Brixton Hill councillors are continuing to work with residents of Kildoran, Glenelg and Strathleven roads to address rat running and dangerous driving. Since the issue was first raised by councillors, there have been two serious crashes in these roads, one into a front garden, and residents are understandably concerned by the threat, noise and pollution.
Prior to the accidents, a petition had already been started by Cllr Martin Tiedemann and this was handed in to the Council by Cllr Adrian Garden earlier this year. This has ensured that the cabinet member responsible takes the issue seriously. Residents have continued to write in their concerns and attended our surgery to lobby over the issue this week.
The Council has now confirmed that it will be improving signage to remind drivers this is a 20mph area and to deter rat running. There will also be a proposal to deter through traffic cutting through from Kings Avenue to Brixton by banning right turns into Acre Lane from Strathleven Road.
Brixton Hill Labour councillors have also written to the Council to ask that the new road markings on Strathleven Road be reviewed. Cycle markings are, we believe, currently too close to parked cars, encouraging cyclists to cycle in an unsafe position and cars to overtake when not safe to do so.
We will continue to push the Council to move the issue along and will ask them to consider other solutions with the permission of residents if these do not have the desired effect, such as changing access to roads or chicanes.
Local residents have formed a Facebook Group to keep each other informed and engaged – get in contact for more details.
At last week’s full Council, Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to put down a written question concerning road safety in Brixton Hill. He addressed enforcement of 20mph, rat runs and speeding through the area and unsafe pedestrian crossings, especially the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue. The cabinet member gave a comprehensive response.
At the meeting, Martin was able to follow this up with an oral question, where he raised the New Park Road safety scheme. Cllr Tiedemann thanked the Council for completing the scheme and asked for monitoring to ensure it was doing its job and ensuring safety for residents and the pupils of Richard Atkins Primary School. Cllr Brathwaite was able to assure us that monitoring is indeed taking place and results would be shared soon. Continue reading
Kildoran Road and Winslade Road are the latest to be resurfaced in the Council’s plan to ensure 130 miles of the borough’s roads are upgraded by 2018. Of the roads put forward for consideration by councillors and residents’ groups, these two were assessed by surveyors as being of top priority.
Cllr Tiedemann has now written to the Council’s housing department, responsible for the pavements and roads outside Diana House between Bonham and Winslade roads, to ask them to prioritise resurfacing that area which is in poor condition. Given both Bonham and Winslade will now have new surfaces, it has become more urgent.
Councillors have also written to Transport for London to ask them to prioritise new pavements on Acre Lane, particularly given the number of puddles that form in bad weather. Acre Lane and Brixton Hill are the responsibility of TfL rather than Lambeth Council.