I was pleased to be asked by local residents to chair a meeting to discuss their plans for a ‘Tranquil Triangle’. In plain terms a traffic managed area roughly between Brook Drive, Kennington Lane and Kennington Road.
There was a turn out that filled the Archbishop Sumner’s School hall. Quite an achievement on a sunny night with football competing for everyone’s attention.
Paul from the local resident’s group explained that there had been a car rat-running problem for some years . Now with the experimental closure by Southwark of Dante Road to protect residents of Brook Drive, this was almost certain to get worse as SatNavs are sending short-cutting cars and heavy vehicles through Renfrew Road, Gilbert Road, Reedworth Street and Wincott Street.
There was a real consensus that something needed to be done and that our own experimental closure on Renfew Road outside the old Court Tavern could be a good starting point.
Sadly as I write a motorcyclists is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision with one of the very vehicles we warned about, a dustcart from Westminster Council. David Amos had been told by the council that they would only use these backstreets in exceptional circumstances. This has not been the case as anyone living in the area knows.
The meting called upon Lambeth council to take account of the
- Road safety issues
- The number of children and schools in the area
- The damage to air quality
- The intrusion on people’s home lives through noise arguing motorists and speeding vehicles.
Cllrs. Amos and myself welcome all ideas and will be working to get some tranquility into this triangle.