Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Stabbing at Carphone Warehouse, Streatham High Road

At 16:20 yesterday (August 17), police were called to a report of a stabbed male outside the Carphone Warehouse store in Streatham High Road, SW16. 

On arrival, it became apparent there had been a fracas between two groups of males. Two males from the same group had suffered injuries. The first, a 20-year-old, was stabbed in his arm and buttock. The second male, also aged 20, was apparently struck over the head by a heavy object, believed to be a belt.

Officers established the stabbed male had been chased by a group and attacked with a knife. The knife was then dropped by the attacker, picked up by a friend of the stabbed male and used to threaten the attacking group, before being discarded in Woodbourne Avenue. The friend, a 22-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of affray.

The attacking group had left the scene by the time police arrived. Officers searched Woodburne Avenue and discovered a firearm wrapped in a towel which, following CCTV enquiries, was attributed to the group containing the stabbed male.

As a result of the fracas, Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) search powers were invoked by Commander Richard Martin for the following wards: Streatham South, Streatham Wells, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Coldharbour and Vassall. The powers expired at 02:00 today (August 18).

Both the stabbed male and the male who had suffered head injuries were taken to King's College Hospital for further treatment. Neither were deemed to have suffered life-changing or life-threatening injuries.

While at the hospital, the male with head injuries attempted to hide a knife in a bag belonging to his visiting mother. Both the male and his mother were arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in a public place.

There was another stabbing a few doors away, a couple of years ago.   It will be interesting to hear if police think that more 'safe havens' such as those organised under the City Safe scheme in this part of the High Road, would help to address incidents like this.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

At last the promise of 20mph borough speed limit

Streatham Green Party has welcomed Lambeth Council’s decision to put in place a borough-wide 20mph speed limit to reduce the high level of deaths and injuries on the roads.

“Nine years after Green councillors first proposed a 20mph limit it is great news that the council will finally take this long overdue step,” said Jonathan Bartley, one of the Green Party's spokespersons for Streatham.

“We know slower traffic speeds lead to fewer serious injuries and deaths – whilst improving traffic flow. Safer roads, with slower speeds, also encourage more people to travel on foot and by bike.

Jonathan continued: “There are many more measures Lambeth and Transport for London need to take to return our streets to our local communities. Red Routes will not yet be included in the borough-wide limit and speed limit enforcement is key, along with redesigning road layouts in some of the danger spots such as along the A23 in Streatham.”

Average speeds measured by TfL over a week on the A23 north of Streatham Hill station found around half of all vehicles were speeding.

Latest figures show that more people are dying in Lambeth from road traffic collisions than anywhere else in Inner London, making it London’s deadliest borough.  Lambeth also has the third highest figures for serious injuries.

On July 20th Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite is expected to confirm a proposal to spend £700,000 from its annual Borough Local Implementation allocation from Transport for London to implement the scheme with street signs and road markings from April 2016. Traffic calming measures are only proposed if speed limits appear not to be observed and further funding becomes available.
In 2006 then Green Councillor for Herne Hill ward, Rebecca Thackray first raised the issue of traffic calming in 2006 and the party has continued to put pressure on Lambeth.

At the end of 2010 Lambeth Council said it aspired to have a 20mph borough-wide limit. It then appeared to change its mind in 2012 but after campaigning by the Green Party recommitted to it in 2013. The Labour Party amended a council motion in July 2014 tabled by the Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie, removing all references to a timetable for implementing a 20mph limit.

Green Party members are part of a new community campaign group dedicated to improving safety on Streatham High Road and Streatham Hill. The Safer A23 in Streatham campaign is calling for the 20mph speed limit to include the Red Route, plus urgent works to upgrade the road north of Streatham Hill station and reclassification of the road as a high street prioritising the needs of local people and businesses.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Five year wait for next stage of Streatham central reservation replacement

Discussing the second stage of central reservation improvement
It could be a five year wait until the third section of the central reservation is replaced on Streatham High Road, north of Streatham Hill.

The second stage of work, dealing with the section south of Streathan Hill down to the Kwik Fit garage, began in April 2013.  The final trees didn't go in until a few months ago.

A Green Party Freedom of information request to TfL has revealed that the work on the third stage is 'likely' to begin in Summer 2019.  

Based on the time the other two sections took to complete, it is unlikely it would be finished before 2020.  That is also assuming there are no delays.

The FOI response in full:

TfL Ref: FOI-0218-1516

Improvements are planned for many roads in Lambeth, some include kerb realignment. The major project in the 2015-2020 period is a regeneration scheme to improve the urban realm in Streatham Hill between Streatham Hill Station and Telford Avenue. The intention is to continue the improvements recently introduced to Streatham High Road south of the station. The cost of the scheme will be in the region of £3m. This work is likely to begin in the summer 2019 and details will be published on Transport for London website in Autumn 2018.

Monday, 15 June 2015

TfL's plans to improve Mitcham Lane/Ambleside Junction - What do you think?

Some good news!  Transport for London have finally come forward with specific plans for improving the safety at the Mitcham Lane/ Ambleside Avenue junction.

