Thursday, 12 December 2013

January 2014 - Going to need your help

Those of you that regularly follow this blog will know that progress can be painfully slow at times. That said, we may be close to a breakthrough.

Early in January 2014 (exact dates to be confirmed) the consultation pack for Fishponds Road area will be delivered. This is as a result of a petition that I presented to the council back in July 2012. That petition asked the council to trial an approach that works elsewhere basically to see if we can make our streets safer.

If it goes ahead, works, and people still want to keep it, we could end up with the roads having this type of arrangement on them:

Thanks to @psimonk and @Labourstone for the picture - Somers Road, Walthamstow

The consultation has to be approved, so that we can trial, using temporary measures, barriers which will have the same effect on certain streets. The council will deliver the consultation pack to around 2200 households. The council have asked for a response rate of around 40% (higher than turnout in some local elections). 

The longer a pack is in someone's home, and they haven't looked at it, the greater the chance of it hitting the recycling bag. I'm getting a team together so that when the pack goes out, we can door knock and ask if people have responded. 

95% of the people I asked, when I originally ran the petition were happy to support it. Next big ask is getting a good response rate. Can you help? 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

More petitions formally presented to Wandsworth Council

This email just came in:

"I can confirm that your petitions relating to (i) a pilot traffic scheme in Smallwood Road / Fountain Road ; and (ii) making Mitcham Lane safer for all were presented to the Council at its meeting yesterday evening by Councillors Ben Johnson and Leonie Cooper respectively.

The Director of Environment and Community Services will look into the issues raised and report to a future meeting of the Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I will send you a copy of each report as soon as it is published."

The petitions presented last night at the full council had a combined total of over 1000 people. I'm still working on a few more petitions in Tooting. If you'd like to help out make our streets safer, drop me a line.

All those signatures don't appear by magic. 

Big thanks to you if you have signed them. Don't forget you can see some of the current petitions via the link at the top right of the page.