OneEaling (Residents Against LTNs)

by OneEaling Campaign Group in London, England, United Kingdom

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On 22nd December 2020 we successfully raised £37,075 with 1047 supporters in 53 days

Support residents' legal fight against Ealing Council for removal of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and proper consultation.

by OneEaling Campaign Group in London, England, United Kingdom

Breaking News: High Court Hearing

Dear Supporter,

 

Ealing Council shamefully side steps High Court hearing but contributes towards our legal costs.

 

The decision has been reached NOT to attend court today. We were left with little choice as Ealing Council sought to side step the proceedings by replacing the old ETOs with new ETOs. On Wednesday, Ealing wrote to our judge advising that the hearing should not go ahead because they had made new ETOs that day, meaning the old ETOs that we challenged would cease to be in operation as of 17th February. This would mean us battling in court over ETOs due to expire in 5 days after the preliminary hearing.

 

This was truly a blatant attempt to sidestep the court case and being held to account for the clear deficiencies in the original ETOs. They claimed that new ETOs were needed because there were 'substantial changes' to the original ETOs, specifically, adding of ANPR cameras and allowing Blue Badge holders access to their own LTNs. These changes clearly did not need new ETOs, as they had already swapped out bollards for cameras in some of the LTNs with no amendments to the existing ETOs.

 

We took legal advice and it was clear that going to court today faced with this new situation was pointless.

 

Ealing continued their disgraceful shirking of responsibilities right up until yesterday by telling the court that we needed to request a hearing for our costs and they would respond at a later date. In the end, having pushed Ealing, we demanded that our legal costs were met and they agreed to cover a substantial amount in the region of our legal costs incurred to date.

 

To be clear, whilst not the day in court we wanted we see, this as an acknowledgement they got the ETOs wrong. One only had to look at the new ETOs to see all the changes they have made (whilst not enough) stem from issues we have raised.

 

The decision to vacate the hearing today was not taken lightly. We are as disappointed as you are to be denied the chance to have the evidence heard and Ealing held to account. However, just so we are clear, this is NOT the end of the road for the legal process.

 

We appreciate that whilst securing our legal costs is a positive step, this does not get us to where we want to be with the removal of all LTNs. Hence we are reviewing the new ETOs with a view to what further action should be taken. We are already mobilised with a great legal team in place and believe that there are still significant issues with the schemes. They are still unsafe, discriminatory and do not achieve their objectives.

 

Finally, I would like to thank each of you for all your efforts to date in helping us get so far: financial donations, letters of objections, Commonplace objections, research, monitoring and advice - the list goes on. We have been overwhelmed by the messages of luck and we know how much we were all anticipating opportunity to have Ealing held to account. So much work has gone into what we have achieved so far and we are not finished yet!

 

Thank you,

OneEaling

 

P.S. As you will appreciate, this news broke just yesterday and we have been working long hours in negotiating fees, etc. We wanted to let everyone know where we had gotten to. However, we do plan to hold another online meeting soon where you can put your questions to us live. Details to follow soon. Meanwhile, please do continue to:

 1. Write to ALL Councillors:
 [email protected]

2. Stay informed or get involved:
 Ealing Residents Against LTN Facebook Group

3. Sign our petition:
 Objection to Ealing's LTNs Petition

4. Register your objection on the Council's Commonplace survey:
 Ealing Council survey

5. Check out our website:
 www.oneealing.co.uk


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