Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Sharp rise in serious collisions on A23 in Streatham

UPDATE: public consultation delayed by general election will now start 6th Jan.

London Assembly Member Caroline Russell has won assurance from Transport for London that a consultation on plans to redesign the A23 at Streatham Hill will go ahead the second week of November. The news comes as latest statistics from TfL reveal that the number traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries on Streatham Hill and Streatham High Road have risen sharply in a year. 
Provisional stats for 2018 show there were 212 collisions on the A23 between its junction with the South Circular and the border with the borough of Croydon, including 19 resulting in life-changing injuries, up from 133 collisions, 13 of which were serious, the previous year.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Streatham Village Market is back this Saturday

Streatham Village Market
Streatham Village Market is back again this month! The market will be on Saturday 28th September from 11am to 4pm on Babington Plaza above Streatham Green.

This month’s market will celebrate sustainability in Streatham as many local businesses are turning to greener initiatives.

There will be a variety of stalls offering vintage items, jewellery, clothing, food and more! As well as this you can find stalls offering advice and information on sustainability and local green initiatives. 

Dr Bike will be on site between 12 and 2pm for small bike repairs and can advise on major repairs. Plastic Free Streatham will also have a stall where you can hear about their work with local businesses to reduce the use of single use plastics.

InStreatham have also announced they will be launching their electric cargo bike for businesses this month which will help towards reducing carbon emissions and easing traffic congestion in Streatham.

The next market will be on Saturday October 26th. Get in touch with InStreatham if you would like a stall.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Lewin Road to go car-free this Sunday

Lewin Road will be closed to cars this Sunday 22nd September as residents participate in Car Free Day 2019. 

Car Free Day is an annual, global event aimed at championing traffic-free city centres, promoting active travel and changing attitudes to tackle deadly air pollution.

Vehicles will be banned from entering and waiting on the street on the 22nd. Five other streets across Lambeth, including Trinity Rise and Hurst Street, will also be closed. 

Those participating in Car-Free Day this year are playing an important role in highlighting the climate crisis and toxic air pollution levels in Streatham.

Residents of Hambro Road and Pathfield Road host Play Streets

Councillors Nicole Griffiths and Scott Ainslie; Breathing Cities
Residents of Hambro Road and Pathfield Road will be closing their roads to traffic and hosting Play Streets on the following days:

  • Hambro Road, between No. 57 Hambro Road and No. 123 Hambro Road on Sunday 22nd September, Sunday 24th November 2019 and Sunday 26th January, Sunday 22nd March, Sunday 24th May and Sunday 26th July 2020 between 1 pm and 4 pm (alternative routes for vehicles will be available via Ellora Road and Natal Road and vice versa);
  • Pathfield Road, between Greyhound Lane and Rotherhill Avenue on Sunday 22nd September 2019 between 2 pm and 5 pm and monthly thereafter on a Sunday up to and including Sunday 20th September 2020 (alternative routes for vehicles will be available for vehicles via Greyhound Lane and Rotherhill Avenue and vice versa);

Play Streets allow local residents to reclaim their road for children to play in by temporarily closing them. The initiative also helps to tackle deadly air pollution by encouraging sustainable modes of travel and reducing emissions. 

Air pollution contributes to 9,000 deaths each year in London with, on average, three adults and one child being hospitalised every day from breathing difficulties caused by pollution.

Green Party Councillor Nicole Griffiths said: “It’s great to see local communities taking action against air pollution and creating a safe environment, free of cars, for their children to play. Toxic air pollution is particularly damaging to young children. Play streets help in reducing their exposure to dangerous air pollutants whilst encouraging them to play outdoors.”

Monday, 16 September 2019

Green councillors win refurbishment for temporary accommodation

The hostel on Tooting Bec Gardens will be refurbished following concerns raised by the
St Leonard’s Green councillors. 

Residents of the temporary accommodation had reported general disrepair of the hostel
as well as rodent infestations, damp and sewage on the ground floor. Some had also
requested to move due to reported drug use at the properties.

Green Party councillors took the Council’s Chief Executive to visit the hostel in December
last year to highlight the poor living conditions and the desperate need for refurbishment.

In a decision published on 5th August 2019 the Council announced they would “undertake
the partial external and internal refurbishment works to 10-22 Tooting Bec Gardens”. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Have your say on air pollution monitors in Streatham

Lambeth’s Sustainability team are currently developing plans to install new micro air quality monitoring stations across the borough and we need your help in identifying suitable locations for these. 

As air pollution in Lambeth continues to reach dangerous levels, Green councillors have been campaigning for the installation of these monitoring stations which will measure Nitrogen Dioxide, PM10, PM2.5, Ozone, Temperature and relative Humidity in order to provide accurate data on hyper local air quality conditions.

St Leonard’s Green councillors now want to hear your suggestions for where the monitoring stations should be located to provide the most useful and reliable air quality data for Streatham’s residents.

