Mini Holland Scheme Not Supported By All

Residents and business owners turned out in force to attend a meeting on 17th December opposing plans for a cycling scheme in Walthamstow. More than 100 people attended the meeting at the Asian Centre in Orford Road, the majority of them voicing concerns about the council’s ‘mini Holland’ scheme.

At the meeting, neighbours elected a group to represent their concerns and others promised to leaflet the 9,000 or so people in the affected area.The meeting ended with applause as another speaker demanded an extension to the public consultation period which is due to end tomorrow, with implementation of the plans due to begin in January.

The Mini Holland scheme will also impact on accessing the Argall BID area as there are plans to make Lea Bridge Road the boroughs first ‘Cycle Superhighway’ Plans for Lea Bridge Road include:

  •  An improved and widened eastbound segregated cycle track
  •  A new off carriageway westbound cycle track including
  •     A new bridge over the Thames cycle path with improved merging of the routes
  •  Improved pedestrian facilities along corridor length including footway         improvements, raised junctions and new
  •     Improved crossing facilities
  •  Entry treatments for all junctions
  •  Public realm improvements at Lea Bridge (by the Princess of Wales PH and Essex Wharf developments) and at the junction with Lammas Rd
  •  Improved facilities for bus passengers with relocated
  •     Bus stops and floating bus stops to mitigate conflict with cyclists

For more information on the Mini Holland – go to:  http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/documents/mini-holland-tender-13-dec.pdf