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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Kingston Council expected to withdraw current proposal for New Malden's Fountain Roundabout Go Cycle scheme at a meeting tonight

The Go Cycle proposal for the Fountain Roundabout was approved by the Resident's Committee of the council over the summer.

At that meeting, it was agreed that the proposal to remove the historic monument created "a safer junction that reduced traffic, gave cyclists a safer route through the area and provided much-needed pedestrian crossings."

The Council said at the time that it was considered the "best scheme to manage traffic in the area."

But following immense public pressure, including a 200 strong protest at the weekend against the plans from residents who said they hadn't been consulted, the council administration will be putting forward a motion at the full council meeting this evening that the decision on the current proposal for the roundabout should be set aside and not implemented.

The Fountain Roundabout scheme is one part of the wider Go Cycle programme.

Cllr Terry Paton, the portfolio holder for the Go Cycle programme, said:

"We continue to support the aims of the Go Cycle programme as a whole. However, the Fountain proposal has clearly divided the community. While it would have solved many of the safety issues for cyclists, pedestrians and car users, the reality is that in our view it has not received sufficient resident support. We promised we would listen to residents’ concerns and we have concluded that the council administration should no longer progress the proposal for Fountain Roundabout.

I am passionate about resident engagement. It is unlikely that there will be another scheme for Fountain Roundabout that sufficiently satisfies safety concerns, as well as the criteria of the Transport for London (TfL) Mini-Holland funding. However, we will consider other options in the future, subject to TfL funding. In the meantime, we will continue to progress the remaining routes as part of the Go Cycle programme to help change the way people travel around Kingston."

Here's campaigner James Giles.

Campaigners are still being urged to go to the meeting at the Guildhall tonight at 7.30pm, to make sure their voice is heard.

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