20 August 2015

Loughborough Junction road closures to begin at end of August

Plans to implement a series of road closures as part of a six month experimental trail to improve the Loughborough Junction area are set to go ahead on Saturday 29th August.

The proposals for Junction are designed to expand public spaces, introduce safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, put in place environmental improvements and encourage a greater mix of retail outlets.  The project will lead to closures on the following roads:

· Loughborough Road, north of the junction with Ridgeway Road
· Barrington Road
· Calais Street
· Padfield Road
· Lilford Road
· Garden Grove

These closures will be a six month experiment that will be kept under continuous observation to monitor the impact on traffic flows in the area - an issue that was raised by many residents in the neighbourhood.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the cabinet member with responsibility for the project, said:

"We anticipate starting to get a decent understanding of the trial’s impact after about 4weeks; will hold an interim review at 3months; and a final consultation and evaluation of the project’s effectiveness at 6 months.

"Stockwell Partnership, a Lambeth-based community charity, have been appointed to manage on-going consultation and engagement with local residents and businesses – dates, times and venues will be advertised as soon as possible. On that note, following the recent Call In, local councillors in Coldharbour, Vassall and Herne Hill have made clear that they would like to ensure as many local people as possible are aware of and involved in this project. I am asking (council) officers to help establish a councillor led tri-ward forum which meets regularly over the initial life of the project to discuss its impact and influence its outcome.

"I do appreciate that this matter has not been without its share of controversy. However, the sole intention is to create a safer, cleaner, more pleasant place to live and work. I am confident that we can succeed but will of course ensure that all views are taken on board and that the evaluation process is objective and transparent"

Lambeth is encouraging residents to send feedback to the two leads on the project once it has begun on the 29th August:

George Wright on gwright@lambeth.gov.uk

Barbara Poulter on bpoulter@lambeth.gov.uk

Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Annie Gallop and Paul Gadsby - said:

"We have as councillors received a huge amount of feedback about this project, both for and against these proposals. We have sought to ensure residents have had their voices listened too, by organising a public meeting about the matter and lobbying successfully for a pause in its implementation while improved monitoring procedures were drawn up by Lambeth. The decision to move ahead with these proposals was recently reviewed by Lambeth's scrutiny committee with a further set of conditions placed on the project before it moved forward.

"The proposals do have the potential to improve the Loughborough Junction space which has long been neglected, but we have to make sure the balance is right and that traffic is not made worse in the area. We would encourage all residents to feedback during this trial and let us know if they have any views on how it is working in practice."