Olive Road Area Healthy Neighbourhood

Closes 4 Mar 2021

Opened 4 Sep 2020

Overview

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily travel habits. As lockdown restrictions are eased, we want to support and encourage people to adopt greener, healthier, more active forms of transport. Brent has seen some highest numbers of Covid cases and parts of our borough have poor air quality along with some long term public health issues. We have developed a plan to introduce short, medium and longer-term improvements in the borough that we hope will support residents make different travel choices and become more active. As part of the plan, the Council is working in partnership with Transport for London to deliver a series of rapid improvements to the transport system in the Brent. This includes the implementation of a series of Healthy (Low Traffic) Neighbourhoods around the borough.

Why We Are Consulting

What is a Healthy Neighbourhood?

A Healthy Neighbourhood is a low traffic neighbourhood introduced in residential areas, where non-local motor vehicle traffic is discouraged or removed. Road closures are placed at certain points within neighbourhoods to prevent non-local traffic from passing through the area. The main principle is that every resident can drive onto their street, get deliveries etc., but through traffic is prohibited.

 

Why do we need Healthy Neighbourhoods?

As lockdown restrictions are eased, it is expected that many people will be avoiding using public transport, which may lead to increased car use. This could in turn mean increased car use, which will lead more traffic congested streets, worse air quality, increased road danger and negative impacts on climate change. The government have published guidance on reallocating road space to support active travel. We have to take action at the neighbourhood level to prevent traffic from diverting onto local roads. We therefore need to encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine and to protect residential areas from possible increased traffic. Modelled data shows that annual mean concentrations for NO2 in the area are between 34-37 µg/m; the limit being 40 µg/m3. These schemes provide quieter, safer, healthier and greener residential streets with less air pollution. In Waltham Forest, low traffic neighbourhoods led to 56% reduction in traffic within the neighbourhood. Within 1 year, people were walking and cycling 41 minutes more each week, on average.

What is happening in my area?

The plan overleaf shows where road closures are proposed in your area. As shown on the photo each closure will have planters placed in the road with associated signage. A lockable drop down bollard will allow emergency access vehicles will be able to pass through the closure. Some small changes to parking bays may be required to make room for the closures which are proposed at the following locations in the area:

  1. St Michaels Road
  2. Agave Road
  3. Ashford Road
  4. Ivy Road
  5. Mora Road
  6. Oaklands Road (separate scheme)

The Council looked at levels of congestion, air quality, health, road safety and factors such as access to green space and walking and cycling accessibility in deciding where to implement Healthy Neighbourhoods. A new school street is also being introduced outside Mora Road Primary School entrance which will operate term time from September 2020, Mon-Fri 8.15-9.15 am and 2.30-40 pm.

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Mapesbury

Audiences

  • All Residents
  • Businesses
  • Councillors / MPs
  • Voluntary and community organisations

Interests

  • Consultations