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Lewisham and Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhood – Community led traffic reduction
By streetbuilder | Jun 3rd 2019, 8:54am

The London Borough of Lewisham is pleased to announce the launch of their Healthy Neighbourhoods programme. In line with the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Lewisham’s (LBL) Transport Strategy we want to make our diverse communities greener, healthier, and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.

A key target is for 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable modes of transport (including walking, cycling and public transport) by 2041. To achieve this, we want to reduce traffic cutting through the Lewisham and Lee Green area and improve conditions for pedestrians and people on bikes.

What are Healthy Neighbourhoods?

The borough has been split into 18 areas and we will be working on approximately two areas per year. Each area has been prioritised by assessing data on traffic movements, rat runs, personal injury collisions, air quality, and levels of obesity and deprivation. Our research shows that 60% of vehicles cutting through the area are non-residential traffic and roads such as Fernbrook Road, Leahurst Road and Manor Park Road see the highest levels of vehicles.

Additionally we conducted borough wide engagement using Commonplace in 2018 to gauge local opinion on streets and traffic to inform the process. In Lewisham and Lee Green, the three most common comments made relating to the area were;

• It is not pedestrian friendly
• Traffic is too fast
• Cars cut through residential streets (rat-running)

We need you!

Sustrans have been commissioned by LBL to run a series of community pop-ups and co-design workshops to hear your views and help develop the best possible designs for your area. Throughout this stage residents can also share their views on local issues using the online StreetBuilder tool that can be found at the following address;

www.streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleegreen

Come to one of our drop-in sessions to find out more and share your views on the following dates;

• Wednesday 5 June from 4-6:30pm at Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY
• Saturday 8 June from 1-4pm, Outside Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY

Following this, you are invited to take part in one of our public co-design workshops where you will be able to explore the issues raised and develop potential solutions with a team of engineers and urban designers.

Come to one of our co-design sessions on either of the following dates;

• Thursday 27 June from 3-6:30pm, Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY
• Saturday 6 July from 1-4pm, Outside Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY

You can continue to share issues, and develop ideas for solutions via StreetBuilder throughout the process.

What happens next?

At the end of this first engagement stage, we will consider all the feedback received, 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 then be trialled and monitored through a temporary traffic order for between 6 and 18 months in order to measure their impact and gather local opinion on the changes.

How do I stay informed?

• Find out more about the project at www.lewisham.gov.uk/HealthyNeighbourhoods
• Stay informed by signing up to the mailing list on www.streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleegreen
• or get in touch via [email protected]

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