DIY Schools: Richard Atkins – the Sustrans-led community project aiming to make New Park Road safer for children, parents and other road users – have issued a preview of new proposed designs inspired by sessions with residents and parents in December and January.
Comments will be invited over the next few weeks – the team will publish a link to record comments as well as delivering letters across the whole area to residents to invite feedback.
Thanks to money allocated to road improvement from the sale of Council buildings, several roads and pavements have been resurfaced in the area in recent years, including Beverstone Road, Kingswood Road and Lambert Road in just the last few months. This is despite huge cuts in the Council’s funding by the Government.
The Council is now running a quick consultation to nominate the next set of roads to be treated in 2016/7. Councillors will be able to suggest three roads in their ward by 11th February- but we want to hear residents’ ideas for their top priorities.
Please let us know by email or Twitter if you know a road in Brixton Hill that needs its carriageway or pavements resurfaced.
Local London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has urged Transport for London to take action over the dangerous junction at Brixton Hill with Acre Lane.
Val has received figures showing that from 2012-2014 there were 15 pedestrian casualties at the junction, more than other hotspots in the area. Val has tabled a series of questions to the Mayor of London asking what plans TfL have to improve the area and make it safe.
Val told the South London Press: “The area around this junction has been transformed during my time as Assembly member for the area and the new space at Windrush Square shows what can be done to create a brilliant public realm. So many people live, work and visit Brixton and travel through this key junction so to see these accident figures is alarming. As well as being a very attractive street scene we also want this key area to be as safe as possible. Continue reading →
***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!
Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.
The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.
Brixton Hill councillors have successfully lobbied Transport for London (TfL) to paint ‘Keep Clear’ road markings on Brixton Hill so that residents of Renton Close are better able to exit during rush hour traffic.
On a recent walkabout with TfL officers, a Renton Close resident told councillors how difficult it can be to drive out of the close when traffic is bumper to bumper down Brixton Hill. We raised this problem with TfL, who control the A23, and worked with our London Assembly Member, Val Shawcross, to push them to find a solution to the issue.
We are pleased that TfL agreed and ‘Keep Clear’ markings were painted on Brixton Hill this past week. While the measure alone won’t address the heavy traffic, we hope it will help the situation for residents of `Renton Close.
Following a number of accidents on New Park Road, parents of pupils at Richard Atkins Primary School wrote to councillors to ask for support for road safety measures.
An exciting project is now coming to New Park Road. DIY Schools will investigate speed, congestion, air quality and pedestrian safety outside the school. Together with traffic calming experts, local residents are being invited to “co-design” temporary interventions to create a safer, cleaner, greener New Park Road around the school entrances.
The project is for seven months and input from the community is needed throughout. People living in and moving through an area are experts in how it works and can tell us what the problems are and design the solutions. Continue reading →
Transport for London have announced major works from July until September on Brixton Hill as part of its ‘Road Modernisation Plan’. TfL are replacing the traffic lights at the junction of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road and with New Park Road. Both will involve works on the footway and some lane closures.
The works at Brixton Water Lane are planned to start on Monday 6 July and continue for approximately seven weeks depending on weather conditions. At New Park Road they are planned to start on Monday 20 July and continue for approximately six weeks depending on the weather conditions. Continue reading →
A notice has appeared today in the Lambeth Weekender outlining that the Council intend to allow a month-long temporary closure to cars of New Park Park Road at the junction with Brixton Hill, starting 9th December.
The closure is to allow for essential gas works and will not be at all times of day, regulated by signs. Continue reading →
Yesterday ITV London news paid a surprise visit to Sulina Road and interviewed local residents including residents’ association lead Charmian Kenner about their work to clean and brighten up their road.
The Council is looking for people who care about their area and are keen to take action to improve their neighbourhoods. By becoming a Street Champion, residents will have a direct impact on the way their street looks by working with their neighbours and the council to find solutions to litter, dog mess and fly-tipping on their streets.
We hope Street Champions will get involved in a range of activities which might include:
Developing new types of signage to deter dog fouling and fly-tipping
Sticking notes on bins that are left on the pavement all week
Talking to neighbours about keeping a look-out for persistent fly-tippers or dog foulers
Encouraging neighbours to recycle more
Street Champions will come up with their own solution to resolve problems in their area.
The Street Cleansing/Environmental team will be following up the letter the Council is sending out with a visit to residents to persuade them to engage with the scheme.
Any resident wanting to know more about the scheme or wishing to sign up as a Street Champion should please email firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 020 7936 3069.