The Board of Deputies has called on the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, to reconsider proposed road closures during parts of the school day in Stamford Hill.
Marie van der Zyl, in correspondence with the Mayor, expressed “acute concern” from the local Jewish community regarding the plans.
Though sympathetic with aims of the scheme, which include creating safer streets for local schoolchildren and improving air quality in the area, the initiative creates numerous issues.
Ms van der Zyl warned of access problems for Hatzola emergency vehicles and school transport for local residents of a large orthodox community. Among other challenges is access to places of worship for the elderly and disabled members of the community.
Ms van de Zyl also noted particular concern at the speed with which proposals are being introduced, without due consideration to viable alternatives that might command the support of local residents.
The Board’s chief noted local official suggestions that the scheme be imposed before considering the impacts would be ‘recipe for chaos’ and urged the Council to engage in proper consultation before proposals go live.
Ms van de Zyl has called for a public meeting so the Mayor could hear resident concerns directly.