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Joined 13-12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 08:05 pm:   

Southwark Council have commissioned national charity Living Streets to advise them how Lordship Lane (from Goose Green to the Library) could be improved for pedestrians.

I don't know if any SE23 Forum users shop on Lordship Lane (I used to live on the same posh estate as BaggyDave, and I used to shop there, so I'm hoping some of you do, too).

In early discussions with shoppers, residents and retailers, certain issues have come up again and again:

*Narrow, cluttered pavements
*No safe crossing points between Iceland and Goose Green
*Crossing East Dulwich Grove is dangerous
*Possibility of pedestrianising part of North Cross Road for a proper Saturday market
*Improving crossing at the Goose Green roundabout.

What do you think are the key issues? If this is important to you, please post stuff here, but also try to come along to one of the two events we're running - the Saturday morning walkabout should interesting, if only in trying to find space on the footways for a group of us to stop and talk...

We are running two events - a meeting and a walk - to ask local people what they think. Posters are up in shops on Lordship Lane, but the details are:

A Meeting at Dulwich Grove United Reformed Church Hall (opposite Dulwich Hospital) at 7pm on Wednesday 31st January

A Walk on Lordship Lane, starting from the same venue at 11am on Saturday 3rd February.

If you would like to see improvements to your walking experience on Lordship Lane, please come along. You can contact me direct for more info on 01539 738610 (I know this isn't a London number, but I am a proper south east London boy, honest).
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 09:56 am:   

Our main concern would be the 'no safe crossing'. It's almost as bad as Perry Vale!!
Joined 13-12-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 11:47 am:   

I spent two days walking Lordship Lane last week, talking to as many of the shopkeepers as I could. Those at the Goose Green end were very keen to see a new crossing point between Goose Green roundabout and the existing crossing outside Iceland.

However, none of them were prepared to have a crossing outside their shop, and lose the parking spaces outside their own premises! The obvious location would be right outside Somerfield - but at least one of the retailers opposite is prepared to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect their parking.

The manager at Somerfield tells me his shop generates 17,000 shopping trips per week. He reckons 80% come on foot or bus. If I had a shop opposite, I'd kill for a chunk of this footfall, but retailers on Lordship Lane are evidently very protective of their car-borne customers.
Joined 12-10-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 12:08 pm:   

Why not stick the crossing outside a pub.

Think about it...
Joined 13-12-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 12:29 pm:   

We'll need two pubs that face each other - any suggestions?
Joined 12-10-2006
Posted on Thursday, 25 January, 2007 - 01:31 pm:   

Well, it's the 50% solution. Choose one with an empty unit opposite or something less parking-dependent.

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