Packed Hampstead meeting hears call for cycling superhighway to be scrapped

Monika Caro at Swiss Cottage Cycle super highway public meeting

Monika Caro at Swiss Cottage Cycle super highway public meeting - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Opponents of Boris Johnson’s Cycle Superhighway have called for the controversial scheme to be scrapped on legal grounds.

Opponents of Boris Johnson’s Cycle Superhighway have called for the controversial scheme to be scrapped on legal grounds.

A report by leading QC Robert McCracken for Cleaner Air London, which says planning authorities have a duty in decision making to comply with the directive.

He writes: “Where a development would cause a breach (in pollution levels) in the locality of the development planning authorities should refuse permission.

“Where a development would make a breach significantly worse permission should also be refused.”


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He adds: “Any action which significantly increases risk to the health of the present generation..would not be compatible with the concept as health is plainly a need for every generation.”

A packed meeting in Hampstead saw opponents call for a rethink.

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Jessica Learmond-Criqui, who is leading opposition to the scheme, said: “TfL admits traffic will be diverted into neighbourhood areas. This will clearly increase pollution in Hampstead which already suffers from unacceptable levels of pollution.

“It is a centre of 55 schools and is the densest educational park in the world and future generations health will be affected.”

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