Why closing Whitestone Walk to traffic isn't an option

I read with great interest Mr Casalotti s comments on the Whitestone Pond proposals, and welcome his positive response to the scheme (H&H letters October 2). The closure of Whitestone Walk to motorised traffic is an idea that has been aired many times in

I read with great interest Mr Casalotti's comments on the Whitestone Pond proposals, and welcome his positive response to the scheme (H&H letters October 2). The closure of Whitestone Walk to motorised traffic is an idea that has been aired many times in the past, and indeed was very high on the wish list of proposals in the scheme.

A traffic feasibility study was conducted earlier this year, to determine whether it was logistically possible to close Whitestone Walk. It showed that it would only be possible by building over a large part of the pond, to accommodate the additional turning movements at the junction, and removing the northern green man crossing. We concluded that this was counterintuitive to what the project was trying to achieve.

Sadly our concept of 'giving the Pond back to the Heath' had to be laid to rest once and for all.

Juliette Sonabend

Heath & Hampstead Society

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