Has anyone succeeded in lobbying Wandsworth council to slow down traffic on their road?

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mum_1980
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Has anyone succeeded in lobbying Wandsworth council to slow down traffic on their road?

Postby mum_1980 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:32 am

I need some advice please. It's about a blind corner which I live on on Clapham Common Northside. It's the corner of Sisters Avenue and Thirsk Road where drivers bomb down as a thoroughfare between Clapham Common and Lavender Hill.

Did anyone hear the massive thuds on Wednesday night at around midnight? A drunk driver with a posse of passengers, all drinking, screeched round the corner of Sisters Avenue and Thirsk Road, crashing into two cars before coming to a halt after neighbours ran out of their houses. The driver and passengers jumped out the car and ran away on foot towards Lavender Hill. The back seat of the car was full of bottles of booze. This was the last straw for us!

Although a police report was filed, it seems that if no-one has been injured then it is treated like any other auto accident. As in case closed and claim on your insurance. It's a miracle that no-one was hurt. The car was towed away, it wasn't registered to anyone and wasn't reported as stolen so the case runs cold.

It's the first time an incident of this magnitude has happened, but that blind bend in the road is super dangerous. Drunk drivers aside, drivers seem to bomb it down even though it is a 20mph road, there are constant stand offs where cars won't give way to each other, and the classic, instead of slowing down and cautiously going around the bend, drivers beep, beep their horns around the corner to alert other people they are coming so if they are going to crash, at least they are being noisy about it and disturb the residents at all times of the day and night! Not to mention those that bomb through with their music on full blast in the middle of the night!

Although this is the first time to my knowledge of a drunk driver screeching round damaging more than one car. It's not the first time, a car parked on that road has been smashed into by someone speeding around the bend. It's so bad that residents are worried about parking their cars on it, which makes it tricky as off street parking is limited around here.

I've been here for ten years and it was never like this. I am considering making a case to make the road one way, or install speed bumps or cameras. Has anyone on here been successful in doing this on their road and can you give me some tips as to how to frame my proposal to the council and who to contact? I will of course consult all my neighbours first to get them on board.

Any advice is most gratefully received.
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Postby egc1973 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:52 pm

hi no idea but Theatre st  towards Lavender Hill is also getting very busy and at very fast speeds and they should control that, not only checking for parking permits and placing fines.
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Postby SJ1979 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:26 am

Yes, my husband definitely heard that crash and wondered what on earth had happened.  How awful - we live on Sisters Avenue and have done for more than 10 years also and agree it's such a dangerous fast road as it's nice and wide and people love to pick up speed along it up and down from the common end especially.  I often signal to drivers along there to slow down, especially when I'm out with the dogs and children.  Only yesterday we were walking back with the dogs and a car turned off Clapham Common Northside and picked up huge speed along the road, it was terrifying.  My husband thinks speed bumps won't work, that people will still continue to go as fast, and it'll be even worse at night as you will just hear the cars racing along them but it has been an issue for a long time and I agree something does need to be done.
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Postby Sappelle » Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:39 am

We have had similar issues on neighbouring Sugden. Because that’s a long straight road people use it as a cut through. We get ridiculous stand offs where people refuse to back down to pass. Last year I had to call the police after an argument almost turned violent. We had someone crashing the car after using it as a getaway. We have also had numerous scratches on our cars from people clipping them at speed. There’s lots of beeping of horns etc and people speeding down there. One of our neighbours gathered a petition with signatures and submitted it to the council asking for either traffic calming measures or for the road to be made one way but no luck. I would imagine you’re likely to get the same response - the council don’t seem bothered even in the face of evidence
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Postby Ak17 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:30 am

I live on Mysore Road and one of our neighbours DID successfully lobby the council 2 years ago to have Mysore Road deemed no entry from Lavender Hill. It's made a massive difference to safety (and noise on the street). I believe she did quite a lot of chasing the council and submitting stories (we had a number of incidents where police were called), the council then put a note through everyone's door asking for opinions, and she then chased further. So don't give up hope!!
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Postby wasateacher » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:21 am

"it wasn't registered to anyone " - how is that possible?  Does that mean that it was stolen from a car showroom.  Surely, the police should be investigating why a car, presumably with UK number plates, can be unregistered.
 
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Postby ronangel » Mon Aug 17, 2020 4:50 pm

A cheap car can be bought at auction/from private seller for cash.The seller sends off to dvla their part of registration document saying sold but new owner does not register in their name,or in name rhat does not exist at any address.no insurance or road fund licence will be picked up by the police but the cost of the car maybe £500 against young persons insurance of £500+ a month payments! (If they have UK or any licence) plus road fund licence means cheaper to change car when things llke this happen,or parking tickets or tow away just leave it as happened this time and buy another one!
For problem: Get street made one way ( everybody in street contact council!)
Large reflective sign on wall on bend with arrow pointing which way to turn! Until sorted.
 
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