> ED AUS - you’ve posted the idea that local streets
> will see increased traffic from RESIDENTS of
> Melbourne Grove using other streets to drive to
> and from their properties or to have deliveries.
> There are a few points on this:
> 1. The vast majority of traffic on Melbourne Grove
> is through traffic, not residents coming and
> going. It’s a rat run/ short cut/ means of
> bypassing Lordship Lane.
A filter at either end of Melbourne Grove South would have resolved the issue of through traffic, it would have allowed the residents of Melbourne Grove to enter and exit but stopped through traffic.
A majority of residents on Melbourne Grove have pushed for a barrier, to stop all traffic.
I would suggest residents on Matham, Chesterfield and Ashbourne Grove now campaign to stop the ‘through traffic’ from Melbourne Grove and surrounding roads off it e.g. Playfield Close.
> 2. Melbourne Grove isn’t actually going to be
> ‘closed off’, just restricted at one end.
> Therefore residents can enter and exit at the
> other end if they want.
Please be accurate it is not restricted access e.g. for residents only, it is a road traffic barrier at one end of a significant road in the overall highway network.
Modelling has shown that traffic travelling north will go via Ashbourne Grove, especially larger trucks as Chesterfield Grove is too narrow for such traffic. This was confirmed by the Thames Water works over the last few years.
> 3. For access to eastbound destinations it will
> make sense for residents of Melbourne grove to use
> Ashbourne, chesterfield etc, but they will also be
> doing this now anyway. The traffic that will have
> to change behaviour is through traffic which
> again, was using Melbourne as a cut through.
> There may be separate concerns about how that non
> residential traffic gets to the main road in
> future but there really should never have been
> such volumes of traffic on a residential side
> street in the first place!
I would suggest that the residents of Ashbourne Grove and Chesterfield Grove email firstname.lastname@example.org
campaigning to stop the ‘through’ traffic from Melbourne Grove and surrounding roads off it e.g. Playfield Close.
This has been a divisive issue in the community for many years, to see the local residents of Melbourne Grove now do this to other roads will have an significant impact on community cohesion and relationships.
I am also extremely concerned about the inclusion and equality impact of such decision making. Many low paid residents of Southwark drive as alternative to public transport as they work in jobs with less flexibility for start and finish times and / or in a number of low paid jobs which means they use their own cars to get from one to another as public transport connections are not strong in this borough. Decision makers should be held to account as to how their decisions impact the overall wider community.