Government Plans to Give Communities Powers To Stop Rat Runs

Published 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?

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.

Railway Cottages Res Assoc AGM


RCRA AGM & Plans to Improve the Neighbourhood

DATE –   Thursday 30th May
PLACE – Wood Green Social Club, 3-4 Stuart Crescent,
                Wood Green, London N22 5NJ
TIME –     7.30pm

The money from the council is finally in our account so we’re having a meeting to discuss our plans for spending it – trees & pavement planters. Also plans for the future – decorated boxes, book swap box, murals etc along with a campaign for a low-traffic neighbourhood.

Any other concerns or ideas people would like to raise at the meeting just drop us a line ( and we’ll add it to the agenda. All welcome!

Ideas To Improve Our Neighbourhood

Great turnout to our meeting on Friday about ideas to improve our streets. Thanks to everyone attending and those who posted ideas via email and facebook.

The ideas discussed were;

Tree Planting – Two trees to be planted in Bradley Road to replace the ones that died there.

Pavement Planters – Where there is space on pavements  – eg. Junction of Ringslade Road and Cumberland – to brighten up the area. Also mini planters around the base of roadside trees.




Decorated Junction Boxes – Brightening up those dreary green junction boxes with brightly coloured stencils.


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Litter Pickers – So we can organise our own ‘street ‘clean-up’ days

Book Swap Box – Our own neighbourhood Book Swap Box sited on one of our streets.


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Decorative Street Signs – Street signs with local logo or decoration on them.



Street Mural – Maybe a long-term aim given the need to find site and get design approved  – could really make a difference locally.

Community Garden – Bid to take over small garden area at the side of Wood Green Works and improve its appearance.