Deliberately concealing information and implementing major disruptive changes without prior consultation is undemocratic, underhand and authoritarian.
This behaviour undermines fundamental principles of trust, transparency and community consent.
Implementing radical proposals under experimental traffic orders is an abuse of emergency coronavirus powers - powers which “may only be used to put in place measures needed to deal with the effects of coronavirus.”
In addition to triggering opposition from those who might otherwise be supportive, the decision to rush through measures without consultation has resulted in poorly thought-through design.
Councillors should have engaged openly with the community on this initiative at the earliest opportunity.
Brent Council has not presented any baseline data on which these proposals are based, and it has not stated how they will measure success.
In the interests of transparency, Brent should publish a detailed evaluation plan with data driven measurement criteria.
It must also conduct and share the results of baseline traffic surveys and air quality data and commit to pre-agreed re-survey and re-sample schedules which can be independently monitored.
Road closures will lead to an increase in journey times, and therefore an increase in emissions overall.
Residents, shopkeepers and pupils at local primary schools situated on the surrounding streets will bear the brunt of the road closures, as ever more traffic is concentrated onto these 'through streets'. Vulnerable residents with health conditions and mobility issues will also suffer, along with many others who cannot cycle or walk every journey.
Emergency response times will be adversely impacted by increased congestion expected to result from implementing LTNs.