100 signatures reached
To: Wandsworth Council / Lambeth Council
Better, safer, people-friendly streets for Clapham Common
"We, the undersigned, call on Wandsworth & Lambeth Councils to conduct a trial with an experimental traffic order on Clapham Common (Windmill Drive/Nightingale Walk), to improve our common, make it safer and reduce rat-running in the neighbourhood; the attached map shows a proposed option."
There have been moves in the past to make changes to Windmill Drive and create a more pleasant experience for users of the common. At present the road acts as a car parking facility, and a short cut for some drivers looking to cross Clapham Common. This petition is asking for a trial to see if in stopping motor traffic in the middle section of Windmill Drive we can make it safer, and more pleasant for the people walking and cycling in the area. We are also seeking for similar arrangement to be made at the east end of Nightingale Walk, so that it can become a safer place for local residents and users of the common. The idea is that we can use flower planters as a physical barrier to motor traffic, which can be removed at the end of the trial if it is felt not to have worked.
Why is this important?
This will allow local residents an opportunity to experience their streets and the common in a different way and see if it delivers the proposed benefits.
On the basis of experience elsewhere, the changed layout should:
Stop through motor traffic on Nightingale Walk and Windmill Drive
Make a more quiet and pleasant local environment.
Make it safer for local residents, and users of the common.
Reduce pot holes
If towards the end of the trial local residents feel that it has not been an improvement then it will be easy to re-instate the current layout.
Worth noting that this approach has already gone through the system for a network of streets in Tooting. By end August we should know when it will be implemented.
This approach is also supported by the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign (part of London Cycling Campaign - http://www.lcc.org.uk), and Wandsworth Living Streets (local group of Living Streets - http://www.livingstreets.org.uk).
How it will be delivered
Together with the signatures collected offline, we'll deliver the petition in person