‘Traffic-calming measures’ in Woodford Green road are disturbing the peace, say residents

Residents will be re-consulted over traffic-calming measures in a Woodford Green speed hot-spot after neighbours complained of noise disturbances.

Iain Duncan Smith, the MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, visited with a group of concerned residents in Broadmead Road this morning.

The group says a new “road surface treatment” – a raised section of road smaller than a speed cushion – on Broadmead Road between Charteris Road and High Road is disturbing their peace.

The council’s area two committee approved a series of measures after other residents petitioned about dangerous driving.

The total cost of improvments, including a zebra crossing near the Horn Lane junction and vehicle-activated ‘slow’ signs, was �90,000, with works taking place between February and March.

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Jean-Yves Kirkbuddo, 63, who lives opposite a section of Broadmead Road which includes the road surface treatment,, said: “It’s terrible. We can’t sleep, especially with the lorries and the buses. Our windows are vibrating.

“A tile from my roof fell because of the vibrations.”

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Tom Osman, 65, also of Broadmead Road, said: “For front bedrooms, if you get any vehicles, even small ones, it causes quite a lot of noise.

“And it hasn’t slowed the traffic.

“You get a constant noise, it’s very disturbing.

“We want to see a speed camera or a zebra crossing. The only real way is to put a camera in further up the road.”

Residents also met with Cliff Woolnoth, Redbridge Council’s chief engineering officer, who said the council will go out to residents again to see if they want the road treatment to be replaced.

The results of this consultation will go to the area two committee.

Mr Duncan Smith asked council officers if staggered chicanes could be put in.

When told speed cameras would have to be introduced by Transport for London and not Redbridge Council, he joked: “Can we put fake ones in?”

He said: “We all have one priority and that is slowing this traffic down.

“If it doesn’t slow it down, it does seem rather pointless.”

A council spokesman said: “We are mindful of the previous support and feel it is important to re-consult on the surface treatment element of the scheme so we can obtain all the views of those affected.”

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