Saturday, 2 December 2017

Have our say on future planning priorities in Streatham

Lambeth Council is asking for people's views on priorities for future developments in housing, transport and the environment in Streatham - and Lambeth as a whole.

Consultation ends 11pm on Monday 4 December.

The Local Plan - which sets out guidelines for local council officers and decision makers over the next 15 years - is an important document, which will affect where developers can build, the density and height of new housing blocks, transport decisions, and how much importance will be given to issues such as traffic congestion and air pollution.

Before drawing up a review of the existing Local Plan, the council wants to understand the priorities of existing residents. It asking for a views on 12 topics through an online survey, here.

Where are the clean buses Streatham was promised?

Nicole Griffiths: 'Where are clean buses?'

A promised ‘clean bus corridor’ through Brixton and Streatham has been delayed, the Green Party has learned.

The plan for either hybrid buses or diesels with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems to run along the A23 was due to start in October, cutting nitrogen dioxide emissions by up to 84%. Officials now say they aim for it to be in place by the end of year.”

The Brixton and Streatham low emission zone was due to cover Stockwell Road, Brixton Hill and Streatham High Road, but at present, it is still served by the old bus fleet.

The delay follows news that Lambeth is the second worst borough in London for action to tackle air pollution, according to a report for the Mayor's office.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Have your say on key walking and cycling routes

Lambeth Council wants to create more safe routes for walking and cycling - to help people stay healthy, and cut down on air-polluting use of cars for local journeys.

So now is the time to have your say on which routes would be most convenient for you - and which you think could be made safer to encourage travelling on foot and by bike.

From a cyclists' point of view, four key

It's official - police stay in Streatham 'til 2024, but front counter to close

Campaigning: Jonathan Bartley, Sian Berry and  Cllr Scott Ainslie
The Greens have secured the commitment of the London Mayor that Streatham's police base will stay open - although Sadiq Khan intends to still close its front counter service to the public on December 14th.

In a written answer to a question from Green Party London Assembly Member Sian Berry, who is deputy chair of the Mayor's police and crime committee, the mayor states: "I can confirm that while the front counter at Streatham police station will be closed - in order to reduce running costs - the building will retain a police presence until 2024."

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

How would you spend £200k on Streatham Hill?

Streatham Hill is in line for a face-lift, with £200,000 due to be spent making improvements to local streets.

Money from Transport for London and a levy paid by property developers will be spent on 'greening' streets with trees and planters, traffic calming and upgrades of roads, pavements and cycle facilities.

The council wants to hear local ideas and views on exactly where and how the money could be spent. There will be two consultation events: Weds 22nd November and Weds 13th December 6-8pm at St Simon & St Jude’s Church Hall, 5 Hillside Road SW2 3HL.

You can also take part in an online survey here.

The consultation ends on 5th January.

Have your say on plans to change parking bays on Streatham High Road

Earlier this year TfL consultated on proposals to extend northbound bus lanes on Streatham High Road between Becmead Avenue and Drewstead Road. This scheme also included a proposal to inset a loading and disabled parking bay one metre into the footway between Becmead Avenue and Woodbourne Avenue.

Having received 450 responses to the consultation, with 71% in favour of the proposals, they nnow plan to go ahead - but with slightly different treatment of parking bays.

They are asking to hear views on their new proposals for the parking bays by 13th December 2017.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Council fails to tackle flytipping in Streatham

Nicole Griffiths: championing cleaner streets
Only four people have been fined for fly-tipping in Streatham, since the council gained powers to issue fines, Green party campaigner Nicole Griffiths has discovered.

Nicole found that Lambeth has the worst record among south London boroughs for fining fly-tippers, with only 35 offenders fined in 16 months - compared to 36 in Merton, 41 in Bromley, 58 in Lewisham, 268 in Croydon, and 117 in just 8 months in Wandsworth. Southwark did not provide figures.

Nicole said: "Flytipping is a blight on our community and these figures show that Lambeth Council is not yet taking it seriously in Streatham. Greens will do all we can to keep our streets clean."

The Green Party has set up a shortcode to make it easier to report flytipping to Lambeth Council: (This link is now correct - apologies, previous version didn't).

Lambeth's full response, ward by ward, can be seen here.