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Closure of road through Highbury Fields extended - and could become permanent

PUBLISHED: 11:17 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:23 03 December 2019

Highbury Fields.Picture:Ken Mears

Highbury Fields.Picture:Ken Mears

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Islington Council has announced plans to keep the road running through Highbury Fields closed, pending a consultation after the election.

Council leader Richard Watts announced an experimental traffic order on Friday to keep the road cutting through the park closed.

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During the Highbury Corner redevelopment work Transport for London use the road as a compound, but it doesn't need it anymore.

Cllr Watts tweeted: "This will allow us to test it out and have a proper consultation on whether to make the closure permanent. I appreciate there are views on both sides and we'll listen to them all. But in a borough with very limited green space this is a good opportunity to try something different, which I personally hope is a success."

Cllr Caroline Russell (Green, Highbury East) told the Gazette: "It makes no sense for the park to be cut in half by a road. I hope, as the consultation unfolds, that residents will come together and call for a low traffic neighbourhood. But that needs to be thought about in the wider area context and not just this road."

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