WHO WE ARE
OneChiswick is an apolitical grassroots campaign, run by, with and for residents who passionately love their area and welcome change and improvements through consultation.
We came together in mid 2020 and share deep concerns over the way Streetspace measures, cycleway C9T and LTNs (low traffic neighbourhoods) have been implemented across Chiswick, without any meaningful consultation, harming shops and communities and impacting on families living on main roads, and with apparent conflicts of interest with Councillors and the cycling lobby. The stated aim was to avoid rat runs, lower traffic and encourage alternatives to motorised journeys during Covid. However, we believe these have not been properly thought through and many residents and businesses experience unprecedented traffic jams and increased pollution on the few main roads left open as roads have been blocked, or narrowed like Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green Terrace, Fishers Lane and the Grove Park restrictions leading to an INCREASE in pollution and decrease in business. Furthermore Covid restrictions are being lifted, yet where are the signs that these temporary measures will be lifted too?
Vulnerable are left on polluted bus stop ‘islands’ while cyclists continue to use pavements
HOW CAN WE REVERSE THESE CHANGES
Many of us have been saying something must be done to reverse the street changes that have been forced on Chiswick. Over 90% of people in Chiswick oppose these changes but even that isn’t enough to have them reversed. We have seen some movement on Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Road, yet Hounslow insists on pressing ahead with wasting more of our taxes by paying for consultants to investigate 'public realm improvement' (ie to pedestrianise large parts of it). Chiswick already has many large, open green spaces where residents and their families can socialise and enjoy the open air.
Expressing how feel we helps - writing, signing petitions, protesting, researching, posting pictures, putting up flyers is all very well and helps us vent our frustrations, but we have received little response from Hounslow. The more recent face to face demonstration at Hounslow House over further restrictions in Grove Park have met with some success, but we need to do more!
Even the Queen got stuck in Chiswick Traffic in 2020.
Until recently we haven't even been able to protest publicly because of the pandemic. It was either not allowed or really difficult to organise. We cannot just wait till the next Council elections because Chiswick voters don’t get to control either Hounslow or Ealing Council. Hounslow has a massive Labour majority which it has used to drive through these Streetspace changes against the wishes of our locally elected councillors and local residents: furthermore none of the Hounslow cabinet members responsible for these changes live in Chiswick.
Hounslow Council has been given substantial funding from Central Government and has used it to create a dangerous, unworkable and unwanted two-way cycle route on Chiswick High Road: they have taken out our bus lane and crossing refuges and originally closed off several roads like Fishers Lane and Turnham Green Terrace, Devonshire Road and Duke Road thereby dividing our community, putting shops under pressure, forcing people to make long, polluting detours and making life miserable for those who have to use public transport or who are disabled and disadvantaged. Imagine if that money had been spent improving access for the disabled at Turnham Green station, reinstating the bus services that were cut, fixing potholes and greening the cycle paths along the A4.
Turnham Green Terrace became a wasteland created by Hounslow Council, and whilst these measure have now been removed after months of protest, it is now faster to WALK to Chiswick Town Hall than to take the bus from Turnham Green station!
They have also closed a number of roads in Grove Park with similar results, forcing people on long detours, increasing pollution on the A316, the A4 and other local roads and dividing the community.
Staveley Road and Park Road vandalised
Unlike the situation in Ealing and High Street Kensington where the Councils listened to their own businesses and local people over the voices of the Cycling lobby, Hounslow isn’t showing any real signs of listening at all. Quite the opposite. The report from their consultants STEER, (which was 2 months late in being published) confirms what OneChiswick has being saying all along - Chiswick residents do not want these changes! Yet with the exception of Turnham Green Terrace, Hounslow Council continues with even more road closures - check out Chiswick's Local Web site (chiswickw4.com) for further information.
In common with several other areas of London, we are taking Hounslow council and TfL to court in an attempt to reverse the Streetspace project, Cycleway 9 T, because it was not consulted upon, is unworkable, unlawful and is against the Equality Act.
We all want to see safe cycling but what has been installed on Chiswick High Road is dangerous - to cyclists, to pedestrians and the less able - and disadvantages many. We do believe safe cycling is important and want the cycle tracks alongside the A4 to be improved and greened. The A4 route already runs from Hounslow to Kensington and has been used by Chiswick locals for many years.
What has Chiswick become?
HELP FUND THE CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE THESE ROAD CHANGES
Hounslow and TfL may be strong but they aren’t above the law! By donating to the OneChiswick campaign fund we have a chance to turn things around.