Suggested monitoring station locations should be:

·         In close proximity to sensitive receptors (schools/ hospitals/ public spaces)
·         In air quality focus areas and sources of pollution (Town centres/ main roads/ major    developments)
·         Easily accessible on public land (preferably lamp posts on the highway)

Please send your ideas to Councillor Jonathan Bartley on

Please note the monitoring stations will need a permanent power source. If you can provide as much of the following information as possible when submitting locations that would be great:

-          Google earth screen shot/link
-          Photograph of power source location 
-          Street name and post code (where applicable)
-          Justification for inclusion i.e outside x school

Monday, 2 September 2019

Have your say on the proposed Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) in Streatham

Following last year’s survey which showed many Streatham residents and business owners favoured the introduction of controlled parking zones the Stage 1 consultation begins today. The Council is consulting residents and businesses in St Leonard's ward and Streatham Vale West, as this area already experiences severe parking issues due to the rail station and could not withstand any further pressure from any displacement of a possible St Leonard’s CPZ.

A newsletter has been sent to every household with details of the proposals. The letter  contains a unique reference number (URN) allowing you to complete and submit the online survey using the link provided by the consultation closing date of 30 September 2019

What is a CPZ?
A controlled parking zone is an area where parking restrictions favour the needs of residents, their visitors and any local businesses. All of the kerbside is marked either as a parking bay or as a yellow line. Parking bays are only marked where safety, access and sight lines are not compromised. A sign beside each bay explains what restrictions apply in terms of who can park there, at what times (the “controlled hours”) and for how long. Yellow lines are marked where they either improve road safety or enable traffic to pass.

A single yellow line means no parking is allowed during part of the day whilst double yellow lines mean no parking at any time. The operational times for single yellow lines are indicated on signs as drivers enter the zone.

Subject to adhering to the Highway Code and there being no loading restrictions, drivers may stop on a single or double yellow line to load or unload goods for a limited period of time.

For detailed results of the primary survey conducted last year broken down into individual roads and the decision report which includes information on plans for the phase 2 consultation of the remaining roads in the Streatham South area in 2020, you can visit the survey webpage at

 To view detailed maps showing how the proposals may affect you and to have your say on the proposals please visit the council website at,

Alternatively, you can telephone 020 7926 6799 to request a paper copy of the map showing the detailed proposals where you live and a questionnaire with pre-paid return postage. Please mention St Leonard's or Streatham Vale West when you leave your message. 

A copy of the maps can also be found at Brixton and Tate Streatham Libraries

Residents are invited to speak to officers at the CPZ Exhibition / Drop In Session on Saturday, 7 September 2019 at Tate Library, 
63 Streatham High Rd, Streatham, London SW16 1PN 
between 10am and 4pm. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Have your say on future of Streatham - but be quick!

Lambeth Council is asking for people's views on the future development of Streatham High Road and Streatham Hill - but be quick as the consultation ends on August 23rd!

Monday, 8 July 2019

Safer 'school streets' piloted in Streatham

Cllr Nicole Griffiths and Cllr Bartley: safer streets
Streatham's Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School is the first in Lambeth to trial 'school streets' aimed at making children's journey's to school safer - and the air around their school less dangerous to breathe.

Northanger Road is closed at drop-off and pick-up times in a pilot being looked at closely by other local schools. Staffed gates allow resident access, while children enjoy being able to walk, scoot and cycle to school.

A second trial is being run this term at Jessop Primary School in Herne Hill.

Air pollution contributes to 9,000 deaths each year in London with, on average, three adults and one child being hospitalised every day from breathing difficulties caused by pollution.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Cuppa with a Coppa July and August

At Cuppa with a Coppa sessions you can report a crime, raise an issue that is affecting you or where you live or just have a chat with your Dedicated Ward Officers.  

  • Thurs 4 July, 9.00 – 10am, Brickwood Coffee & Bread, 292 Streatham High Rd, SW16 
  • Tues 11 July, 12.00 - 1pm, Blackbird Bakery, 10 Astoria Parade, SW16
  • Tues 16 July, 12.00 – 1pm, Carvalho's Cafe, 106 Natal Road, SW16
  • Tues 23 July, 9.00 – 10am, Brooks & Gao, The High Parade, 28 Streatham High Rd, SW16
  • Wed 31 July, 11am – 12 pm, Starbucks, 154 Streatham Hill, SW2
  • Friday 9 August, 10 – 11am, Café Barcelona, 344 Streatham High Road
  • Thursday 15 August, 12pm – 1.00pm, Brooks & Gao, 28 Streatham High Road, SW16
  • Tuesday 20 August, 5.00 – 6.00pm, Marks and Spencer Café, 142 Streatham Hill, SW2
  • Saturday 31 August, 3.00 – 4.00pm, Cztery Pory Roku, 99A Streatham Vale, SW16 5SQ

Please be aware that the times (and maybe the dates) of Sessions are sometimes changed at short notice due to other important matters arising which officers need to attend to.  I am not always told of these changes and you are therefore strongly recommended to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team beforehand to check the details before you set out or you can always check the relevant Twitter account.  The contact details are below.

