CROYDON: SCHOOL RUN PEDESTRIAN ZONES START
A trial scheme has begun which temporarily closes traffic-clogged roads during the school run to get people to use cars less.
The roads by three primary schools – Heavers Farm and St Chad’s in Selhurst and Woodcote in Coulsdon – are now restricted on the morning and afternoon school runs.
The schools signed up to the six-month council scheme because of their concerns about parking and pedestrian safety, said a council spokesperson.
“The council is asking for feedback during the trial and, if it proves successful, the scheme will become regular at these schools and could be trialled at others in the borough.
“The roads will not be physically closed to traffic. “Instead, the council will use temporary automatic number plate recognition cameras to scan if vehicles passing through the pedestrian zones have permission.
“Residents and their visitors will be able to enter or leave the zones by applying free of charge for an advance access permit – and over 800 people have already successfully applied.
“Motorists driving in the zones during the school run without a valid permit will receive a £130 penalty charge notice, or £65 if paid within a fortnight” the spokesperson added..
Signs are already in place to inform drivers that they are entering the school run pedestrian zones, and council staff will marshal parking and road safety on nearby streets. The pedestrian zones are:
• Woodcote Primary in Dunsfold Rise, Coulsdon (including Fairfield Way and Meadow Rise)
• Heavers Farm Primary in Dinsdale Gardens, Selhurst
• St Chad’s Catholic Primary in Alverston Gardens, Selhurst.
The pedestrian zones at Heavers Farm and St Chad’s are from 8-9.30am and 2-4pm, and the zone outside Woodcote Primary are from 8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm.
The trial comes as part of several Croydon council initiatives to improve the borough’s environment, from school travel plans and free cycling lessons to the introduction of 20mph speed limits across the borough.
Cllr Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “These roads are a school run traffic headache for everyone, so this trial is about improving child safety and boosting walking and the environment.
“By getting hundreds of individual parents to park legally outside these pedestrian zones or – even better – at home, we hope this will make a big difference and we want to hear what people think.
“The temporary number plate cameras will help our officers make a fair decision on who can drive through the pedestrian zones and who can’t, allowing residents, their visitors, school staff and delivery drivers to go about their business as usual.”
To give feedback on the trial school run pedestrian zones, email: [email protected] (Source: Croydon council press release)
GET READY FOR CYCLE SEPTEMBER
Cycle September is a fun, free national competition to see which workplaces can earn the most points for riding.
There are lots of fantastic prizes this year, including holidays to Berlin, Brighton, Italy or San Francisco, branded new bikes from Raleigh, innovative goodies from Torch, Cyclehoop, Litlok and more.
You only have to cycle for 10 minutes, anytime and anywhere during September for your participation to count towards your team score. Earn points climb the leader board by logging rides and encouraging others. Whether you’re a commuting champ or casual cruiser – all types of rides will count towards your team’s participation.
It only takes a minute to register on the Love To Ride website. Be sure to select your organisation, so that points count towards your team score and a chance to win some epic prizes. (Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)
BROMLEY: PREPARING FOR WINTER IS SNOW JOKE*
Residents’ associations, uniformed youth groups and other community groups are being invited to this year’s Snow Friends Conference on 19 September in preparation for the winter ahead.
It’s never too soon to prepare for the unknown and residents interested in setting up new Snow Friend groups, are being encouraged to attend the conference or contact the council for further details before the start of wintry weather and possibly heavy snowfall.
“The objective of this year’s conference is to ensure that Bromley’s magnificent army of Snow Friends are all still stocked, manned and positioned to respond to any extreme weather which we might have to endure this Winter, as well as attracting any new groups who might wish to join the borough’s national leading programme.
We are ultra-conscious that we have been extremely lucky with mild weathers since the cold snaps back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but that luck isn’t going to last forever and it is vital that we are all ready for it when that time comes.
Snow Friends have already proved themselves to be invaluable in removing snow from the smaller residential roads which the council simply cannot get to, allowing council crews to concentrate on critical main routes and more heavily used pavements.
We remain enormously proud of our network of Snow Friends and new volunteers are ever welcome and warmly invited to join our ranks” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment.
The Snow Friends initiative supplements the council’s existing gritting and snow clearing operations which are the most extensive of any London borough. With capacity to store 9,000 tonnes of salt, the council has one of the largest supplies of salt stocks of any London borough. Of the 500 miles of roads in the borough, around 280 miles of main road will be treated when road temperatures are predicted to be freezing, with the council gritting more miles of road than other boroughs. In addition, the council’s snow clearance crews also work to clear snow from pavements across the borough, focussing on town centres, outside schools and transport interchanges. As this work still leaves many residential roads and pavements ‘untreated’, Snow Friends are able to provide support by clearing snow from their local street with salt and snow scoops provided free of charge by the council (subject to availability).
Residents considering volunteering as a Snow Friend can be assured that there is no law preventing them from clearing snow and ice from the pavement or pathway outside their property, or from public spaces.
Snow Friends are advised to be careful and use common sense to ensure that they do not make the pavement or pathway more dangerous than before, but people walking on areas affected by snow and ice also have a responsibility to be careful themselves.
Willing volunteers should contact the council at www.bromley.gov.uk/snowfriends to join an existing group or to register their interest in possibly starting a group with like-minded neighbours. Residents Associations and other groups should also contact the council to confirm attendance at the Snow Friends Conference on 19 September. (*Source: Bromley council press release – and it’s their headline!))
LEWISHAM: PHARMACIES CONSULTATIONS
Lewisham are consulting residents on their views on pharmacy services to ensure high quality and easily-accessible services.
Pharmacies provide a number of services, including dispensing over-the-counter and prescribed medicines and offering health advice and information. We are conducting a survey to gather residents’ views on NHS pharmacy services in the borough.
The consultation responses will contribute to decision-making around approvals of new pharmacy applications in Lewisham.