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Grass to replace tarmac as Clapham goes ‘car free’ for a day

The Car Free Day has been organised by Lambeth Council to show how urban spaces can be better used without motor vehicles driving through or parking in them. It will also give a possible taster of the future. As part of the ‘Clapham Gateway’ scheme, the council is proposing the re-location of the bus stand in the centre of Old Town, the removal of the eastern carriageway to through traffic and the creation of a new piazza area.

With the sounds of motor engines and car horns silenced, there will be singing from a Clapham based choir and performances from other local musicians powered by pedal power.

The day will see markets stalls, activities for children in the family play area including a sand pit, face painting, games and a cycling clown, and much more.

Councillor Nigel Haselden Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport on Lambeth Council, said: “This promises to be a fantastic day and I’m really looking forward to it and hope as many people come and enjoy it as possible.

“With more and more traffic on our roads every year, it’s important that we start looking toward the future and how we can better use our urban spaces so they are not dominated by traffic, pollution and congestion.

“I also hope people take the chance to come and learn about our plans for the Clapham Gateway scheme, which aims to improve the environment and road safety for local people, businesses and visitors. In many ways, Clapham Car Free Day could be a taste of the future.”

Workshops will include Clapham Pottery demonstrating their art and Tea House Theatre who will bring an element of street theatre, living statues, a little bit of Shakespeare and some mime, all around a tea stall in a vintage style where they will be giving away tea.

Come and marvel at the Bicycle Ballet – the workshop explores cycling: the feelings of ecstatic joy you get from swerving downhill on a bike with the wind behind you and the sun on your face, tempered by the gritty reality of manoeuvring amongst traffic, pollution, theft, vandalism and the tricks of securely locking your bike.

A special stand will give information on the ‘Clapham Gateway’ scheme. Come and visit to find out more about the proposal and be a part of the consultation.

The event runs from 12-5pm and all are welcome.

The bandstand will be showcasing music from, among others:

  • Pop Choir – are a choir based in Clapham and as the name suggests, are a choir who sing pop hits
  • Matthew Nicholson – an inspiring singer songwriter
  • Penny Serenade – a fabulous 6 piece band
  • Jonny Tarr – a soul inspired singer and instrumentalist.

The day is being organised by Lambeth Council in partnership with Veolia and FM Conway, as part of European Mobility Week, which encourages public awareness of the need to act against pollution caused by the increase in motorised traffic in the urban environment.

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