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Save the Seven Dials

31 July, 2020

Save the Seven Dials: ‘Our petition to Sir Keir Starmer MP is simple but powerful’

• SOME 950 people have signed an online petition requesting a public consultation over the council’s plans regarding Seven Dials, (Seven Dials’ seven-day ‘pedestrianisation’, July 24).

This experimental plan is to last 18 months, with the intention to hold a public consultation only after 12 months.

Hundreds object to the changes to the road system, closures and removal of both resident and shared loading / resident bays.

Local residents and businesses have failed to be consulted over the Seven Dials traffic scheme. This is unfair, grossly unjust and undemocratic.

This is a key moment for many local business owners who are struggling to restart their businesses.

The closure of Monmouth Street to deliveries is particularly insensitive and the reversal of traffic along Shorts Gardens will just pile more traffic into both Drury Lane and Endell Street, where there are already tailbacks and gridlock, due to the changes to the traffic system along Gower Street / Tottenham Court Road under the West End Partnership works.

The council and councillors need to fully engage and listen to the Seven Dials community.

Our petition to Sir Keir Starmer MP is simple but powerful.

We are petitioning against the Seven Dials experimental plan by Camden Council in response to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements.

Camden Council has utilised Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (amended) to make the experimental traffic order.

The plans will make the Seven Dials area traffic free, thereby denying local residents and businesses the right to use their vehicles between the hours of 10am-6pm seven days a week.

We demand a full public consultation.

See the full petition at: http://chng.it/fCJwQQsy

Neal Street, Seven Dials


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