Haringey receives more than £1m for Covid-19 roads changes, but campaigners call for council to do more

Haringey Council's Cllr Kirsten Hearn at an electric car charging point. Picture: Haringey Council

Haringey Council's Cllr Kirsten Hearn at an electric car charging point. Picture: Haringey Council - Credit: Archant

Haringey Council has been granted more than £1m by Transport for London (TfL) towards making the borough’s roads Covid-19 friendly, but campaigners are concerned the projects announced do not go far enough.

The town hall has secured £1,139,285 – to be topped up with £100,000 from the Department for Transport – which will pay for some of the street widening, including the measures already in place outside of supermarkets in Highgate, Muswell Hill, Crouch End and Hornsey.

Money will also go towards designing a cycle route along Tottenham Lane and widening more of Hornsey High Street.

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Each of London’s local authorities was required to submit bids for funding to TfL – which had a £30m pot but proposals costed at more than £90m.

In a statement, campaign group Haringey Living Streets welcomed the successful bids, but said: “The schemes which have so far been supported for Haringey by TfL and DfT totalling £1.24 million, will unfortunately not go anywhere near meeting the strategic transport needs identified for the borough during this critical time.”

The group said the council should build infrastructure and seek funding retrospectively – an approach taken by Croydon Council.

The borough made unsuccessful bids for proposed local-traffic neighbourhoods in Tottenham and Green Lanes. Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum was disappointed not to see elements of the now-paused Liveable Crouch End scheme form part of a similar bid in the west of the borough.

The forum’s chair, Mark Afford, said: “We are disappointed that scarcely any of TfL’s millions will find the way to Crouch End, though it may be that a small amount from other pots may yet.”

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A TfL spokesperson said more projects could receive funding as money becomes available.

Cllr Kirsten Hearn, the borough’s environment chief said she was delighted to receive the funding, and added the council was “committed to promoting the safety of our residents, particularly as lockdown eases”.

Responding to Haringey Living Streets, she said the council faced a “big hole in our budget” and added: “We plan to resubmit those [bids] that weren’t successful until we get them funded.”