People living and working close to a busy road junction have urged their council to “work with them” before making a decision on major improvement works.

Harrow Council’s traffic and road safety advisory panel heard representations from residents and businesses near the Good Will to All junction at Harrow View and Headstone Drive at a meeting on Wednesday (October 23).

The council plans to install pedestrian crossings at the junction and implement three new ‘no right turn’ signals.

It is part of a plan to address the expected increase in traffic from the new developments at the old Kodak site in Headstone Drive.

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

Yiannis Christofis, of Barracuda fish and chip shop, Headstone Drive, and Inqilab Kassam, who lives near the junction, called for a clearer dialogue on the issue.

They argued that the initial consultation had not been far-reaching enough and asked the council to review its proposals after conversations with those who will be regularly affected by the changes.

Mr Christofis said the current proposals “do not suit the area nor justify its needs”.

He pointed out that he is yet to find a customer he has spoken to about the proposals who agrees with them in their current form.

“We’ve asked officers to come down, but we haven’t had that,” he said.

“It’s a shame because we’ve invested so much time into our businesses, we feel a bit ignored.

“With a shared impact, the council will be able to achieve so much more. We implore the council to have meaningful meetings with us so we can arrive at an amicable solution.”

He was supported by Mr Kassam, who 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.”

David Eaglesham, of the council’s traffic and highways network management, said the council would want to work with residents about improving traffic in the area.

However, this would only take place after a project has been agreed and £1 million worth of improvements funding from the Kodak site developer had been released.

The panel recommended the council reviews its proposals and passed this on to Cllr Varsha Parmar, who is responsible for the environment at Harrow Council.

She will advise on the next course of action and any scheme will need to go through a statutory consultation with residents before it is approved.