Council's secret bid for Parkland Walk cycling speedway revealed

The Liberal Democrats have urged Labour to come clean over the funding for works on Parkland Walk after documentation unearthed by Lynne Featherstone revealed the intention is to increase cycling speeds on the Parkland Walk through “decreasing journey times for cyclists” and to “increase in the number of people cycling”, despite assurances to the contrary from officials at the recent Area Assembly.

The revelation is made Haringey Council’s bid submission to Transport for London obtained by Lynne Featherstone in a Freedom of Information request.

Lynne Featherstone comments:

“Hundreds of local residents were completely and deliberately misled at the recent Area Assembly as Labour councillors sat watching and saying nothing.Haringey Council clearly have been given this money to turn the Parkland Walk into a cycle track.

“I could point to a hundred roads in the borough where the cycling provision is poor to dangerous and where money to improve cycling could be well spent – and yet £400,000 is being spent on cycling for the Palkland Walk nature reserve.

“The Council should have consulted residents before they entered into a Faustian pact with Transport for London.Labour must come clean and reassure us that they will not prostitute the Parkland Walk in their bid for cash.”

Councillor Laura Edge, Crouch End, Hornsey & Stroud Green Area Assembly Chair adds:

“The Parkland Walk is first and foremost a nature reserve.Money is needed improve drainage and enhance facilities, but not at any cost.”

Note: Lynne Featherstone is running an online survey on the future of Parkland Walk.