Campaigning and legal challenges can be expensive, but if everybody who can gives £100, £50, £30 (or whatever you can afford), we can fight back and reverse these changes!
Please give as generously as you can! We know times are hard but this is for the future of our community, our homes, our journeys and the quality of life in Chiswick.
GIVE FOR YOURSELF and GIVE FOR OTHERS. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW OF CYCLEWAY C9T AND WILL HAVE OUR DAY IN COURT IN EARLY AUTUMN 2021.
We are raising money to challenge and where appropriate reverse the changes to Chiswick roads imposed on Chiswick without prior or proper consultation by LB Hounslow. Some of the funds raised will go towards preparing for and funding the judicial review (JR) of C9T, TfL’s temporary cycle path on Chiswick High Road, which is a Streetspace measure. Papers were filed at the court before Christmas, we had a directions hearing, with the judge, on 12th February, an important step prior to our Judicial Review hearing where our case will be decided by the Court (expected to take place in autumn 2021). That legal advice needs to be paid for, as well as consultants reports submitted as part of the Judicial Review highlighting the shortcomings of the scheme. We also need to pay for campaigning materials, such as our eye-catching leaflet and poster distributed before Christmas 2020. For this stage we need £50,000.
As we proceed to the Court hearing, and make other legal challenges we may require further funds. We will also raise additional funds to pay for campaign materials and events to support our cause.
The cycle lane led to many of the road closures and diversions such as Devonshire Road, Turnham Green Terrace, Duke Road, Fishers Lane and Stilehall Gardens as well as the removal of our bus lane. The long diversions and gridlock we all now experience in Acton Lane, Southfield Road, Goldhawk Road, the A316, the A4, South Parade and elsewhere are directly related to the installation of C9, as is the displacement of traffic onto more residential roads.
HAVE OTHER PEOPLE BEEN SUCCESSFUL APPLYING FOR JUDICIAL REVIEWS?
Many of you will have read with great interest the significant legal judgement by Mrs Justice Lang on 20th January 2021 in regard to an application for a Judicial Review on behalf of the London Taxi Drivers Association. Importantly she wrote that 'The London Streetspace Plan' and 'Interim Guidance to Boroughs' are unlawful. TfL were given leave to challenge this judgement and their appeal was heard in late summer 2021 - this time the taxi drivers lost their case.
Saturday night in Chiswick - Chiswick High Road now regularly gridlocked because of C9 and everyone can only go as fast as the slowest bus.
PRESENT AND FUTURE LTNs WHERE TRAFFIC IS JUST DISPLACED ONTO OTHER ROADS
We also want to be in a position to make sure that all the other Streetspace measures and LTNs are either reviewed or stopped or reversed when we are a position to do so. Timing is key.
We want to be able to challenge the Grove Park/South Chiswick and other LTNs at the right time - but only if we can raise enough money. There will be sudden deadlines to face when reviews are announced and we will need to be ready! Our local councillors successfully 'called in' further Grove Park road closures, which denied access to residents living south of the A316 to any part of Grove Park without going via the Hogarth Roundabout and the A4.
THE MONEY IS USED TO PAY FOR EXPERT AND LEGAL ADVICE AND CAMPAIGN MATERIALS, NONE OF WHICH IS CHEAP. IN THE FIRST INSTANCE WE WANT TO RAISE £50,000 AT LEAST.
Acton Lane and South Parade – one interminable traffic jam.
BUT AREN'T THE CHANGES SO RIDICULOUS THAT THEY ARE BOUND TO REVERSE THEM ANYWAY?
Some people think that but unfortunately there is no guarantee. We have witnessed Hounslow Councillor's intransigence in the face of huge local opposition, and despite 88% or respondents saying NO to the Grove Park closures their mantra is 'it is not a referendum'. So why consult if the results are ignored? There is such determination by the minority cycling lobby and more extreme climate emergency lobbies that they won’t give up an inch until they are forced to change. And by then it might be too late for the businesses, shops, the disadvantaged. This is not going to be an easy battle but it is so important for the future of our community. There are challenges on several fronts. We need to be ready and put on a really professional case.
AND IF WE SUCCEED, WE GET BACK THE CHISWICK WE LOVE! IMAGINE HOW THAT WILL FEEL!
If you donate to this cause, every time you walk around your restored neighbourhood you will be able to say
'we all helped to bring Chiswick back'. Share this with friends and family and people who care about Chiswick
OneChiswick is a volunteer group; none of us is paid and none of us will benefit from funds raised. Any excess funds at the end of the campaign will be donated to a local charity.
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