Click on the image below to enlarge this excellent letter from Cllr Paul Braithwaite of LB Camden to the Islington Tribune.
Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, has taken the case made by community campaigners against the so-called business case study for Battlebridge Crossing (aka the Wharfdale Road bridge) directly to LB Islington.
Emily Thornberry has taken up the cause with LB Islington Chief Executive John Foster; she says:
“I agree that any piece of work commissioned with public money should provide good value and I share concerns that this exercise may have been flawed. I would be grateful for your comments.”
At present LB islington plans to discuss the flawed report with Network Rail at September’s West Area Planning Committee. We have asked whether this discussion should go ahead at all.
Until a real business case is made for the bridge, using the increasing number of red herring type reports and studies can only assist developers with their refusal to fund a much needed business and community asset for Camden, Islington, Transport for London, Network Rail, Eurostar, the Government…. (the list goes on).
Join us on a short vigil to mark the end of over 150 years of access to and across the station at the junction of Wharfdale Road and York Way. Network Rail are to permanently remove this access on Friday. We will meet at 1.30pm on 24 April at the entrance, bring friends and colleagues.
- a complete overhaul of the one-way system, particularly removing one-way traffic from the entire length of York Way;
- improvements to traffic flow to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists over traffic;
- removal of sheep pens at crossings;
- increased crossing times for pedestrians;
- crossings and pedestrian traffic flows that take disabled people and families into account; and
- safer cycle lanes.
A short but detailed presentation giving the reasons this campaign exists: KX exhibition
With spring on the horizon, local campaigners are getting set to plan out the strategy to create a walking and cycling route from the Angel to Marylebone, all away from the dangerously high emission zone of the A501 ring road. To do this, we need to get the powers that be to build a bridge across the tracks at the rear of King’s Cross Station.
If you have any time, expertise or experience you can give to the campaign, do contact us. If you can make our meeting early evening 3rd March all the better (contact us for details). If we don’t see you there, hope to hear from you soon!
Behind King’s Cross Station one of the biggest regeneration programmes in Europe is underway: King’s Cross Central, developer: Argent. Argent’s planning application for the new Sainsbury’s HQ is with LB Camden and the committee meeting to consider the application takes place at Camden Town Hall this Thursday – very sorry for the short notice, entirely my fault.
Phil died of cancer last week and all involved in this campaign I’m sure would want to mark his passing. A full obituary will appear on our parent site on Sunday. Anyone wishing to share their memories of Phil and good wishes for his partner Diana, please leave your comments on that site.
He will be very, very sorely missed both by those close to him and by those, like me, who have benefited from his work from a distance. Our thoughts are with Diana…