Neighbours in Ringslade Road accuse Councillor Pat Egan of being 'hostile and unhelpful' in campaign to close 'rat run'

Neighbours previously called for their road to be closed after a lorry blocked traffic for an hour when it got stuck at the corner of Ringslade Road and Cumberland Road

Neighbours previously called for their road to be closed after a lorry blocked traffic for an hour when it got stuck at the corner of Ringslade Road and Cumberland Road

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Campaigners calling for a “rat run” in Wood Green to be closed have accused a politician of being “hostile and unhelpful”.

Neighbours in Ringslade Road and surrounding streets have called for Councillor Pat Egan to be removed as chairman of a meeting to discuss the problem on March 26.

Families have previously complained that more than 2,600 cars and lorries drive through the narrow residential streets every day.

People who live in Ringslade Road, Cumberland Road and Watson Road claim motorists use their streets as an “escape route” to get from High Road to Station Road as there is no right turn.

Haringey Borough Council agreed to hold the meeting at the Civic Centre, in High Road, Wood Green, to discuss the problem after months of complaints from residents.

However, campaigners do not want Cllr Egan, their ward councillor, to run the meeting as he lives in Barratt Avenue, which could see an increase in traffic if their campaign is successful.

Parminder Sandhu, who lives in Ringslade Road, said: “Cllr Egan has a conflict of interest and we don’t want him involved in a meeting about the issue because he won’t be impartial.

“When we had a meeting about this issue last year he was quite hostile and unhelpful.

“We are trying to work with the council to come up with a solution but he has blocked any progress that we would like to see made.”

The council has previously blamed Transport for London (TfL) for its inability to close the roads.

But campaigners have challenged this and said there is nothing to stop the council from closing off the small residential streets to through-traffic.

A spokesman for Haringey council said Cllr Egan was never going to be the chairman of the meeting and it will probably be chaired by one of the other ward councillors.

He said: “We’ve been working with residents to discuss their concerns for the past year, and this meeting will be a chance for everyone to have their say.

“We’ve already carried out pavement, road and lighting improvements to Watsons Road, and we’ll continue to listen to the community, TfL and other partners on the best way forward.”

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2:03pm Thu 13 Mar 14

WendySh says...

I can assure you that the council have not been working with the community on this issue, nor listening. i have made an official complaint about poor communication on this issue and nothing has changed.There is no accountability or responsibility in Haringey. They have purposefully attempted to start a feud between us and our neighbours so they can use this as an excuse to do nothing. This isn't how community engagement works in effective councils who actually work for the good of the community.
To say Pat Egan was never to chair is a lie, we have it in the letter. Also, the Leader of the council tweeted that she thought it was fine for Pat to chair.
The great sadness is that i am no-longer surprised when they lie or behave unethically. it makes me sick to think they are supposed to work for us, for the good of the community. There are plenty o people who would love to have their jobs and be able to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Haringey.
I can assure you that the council have not been working with the community on this issue, nor listening. i have made an official complaint about poor communication on this issue and nothing has changed.There is no accountability or responsibility in Haringey. They have purposefully attempted to start a feud between us and our neighbours so they can use this as an excuse to do nothing. This isn't how community engagement works in effective councils who actually work for the good of the community. To say Pat Egan was never to chair is a lie, we have it in the letter. Also, the Leader of the council tweeted that she thought it was fine for Pat to chair. The great sadness is that i am no-longer surprised when they lie or behave unethically. it makes me sick to think they are supposed to work for us, for the good of the community. There are plenty o people who would love to have their jobs and be able to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Haringey. WendySh
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Ringslade Resident says...

To say they are working with residents is stretching the truth somewhat. I can produce a list of unanswered emails and questions asked.
Promises have been made such as meeting with residents from the local action group, and this has not been kept.
With regard to Councillor Egan never chairing the meeting, why has the Council leader tweeted about why she feels he is a suitable person to chair the meeting if it was not the Council's intention? Or is communication within the Council just as bad as it is with the general public?
To say they are working with residents is stretching the truth somewhat. I can produce a list of unanswered emails and questions asked. Promises have been made such as meeting with residents from the local action group, and this has not been kept. With regard to Councillor Egan never chairing the meeting, why has the Council leader tweeted about why she feels he is a suitable person to chair the meeting if it was not the Council's intention? Or is communication within the Council just as bad as it is with the general public? Ringslade Resident
  • Score: 3

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