What is Our Streets?

Our Streets is the latest phase of the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme, developed to totally change the process of undertaking consultation on street improvements. Rather than producing a scheme and then asking people their opinions, through Our Streets, traffic engineers and consultation officers approach citizens and ask them what they would like to see changed in their area.

Our Streets has been running since 2013 across different wards:

  • Phase 1 (from 2013): Oval, Vassal, Coldharbour/Herne Hill, Ferndale, Larkhall and Clapham Town
  • Phase 2 (from 2015): St Leonard's, Streatham South, Streatham Wells and Thornton.
  • Phase 3 (from 2017): Gipsy Hill, Knight's Hill, Streatham Hill and Thurlow Park.

The main focus of Our Streets is on speed limits and traffic calming; parking and loading arrangements; crossing points; car clubs; cycling facilities; public realm improvements; seating; bins; greenery; signage and removal of street clutter. However, we encourage residents to raise wider concerns.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Gipsy Hill

What happens next?

We want to get your opinion. Until 5 October 2018 we are running a consultation. Please fill in the survey below to let us know what you think.

If you want to find out some more information we will be holding a drop-in session where you can fill in a survey, take a look, meet the team and ask any questions. Please see time and location details below.

Date: Saturday 22 September

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Location:

Leadership Suite
Kingswood Primary School
188 Gipsy Road
SE27 9RD

2. Knight's Hill

Earlier this year, we ran a consultation for residents of Knight's Hill. We have analysed the survey results and established those areas that the community feels are most in need of improvement. The feedback we have received throughout the consultation helps us decide how best we can carry out these improvements.

Our project team, which includes highways engineers and public realm specialists, has examined each improvement area to establish some feasible solutions. All proposals are being considered as part of a programme that fits within a budget of £200,000 per ward.

3. Streatham Hill

What happens next?

We want to get your opinion. Until 4 November 2018 we are running a consultation. Please fill in the survey below to let us know what you think.

If you want to find out some more information we will be holding a drop-in session where you can fill in a survey, take a look, meet the team and ask any questions. Please see time and location details below.

Date: Tuesday 9 October

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Location:

Streatham Space Project
Sternhold Avenue
SW2 4PA

What's happened so far?

From November 2017 to January 2018 we ran a consultation to gather your ideas. This involved an on-line survey and two drop-in events. We have analysed the survey results and established those areas that the community feels are most in need of improvement. The feedback we have received throughout the consultation helps us decide how best we can carry out these improvements.

Our project team, which includes highways engineers and public realm specialists, has examined each improvement area to establish some feasible solutions. All proposals are being considered as part of a programme that fits within a budget of £200,000 per ward.

4. Thurlow Park

Earlier this year, we ran a consultation for residents of Thurlow Park. We have analysed the survey results and established those areas that the community feels are most in need of improvement. The feedback we have received throughout the consultation helps us decide how best we can carry out these improvements.

Our project team, which includes highways engineers and public realm specialists, has examined each improvement area to establish some feasible solutions. All proposals are being considered as part of a programme that fits within a budget of £200,000 per ward.

5. St Leonard's

What's happened so far?

This project is part of Streatham Our Streets; the development of a package of improvements to the St. Leonard's ward neighbourhood based on a public consultation carried out during 2015/16. We have been working with the Streatham Business Improvement District (BID) and Transport for London (TfL) to develop a series of concept designs for important locations across St Leonard's ward. Over 300 residents from the ward took part. A street by street analysis of responses has been collated and forms the basis of the improvement programme. Some common themes have emerged with many respondents asking for measures to tackle speeding traffic, better street lighting and more tree planting.

Woodfield Avenue/Bedford Hill

The junction of Woodfield Avenue, Garrad’s Road, Mount Ephraim Lane, Abbotswood Road and Bedford Hill at the eastern edge of Tooting Bec Common is where five roads meet. The southern end of Mount Ephraim Lane is closed to motor traffic with a fire gate. Abbotswood Road leads to the Streatham & Clapham High School. Woodfield Avenue and Garrad’s Road are two of the main links to Bedford Hill to and from Balham.

Consultation carried out in October 2017 showed clear support for adding additional greening to the area and reducing the speed of vehicle traffic to protect vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists. The proposals will:

  • Create a wider pavement and new planting area on the north side of Woodfield Avenue;
  • Narrow the width of the road and raising the road level to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic speeds;
  • Build a wider pavement, new trees and improve the access on the southern side of Woodfield Avenue.

The decision to proceed was made in February 2018. You can read the report and associated drawings here.

Greyhound Lane Public Realm Improvements

This project is now complete. We changed the junction layout to create a vehicle-free space that is safer, attractive and more accessible for people. The slip road was removed and replaced with a paved and landscaped area.

6. Streatham Wells

What's happened so far?

In Streatham Wells we have completed the following schemes as part of the Our Streets programme:

  • New waiting and loading restrictions (yellow lines) to prevent dangerous parking and improve traffic flow.
  • New road humps on Valley Road, Gleneldon Road, Leigham Vale and Gracefield Gardens.
  • Harborough Road was made no-entry from Sunnyhill Road.
  • Valley Road/South Oak Road pedestrian crossing improvements.
  • Leigham Vale/Hitherfield Primary School entry safety improvements.
  • Construction of a footway build-out on the southern side of Madeira Road to create an informal crossing point and increase awareness of the Russell’s Footpath walking route.
  • Declutter the pavements and improve the public space on Leigham Avenue.

What happens next?

Demolition of the wall at the top of the stairwell, where Russell’s Footpath joins the High Street. Replacing the wall with a railing to allow more visibility and natural surveillance of the footpath. Details here.

7. Thornton

In Thornton we have completed the following schemes as part of the Our Streets programme:

  • Thornton Road crossing improvements - introduced a new crossing between the junctions with Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road.
  • Thornton Road - replaced speed cushions with five full width road humps.
  • Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road junction Improvements - built out the footway on Radbourne Road and Hydethorpe Road to increase space for pedestrians and reduce the crossing width.
  • Hydethorpe Road - replaced speed cushions with five full width road humps.
  • Emmanuel Road crossing improvements - a new pedestrian crossing facility on Emmanuel Road, directly to the east of the junction with Glenfield Road, to provide a safer route to an existing Common footpath.
  • Emmanuel Road - replaced speed cushions with seven full width road humps.

8. Contact us

More details on list of final projects and locations will be published here as we take them forward.

For further information on the Our Streets Programme please email Ourstreets@lambeth.gov.uk.