The committee that looks into street management at the council have rejected several requests from petitions to pilot changes to local streets. Following the most recent petition that went before committee, councillors asked officers to come up with a strategy to create home zones in the borough. Instead of waiting for a strategy document to be drawn up, we thought that we could show the appetite that exists from local residents to pilot a home zone using temporary measures. With both Honeywell and Belleville Primary schools within this area, we would like the council to be pro-active in making our streets safer rather than waiting for an accident to happen.
What is a 'home zone'?
In essence, a 'home zone' is an area of residential streets where measures have been put in place to reduce the dominance of motor traffic and create a safer environment. A growing number of pilot schemes are taking place in London, notably in Waltham Forest as part of the 'mini-holland' project, and more recently along Norbury Avenue in Croydon and in South Wimbledon on Balfour Road.
Let's give it a go!
We, the undersigned, call on Wandsworth Council to pilot a home zone area on the east side of Northcote Road to The Avenue, and from Battersea Rise to Broomwood Road, for a suitable period of time using temporary measures to see if the benefits from creating a permanent home zone outweigh any potential traffic disruption that may be caused.