May 23 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Marshall
Friday, July 20, 2012
Haringey has blocked Islington from applying its flagship 20mph scheme to every main road – just weeks after the boroughs trumpeted a new agreement to work closer together.
Stroud Green Road - which forms the boundary of the two boroughs - will be the one principal road left out of the scheme after Haringey refused to allow it to become a 20mph zone.
The development is an embarrassing blow for inter-borough teamwork as it comes so soon after the councils penned their Finsbury Park Accord.
Cllr Terry Stacy, leader of the Lib Dem opposition at Islington Council, said: “Just weeks ago, the Labour leaders of Islington, Haringey and Hackney promised to work together to improve life for residents living along the borough boundaries.
“This decision by Haringey makes a mockery of that. We are now faced with a situation where one of Islington’s busiest roads will remain one of the most dangerous.”
Drivers travelling along Stroud Green Road and Crouch Hill – which it turns into – now face a confusing situation where the speed limit will change between 20mph and 30mph sections.
But the other main boundary road, Hornsey Lane, is already 20mph – and was Haringey’s decision.
Cllr Nilgun Canver, Haringey’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We have not ruled out the proposal entirely, but we do not support the introduction of 20mph speed limits without there being sufficient traffic calming measures in place.”
She said the number of accidents was “relatively low”.