A Croydon Council committee will decide in January whether to permanently keep, remove or replace a pilot scheme set up to reduce local through traffic and boost walking and cycling.
Last summer the council secured government funding via Transport for London to temporarily install planters across five streets in Crystal Palace and South Norwood with the aim of encouraging sustainable travel for more journeys and improving air quality.
The Crystal Palace and South Norwood Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme is one of several temporary Streetspace projects across the borough, which were designed based on central government guidance encouraging councils to make their streets safer, quieter and less polluted.
In November the council launched a public consultation asking for participants’ views and to choose one of three permanent options – whether the scheme along Lancaster Road, Warminster Road, Fox Hill, Stambourne Way and Sylvan Hill should remain as it is, be removed all together, or be replaced with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to allow access for local residents and emergency vehicles.
After receiving more than 4,000 public responses, and to give more feedback time to local businesses that reopened last week after the second national lockdown, the council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee will now make a final decision on 4 January.
“We have had a huge public response to our consultation, and I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to give their views.
“Because many local businesses had to shut during the second national lockdown, we are giving them longer to give their feedback on this scheme if they haven’t already done so. This means that the TMAC committee will now consider the permanent proposals at its January meeting.”
Councillor Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon
For more information, visit croydon.gov.uk/streetspace.