Today sees the start of a £20 million major highways investment programme, the biggest in Lambeth’s history, of planned transport and environmental improvements right across the borough.
The funding is announced alongside the launch of the Co-operative Council’s ‘Cleaner Streets’ campaign to encourage greater voluntary participation from local residents in helping to make their streets cleaner, greener and safer.
Alongside an investment of £12.5million in road re-surfacing and improvements to over 130 roads and pavements, to be completed by March 2014, £7million will be spent on a range of borough-wide environmental schemes to help clean up and improve the appearance of local streets, including tree-planting and traffic-calming measures to reduce traffic accidents; schemes to encourage more cycling and walking and measures to cut street clutter and plant more trees.
The Cleaner Streets campaign was launched with a photo-call featuring local residents and Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, at Knight’s Hill in West Norwood, where work has just started on a new 20 mph zone that will cover the area from west of Knight’s Hill & Norwood Road to Leigham Court Road.
Cllr Robbins said: “Residents have told us that they want us to make their streets safer, cleaner, and greener, and we are delivering. Making sure our streets are in a good condition is central to that, which is why we are making the biggest ever investment in roads and pavements, with over 100 Lambeth roads resurfaced in the next year as part of our £20million neighbourhood investment programme.
“I am delighted to announce work has started this week to create a new 20mph zone west of Knight’s Hill and Norwood Road. The new zone will make streets safer, encourage more walking and cycling, improve visibility and accessibility for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users and improve the environment.
“We’re delivering cleaner streets, but we also want to work with residents to help us keep them that way. There are lots of ways for residents to get involved, including volunteering to water street trees, signing up to be a snow warden, or running a Community Freshview project in your own street.”
As the Co-operative Council, Lambeth wants to hear from residents interested in getting involved in cleaning up and maintaining their own streets. If you have an idea about how to get more people involved or you just want to tell us about an idea or scheme that is already working then we want to hear from you.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at: 020 7926 9000 or go online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/cleanerstreets.