Whilst the aim of making Tavistock Place less crowded is an admirable one, this cannot happen in a vacuum: the impact on other roads in the area and the interests of local businesses, residents and road users are just as important.
Of particular concern is the impact the trial has had on the ability of local businesses to remain viable. Several local business owners have complained that the measures have made it a lot harder to receive essential deliveries. The many local hotels are also negatively affected as the loss of traffic has meant they have experienced a loss of business, since they rely on passing trade.
The business community of Bloomsbury keeps the local area thriving, providing jobs, goods and services, and contributes to the unique character of the area. However, by pushing through with the measures without adequate consultation, the Council has failed to act in the best interests of local commerce.