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Solidarity in raising objections

20 August, 2020 — By John Gulliver

THE wheels of the local Ombudsman are now turning again as the authority takes a second look at controversial changes to busy Prince of Wales Road in Kentish Town.

When local resident Nick Harding complained last year, his objections were brushed away on the grounds that he lived too far from the road to be part of a consultation programme. In fact, he lives just few yards from the road.

Now, a fellow Kentish Towner, Brian Lake, tells me that his objections – along similar lines to those of Mr Harding – have been noted by the Ombudsman who will presumably now begin to look at the problem for the second time.

Mr Lake lives near enough to the road to be logged by the authority as having a right to object. Irritated by the way his neighbour was brushed aside, he objected earlier this year, duly filled in the lengthy form supplied by the Ombudsman’s office, and then heard a few days ago that his objections will be looked into.

His main complaint is that the consultation papers did not mention that all the pedestrian refuges in the road will be removed to make way for a new cycle path. All 12 refuges have now been taken away, though work, locals tell me, appears to have stopped. Now the junction at Malden Road and Prince of Wales Road offers no refuge as pedestrians struggle to cross the busy roads.

It took the Ombudsman several weeks before Nick Harding was told he was infra dig.

I await a decision on Mr Lake’s objection.

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