Back in September, a group of local residents – with support from the Hither Green Community Association – circulated a survey about Hither Green Lane. We felt the Lane was blighted by speeding traffic, and could be a safer and more pleasant environment for local people.
We’ve now analysed the results – on a range of questions about the environment, retail space and traffic – and there are some clear results:
– Significant support (62%) for more crossings and improvements to the pedestrian environment;
– Overwhelming support (90%+) for improvements to shop-front maintenance; and
– Concern about antisocial behaviour, including drinking and drug-taking on the lane, and a belief more should be done on this front – in respect and sympathy for the genuine social issues which lie behind it.
We also asked for residents’ views on solutions, and – based on the ideas suggested – we have set out proposed actions for change on the Lane. This has an immediate focus, as we have recently learned that there is significant LIP (Local Implementation Plan) funding available for TfL, for improvements on the local traffic corridor. This should help us tackle some of the traffic issues.
We are very keen to get as many views as possible on the proposals – which can be viewed here.
We will be presenting the finalised proposals and action plan to the Mayor and Councillors in January.