The headline result’s fairly balanced – but there are some interesting nuances in the full report, where the responses are broken down according to the road the respondents live on. Those who live on roads that feed from the Common to Lavender Hill are far more likely to have responded, and far more strongly in support (led by a barnstorming 92% support from the residents of Stormont Road itself) – compared with the transverse roads, and the assorted mews and cul-de-sacs, where people mostly didn’t respond or were against the idea.
No great surprise there – the roads that don’t connect to the Common don’t see much rat-running traffic, and for the residents more turning restrictions are probably just a minor nuisance, albeit not one they care about much.
There’s what looks like quite a good mandate to proceed in the detailed figures, but as you note the headline figure doesn’t help a lot. I suppose to get any meaningful outcome you have to weight the responses according to who is likely to be most affected by the changes; and factor in the non-responses as ‘don’t cares’ (if you include lots of marginally affected roads, they’re likely to change the overall result – as residents would vote against it ‘just in case’ they ever happen to turn that way). Someone’s put some time into the Council paper, as the breakdown of results is very thorough – quite impressed by the level of thought that has gone into it.