Political row re-emerges over petition not to ban controversial u-turn

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The controversial u-turn at Clayhall Avenue The controversial u-turn at Clayhall Avenue

A political row has broken out over calls to ban drivers from performing U-turns in a Barkingside street.

For 40 years motorists have been performing the manoeuvre in Clayhall Avenue to avoid a detour to South Woodford.

And during that time councillors representing Clayhall ward have pushed for the manoeuvre to be banned for safety reasons.

But Roding ward councillors, who represent people living on the Hill Farm Estate, in Southend Road, Woodford Green, many of whom use the road as a cut through to South Woodford, have launched a petition to allow the manoeuvres to continue.

The petition is supported by staff from the Roding Hospital and the Woodford Trading Estate, and has been signed by more than 400 people.

However chairwoman of the Clayhall Conservative Action Team and former Roding ward councillor Hazel Weinberg hit out at the petition. In her blog post, she wrote: ‘The Liberal Democrats in a different ward have submitted a petition to the council to allow U-turns, putting convenience before safety.

"Their objection is that they have to drive to the Longwood Gardens roundabout and turn round – a matter of a couple of minutes.”

And Clayhall councillor Alan Weinberg said the Roding ward councillors were being “inconsiderate of the serious danger motorists are causing” in tailbacks and to pedestrians and residents.

He added: “If (Roding ward councillor) Ian Bond wants to wait for someone to be killed to make a point over safety, then that is his view, not mine.”

However Cllr Bond refuted Cllr Weinberg’s claim that it takes a couple of minutes and said the round trip to get back onto Southend Road takes just under 10 minutes in light traffic.

Cllr Bond said enforcing a ban would create a “considerable inconvenience” for Hill Farm residents and said there is “no proof of any serious accidents” and “this is not a road safety issue”.

The issue is currently being assessed by bosses from Transport for London.

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6:27pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MorrisHickey says...

So Councillor Bond, in his infinite wisdom, is quite prepared to put others at risk and - incidentally - inconvenience those already driving on Clayhall Avenue who are forced constantly to yield to the inconsiderate drivers whom he represents.
So Councillor Bond, in his infinite wisdom, is quite prepared to put others at risk and - incidentally - inconvenience those already driving on Clayhall Avenue who are forced constantly to yield to the inconsiderate drivers whom he represents. MorrisHickey

7:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Weggis says...

I'm quite sure that if Mr or Mrs Weinberg were to stand at the width restriction during a morning peak time with a petition to extend the U-Turn restriction then there would be no shortage of motorists who have been waiting to exit Clayhall Avenue and who have been delayed by the U-Turners, plus pedestrians trying to cross the road, who would be willing to sign it.

It has got to be so bad now that rather than wait in the queue in Clayhall Avenue, some motorists turn off at Wensleydale Avenue, proceed through Marston Road, Roding Lane North (where residents complain about the extra traffic) into Southend Road and back into Clayhall Avenue to perform that very U-Turn. Madness.
I'm quite sure that if Mr or Mrs Weinberg were to stand at the width restriction during a morning peak time with a petition to extend the U-Turn restriction then there would be no shortage of motorists who have been waiting to exit Clayhall Avenue and who have been delayed by the U-Turners, plus pedestrians trying to cross the road, who would be willing to sign it. It has got to be so bad now that rather than wait in the queue in Clayhall Avenue, some motorists turn off at Wensleydale Avenue, proceed through Marston Road, Roding Lane North (where residents complain about the extra traffic) into Southend Road and back into Clayhall Avenue to perform that very U-Turn. Madness. Weggis

4:32am Wed 15 Jan 14

beefythfc says...

all the people moaning about us u-turners as you like to call it......is it a accident black spot,NO and going up to longwood gardens takes longer than 2 mins in rush hour for the simple fact that the clayhall avenue drivers constantly block the junction towards charlie browns so it makes life a lot easier to do a u turn......and im sure if the do gooders are drivers im sure at some point in there driving years they ave performed some sort of illegal turn or parking...sorry but i for one would not sign the pettion if asked and will carry on to drive the best way that makes my journey easier
all the people moaning about us u-turners as you like to call it......is it a accident black spot,NO and going up to longwood gardens takes longer than 2 mins in rush hour for the simple fact that the clayhall avenue drivers constantly block the junction towards charlie browns so it makes life a lot easier to do a u turn......and im sure if the do gooders are drivers im sure at some point in there driving years they ave performed some sort of illegal turn or parking...sorry but i for one would not sign the pettion if asked and will carry on to drive the best way that makes my journey easier beefythfc

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