'Dangerous' u-turns could be banned at Redbridge council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford

Redbridge Council previously refunded fines imposed in 2011 when new signs were put up banning u-turns

Redbridge Council previously refunded fines imposed in 2011 when new signs were put up banning u-turns

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“Dangerous” u-turns could be banned in a road for the first time, despite residents claiming it enables them to avoid a lengthy detour to a major route.

Area 3 and 4 committees have recommended that the manoeuvre be banned in Clayhall Avenue, Barkingside, over safety fears.

There were protests at previous attempts to outlaw u-turns by people living on the Hill Farm Estate, who cannot turn right onto Clayhall Avenue and quickly access Charlie Brown’s roundabout via Southend Road.

In 2011 fines totalling £60,000 were dropped and penalties worth £10,000 refunded during an unexpected clampdown on the manoeuvre, and the sign has still not been taken down.

The ban will be considered at a meeting of full council on Thursday.

Conservative group leader Paul Canal, who lives in the area, believes the ban will be imposed.
He said: “It is dangerous and just is not safe.

“ I use the junction quite often and I am surprised there hasn’t been an accident.

“I have seen three-tonne vans doing u-turns there and it is clear that the arrangement is not appropriate.

“I believe the council will vote for the safe option and implement restrictions."

Lib Dem Cllr Ian Bond is against the restriction and will argue his case at Thursday’s meeting.

He said: “We want to ask the decision-makers to ask again as it is the wrong thing to do, it is a waste of the council’s time to be honest.

“It would be a great inconvenience for people in Hill Farm estate and it will make the lives of many people difficult.

“There is no safety issue and it could actually make things worse, if you try and turn around elsewhere then it could be much more dangerous."

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3:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

How can it be a 'controversial u-turn' when the sign clearly says no u-turns?
How can it be a 'controversial u-turn' when the sign clearly says no u-turns? T. Watts
  • Score: -3

4:09pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Weggis says...

There is no dispute over the U-Turn restriction adjacent to Claybury Broadway.
The dispute is over where it is currently a legal - just in front of the width restriction adjacent to the service way behind the shops.
There is no dispute over the U-Turn restriction adjacent to Claybury Broadway. The dispute is over where it is currently a legal - just in front of the width restriction adjacent to the service way behind the shops. Weggis
  • Score: 5

7:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is a matter of enforcement, I have been through that way and there are always a stream of cars and vans queuing to turn round, it is easier just to go a bit further on a turn on the roundabout.
It is a matter of enforcement, I have been through that way and there are always a stream of cars and vans queuing to turn round, it is easier just to go a bit further on a turn on the roundabout. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

7:58pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

What you don't ever do a U turn in your cab? Come off it.
What you don't ever do a U turn in your cab? Come off it. stickmanny
  • Score: -2

8:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jackblack007 says...

well how many accidents have there been there then ? more busy bodies getting er..........busy
well how many accidents have there been there then ? more busy bodies getting er..........busy jackblack007
  • Score: -3

10:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

clayhall1 says...

The route to take is along the main road up to Longwood Gardens Roundabout and then round and back towards Charlie Browns Roundabout, a matter of a little extra time but definitely safer. I hope the Council confirms the decision taken.
The route to take is along the main road up to Longwood Gardens Roundabout and then round and back towards Charlie Browns Roundabout, a matter of a little extra time but definitely safer. I hope the Council confirms the decision taken. clayhall1
  • Score: 5

11:53am Wed 18 Jun 14

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins says...

Weggis is correct - this sign has nothing to do with the U-turns performed - perfectly legally - a few yards further on. There used to be another sign showing the U-turn ban area had ended but for some strange reason the Council never replaced it after it was knocked down a few years ago. It is depressing to see that the Tories are still peddling the fiction that the U-turns are dangerous and that it only takes a few minutes to drive up to Longwood gardens - try doing it in rush-hour and you'll find it's at least 20 mins extra. Forcing people to drive through the side roads or do U-turns further up Clayhall Avenue would only add to congestion and danger in the area.
Weggis is correct - this sign has nothing to do with the U-turns performed - perfectly legally - a few yards further on. There used to be another sign showing the U-turn ban area had ended but for some strange reason the Council never replaced it after it was knocked down a few years ago. It is depressing to see that the Tories are still peddling the fiction that the U-turns are dangerous and that it only takes a few minutes to drive up to Longwood gardens - try doing it in rush-hour and you'll find it's at least 20 mins extra. Forcing people to drive through the side roads or do U-turns further up Clayhall Avenue would only add to congestion and danger in the area. Cllr Gwyneth Deakins
  • Score: -2

7:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

U-turn if you want to, the Lady's not for turning.

Except in her grave. How I miss her.
U-turn if you want to, the Lady's not for turning. Except in her grave. How I miss her. stickmanny
  • Score: 1

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