February 2012 Newsletter

 

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In this issue:

Consultation on Changes to Station Forecourt

The Council has issued a consultation document about changes to the forecourt of Northfields Station (a Grade II listed building).  
The consultation ends on Friday 17th February.
The consultation plans and online questionnaire can be found at the following link:  http://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/200628/current_consultations/1096/northfields_station_consultation
Local residents are urged to respond to the consultation as individuals.  EFRA will also be making a full submission to the consultation proposals.
There are some features of the proposals that residents might wish to address in their response.  These include:
  • the proposed removal of most of the railings from either side of the pedestrian crossing outside the station,
  • the provision of a lay-by adjacent to the forecourt and
  • the provision of cycle racks where they are likely to obstruct the pavement.
EFRA has a number of concerns regarding the proposals.
These are particularly related to the potential removal of the safety railings, which may encourage users of the station to cross Northfields Avenue at places other than the official pedestrian crossing, especially those crossing to and from the northbound E2 and E3 bus stop.
It is unclear how the proposed lay-by will be used and "policed".  It would reduce the width of the pavement at a particularly busy point.
We are also of the view that some of the proposed changes will damage the appearance of the station and that the Council should think carefully about making any changes to the forecourt that might detract from its appearance.

Weymouth Avenue Junction Safety

The Council's Highway's Department is conducting a consultation on some safety improvements to the Weymouth Avenue / Bramley Road /Airedale Road junction.

This junction is crossed by a large number of pupils on their way to and from Little Ealing and Mount Carmel primary schools.  The junction is also used by a large number of commuting motorists.

The consultation deadline has been extended to Wednesday 15th February in order to give parents the opportunity to feed their comments back to the school their child attends.  The schools are preparing consolidated responses to the Council on behalf of their pupils.

Residents who live nearest to the schools will have received a paper questionnaire, which should be returned to the Council.

EFRA has been concerned over the safety at these junctions for some years and will be submitting a detailed response to the consultation.

This consultation is not on the Council website.  Please email us at contact@efra.org.uk if you would like us to email you the plans. 

Northfield Ward Forum

The next Northfield Ward Forum will be held on Wednesday 7th March at 7:30 pm at the Navarsathian Centre in Northfield Avenue, a couple of doors along from the new Sainsbury's.

The ward forum is led by the Northfield Councillors and covers general local concerns, such as community safety, traffic and transport schemes, parks and street improvements.

For more details, and the minutes from previous ward forum meetings, please see the following link on the Ealing Council web site: 

http://www2.ealing.gov.uk/services/council/committees/agendas_minutes_reports/ward_forums/northfields_ward_forum/index.html

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