On Monday 29th January, Ealing Council launched the online public consultation on their suggestion of a ‘safe zone’ and ‘designated area’ for prayer on Mattock Lane. If you have been affected in any way by the two decade-long vigil held outside Marie Stopes, please do fill this in and pass on to any other interested parties. Please note that you will need 20-30 minutes maximum to fill out the survey.
You can find the consultation here:
Whilst we welcome Ealing’s progressive decision, we have concerns about the suggested ‘designated area’ and wording within the consultation. We believe that the offering of ‘alternative services’ needs to be listed as forbidden activities, and feel to have a designated space to pray and intimidate people within a ‘safe zone’ is confusing to say the least.
The above map shows the suggested zones on Mattock Lane. The designated area on the corner of Culmington Road would mean anti-choice protestors could see who is entering and leaving the clinic and accost them further down the road, away from the safe proximity of the clinic. It would also cause great congestion on the pavement, especially for those with wheelchairs and buggies trying to access the health centre. It would also mean that residents in that area would still be subject to great disruption, almost defeating the point of a safe zone. We believe Mattock Lane in it’s entirety should be covered in the safe zone to restore peace, dignity and respect to the area.