What is the Healthy Neighbourhood programme?

This programme will help make Lewisham’s diverse communities greener, healthier and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business. By restricting the through traffic that uses the area to avoid main roads, we will create low-traffic neighbourhoods. This will reduce congestion on residential streets, improve air quality and make the local area more pleasant to walk and cycle through.

During the first stage of the programme, local residents will be able to access local traffic data, share their views on traffic issues and help identify schemes to address them, via the StreetBuilder website (www.streetbuilder.io) and at a series of public events and workshops.

During the second stage, proposed traffic management measures will be trialed for 6-18 months, so that we can monitor their impact, gather local opinion and assess whether to make any changes permanent.


What kinds of measures could be included in the Healthy Neighbourhood Programme?

To reduce through traffic in East Sydenham, the programme is likely to include measures to restrict motor traffic on certain streets while allowing pedestrians and cycles to pass, banned turns for motor vehicles, one way streets, and timed closures outside schools during pick up and drop of times. These kinds of measures will mean that more vulnerable road users, including children and the elderly, will feel more comfortable making journeys on foot or by bike.

These traffic reduction measures can be complemented by trees, cycle parking, benches and improved crossing points.


Why is this programme being delivered?

A key target of both the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Lewisham’s Transport Strategy is for 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable means of transport (walking, cycling and public transport) by 2041. To achieve this, we have to create street environments that encourage people to walk and cycle rather than drive.


How has this area been selected?

Lewisham has been divided into 18 Healthy Neighbourhood cells, whose boundaries are main roads and rail lines rather than following ward boundaries. Once measures have been implemented, this will allow the area within the cell to form a low-traffic neighbourhood, by preventing through-traffic from cutting across the area and using residential streets to avoid the main roads.

We have prioritised the first four cells (the first two of which will be delivered this year), by assessing a variety of data, including traffic volumes, personal injury collisions, air quality, levels of obesity and deprivation. Residents across the borough shared opinion on traffic and street related issues on Commonplace in 2018, which has also informed the prioritisation process. In East Sydenham, the most common comments made related to the area not being pedestrian friendly and the traffic being too fast.

Traffic data shows that 60% of vehicles travelling through the area are non-residential, and roads such as Silverdale, Dacres Road, Mayow Road, and Queenswood Road are among those with the highest volumes of non-residential motor traffic.


When will the programme be delivered?

Subject to confirmation of funding, the Healthy Neighbourhoods programme will be commencing with the four HN cells listed below (order of priority tbc). Each Healthy Neighbourhood will follow a similar programme, with the launch of the project in each area staggered slightly. The first area to launch as was Lewisham and Lee Green in May 2019, followed by East Sydenham in July 2019 with the phasing of the remaining cells to be announced once funding has been confirmed.
• Bellingham
• East Sydenham
• Lewisham & Lee Green
• Telegraph Hill (formerly referred to as West Brockley HN)


What opportunity is there for the community to be involved in designs?

Engagement with local residents and stakeholders will help us further understand local issues and identify schemes to address them. Residents will be able to interact with cell-specific data via the StreetBuilder online tool, where they will also be able to share their views and receive project updates. Public drop-in sessions took place in July 2019 and engagement with schools in the area will continue throughout autumn 2019.

Following this first phase of engagement, residents are invited to take part in a series of public co-design workshops, where they will be able to explore the issues raised and develop potential solutions with a team of engineers and urban designers. Residents can continue to share their issues, and develop ideas for solutions via StreetBuilder throughout the process.

Co-design workshops take place
• Tuesday 17 Sept from 4pm to 7pm, Sydenham Library, 210 Sydenham Rd, SE26 5SE
• Saturday 21 September from 1pm – 4pm, Sydenham Library, 210 Sydenham Rd, SE26 5SE


What will happen after this first stage of community engagement?


We will consider all the feedback we receive during the first stage, and this will result in a proposed package of work being put forward for the area, consisting of a number of traffic management schemes that address through traffic, alongside a set of complementary measures. These proposals will be shared via StreetBuilder, social media, and mailouts.

These measures will be trialled and monitored through a temporary traffic order for between 6 and 18 months. This is likely to take the form of a planter in the carriageway, or other temporary construction which could be removed if necessary. Throughout the trial, we will monitor the impact on the local network and gather local opinion on the changes.

At the end of the trial period, a decision will be made by the Council’s Mayor and Cabinet on whether to make the changes permanent. If the trial proves successful, the scheme will be implemented.


My neighbourhood isn’t one of the first four - how can I support my area’s chances of being selected in future years.


The Healthy Neighbourhoods programme is the Council’s attempt to make a real impact on how traffic uses the borough’s local roads and as such the council has initially committed 3 years of funding to the programme. There is every intention to continue well past this first 3 years, subject to continued funding and political support. When we re-run the prioritisation in 2020, Neighbourhoods that have gathered higher levels of local support for the healthy Neighbourhood programme will score higher in this category. The best ways to demonstrate local support are to:

• Contact your local ward member asking for them to support a HN in your area
• Attend your local assembly meeting and ask for a local healthy neighbourhoods working group to be formed, where the local community can start to formulate ideas for an area. (See link to find dates and times of your local meeting) https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/localassemblies
• Contact the Healthy Neighbourhood team via the contact details below to get some advice on setting up the group.
• In 2020, the Council will re-open a borough wide consultation for residents to voice their support for a Healthy Neighbourhood in their area.


How can I contact the Healthy Neighbourhoods team?

For comments relating to East Sydenham, please email [email protected] Lewisham Council commits to responding to valid enquiries within 14 days.

You can also write to us with any queries to:

Transport Department
4th Floor Laurence House

Please use the StreetBuilder online platform (www.streetbuilder.io) to submit comments and feedback as well as signing up to receive Healthy Neighbourhood news updates. For enquiries from areas outside of those listed above, please contact [email protected] for further information.