Mass Mini Holland Protest at Walthamstow Town Hall

Approximately 300 protesters gathered outside the town hall on the 19 May 2016. The Mini-Holland concept has been the subject of much controversy as many have complained that the road closures have significantly increased the response time for Police, Ambulance and Firefighter drivers. Drivers of the emergency responses have been reported driving down dead end roads. The cycling scheme has closed sections of Walthamstow and Leyton, adding a great deal of traffic to many journeys and inhibiting access for customers who would usually drive to local businesses. Despite the frustration of local, Waltham Forest council is also preparing to expand the scheme to Chingford.

The scheme launched in 2014 after Waltham Forest received £33million from Transport for London. The council’s intention was to create a sophisticated cycling network to improve air quality and promote a healthier lifestyle for locals. Considering the strain our NHS is under from obesity and asthma, the council's investment in cycling can positively impact the health of local residents. Consequently, the initiative has been awarded 'Best Innovation- Use of Technology of new technique' at the National Cycling Planning Awards.

You can track the progress of the petition which has been delivered by Stella Creasy MP to other decision makers on Change.org.

Published on 01 June 2016

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Written by Marc Cohen

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