Barnet's Labour councillors have secured a review of serious road safety problems in Friary Road, N12 after raising the issue at last week's Environment Committee (11 January).
Residents have reported numerous vehicle accidents and near misses in Friary Road and fear that it is only time before someone is killed, as tragically happened recently at the nearby junction of Ashurst Road and Buxted Road.
Local residents and the Woodhouse ward councillors first raised the problem with the council over three years ago in November 2013. A meeting was held attended by residents, ward councillors, council highways officers and the police but so far the council has failed to take any substantive action to improve road safety. Vehicle activated signs warning of the 30mph zone were installed a couple of years ago but have proved ineffective at slowing the speed of traffic. Residents want to see a substantive safety scheme, including a 20 mph zone.
In a member's item to last week's Environment Committee, Labour's Environment spokesperson and Woodhouse ward councillor, Alan Schneiderman, called for the Committee to commission officers to come up with a road safety scheme for Friary Road.
The Committee voted to accept the member's item, and officers will now conduct a review of the road and report back with potential solutions.
Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: “Local residents and Woodhouse ward councillors are concerned about the number of accidents and near-misses in Friary Road caused by dangerous drivers exceeding the speed limit. This needs to be dealt with quickly in order to avoid serious injuries or loss of life.
"Given the seriousness of the road safety problems in Friary Road and that residents have now been waiting over three years for action to be taken, I am very glad that the Committee have agreed to finally take some action.”
1. A copy of Cllr Schneiderman Member's Item can be found here (agenda item 6):