Save the Islington you love. Fight the Council's LTN programme. Keep Islington Moving!
For centuries, Islington has been a busy transport hub defined by the free movement within, into and out of the borough of every form of conveyance imaginable - pedestrians, livestock, horses, carriages, bicycles, trams, buses, trains, tube lines, canal boats - and yes, even the odd car! Let's keep it that way.
We are a network of individuals and organisations united by our love of Islington as a place to live and work and our mission to persuade the Council to halt and reverse its ill-advised Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) programme.
Anti-LTN organisations or activities within the umbrella Keep Islington Moving (KIM) network
The Highbury LTNs have been in force for some time now and this group is fighting for a better solution. Check out their excellent website here.
Residents of Liverpool Road were horrfied to find out that this appalling scheme has now been made permanent. They are organising to fight this decision.
The Council have started the "Engagement and Design" process for an LTN. We have written an article on "The Case Against an LTN in Barnsbury" here.
News items in reverse order (latest items at bottom of page)
"Liveable Barnsbury" meeting, 15.11.22
The recent "consultation" meeting about "Liveable Barnsbury" at Bridgeman Road was a shambles. Islington Free News Media were there to record what happened and this video faithfully records the extraordinary events as they unfolded.
"Big Brother is Watching You"
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has recently revealed that Islington Council has collected no less than £11 million in fines from CCTV cameras used for "traffic filtering" - see here.
Update: and the argument this outrageous mugging of Islington motorists is hotting up - see this rather good article in the Islington Tribune.
"Big Brother in Oxford"
Oxford City Council's plan to divide the city into LTN zones and use sophisticated CCTV "filtering" to only allow residents to drive out of their zones for a limited number of times a year is causing quite a stir (see here for example). It's the sort of thing which is already happening in totalitarian states such as China and if more of us don't wake up to the the threat it could happen here in Islington too. This GB News interview presents a very reasoned argument why we all need to fight it.
Anti-LTN protest at Islington Town Hall
This stalwart group of anti-LTN protestors gathered outside the Town Hall on 6.12.22 and later mounted a spirited attack on the Council for pushing its LTN programme whilst neglecting to improve pavements for pedestrians. You can read about it in this EC1 Echo article entitled "Islington LTN Anger Two Years On"
Freedom For Drivers Foundation
This newsletter from Freedom for Drivers Foundation is packed with useful information about LTNs and the War on Cars generally. Most of it is depressing but at least someone's fighting back.
"LTN Narrative Unravelling"
Here's a really good summary of how the pro-LTN narrative is being challenged and found wanting across London. As reported elsewhere on this website, there is an increasing realisation that the data on which LTNs were proposed in the first place was wrong and the statistics used to justify them was misleading or downright false. Check out the rest of John Stewart's blog for other excellent insights into why the case for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods is unravelling.
29th December 2022
Rancour has dominated much of the debate about the best use of streets and limited road space, with buses and pedestrians too often losing out
This OnLondon article is a fair and well written analysis of how the argument about London traffic management has developed over the past year. It makes the point that politicians have not really engaged with the Anti-LTN community or listened to our arguments, and have instead been driven by the Cycling lobby "to facilitate the transport choices of a small group of mostly affluent Londoners, sometimes to others’ disadvantage". Exactly! Let's try and change hearts and minds in 2023.
"Farts in the Wind" - LTNs are irrelevant to global climate change
I just wanted to add, for anyone who is pushing the green agenda in terms of getting cars off our roads in the name of climate change. There are over 10,000 cities in the world. London is the 12th most populated city on earth. Yet we are the 3,739th most polluted city in the world. Roughly translated, we could get every car off the road in London and it would merely be a fart in the wind on a global scale. Please see below link for reference. Also, if all these world governments wanted to tackle climate change, they would start in the 2,500 (25%) most polluted cities in the world (that exceed WEF standards by upto 10 times) which are, India, Pakistan, China and the USA. If they did this we would see dramatic change on a global scale. However, they seem to not be focusing on these dire polluted cities, instead, we (England, that creates minimal negative impact on our planet as a whole) get to have 15 minute neighbourhoods, so we can have all our amenities within a 15 minute walk, but, we already have this? No? Everything I need is within 15 minutes, this is a city, so why introduce something we already have? https://www.iqair.com/world-most-polluted-cities?sort=-rank&page=13&perPage=50&cities=
There's been an interesting exchange on Nextdoor Barnsbury recently which includes this perceptive message from Heather Louise of Upper St. As she points out so eloquently, the impact of Islington Council's LTN programme in terms of "climate change" amounts to no more than a "fart in the wind" in the big context of global climate change, and amounts to a dishonest attempt to impose an ideological "war on cars" traffic system on a community which doesn't need it or want it. The same goes for the "15 Minute Neighbourhoods" nonsense being peddled in Oxford and other cities across the UK.
Haringey fights back - another anti-LTN protest
Check out this YouTube video of an inspirational speech by Alan Miller of #Together at an anti-LTN demo in Haringey, just North of Islington, last Saturday 7.1.23:
Resistance to councils imposing LTNs on those who live and work in their boroughs seems to be growing across London!
Why Highbury businesses hate LTNs
Another great video made by Keep Highbury Moving many months ago during the "consultation" period, which demonstrates the very reasonable objections by an overwhelming majority of local Highbury businesses to LTNs.
Needless to say their objections were ignored by the Council!
Islington Executive Council meeting 12.1.23 to ratify LTN programme
At the Islington Council meeting on 12.1.23, several members of the public voiced their objections to the LTN programme, including Rebekah Kelly who berated the Council for professing to promote Social Justice when LTNs have the opposite effect, pitting "haves vs have nots, rich vs poor, fit vs disabled and internal roads vs boundary roads". She also pointed out that the Council's monitoring data was inaccurate and untrustworthy and rubbished the recent pro-LTN Imperial College research report. You can see her tweet together with a video here.
The Council ignored all questions and voted unanimously to press ahead with their LTN programme!