Your comments sought on Islington Council’s Liveable Neighbourhoods plan

Islington Council has recently closed the first phase of consultation on a new set of low traffic and environmental improvement measures in Barnsbury and Laycock Ward, to the immediate north of Upper Street. The Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme looks set to introduce restrictions on vehicular movements throughout the area between Caledonian Road, Upper Street and Holloway Road. 

The BID’s board, made up of representatives from businesses in the Angel area, met on July 19 to hear about the scheme and voice its strong concerns that businesses were not consulted in the first phase of the scheme’s design. The board sees this lack of consultation as a serious oversight given the potential for such a scheme to impact on business deliveries, servicing and customer access.

Although there is no formal scheme at this stage, the board encourages any business that has concerns about how their operation may be affected by vehicular restrictions in the area shown on the map, to email the the Council’s Director, Climate Change and Transport Martijn Cooijmans to set out their concerns. You should email Martin directly at, copying in the consultation email address at You may also wish to copy in the BID at  

The second phase of the consultation in September will provide more detail on which roads are to be restricted to traffic, as well as any environmental improvements that are proposed. The Council will lead workshop sessions specifically for businesses and make business visits at that time. The BID will ensure businesses are aware of the dates of these workshops.

A video of the original presentation to residents, outlining details for the scheme, can be found here. If you would like further information, email the BID at