What have we done so far?

Our Streets is the latest phase of our Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme set up to provide an opportunity for residents to tell us how we can improve streets in their neighbourhoods and help make better places to live.

The four wards under this programme are St Leonards, Streatham South, Streatham Wells and Thornton. These wards have been selected because of road safety concerns and links to existing local projects.

We have spoken to many residents and businesses in these wards and have received lots of great improvement ideas. Please refer to the attachment below for a summary of responses the Council has received so far from the Our Streets 2016/17 resident engagement.

A minimum of £200,000 will be available to spend on each ward, which has been provided through Section 106 funding, generated by local planning applications and a sum of street improvement money which Lambeth Council has received from Transport for London.

What are we going to do?

We’ve looked through what people have told us and put some project proposals together which focus on making neighbourhoods greener and the public highway safer for drivers and pedestrians.

  • We are planting trees across a range of neighbourhood locations to help improve air quality and the street environment.

  • Working with a social enterprise called “Father Nature” we’ll be holding events within the community to install planters and raised beds in neighbourhoods

  • We aim to deliver public realm improvements and street scape de-cluttering in areas to help create cleaner and greener spaces, as well as dealing with rat running traffic.

  • A number of traffic calming, road safety and waiting restriction measures will be assessed and where feasible constructed in identified roads. New pedestrian crossings near some schools have also been added to the list of proposals.

Over the coming months we’ll be engaging closely with residents and businesses about these proposals for their neighbourhoods. A number of these will be subject to full assessment and feasibility, design and further consultation.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. St Leonards

Background

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 Leonards 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.

Greyhound Lane

This project area is situated at the northern end of Greyhound Lane (B272) at the junction with Streatham High Road (A23) and includes the one-way northbound access road and short stay parking to the north of Greyhound Lane

The one-way road is a well-used rat-run for traffic seeking to avoid the signalised junction where Greyhound Lane meets Streatham High Road. This is particularly acute during peak hours in the morning and afternoon leading to concerns for pedestrian safety and potential conflict for vehicles exiting onto the A23.

The area is home to several businesses including the Greyhound Public house, a visually prominent and locally important building.

Loading bays are provided close by on the A23 and short term parking is provided opposite the project area on Greyhound Lane.

Objectives

The environmental improvement proposals at Greyhound Lane seek to:

  • reduce the dominance of motor traffic and car parking
  • deter rat-running traffic
  • create a cleaner greener space for residents and local businesses
  • improve the setting of the adjacent buildings
  • improve the public realm to provide direct, inclusive access for all including people accessing the bus stop

Proposals

The following two options have been prepared for consultation:

Option 1

The access road would be retained and one way access would be reversed with vehicles gaining access from the A23 and existing onto Greyhound Lane. This would eliminate rat running and improve pedestrian safety. The carriageway would be narrowed and parking reduced to provide wider footways.

The existing tree outside the Winning Post Cafe would be removed to accommodate vehicles turning into the road from the A23. New semi mature street trees would be planted to improve the microclimate.

The footways would be repaved with block pavers. The existing granite setts would be retained and re-laid within the access road and parking bay.

New public seating is proposed in the form of clusters if single armchair style seating and new cycle racks would be provided.

Option 2

This option proposes the creation of a new public space for Streatham. The new space would provide a level surface, laid out to clearly define walking routes for people traveling along Streatham High Road and those accessing the bus stop on Greyhound Lane.

The space would be designed to provide an attractive location for people to sit whilst being flexible enough to host temporary events and activities. The new public realm would be designed to encourage businesses to use their forecourts, subject to licensing, and provide an improved setting to the surrounding buildings.

The existing tree outside the Winning Post Cafe would be retained and large semi mature street trees would be planted to frame the new space and improve the microclimate.

The step-free space would be block paved and the existing granite setts would be retained and re-laid within space.

New feature public seating is proposed in the form of long timber benches and new cycle racks would be provided.

How to respond

Which option would you prefer? Provide feedback in our survey

2. Streatham Wells

We will be working on this project in the coming months and further information will be uploaded.

3. 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

4. Streatham South

We will be working on this project in the coming months and further information will be uploaded.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.