Government Plans to Give Communities Powers To Stop Rat Runs



IMG_7646Published today is an ambitious government plan to promote active travel – walking and cycling. Included in it is the aim to give communities the say on closing rat runs.

This is what it has to say…


‘There will be less rat-running and many more low-traffic neighbourhoods Residential side streets across the country can be blighted by rat-running. Low-traffic neighbourhoods will be created in many more groups of residential streets by installing point closures – for example, bollards or planters – on some of the roads. It would still be possible to access any road in the area, but motor traffic would not be able to use the roads as through routes. Streets within low traffic neighbourhoods will provide clear, direct routes for cyclists and pedestrians promoting walking and cycling. Accidents, pollution and noise will be dramatically reduced for residents. We will consult on creating a community right to close side streets and create low-traffic neighbourhoods, with groups of residential side streets able to petition local authorities for rat-run closures. Contraflow cycling, where cyclists are allowed to ride against the direction of travel on lightly-trafficked one-way streets, has worked well in both residential and non-residential areas. This should be the default on all quieter one-way streets with certain minor exceptions. Appropriate signage will be required. Contraflow cycling without physical protection will not be appropriate on busier one-way streets.’


Let’s hope the implementation lives up to the ambition of the plan!




Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – Where will all the traffic go?

Some Covid 19 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods initiatives in London Boroughs




Two Important Consultations

Haringey want to introduce new increased charges for parking in the borough. In our area this affects us directly so please take time to click on the link below and make your thoughts known. You only have TWO WEEKS to do this!


The council claim they are introducing new charges to reduce parking pressures, traffic congestion & improve air quality.
Also if you haven’t already done so leave your comments about rat running on the map
Lots of good comments on there already!

Ringslade Road Rat Run Film


This is a short film highlighting the issue of the Ringslade Road Rat Run. It’s an issue that we as residents can’t help but be aware of night and day, 365 days of the year. The film is part of a campaign to publicise the issue and hopefully get something done about it.

Click on the link to be taken to the film – you can download from the site using the button in the bottom right-hand if you want to share it on social media.

Rat Run Film

Rat Running could be easily be stopped by allowing cars to turn right from the High Road into Station Road. It’s time for Haringey to make good on their stated policy of addressing rat runs in the borough.

If you want to let Haringey Council, our local MP, The Mayors Office & Transport for London know how you feel about the Ringslade Road Rat Run and send them the link to the film, contact addresses are below;


Council Leader – Cllr Joseph Ejiofor

Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability – Kirsten Hearn

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods – Seema Chandwani

Head of Planning Policy, Transport & Infrastructure

Ward Councillors

Pete Mitchell 

Lucia Das Neves

Mark Blake

Catherine West


London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey

Joanne McCartney

Mayor of London

Transport For London

Deputy Mayor, Transport and Deputy Chair, Transport for London

Heidi Alexander


Dr Will Norman 

TFL Walking and Cycling Commissioner


Alexandra House Planning Application

The attempt to turn Alexandra House into a ‘rabbit-hutch’ development has raised its ugly head again. Have a look at the drawings on the application – they’re beyond  a joke. 

Alexander House Planning Application

Most of the ‘flats’ are as small as 28 sq meters – bear in mind that a typical Premier Inn Room is 21 sq meters.

This is allowed under so-called “Permitted Development’ – introduced by the Tories to get round planning rules and there’s very few grounds for objections. 

Here’s an article about the proposed development Article about Alexander House

BUT please object anyway and make our voice heard!


Object on grounds of overcrowding, impact on local traffic & amenities, and on the physical and mental health of residents who will be denied space and natural light.


Most office blocks turned in to flats under these new rules have rapidly become modern slums. See what happened to one block in Harlow. BBC Report on ‘Human Warehouse’


One thing developers, agents and architects don’t like is bad publicity so it would be a good idea to share your objections on social media and name the people behind this development.


The developer is Andreas Panayiotou – a billionaire who has been called ‘the buy-to-let king of London’.


His contact details are


Hilton London Syon Park

London Road




United Kingdom



His agents are DWD a planning and Property Company


Alexander Chalkin 

Associate DWD LLP 



The Architect is Ben Adams Architects



Francesca Pont

99 Southwark Street

London SE1 0JF

020 7633 0000

RCRA News January 2020


Finally after many, many emails and two site visits we now have official permission from the council for our pavement planters at the bottom of Ringslade Road (see below plan).

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The only catch is we have to use council approved suppliers to ensure the scheme is covered by the required insurance. Hopefully the planters will be in place in time for spring!




Thanks to Matt Richards from Bradley Road (& his uncle who has made it for us!) we should soon have a neighbourhood book-swap box that will be situated in Cafe Corso. We’re building up a supply of books (including kids books) ready for when it’s installed.