Plans to significantly alter a busy junction have been referred to a senior councillor following concerns from those living and working nearby.

Harrow Council’s traffic and road safety advisory panel suggested officers rethink the scheme at the ‘Good Will to All’ junction at Headstone Drive and Harrow View.

It noted concerns from residents and businesses who said the proposals would jeopardise safety in the area and could harm the local economy.

The panel’s recommendations will be passed on to Cllr Varsha Parmar, responsible for the environment at Harrow Council, who will advise on the next course of action.

Any scheme will need to go through a statutory consultation with residents before it is approved.

The current suggestion is to install pedestrian crossings at the junction and implement three new ‘no right turn’ signals.

Officers explained this will improve safety at the site and address the expected increase in pressure from the new developments at the old Kodak site.

They added this was deemed the most appropriate option – agreed to by ward councillors – given the space constraints at the junction.

But those living nearby are concerned about the impact the new no right turn signals will have since they will force people to find alternative routes down residential side streets.

Inqilab Kassam said the increased traffic will jeopardise the safety of his young family and his neighbours.

“We are the people who live in this area,” he said.

“We want to work with the council, which needs to show it’s responsible and will work with its residents.”

And Yiannis Christofis, who runs fish and chip shop Barracuda, in Headstone Drive, said people could avoid visiting businesses in the area as a result of traffic chaos.

The panel unanimously agreed that installing safe crossings for pedestrians is a positive move, but the proposed traffic measures were described as “flawed”.

Cllr James Lee questioned the feasibility of reversing the works should they prove to be ineffective.

David Eaglesham, from the council’s traffic and highways network management, said this would be possible if there were “major issues” but he hoped this would not be necessary given the “expensive work” put in.

He added that £1 million worth of funding for the project will only be released by the Kodak site developer once a project has been confirmed.

The deadline for this is the end of 2019/20, which means the council will need to agree on the proposals within six months to secure the money.