Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on the latest diversion for traffic coming down the road in East Croydon
Road users in Addiscombe can prepare themselves for a third change to the one-way system in the area in barely 18 months, as last night’s traffic management committee meeting at the Town Hall gave the green light to implementing the latest piecemeal proposal.
Residents in neighbouring streets off Addiscombe Road have been at loggerheads since Lebanon Road was singled out for preferential treatment and made one-way early in 2016.
Notably, one of the residents of Lebanon Road is Mark Watson, who just happens to be an influential councillor for the ward and a member of Tony Newman’s cabinet on the council.
While residents on Lebanon Road welcomed the changes, a large volume of traffic was displaced on to parallel streets, causing disruption to homes on those neighbouring roads.
Such was the anger, a residents’ association was formed to campaign on the issue: TACRA – the Tunstall and Addiscombe Court Residents’ Association.
TACRA’s campaign has been successful, as last night’s council meeting approved plans to extend a partial one-way system to Tunstall Road and Addiscombe Court Road, while keeping Lebanon Road one-way – and which will in all likelihood just shunt the traffic problems to other streets further down the Addiscombe Road, seeing the people who live on Clyde, Elgin and other roads no doubt petitioning the council for changes on their streets in due course.
Even after last night’s this decision, some members of TACRA are fuming that another residents’ group, ECCO – the East Croydon Community Organisation – lobbied against the road changes.
Speaking at last night’s meeting against the proposals was Rod Davies. Davies is an officer of ECCO.
In July, Davies wrote of the latest scheme, “The problem with many counter-proposals is that they are not fully thought out, and serve only to achieve narrow self-interest.”
Davies lives on Lebanon Road.
One of those at last night’s meeting told Inside Croydon, “I am extremely saddened that there are residents from Lebanon Road who, having secured protection for their own families, have been campaigning to deny us the same protection, for the sake of a few extra minutes on their journeys. I am particularly saddened that they have conducted this campaign apparently on behalf of ECCO.
“I am also sad that this has all pitted street against street, residents’ association against association. If making our road one-way has a detrimental effect on neighbouring streets, then I will support them wholeheartedly in their efforts to find a solution – and not, as some have done – adopt a ‘I’m alright Jack’ attitude.”
Some residents have approached TACRA to withdraw its membership and support from ECCO.
The introduction of no entry signs and one-way roads appears, in any case, to be merely academic.
According to comments from Davies, the police will not concern themselves with enforcement and the council is refusing to install CCTV cameras to stop speeding, illegal overtaking of trams, or cars travelling the wrong way down one-way streets.
“Allegedly, the police have stated that it would be too dangerous for their officers to attempt to enforce the no-overtaking law on Addiscombe Road,” Davies has written.
Even when provided with photographic evidence, Davies says, the police have declined to take penalty action, issuing the drivers with only a warning. “The police advised that residents shouldn’t challenge offending drivers because they would put themselves at risk of assault,” Davies said.
“The council has been asked to install cameras to catch speeding and overtaking drivers. They have declined to do so. Everyone may conclude that they may overtake stopped trams, go through no-entry signs and speed, because neither the police nor the council will enforce the law.”
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