Streets fit for people: WLS Public Meeting, Wednesday May 29

The next Wandsworth Living Streets Public Meeting will be on Wednesday, 29 May, starting at 7.30 pm (doors open from 7.15 pm) at the Alma Pub, upstairs function room, 499 Old York Road, SW18 1TF

(opposite Wandsworth Town Station), and on Nos. 28 and 44 bus routes

Many thanks, as always, to the Alma for its support

Streets fit for people: Two community initiatives for Cleaner Air; Fewer Road Casualties; More People-friendly Streets  

Wandsworth Living Streets (WLS) has not organised any get-togethers for us recently, for which humble apologies are due. But a lot has been going on. Our first Public Meeting this year will be a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking event.  We have visual presentations from two new community projects in the borough. In addition, our Chair Susie Morrow and I will give short updates about what Wandsworth Living Streets has been doing over the past year and more.

There will also be lots of time for Q&As and to socialise (buy your drinks in the bar downstairs and bring them up to the function room).

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Tooting Healthy Streets project: Local people have set up a Tooting Neighbourhood Forum. This is a means to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.] The Forum has consulted widely among the community and heard strong views about the need to green the neighbourhood and clean the air, improve conditions for walking and cycling, create public spaces and deal with traffic problems. It is exploring all sorts of ideas to transform the residential streets on either side of the A24 (that’s the main road running past Tooting Broadway and Tooting Bec stations). The Forum will give a visual presentation of ideas for meeting the aspirations of the community. One approach, which already exists around Walthamstow in North London, is often called a Low Traffic Neighbourhood. One of its aims is to eliminate traffic taking short cuts along local residential streets.

Putting the Heart into BatterseaBattersea Link project: This idea of local resident, Camilla Ween, a noted public realm consultant, will transform the route from the southern end of Northcote Road (almost in Balham), through Clapham Junction, along Falcon Road, and continuing on Battersea High Street northwards to the River. Camilla’s slides will illustrate the range of measures that could be taken to make a peaceful, greener, walking and cycling-friendly route which people across the Borough will able to enjoy using, and which should attract many more to visit the shops, library, cafes, restaurants and pubs, and other facilities along the route.

Please put this date in your diaries and it would be most encouraging to hear from you whether you are able to come. Do bring any friends who might be interested along with you.

Robert Molteno, Secretary, Wandsworth Living Streets