Streatham Wells
020 7161 8649
0750 098 2773
St Leonards
020 8721 2621
Streatham South
020 8721 2628 0792 023 3834
Streatham Hill
0792 023 3842

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Have your say on Streatham's children's centres by 25th June

Cllr Nicole Griffiths campaigns to save children's centres
A consultation on the future of children's centres in Streatham ends on June 25th.

Lambeth's council cabinet has voted to close five children's centres and make cuts to a further seven.

In Streatham, Woodmansterne children's centres is set to be closed, and Streatham Hub and Sunnyhill both downgraded, with deep cuts to their services.

Please fill out the online consultation and tell the council NO  CUTS, NO CLOSURES. Every children's centre needs saving - and could be with an alternative budget proposal put forward by Green Party councillors.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Planned £8.6m improvements to A23 Streatham Hill come a step nearer

Streatham Hill collision in April 2019
Plans to spend £8.6 million on a re-design of the A23 through Streatham Hill will go to public consultation in September this year, Transport for London (TfL) told Streatham Action's transport group this week.

TfL has now completed computer modelling of its proposed scheme, which is aimed at reducing speeds, improving safety and creating a more 'town centre' feel to what is currently more like an urban motorway.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Streatham stations to receive £140,000 for passenger benefits

Streatham's three rail stations are in line to receive £140,000 from a Passenger Benefit Fund set up by Govia Thameslink following the disruption to rail services in summer 2018 during the introduction of timetable changes.

Over the next few months local people can contribute suggestions to how money should be spent to make tangible improvements for passengers. Streatham is to receive £80,000 with Streatham Hill and Streatham Common each in line for £30,000.

A priority for Streatham must be work to improve acccibility to the platforms - which can currently only be reached by stairs.

This is not currently on the list of suggestions which include:
  • fitting solar panels to stations
  • environmental options such as 'living plant wall' or 'bee garden'
  • toilet improvements
  • extra seating
  • extra vending machines
  • extra cycle parking and security
  • extra customer information screens
Contibute and prioritise suggestions for station improvements here.

Be part of an online passenger panel here.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Streatham station to be made accessible - but possibly not until 2024

After many years of delays, promised work to make Streatham Station fully accessible to wheelchairs, bikes and buggies is to go ahead - possibly by September 2021 but may not be until March 2024!

The government announced Streatham is to be one of 73 stations to receive "Access for All" funding - 14 years after the scheme was first launched in 2005.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Streatham Hub's future uncertain as council votes to close children's centres

Green Party councillors join protestors at this week's council meeting
Green Party councillors are continuing to fight for the future of Streatham Hub children's centre as Labour-controlled Lambeth Council decided this week to go ahead with the closure of five of its 23 children's centres and drastic cuts to services in seven others.

Sign the petition here.

The future of Streatham Hub, which is next to Tescos and Streatham Leisure Centre, is uncertain with a further consultation on early years provision in the Streatham area continuing until June 3rd.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Applications open for street parties, Play Streets and Car-Free Day

Thinking of holding a street party, regular Play Street day or a Car Free Day in your neighbourhood this year?  Applications for temporary road closures for 2019 are now open.

Green Party councillors will be urging Lambeth Council to give its full support to temporary road closures as part of its response to declaring a Climate Emergency in the borough - encouraging us all to enjoy the difference when we reclaim our public spaces for children, clean air and enjoyment for all.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

More Heathrow flight paths planned over Streatham - consultation deadline 4 March

Streatham: 47 flights per hour at less than 4,000ft
Aircraft noise over Streatham is set to increase significantly under plans for Heathrow Airport expansion. 

Currently less than 1 in 20 of Heathrow's aircraft movements affects Streatham - but this is set to increase to 1 in 12, with nearly 50 flights an hour flying over us at 3,000-4,000ft.

Here are suggested responses to the online Heathrow Consultation, which is very complicated with lots of supporting documentation. Hopefully, this will make it easier for Streatham's views to be heard.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Scott takes action on state of Streatham Green

Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie brought together local businesses, residents, police and council officers for a summit to address anti-social behaviour and the poor state of Streatham Green. 

Already, Graffiti has been removed, weeding and cleaning taken place, with work planned to improve lighting, policing and the environment.

A further meeting is to be held shortly to come up with proposals improve the state of Streatham Green for the longer term.

Save The Streatham Hub Children's Centre

The Streatham Hub Children’s Centre – services under threat

Streatham's Green Party councillors are fighting to save The Streatham Hub Children’s Centre from drastic cuts planned by Lambeth Council.

More than 900 families will lose vital drop-in services at this well-used centre that offers opportunities for parents and children to play, socialise and get access to family, educational and work advice and to health care.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Spring dates for Cuppa with a Coppa

If you would like to report a crime, raise an issue that is affecting you or where you live or just have a chat with one of Streatham's dedicated officers, dates for the Streatham Police Community Contact Sessions (also known as “Cuppa with a Copper”) for the remainder of January, February, March and April are: