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If the buses are parked along The Pavement, we fear that
this will lead to the widening of this road to take the extra volume
of traffic and the possible introduction of a bus lane. A
significant part of the The Common close to Old Town would then be lost,
as would some of the charm of the area.
Changes by Stealth?
Residents close to The Pavement have witnessed a
sequence of recent changes, which could the thin edge of a wedge to affect the
widening of the road. These changes have taken place over three years.
At no point were residents consulted about this.
- A bus stop appeared on
- The railings around the
part of the Common on the East side of The Pavement,
adjacent to the bus stop, were removed.
- The bus stop was then removed and replaced with a bus
stand, necessitating the removal of residents parking bays.
We wonder what other changes are planned without our knowledge.
Is there a hidden agenda?
The picture below shows the current situation with the recently
installed two bus stands on The Pavement, opposite The Polygon.
The widening of The Pavement can only be achieved by losing part of
The Common, and possibly part of the paddling pool.
At nearby Herne Hill, part of Brockwell Park has recently been taken to
widen the road there, so these fears are by no means without foundation
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- I am afraid this project has all the hallmarks of spending someone else’s money
(TfL’s) according to someone else’s criteria (TfL’s) irrespective of whether it is
really good for Clapham.
- There’s a comment somewhere in a reply to another
correspondent to the effect “we had to apply quickly or else someone else would have
got the money”. Not a good basis on which to carry out such major works.
- Clearly if
you’ve got the money and you’ve got the political will you can push this through,
but mark my words, you will not improve the environment for anyone if we just get
endless queues of near stationary traffic snaking through Clapham Old Town, pumping
- I’m afraid the argument that reducing road space for vehicles makes
for a more pleasant environment for cyclists and pedestrians is simply facile and
amounts to not much more than an anti-car agenda.
- Incidentally I see that buses are now standing along Rookery Road. This is much less
intrusive than along the Pavement. Why not put them all there?