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

NOTE THE EVENT IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF LAMBETH LIVING ONLY (THIS ALSO INCLUDES LEASEHOLDERS AND FREEHOLDERS). 

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


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Another day, another serious collision on Streatham High Road

I have spoken with police at the scene of this afternoon's collision.  It happened between a large vehicle and a pedestrian about 100 yards south of the St Leonard's Junction on Streatham High Road, about half way down to The Dip'.

The police I spoke to say they believe that the driver did not see the man, but the collision happened at fairly slow speed. Nevertheless the man was run over by the vehicle.

Police said they believe the injuries won't be fatal thankfully in this case, but that has still to be officially confirmed.

There was a fatality at that same spot several years ago.  There was also a fatality further up at the St Leonard's junction almost a year ago.

The campaign continues to make Streatham High Road safe.

For more see:

December 2014 fatality near Streatham Hill
May 2014 Fatality at St Leonard's Junction
May 2014 Fatality st Streatham Hill
Feb 2014: Speeding on Streatham High Road
Feb 2014 Response from TfL about St Leonard's Junction
Dec 2013 Increased crossing times for Streatham High Road
April 2013 Another collision at St Leonard's junction
April 2013 Bus 'beached' at St Leonard's Junction
March 2013 - No dedicated cycle lanes or 20mph for High Road
Feb 2013 - We need more from Mayor on dangerous junctions
Feb 2013 - What could be done about the St Leonard's junction?
Jan 2013 - Safety review brought forward for St Leonard's junction
Dec 2012 - Another collision at St Leonard's junction
Nov 2012 - New signal strategy for St Leonard's junction
Nov 2012 - Review of St Leonard's junction announced
June 2012 - Crunching the collisions on Streatham High Road
June 2012 - What Streatham High Road could be like
May 2012 - Three collisions in Streatham
May 2012 - What could be done about Streatham High Road

Friday, 27 March 2015

Where do Streatham MP candidates stand on privatisation of the NHS?

The Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) campaign, will be outside the Streatham Odeon this Saturday (28th March) between 11am  and 1pm  - to hold candidates to account for their pledges for the NHS in the General Election.

At the hustings last week, they distributed these "score cards" (see left) marking candidates in Streatham over NHS privatisation.

Their three "asks" are:

- Repeal of the Health and Social Care Act
- The NHS (Reinstatement) Bill
- Keeping Health out of TTIP

I have been very happy to support all three, as the Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Streatham. Green MP Caroline Lucas tabled the NHS Reinstatement Bill in Parliament, and I am completely opposed to TTIP.  All these are crucial in order not just to stop the ongoing marketisation and privatisation of the NHS under successive (Labour and Conservative) Governments, but also to reverse it.

I also believe that it is wrong as a MP to take money from companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who are involved in the privatisation of the NHS.

The current MP, Labour's Chuka Umunna, supports only the first one.  He is in favour of TTIP and opposed to a NHS Reinstatement Bill as the campaigners point out on their scorecard.  He also takes donations from PwC.

Lambeth KONP have promised a very colourful banner and leaflets displaying their views, and postcards people can send to candidates standing in Streatham about their voting intentions.