‘Traffic islands will cause parking chaos’
Residents say calming measures will make the problem ‘horrendous’
NEIGHBOURS in Ruislip are furious with Hillingdon Council for giving a green light to traffic islands in their street, with one couple threatening to move out if they are implemented.
Householders in Cornwall Road say they are ‘upset’ and ‘let down’ by the council’s proposed solution to speeding in their road and claim the islands will make conditions worse as they will be left with nowhere to park.
Nearly 150 people have signed a petition against traffic islands and a pedestrian refuge in the residential road, which connects Victoria Road with West End Road, two of the main north to south routes in the borough.
Vandana Chandarana, who gathered the petition ahead of a council meeting on Wednesday June 17, said: “The councillors did not have any respect for the petitioners and we were continually ignored.
“[The councillors] have lost touch with the majority of the residents of Cornwall Road who believe the traffic calming measures will have the opposite effect and cause us severe challenges such as parking.”
Cornwall Road carries a speed limit of 30mph but a survey carried out by Hillingdon Council found that the majority of vehicles travel between 31 and 36 mph, despite cars being allowed to park on both sides of the road.
Residents agree something has to be done to reduce speeding, but say traffic islands will be a hindrance not a help.
Resident Beverly Mills said: “The parking is already horrendous. We’re near the station so we get people parking from other roads because they don’t have enough parking so they come and park outside our houses.”
Roy and Linda Jamieson, who are both in their 70s, will have one of the islands directly outside their house.
Mr Jamieson said: “Who’s going to want to buy your home if you can’t park outside? We’d consider leaving if these traffic islands go ahead.”
Councillors who represent the Manor ward, Michael Markham, Douglas Mills and Susan O’ Brien were present at the meeting.
A Hillingdon Council spokesman said: “After looking at different options, the traffic islands and pedestrian refuge were considered to be a good compromise to reduce speeding along Cornwall Road.”
n CHALLENGE: Campaigners against the traffic islands