On 21 September, we were told by the relevant Council officer: "Our camera suppliers have undertaken a site survey. We are awaiting a follow up meeting and report from them before we will be able to share any information. I anticipate this taking about three weeks. In the meantime we will not be making any changes to the barrier."
At the end of last year's Quietway consultation, Cllr Mark Williams, the relevant Cabinet member at Southwark Council, told TNRA that the Council would "extend the gap between the barriers and the gates from 1.2m to 1.5m on a trial basis. We will also install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Camera that will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to any motorised vehicle that passes through the gates". Residents reluctantly accepted Cllr Williams' decision to alter the gate because of his firm and unreserved commitment to install the ANPR cameras and for their permanent retention. In June, the Council contacted us to say that ANPR cameras cannot now be used because the "heritage lamp columns as used in Trinity Street are not capable of holding these cameras". On 24 July, TNRA representatives met with Cllr Darren Merrill, who has recently taken on responsibility for Quietway implementation, to challenge this new position. We were joined by James Paddon, a specialist Transport Planner at Capita, who manage Trinity Village for Trinity House. Council officers agreed to further explore ways in which existing street furniture, heritage lamp posts or housing stock (owned by Southwark Council and Trinity House) could be used to support the cameras. Cllr Merrill restated the commitment, first given by Cllr Williams, that the barrier will not be moved until the permanent ANPR cameras have been installed and are working.
Further to the consultation last year, Globe Street is now closed to traffic until early July to facilitate works for the Quietway Cycle Route. Northbound and southbound cycle tracks are being created between the Cole Street and Great Dover Street junctions. A boulevard of trees will be planted between the two cycle tracks. Pavements at the north end of Globe Street will be widened and all the pavements in Globe Street will be resurfaced with York stone. A raised carriageway table is being installed on the Cole Street and Globe Street junction and a raised crossing will require cyclists to give way to pedestrians traversing Globe Street. Once the works in Globe Street are complete, two Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras will be installed by the Trinity Street gate before the distance between the gate and the two central panels is widened from 1.2m to 1.5m to ease access.
On 16 December, TNRA received the message below from Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning & Transport.
"After careful consideration I have decided to proceed with the recommendation set out in the consultation, to extend the gap between the barriers and the gates from 1.2m to 1.5m on a trial basis. We will also install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Camera that will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to any motorised vehicle that passes through the gates. Our experience elsewhere in the borough has been that these are extremely effective. As discussed when we met we will share the data from this ANPR camera with yourselves so that you can have confidence in their effectiveness. There will be a review of the new arrangements after 12 months, as you know I have particular concerns about the accessibility of the gates to disabled cyclists and those using non-conventional cycles (e.g. delivery bikes or parents with trailers). There is no set guidance for the width of a double chicane (for single chicanes it is 1.5m) for accessibility, to that end we will monitor the new arrangements closely to assess whether any access problems remain."
TNRA opposed any change to the gate. However, at one stage it seemed that the gate could be removed altogether and so Councillor Williams' decision probably represents the best outcome that we could have hoped for. We have asked for the ANPR camera to be installed prior to or at the same time as the widening of the gap between the barriers and the gates rather than subsequently. We must also be mindful that this represents a temporary reprieve only and that "there will be a review of the new arrangements after 12 months". If you would like to share with us your thoughts on this decision, please email us at email@example.com.
TNRA is fighting proposals from Southwark Council to replace the Trinity Street gate with bollards as part of the implementation of the Quietway cycle route passing through Trinity Village. The gate was only finalised in its current form after extensive consultation and numerous trials and is effective at reducing the speed of all road users, improving pedestrian safety and enhancing the environment.
On 20 October, a delegation from TNRA met with Councillor Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport, to argue in favour of keeping the gate. We raised the issue with Councillor Peter John, the Leader of Southwark Council, at a Public Question Time at City Hall on 22 October. On 28 October, Cllr Williams and local councillor Claire Maugham met with TNRA in Trinity Street to discuss options, including an alternative Quietway route.TNRA is submitting a formal complaint about the conduct of the Community Council meeting on 30 September when the chairman blocked questions from local residents on the Quietway route in Trinity Village. If you would like to make your own complaint about the chairing of the Community Council meeting, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide more information on the complaints procedure.
TNRA has campaigned for over 30 years to calm traffic through the estate, especially along Trinity Street.
Wooden gates closing the street between the two squares was first installed in 2002. After episodes of damage, campaigning by TNRA and the award of grant from the council, these were replaced in 2008 with metal gates designed to match the railings in Trinity Church Square.
Finally in February 2011, the gates were completed with matching central panels to deter motorcyclists from using the route down Trinity Street.
Thanks to TNRA committee member Ray Whitley for seeing through the installing of these gates and panels, which proved to be a lengthy task.
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