Monday, 21 November 2016

Streatham streets to be made 'Greener'

After four years of campaigning by the Green Team in Streatham, improvements will be made over the next few months to streets in four Lambeth wards, including three in Streatham.

Using nearly £300,000 from the Streatham Hub Tesco's development, money will be spent on traffic calming, street de-cluttering, more public seating, and "greening" of the environment with the planting of trees and raised beds.

Green councillor Scott Ainslie has been working with council officers to make the most of the money allocated to his ward, St Leonard's. There the improvements include two "showpiece" schemes:

Junction of Woodfield Ave, Garrads Rd and Abbottswood Rd
Redesign to reduce the dominance of motor traffic, deter rat-running traffic and create a cleaner and greener space

Junction of Greyhound Lane sliproad and Streatham High Road
Soft landscaping and seating and measures to deter rat-running
Other improvements in St Leonard's include:
Traffic calming: Gleneldon Rd, Gleneagle Road, Greyhound Lane, Fairmile Ave, Conyers Road, Stanthorpe Road, Drewstead Road, Shrubbery Road
Trees planting: Norfolk House Rd, Barrow Rd, Bournevale Rd, Mt Ephraim Ln, Hambro Rd, Kingscourt Rd,  Greyhound Ln, Becmead Ave, Shrubbery Rd, Gleneldon Rd
Raised beds and planters:  Gleneldon j/w Shrubbery Rd, Pathfield j/w Rotherhill, Barrow Rd j/w footpath, , Estreham j/w Potters Lane
Bike hangars: Hambro Rd, Kingscourt Rd

The Green Team in Streatham is disappointed that not more is being done to improve conditions for cyclists, such as making Prentis Road two-way for cyclists. They will be holding out for the improvement works to include making Shrubbery Road one-way.

The Greens also question why money from a Streatham development is only being spent on three of the four Streatham wards. Streatham Hill is missing out while Thornton ward, which covers parts of Balham and Clapham Park, has been included.

Lambeth Council's Our Streets web page is promising further updates.

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