I’m not entirely sure what an ETO entails, but I have a hunch it’s bad news for anyone who relies on driving (or being driven)…
Update 29th April:
The following account just appeared on Twitter:
There’s no indication of who set it up, but the followers list (21 so far) is a “who’s who” of local councillors.
I wonder if they’ll use this and potentially other “grassroots-style” social media accounts (eg Vision Zero Lewisham) to get us all thinking about ETOs, until we’re convinced we came up with the idea ourselves…
Call me old fashioned but I believe council policy should be enacted in the following order:
- Public consultation
- Implementation (if, and only if, a majority of the public want the policy)
- Promotion of the policy
If councils follow these steps in reverse order, that would be dubious.
Forgive my cynicism. Obviously, we don’t know what’s coming, and Lewisham might come up with some decent ETO policies. An example of good policy being (from an admittedly biased PoV) a small number of roads closed to traffic except fully electric vehicles, encouraging the adoption of sustainable transport.
But given the zero-sum goals behind the Dartmouth Road narrowing, for example, I suspect Lewisham Council will continue its ideological war on car ownership.