Ab­bott backs traf­fic scheme that would boost her house value

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LABOUR shadow cabi­net mem­ber Diane Ab­bott has an­gered her neigh­bours by back­ing a con­tro­ver­sial traf­fic scheme that could send the value of her own £1mil­lion house soar­ing.

More than 1,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion against plans to close a num­ber of roads in Hack­ney, East Lon­don. A meet­ing to dis­cuss the is­sue was halted af­ter it was over­run by more than 200 fu­ri­ous res­i­dents.

But the MP for Hack­ney North and Stoke New­ing­ton, pic­tured, has en­dorsed the di­vi­sive scheme, which could see her road trans­formed into a much qui­eter street.

Miss Ab­bott, 62, who once had a fling with Jeremy Cor­byn, wrote on Twit­ter: ‘Wel­come trial traf­fic fil­ter­ing scheme for cleaner greener Hack­ney.’ The project would see 13 junc­tions closed. Es­tate agents said Miss Ab­bott’s prop­erty, which is worth just un­der £1mil­lion, and other prop­er­ties in the street could see a boost of tens of thou­sands of pounds to their value.

But a source close to Miss Ab­bott told the Daily Tele­graph that it was un­fair to link her sup­port for the traf­fic scheme to the ben­e­fits it might have for her house price, in­sist­ing: ‘She isn’t think­ing of sell­ing so that has noth­ing to do with it.’ The trial – which will start in Jan­uary, run for three months and cost £60,000 – is be­ing funded by Trans­port for Lon­don as part of plans to make cy­cling safer in the cap­i­tal.

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