This is something we have been campaigning for, for several years, following a number of fatalities there, mainly involving cyclists, but also pedestrians.

We launched a petition in 2012, with a demo at the junction involving children from nearby St Leonard's Primary School.   We then had correspondence with TfL and a meeting, organised by Green Party London Assembly members. We were however told that there would need to be another fatality there, before action was taken.

We videoed buses jumping the lights and narrowly missing pedestrians on the crossing.  We also continued to record the frequent collisions.  Eventually TfL agreed to review the junction in 2013. They then came forward with some suggested improvements.  But sadly, there was another fatality in November 2014.

We collected more signatures, and delivered another paper version of the petition to TfL in January to reinforce the urgency, and the need for much more than they were offering.

A few days ago, TfL finally sent around a letter to local residents setting out their plans.  The letter is reproduced in full below.  But in summary this is what they are proposing:

  • New trixi mirrors on the signal poles to increase visibility of cyclists
  • New pedestrian countdown crossings
  • Realigned and widened pedestrian crossings
  • New tactile paving
  • Modernised traffic signals to reduce pedestrian waiting times
  • Modernised streetlighting
  • New advanced stop lanes for cyclists
  • Narrowed traffic lanes to slow down vehicles approaching the junction
  • New textured and patterned imprinted high friction road surface on the junction itself to reduce vehicle speeds, improve stopping distances, and increase driver awareness of the crossing
  • New combined red light and speed camera (but this is not in the right place)
  • 1.5m cycle lanes on Mitcham Lane

A lot of this looks good.  But we have a number of reservations.  We are not convinced that the proposals will solve one of the major problems with the junction, and that is buses heading south on Mitcham Lane, and turning right into Ambleside Avenue who jump the lights,over the pedestrian crossing which is used by schoolchildren.

You can let TfL know what you think by emailing consultations (at) tfl.gov.uk   Do copy us in to your emails streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com   You can also post comments on this blog below.

[Update 22/6/15 - TfL have read this blog and kindly sent through better quality Pdfs of their letter an design which we have put below]

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Estreham Road Closure

The Council have told us that there will be some overnight road closures on Estreham Road over a three month period, beginning on 6th June.

It is to enable the operation of a crane, in conjunction with works taking place. 

Estreham Road will be closed to the north of Lewin Road, for a 36 metre stretch. Alternative routes will be open via (1) Natal Road, Streatham High Road and Greyhound Lane; and (2) Lewin Road, Streatham High Road and Natal Road and vice versa.

In practice it is anticipated that the road will only be closed overnight on a handful of dates from 10.00pm till 9.00am the next morning on 6th June and 3rd, 4th and 5th August 2015. 

If the works cannot be carried out or completed during these times however then the road will also need to be closed on subsequent dates.

If you have any questions about the closures, do get in touch, and we will do our best to get the answers!  streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Attention Lambeth Living residents - Your say on repairs and maintenance

Lambeth Living is procuring the South Area Repairs and Maintenance Services and would like residents to help with the process.

You are invited to a Residents’ Workshop on Wednesday 27 May 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Community Hall, Drew House, Sackville Estate, Leigham Avenue SW16 2TH 

Lambeth Living would like your direct input and experience of the repairs services to help inform their new procurement process (that they are currently working on).  This is your opportunity to say what has/ has not worked well and what you think can help improve delivery of the repairs services in your area.  

Programme of Workshop:
•          6:30 – 7:00pm  -  light refreshments
•          7:00 – 8:30pm  -  Workshop group discussion


Places are limited and you should confirm your attendance by telephoning Adelle Pobee, Project Co-ordinator, on 020 7926 6951 or email apobee (at) lambethliving.org.uk

Thursday, 9 April 2015

List of Streatham constituency general election hustings meetings

A few people have asked for a list of the hustings that are happening in Streatham, so I thought I'd do a post with them all on, and try and keep this page updated as new ones are arranged...

3rd Feb - Organised by Keep our NHS Public, Streatham Library

12th March - Organised by United Nations Association, Dunraven School,

25th March - (7.00pm) - Organised by Streatham Action, Heart Streatham, Save the Children. 38 degrees, at The Hideaway, Streatham High Road

7th April - (7.00pm) Age UK Lambeth (Streatham Library)

9th April (2.00pm) Wavel Court, 10-12 Leigham Avenue, Streatham, SW16 2PU

9th April (4.00pm) Lambeth Disability Forum Election Question Time 3rd Floor, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA

14th April - Organised by Love Streatham, Streatham Baptist Church, 7.00pm, 20-22 Lewin Road, SW16 6JR

16th April - (1.30pm) Organised by Lambeth College, at the Clapham Campus

23rd April - (7.30pm) Interfaith Hustings, at the South London Liberal Synagogue, Prentis Road

1st May - Organised by Hyderi Islamic Centre, Estreham Road, SW16

5th May - BBC Daily Politics BBC 2 Live TV Debate (not Streatham, but I'll be going up against Iain Duncan Smith (Con), Rachel Reeves (Lab) and Steve Webb (Lib Dem) in an hour long live TV debate on Welfare)

5th May - 8.00pm Hustings, White Lion, Streatham High Road, SW16