Park owners Wildmoor Properties and representatives of on-site supermarket Sainsbury’s in an effort to ease problems for traffic getting out of the car park on to Green Lanes.
One of the suggestions is to open talks with London and Quadrant Housing Trust, which owns land at the rear of the site, about introducing emergency access only to the site from Finsbury Park Avenue.
But this has angered some residents, who say the road is their only way out of the surrounding estate.
Andrea Constantinides, 39, a mother-of-four, who lives in Wiltshire Gardens, off Finsbury Park Avenue, said: “The majority of children who live here are families with small children, who play out a lot. They want to open up this little alleyway to traffic flow, which will lead onto the estate and will cause mayhem. It’s ridiculous.”
Residents are planning to draw up a petition to fight the idea.
Anna Maria Licheri, 47, also of Wiltshire Gardens, said: “If they are allowed to send customers out our way it will be chaos for us, a terrible situation. We already have our own problems getting out of the square and that is going to create amazing problems.”
Jim Cassins, chairman of neighbouring Hermitage Road, Oakdale Road, Beechfield Road and Ashfield Residents Association, has said: “It’s a very, very narrow road and there will be numerous accidents. It’s not fair to people who live there.” Instead, he advocates an exit through Doncaster Gardens
Councillor Brian Haley, cabinet member for environment and conservation, said after last month’s meeting: “There are no simple solutions to these problems. We need to work very closely together and with a range of other partners if we’re going to tackle this congestion effectively.” Other options include rerouting traffic around the retail park and creating a bus stop lay by at the junction with Williamson Road so cars do not have to wait behind buses.
Transport for London has said that planned new traffic light “phasings” to ease traffic flow will be working in June.