|Why close this street?
It is a notorious rat run. Drivers need to mount the pavement to get through. It is used by drivers to avoid stopping at the lights along Evelyn Street. There have been accidents, near misses and damage to parked vehicles. It fits with Lewisham's local implementation plan
(LIP) for the Mayor of London’s transport strategy: streets and street networks will be designed to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use to ensure that London grows in a way that benefits everyone.
Why is it a temporary measure?
This is right on the border with Greenwich. It is important that all traffic can still move around the area so everyone can get where they need to go. Greenwich are planning road closures on their side too. This will allow traffic modelling. Closing streets is complicated. Healthy Streets
is Mayor of London and Lewisham Council policy. We are campainging to have this policy applied on Prince Street as we have done for DPLN.
Is this connected to the Convoys Wharf Development?
This is Lewisham owned land adjacent to Convoys Wharf. Lewisham Council will decide what happens here. However the development has a huge bearing on the future of residential streets. Rat Running in the area by contractors will increase when construction starts. There can not be an increase of heavy goods vheicles on this small street and schol route.
Why is Hutchinson Whampoa (HW) Involved?
HW are developing Convoys Wharf on one side of the street. The look of that building is not yet determined. If this becomes a non car space than ideally the ground floor of the building would have some amenity use (shops/cafe etc.). This is in development now. As a community we can understand this space better and make sure whatever HW builds works for us too. Section106 payments can be used to make improvements to the surrounding streets.
But HW have left the hoardings looking awful for years?
We agree. We have requested that the hoardings are replaced. HW have also agreed to allow the young people at Youth First to decorate the hoardings with a mural. We hope to do a mural workshop with Youth First this summer. All Evelyn developers need to be held to account over the state of their hoardings and sites.
Will it just be an empty street?
Probably not. The Dog & Bell will undoubtably find a good use for the space outside the pub. Young people will be able to walk to the youth club/adventure playground safely. This was a key consideration for them in recent surveys. This is a key school route for Deptford Invicta and Rachel McMillan Nursery School. It will make the route to Twinkle Park, Charlotte Turner Gardens and on to Greenwich safer. It is already well used by pedestrians.
I have ideas about how this should look, can I get involved?
Yes! The plan is to see how this works and start a collabraive design process with any interested parties if permanent closure is to go ahead. Make sure you're on our mailing list
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