September 29 2016
Protesters against planned infrastructure launch £150,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund legal challenge
Campaigners against the planned Cycle Superhighway 11 will next month hold a protest in Hampstead against the proposals and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a judicial review of the scheme.
Last month, Transport for London (TfL) gave the go-ahead to CS11, which will run from Swiss Cottage to Oxford Circus, after a consultation earlier this year found two in three respondents in favour of the plans.
> CS11 gets green light
However, opponents of the scheme perhaps encouraged by TfL saying that it would take into account concerns raised during the consultation, continue to protest against it and will hold a demonstration outside Hampstead Theatre at 11am on Saturday 8 October.
Objections raised include that CS11 will lead to more congestion, including in places such as Hampstead that are not on the route itself, increase pollution, and mean that children will take “hours to get to school.”
Last night, protesters against the Cycle Superhighway held a meeting at the former St Stephen’s Church in Hampstead, with the campaign’s organiser, Jessica Learmond-Criqui, launching a crowdfunding drive to raise £150,000 for a judicial review.
However, supporters of the scheme were also present, reports the Ham&High
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, with one woman saying: “I think a lot of people’s concerns are about their ability to drive around rather than because of increased pollution caused by CS11.”
Meanwhile, cycling campaigner David Arditti noted on Twitter that it is “notable that the CS11 objectors are in general not people very local to the scheme. They’re the people who want to drive though.”