On the 10th of May 2013, Westminster Council published a Stopping Up Order Notice, aiming at giving away a large part of the pavement on Edgware Road reducing it in width considerably.
Complaints have been raised among the communities and businesses around Edgware Road, thus leading to launching a petition that got over 600 signatures so far.
The petition rejects the public notice for two main reasons:
“1. Westminster Council are giving away the pavement to a developer for near to nothing. It is an extremely valuable piece of highway, worth millions of pounds, belonging to TfL which is being given away with no benefit to the public.
2. Westminster Council is permitting the pavement width to be reduced dramatically. This action will make these pavements drastically narrower, more congested, unsafe and extremely dangerous, and compromises the future of our school children, their parents, local business, local shoppers and tourists. Edgware Road is one of London’s busiest thoroughfares and to make the pavement so narrow is putting people’s lives at risk.”
The petition is also questioning: “why has Westminster Council chosen to forfeit the safety of its residents, school children and taxpayers? Why doesn’t the developer just remain and build what he likes within his existing boundaries, why does he need the pavement, is it for extra profit? Is it for selfish greed? Is our safety so cheap?”
Supporters of this petition are opposing the stopping up order and demanding its outright rejection. They are also calling on the Secretary of State for Transport and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson who is responsible for TfL, and the Transport Commissioner to order a public inquiry.
To read the public notice in full, visit: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/60500/notices/1821453/all=edgware+road;sort=newest
To support the petition, go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveedgwareroad/