What is Our Streets?

Our Streets the latest phase of the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme and has been developed by Lambeth in order 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. 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 area is situated at the northern end of Greyhound Lane (B272) at the junction with Streatham High Road (A23).

Consultation carried out in December 2016 demonstrated a clear preference for creating a vehicle-free space that is safer, attractive and more accessible for people. A design has now been fully developed that will see the slip road removed and replaced with a paved and landscaped area. This is planned to be implemented in spring 2018.

More information on the decision can be found here.

Greyhound Lane sketch

2. Streatham South

Safer journeys to schools

Thank you to all the residents and businesses who took part in the earlier Our Streets consultation for your valued feedback. Pedestrian safety was a key theme in the responses we received and we’ve come up with some schemes to improve safety for pedestrians, in particular school aged children, who walk to school.

Journey to Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School

Buckleigh Road Improvements to the Buckleigh Road - Northanger Road junction to assist pedestrian movement when crossing.

Kempshott Road Improvements to the Kempshott Rd - Buckleigh Rd junction to assist pedestrian movement when crossing Kempshott Road.

Journey to Woodmansterne Primary School

Woodmansterne Road

This scheme aims to improve pedestrian movement when crossing Woodmansterne Road at the Hawkhurst Road junction.

Current update : 24/07/2017

Thank you for taking part in the on-line survey. The scheme will now go through the detail design process we will also be working with contractors to get find the best costing’s. Councillors input will be requested to prioritise schemes (dependent on funding).

Glencairn and Hepworth Road One-way trial

Thanks to the feedback we’ve had from residents and businesses in your area during the Our Streets communications. One of the key issues raised by the community was the concern about rat running in the Streatham South area. Residents had requested that we investigate the possibility of converting a number of existing roads to one-way operation as a means to combat this issue.

Scheme

This scheme aims to implement one-way operations on Glencairn and Hepworth Road to reduce the rat running occurring in the area.

We have developed four possible options for the implementation of one-way operations in Glencairn and Hepworth Road and we would like your feedback to determine which option to proceed with.

Once the community has decided its preferred option, we aim to implement the scheme as a trial for a period of 12 months. We will monitor the scheme and work with the community to make a determination on whether or not to make the arrangement permanent.

Current update : 24/07/2017

Thank you for taking part in the on-line survey. Option 1 was largely chosen by respondents to the survey. We will now go through the process of statutory consultation to approve scheme.

3. Streatham Wells

What's happened so far?

In Streatham Wells, the Our Streets programme hopes to have a positive impact on some of the most used roads in the area. There have been several rounds of consultation leading to the decision to proceed with the schemes below.

  • Nov 2015 - first stage of consultation was carried to identify residents' priorities.
  • Mar 2017 - following scheme design, a series of proposals for priority areas were opened to consultation.
  • Jan 2018 - a decision was made to proceed with the schemes below. View details here

What happens next?

A statutory consultation will be carried out from 23 Feb until 16 Mar. Notices will be put up on lamp posts on affected streets. The documents you might want to view are:

Valley Road scheme

On Valley Road a mix of measures are needed to reduce rat-running and congestion, discourage speeding, and create better pedestrian crossings.

  • Valley Road/South Oak Road pedestrian crossing improvements, details here.
  • Harborough Road no-entry (except cycles) from Sunnyhill Road, details here.
  • Improved traffic calming measures - replace all speed cushions with cycle-friendly speed humps which are more effective at reducing vehicle speeds, details here.

Leigham Vale scheme

Like Valley Road, Leigham Vale needs a balance of measures to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and cycle safety, while not encouraging speeding.

  • Leigham Vale/Hitherfield Primary School entry safety improvements, details here
  • Leigham Vale traffic calming measures - replace all speed cushions on Leigham Vale with sinusoidal speed humps which are more effective at reducing vehicles speeds. Details here.

Russell’s Footpath scheme

Pedestrian traffic using the Russell’s footpath walking route currently have no safe or obvious crossing point at Madeira road. The footpath has had new LED lighting, but still attracts some incidents of anti-social behaviour.

  • 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. Details here.
  • 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.

Leigham Avenue

A number of measures are being examined to declutter the pavements and improve the public space, especially at the top at the junction with Leigham Court Road / Conifer Gardens. Details here.

New and existing road humps

It is proposed to improve traffic calming measures in Gleneldon Road and Gracefield Gardens to reduce the speed of motor vehicles and deter rat running traffic.

  • Replace one set of cushions in Gleneldon Road with a more effective cycle-friendly speed hump.
  • Build six new cycle-friendly humps in Gracefield Gardens.
  • Details here.

Waiting and loading restrictions (yellow lines)

It is proposed to introduce waiting restrictions (double yellow lines) in 50 separate locations in the Streatham Wells Ward. The majority of the waiting restrictions interventions will be located at the junction of two or more roads. Parking on or close to junction poses a hazard to all road users. Waiting restrictions help to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians and to provide clear access for all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, pushchair and wheelchair users.

View the drawings here.

Trees and planters

Measures to green the local environment have already started, after resident suggestions for tree planting and planter boxes in some of the worst fly-tipping hotspots. See the separate sections on ‘trees’ and ‘Father Nature’ for more information.

4. Thornton

Background

The following projects are part of the Our Streets programme; the development of a package of measures to improve the streets in Thornton Ward.

Over the last year, the council has undertaken a considerable amount of work to try to understand local priorities for local people. Various methods of communication have been used including the distribution of postcards to residents asking how the local area can be improved, public meetings and ongoing correspondence via emails, letters and petitions. We are grateful to everybody who has taken part in this process but, if you haven’t, it’s not too late to get involved and tell us what you think.

The information collected to date from this engagement has been collated and we have worked closely with your local Ward Councillors to respond to the issues raised and develop a package of improvements.

Some common themes have emerged with many respondents asking for measures to tackle speeding traffic, improve highway safety and increase tree planting. The council shares this vision to improve safety on our streets, encourage walking and cycling for all and increase greening. The following measures are proposed for your local area, and we would like to know your views. In addition, further details regarding proposals for planters and trees across the area will be available in coming weeks:

Thornton Road Crossing Improvements

This project area is situated on Thornton Road, between the junctions with Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road. This section of Thornton Road does not currently benefit from a pedestrian crossing facility, so pedestrians have to cross two lanes of traffic. This is a popular route for parents and school children attending the various schools in the area.

Objectives
The proposals on Thornton Road seek to:

  • Provide a safe crossing facility for pedestrians crossing Thornton Road
  • reduce vehicle speeds on this section of Thornton Road to make the road safer for all road users
  • improve crossing conditions for pedestrians crossing Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road within the vicinity of Thornton Road

Proposals
The following two options have been prepared for consultation;

Option A

This option involves introducing a raised table on Thornton Road that covers the junctions of Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road. This will help slow traffic and also send a message to drivers that they are entering a low-speed environment. The raised table will be elevated to the same level as the surrounding footways.

On the raised table there will be a new 3 metre wide pedestrian refuge island that will enable pedestrians to cross Thornton Road in two stages. The section of carriageway in the location where people will cross will be marked with a contrasting material colour.

To make space for the refuge island and ensure that adequate visibility is available for crossing pedestrians it will be necessary to remove 11 vehicle parking spaces on Thornton Road - 8 standard spaces and 3 disabled spaces - as well as 2 spaces on Hydethorpe Road and 2 spaces on Parkthorne Road.

The removal of grass verge areas will be kept to a minimum.

Thornton Road Design Option A

Option B

This option also includes a 3 metre wide pedestrian refuge island that will enable pedestrians to cross Thornton Road in two stages. The section of carriageway in the location where people will cross will be marked with a contrasting material colour.

The main difference from Option A is the provision of 2 speed humps to slow traffic either side of the pedestrian refuge island, rather than the provision of a raised table.

To make space for the refuge island and ensure that adequate visibility is available for pedestrians it will be necessary to remove 11 vehicle parking spaces on Thornton Road (8 standard spaces and 3 disabled spaces). No parking loss will be required on Hydethorpe Road or Parkthorne Road.

The removal of grass verge areas will be kept to a minimum.

Thornton Road Design Option B

Thornton Road - Wider Traffic Calming Proposals

The section of Thornton Road, between Atkins Road and Kings Avenue, currently contains 4 sets of speed cushions. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing vehicular traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the removal of the existing speed cushions and the provision of new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

The new speed humps will be complementary to the Thornton Road crossing proposals.

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Thornton Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road Junction Improvements

The Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road junction (south side) has previously been subject to change to facilitate bus movements. However, the junction is very wide and crossing can be challenging, particularly during busy periods. The proposals involve building out the footway on Radbourne Road and Hydethorpe Road to increase space for pedestrians and reduce the crossing width.

The proposals are intended to improve overall conditions for pedestrians and the narrower junction arrangements should help reduce vehicle speeds when turning.

Parking will not be impacted by the proposals.

Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road Junction Improvements

Hydethorpe Road - Traffic Calming Proposals

Hydethorpe Road currently contains 2 sets of speed cushions, within close proximity to the junction with Radbourne Road. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing down traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the replacement of these cushions with new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

In addition, 3 new speed humps are proposed between the junctions of Haverhill Road and Radbourne Road

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Hydethorpe Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

Emmanuel Road Crossing Improvements

The proposal involves the provision of 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.

The proposal involves minor narrowing to the carriageway on Emmanuel Road to reduce crossing distances and the provision of a small raised table with crossing points, providing increased priority for pedestrians.

To create the space for the crossing it will be necessary to remove 2 vehicle parking spaces on Emmanuel Road.

Emmanuel Road Crossing Improvements

Emmanuel Road - Wider Traffic Calming Proposals

Emmanuel Road currently contains 7 sets of speed cushions. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing down traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the removal of the existing speed cushions and the provision of new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

The new speed humps will be complementary to the Emmanuel Road crossing proposals.

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Emmanuel Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

How to respond

Provide feedback in our survey

5. Streatham Hill

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: * Wednesday 22 November 2017 - 6pm to 8pm at St Simon and Jude's Church. * Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 6pm to 8pm at St Thomas's Church.

What happens next?

We are currently analysing the results and will use them to develop a ward delivery plan.

6. Tree planting

We are proposing to plant more than 150 trees across a range of neighbourhood locations identified by residents to help improve air quality and the street environment.

We have received lots of suggestions for tree planting in the ‘Our Streets’ wards, so plans are now under way to prepare for the planting process to be delivered between now and April 2017.

If planting is proposed in your street you will shortly receive a consultation letter, so please look out for this because it will provide information about the process and how you can give us your feedback.

The trees we plant will be appropriate for the location and final planting will be subject to the outcome of a Tree Officer’s survey.

Trees benefit local communities in many ways:

  • Tree lined avenues have a positive effect on people as they are pleasing to the eye, providing a greener and more beautiful environment.
  • Provide homes for wildlife (especially in our built up areas)
  • Reduce noise impact from traffic by acting as a sound barrier
  • Absorb pollution such as that produced from car exhausts. They filter this pollution maintaining the quality of the air we breathe. By assisting with the world carbon balance they counteract the effects of global warming.

7. Father Nature

We are working with the Lambeth based social enterprise Father Nature to hold events within the community to install planters and raised beds in neighbourhoods across the Our Streets wards, bringing residents together as they work side by side to deliver and look after these planters and beds.

Father Nature are will begin the meet and greet process to gain local input and involvement to deliver lots of planting projects, so look out for posters around your neighbourhood inviting you to get involved in this fun way of improving the look and feel of your neighbourhood. The projects will be delivered between now and April 2017.

The planters will enhance the neighbourhood by adding greenery and areas for community growing, and will also discourage the anti-social behaviour of dumping rubbish as they’ll occupy space that offenders might use for fly tipping.

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.