Friday, 20 June 2014

Crossrail 2 public meeting


Crossrail 2 Public Meeting
Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm
The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, SW16 2ED


'They've been talking about bringing the tube to Streatham for as long as I've been alive!'

You have probably heard something like this every time the topic of the 'tube' comes up.

But what really are the facts and how likely is it that Streatham could get an underground train as part of the Crossrail 2? The latest consultation on Crossrail 2 began on 9th June. People have 6 weeks to respond.

Greens have organised a cross-party meeting, inviting representatives from TfL; Network Rail; & Lambeth Council to set the record straight and discuss the potential of bringing the 'tube' and other improved transport links (including Crossrail 2) to Streatham.

The event is open to all and will be chaired by the well respected community spokesperson, John Stewart (Campaign for Better Transport.)

If you would like to attend email: streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com to reserve your place.

Please tell your friends and neighbours and help spread the word around Streatham!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New signs to tackle flytipping

We are working with council officers and residents to develop a strategy to tackle the ongoing problem of flytipping in Streatham.

As part of that strategy which we believe must include a range of different measures to tackle the different aspects of the problem, the council have produced these signs, designed to go in flytipping hotspots.

If you have a particular area prone to flytipping and dumping where you think a sign should go, please let us know.

You can contact us: streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com

For some of the other ways we are working to tackle local flytipping and dumping see:

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/progress-at-grot-spot-on-mitcham-lane.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sorting-out-rubbish-around-streatham.html

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A small epidemic of raised kerb stones

There appears to have been a small outbreak of raised kerb stones locally, so we've been reporting them (both to Lambeth council and Transport for London depending on where they are located) to get them fixed.

These do cause a major problem, particularly for some older residents, those who are partially sighted and younger children.

Getting them fixed is part of our drive to make local pavements safe and enjoyable for everyone (for more on why this is really important see Living Streets)

In particular we have reported a number around the junction of Ambleside Avenue, Garrad's Road, Tooting Bec Gardens, by Tooting Common, so they can be sorted out.

If you see any locally, let us know and we will get them sorted out.

Monday, 16 June 2014

St Leonard's Ward councillor surgeries

Your Green Party team will be holding councillor surgeries twice a month in St Leonard's Ward, so residents can meet their local Green councillor, and raise any issues with which they need help.

The surgeries will take place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, between 10.00am and 11.00am at 2-8 Gracefield Gardens, Streatham, London SW16 2ST.

However we also realise that these times or location may not be convenient for everyone, so we are also very happy to come to you!

Our "mobile surgeries" can come to a location that suits you and at a more convenient time too.  Let us know when and where!

Please get in touch with us if you would like to make an appointment for either our Satrurday surgery or our "mobile" surgery: streathamgreenparty (at ) gmail.com

Friday, 6 June 2014

New Streatham Green market operator

A new market operator has now been recruited to manage the market at Streatham Green, which will operate around the new Plaza area.

The new operator will be City and Country Farmers Markets Ltd (CCFM) who already do the markets at Herne Hill and Oval, as well as eight other locations around the London area.

It aims to support small producers and get people shopping more locally.

A promotional campaign is expected during the month of July.

The market is scheduled to start trading during the first Saturday in September.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Streatham Food Festival - can you help?

The fantastic Streatham Food Festival kicks off and they need a few helping hands! If you can help anytime between Thursday 5th June and Sunday 8th June, do get in touch. More details about helping are here.

There is loads going on including:

- Sutton Community Farm's VegBox Dinner

- Food growing activities in two local primary schools (Hitherfield and St Andrew's)

- A Victorian Cooking Lesson at Streatham Common Community Garden

- Lambeth GP Food Coop food growing sessions

- A Growing Lambeth activity stall at the Sunday Food Fair

You can read the whole programme here: http://www.streathamfoodfestival.com/whats-on/

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Fatality at St Leonard's junction

Around 6.30am this morning there was a fatal road traffic collision at the St Leonard's Junction (Mitcham Lane, Streatham High Road, Gleneldon Road) involving a pedestrian and a motorbike.

This is absolutely tragic. Details have still to fully emerge, but this is a junction which local people have consistently raised as dangerous, and which we have been pushing Transport for London (Tfl) to address. TfL agreed to review the junction in November 2012. After over a year of delays, they finally finished the review in Feb 2014. But they came back with no proposals to make it safer whatsoever, apparently because of budget cuts, which meant money was diverted elsewhere.

Since then we have been working with the police to make the case for action. Police agreed to carry out a risk assessment of the junction, in particular the crossing at the south of the junction where it is clearly unsafe to cross. There is no break in the traffic sequence to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. Local residents have raised this repeatedly. This was where the latest fatality appears to have occurred.

Yesterday, I met with police to discuss the findings of their risk assessment. They described the junction as "an absolute nightmare". They were also going to do some more work around the junction yesterday afternoon, with some new officers, to raise awareness among drivers.

Sadly, it appears this has come too late for those involved in the Road Traffic Collision this morning.

This is not the first fatality at this junction. It also follows many other collisions there.

Once the details of this latest fatality are released, we will be asking for an urgent meeting with TfL, and present them with the risk assessment that the police have prepared. This junction has to be made safer, and Transport for London must take urgent action.

[Update 13.28 I have spoken to police again at the scene. There are no obvious indications the motorbike was speeding. The pedestrian killed was around 33 years old, on his way to work, and believed to be from Gleneldon Road. It does look at this stage a lot like the dangerous crossing is the main factor in this.]

See also for the history at this junction:

http://www.streathamguardian.co.uk/news/10024077.Crash_causes_injury_and_traffic_chaos/

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/safety-review-at-junction-of-mitcham.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/another-collision-at-tooting-bec.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/yet-another-collision-at-st-leonards.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bus-beached-at-junction-of-streatham.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/what-could-be-done-about-junction-of.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/response-from-tfl-about-st-leonards.html