Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Resurfacing of Streatham High Road, bus diversions and road closures

Transport for London (TfL) will be carrying out resurfacing on Streatham High Road, between the junctions with Gleneagle Road and Penistone Road.

The works will start on Monday 16 March and should carry on until Monday 20 April.  They will be done through the contractor ConwayAecom.

The work will take place overnight between 21:00 and 06:00.   TfL say that working at the weekdays with traffic management exclusively on off-peak night time hours provides the best chance to complete the works as quickly as possible, with as little disruption as possible.

The works will be divided into stages, always trying to maintain both directions of traffic flowing. However, diversions will be in place for local accesses.

During these works, between the 2 and the 27 of March, bus routes 50, 60, 109, 113, 118, 159, 249, 250, 255, 315, P13, G1, N109 and N133 will be diverted between Streatham Station and Green Lane.

The following side roads will be closed one night each to aid resurfacing works:

Station Approach, Stanhorpe Road, Hopton Road, Streatham Common North, Barrow Road, Greyhound Lane, Westwell Road Approach, Streatham Common South, Baldry Gardens, Heybridge Avenue and Guildersfield Road.

Access to properties will be maintained, however there could be no through access to Streatham High Road and diversions will be in place.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Greens back Wyatt Park and Wavertree residents

Streatham Green Party are supporting Streatham Hill residents who are fighting a huge property development being built overlooking their homes.

The residents have made a video warning others in Lambeth: "If this could happen to us, it could happen to you."

The development of six luxury five-bedroomed houses and six two-bedroomed flats by Kent-based Hambridge Homes was granted planning permission by Lambeth Council in January 2011 - but without having given the adequate notice they were legally required to do, according to local residents.

People with homes neighbouring the Pakefield Mews development between Wyatt Park Road and Wavertree Road, Streatham Hill, cannot recall receiving letters through their doors or seeing notices posted on lamp-posts before the planning permission was granted.

Some say the first they heard of the plans was when they woke to the sound of bulldozers in November 2013. Now they have 3-storey blocks of flats and houses being built directly overlooking their homes, bedroom windows and gardens.

The houses, which are on the market for over £1.2 million and are due to be completed in mid-March this year, appear not to follow Lambeth's own guidelines advising against balconies overlooking private spaces and the angling of glazing to avoid breaches of privacy.

Hambridge Homes, which currently has 42 developments in Lambeth, claims it is building in accordance with the planning permission granted.

But residents' repeated attempts to see those plans have been thwarted. They say those provided by Lambeth Council are consultation documents from 2010 and 2011 - not the plans dated 22 October 2013, which builders were working to when Green Party councillor Scott Ainslee visited the site recently. Councillor Ainslie is now pursuing planning officials to clarify whether building works are in accordance with the planning permission and whether public consultation requirements have been properly followed.

Meanwhile, the residents have started an online petition and fundraising appeal for £20,000 to take legal action to halt the development. And they hope their short video will warn others to be on their guard.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Petition to get clean buses (not retrofits) on Streatham High Road

As part of our long-running campaign to improve local air quality, last week we launched a petition to get cleaner buses on Streatham High Road (as well as in Brixton and Vauxhall).

Poor air quality is the second biggest killer after smoking in Lambeth.  

In 2012 we discovered that it was running at dangerous levels.   We then measured air quality in side streets and found it running at 90% of the levels on Brixton High Road. This is of huge concern as Brixton has some of the worst recorded NO2 emissions in London. 

For a while this went unrecorded as Lambeth Council opted out of the London Air Quality Network. However, we successfully campaigned to get the three air pollution monitors back online.  

We are now also running air monitoring projects, as part of the "Mapping for Change" initiative around schools in Vauxhall and Streatham. 

There are several causes of air pollution including domestic and commercial heating systems, construction, industry, cars, buses and taxis. Lambeth Council also incinerates its waste having an impact on air quality outside the borough. 

Using data from TfL published on Green Assembly member Jenny Jones’ “how polluted is my road?” web site, we estimate that between a fifth and a third of pollution in Lambeth comes from buses, so we want TfL to clean up their fleet. This is one part of concerted action that both Lambeth Council and Transport for London need to take to clean up our air.

One option is retrofitting buses to lessen the pollution they give out. But this won't get buses to as high a standard as hybrid or electric options - and with Lambeth's very poor air quality, the issue needs to be taken seriously. 

If you want TfL to get a move on and give us hybrid or electric buses, please sign the petition here: 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

New Streatham police base to open 16th February

Inspector Morag Palmer has had it confirmed that the new Streatham Neighbourhood Police base will be open from 9am on Monday 16th February.
The front counter service will be the same hours as at the existing police station;
Monday to Wednesday     9am -- 5pm
Thursday 12 noon to 8pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
She has asked that the message be spread far and wide!
There will be an official opening by the Borough Commander in March.  

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mapping air pollution in Streatham

Cllr Scott Ainslie (pictured) and I were out today in Streatham, putting up diffusion tubes to measure the pollution in the Streatham area.

Deaths related to pollution in Lambeth are over 100 a year according to Public Health England (over 10 times the number of road casualty deaths).

We asked Lambeth Council if they would monitor air quality around local schools, but sadly Labour councillors voted against it.  So we made a bid to the initiative Mapping for Change, which was successful, and got funding to do a community project.

The tubes have been placed in the local area to measure NO2 emissions.  After four weeks they will be sent off for analysis, and we'll be able to identify pollution  levels, and hopefully the hot spots which need to be dealt with.