Harlow MP Robert Halfon raises Old London Road in House of Commons

Robert Halfon March 17

Robert Halfon campaigns against the closure of (Old) London Road

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has stepped up the campaign against the closure of (Old) London Road by raising the issue in the House of Commons Chamber and tabling a Commons motion.

Robert said, “The closure of (Old) London Road will cause huge amounts of unnecessary inconvenience to local residents and seems a madcap idea.

“There is absolutely no need to close this road and I thank all the residents who have raised objections. Following my parliamentary motion and raising my objection with the Leader of the House of Commons, I have also written to Essex County Council, Harlow Council and the Transport Minister to see if this decision can be over turned.”

EDM 155 tabled by Robert Halfon – http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/155

“That this House expresses concern over the decision taken by Harlow District Council to close London Road to motorists, restrict traffic with a bus gate and split the community in two; notes the record number of 409 objections to the planning application and 2,000-plus residents who have joined a protest group; understands that this road has been used as a primary route for residents to access health, educational and leisure services for over 20 years; and calls on the Government to investigate the decision that the local authority has taken to close this vital connection and encourage Essex County Council to reject this Traffic Regulation Order from the planning decision.

Please find attached a video of Robert asking a question on (Old) London Road to the Leader of the House in today’s Business of the House Questions. The full text of this can be found below (https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-07-13/debates/38882FDC-32F9-41C7-A6EB-9CE93DA9389A/BusinessOfTheHouse):

Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Con)

Has my right hon. Friend seen my early-day motion 155, about the potential closure of London Road in Harlow?

That this House expresses concern over the decision taken by Harlow District Council to close London Road to motorists, restrict traffic with a bus gate and split the community in two; notes the record number of 409 objections to the planning application and 2,000-plus residents who have joined a protest group; understands that this road has been used as a primary route for residents to access health, educational and leisure services for over 20 years; and calls on the Government to investigate the decision that the local authority has taken to close this vital connection and encourage Essex County Council to reject this Traffic Regulation Order from the planning decision.]

The decision by Harlow Council will cause immense problems to Harlow residents and motorists. May we have a statement on unnecessary road closures, as Harlow Council seems to be ignoring the wishes of thousands of people who have voiced complaints and the record 409 objections to the planning application?

Andrea Leadsom

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Education. He will be as delighted as all Members should be that there are 1.8 million more children in good and outstanding schools than there were in 2010. That is something for his Committee to build on. He is exactly right to raise the frustrating issue for all our constituents of unnecessary road closures. I am sure that he will give it his full attention, as he does everything he turns his mind to.

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