We are writing to you with an update on the programme for the clarity of all residents. In addition we have organised a further public drop-in event on 6th February, 1-8pm, Good Sheppard Church Hall, Handen Road, SE12 8NR where you can discuss the emerging proposals with officers.
We wrote to 9,000 households, to provide background information on the programme objectives and to invite you to a number of events so that you could tell us about the transport issues that concern you. These events were run by our community engagement specialists Sustrans. We had a positive response to this letter drop, with over 1,500 unique visitors to our website and over 100 people came down to the four workshop events at Manor House Library, held between 5 June and 6 July 2019.
What issues and solutions were raised during community engagement?
The biggest issues that people raised were the amount of traffic using local residential roads to avoid nearby main roads, as well as the resultant pollution from motor vehicles. Residents identified better pedestrian crossings, more tree planting, more cycle provision and closing roads to through traffic as desirable solutions to the issues raised. You can read the community engagement reports on the dedicated Lewisham & Lee green page listed below.
What are the emerging proposals?
The Council has developed a DRAFT scheme that it considers tackles many of the issues that were raised during the engagement outlined above (see DRAFT Version 11 plan attached to this letter). This has been uploaded onto our website, the evolving proposals have been discussed by a working group of residents that was set up at the beginning of the process, and at Local Assembly meetings, Local Members have been door knocking with residents, and we have received many emails. The feedback from this further phase of resident engagement has meant that the scheme has been continually evolving over the last few months, as we take on board some of the useful suggestions that have been raised.
What happens next?
Now that we have gauged the community’s aspirations and concerns for the area, we are carrying out some work with Transport for London, to understand the likely traffic impact of the scheme.
Once we have a preferred scheme that we consider is feasible we will write to you again before launching a six month trail. If the trial is deemed to be successful the borough would then install complementary measures such as new pedestrian crossings, cycle routes, more green spaces, seating areas and cycle parking in consultation with the local community.
Further communications before the trial commences
There is not yet a start date for the trial as the above work to understand traffic impacts and identify any appropriate mitigation measures can be complex. Once this date is known, along with the final proposals, this will be shared more widely in:
- A further letter drop to residents, at least a month before the trial starts
- a public drop-in session exhibiting the latest proposals, a week after the letter drop
- 3 weeks before the trial launch date there will be on-street signing to inform motorists of the scheme and relevant contact information
A formal consultation process will start during the trial which will include the following:
- Officers will be stewarding key locations in the first week of the trial to answer public enquiries
- An email address will be available for people to let us know their initial views of the trial scheme and raise any urgent matters that need addressing
- A public drop-in session will be organised for half way through the trial
- A dedicated webpage and consultation questionnaire will then be launched, seeking final views on the scheme, including the proposed complementary measures
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]