At the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee meeting this evening (1 December), held at Wallington County Grammar School, Councillors agreed that proposals, which could ultimately see protected space for cycling on the busy road adjacent to the school, be presented to Transport for London for consideration. This is good news, and comes less than a week after the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee gave the green light to Sutton’s new Cycling Strategy on 26 November.
Members of the Beddington and Wallington Committee were responding to the report “Proposed Cycle Facilities on the Transport for London Road Network”, details of which are available from Major cycling schemes for TfL roads to be presented to councillors. The specific proposals for the Beddington North and Wallington North wards are also shown below.
It is important to note, as Mr Smith, Sutton Council’s Head of Highways and Transport Services did in his presentation, that these are only proposals to be sent TfL for consideration. It’s about starting the conversation, and thinking about the issues. These ideas will only progress if they are technically possible, if there is funding available, and if extensive consultation results in support from residents.
The cycling report that was presented this evening, outlines proposals for TfL roads in other parts of the borough too. These include major upgrades and extensions to the existing cycle paths adjacent to the A217 (Sutton by-pass), the proposals for which had already been received by three other Local Committees in the borough in the last two months.
The Sutton Local Committee had agreed to proposals in the central wards on 3 November, and there was more good news on 19 November when the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee signalled support in the south-west of the borough too. A recommendation in relation to Rosehill roundabout was, however, rejected by the St Helier The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Committee on 8 October. It is hoped that this may be reconsidered, though, in light of the support elsewhere.
Our thanks go to all Beddington and Wallington Local Committee Members for their help this evening in taking Sutton another step towards becoming a London borough of distinction (in a school where the latest Ofsted report rates the achievement of pupils as outstanding). Particular thanks go to Cllr. Manuel Abellan, borough Cycling Champion, and Cllr. Neil Garratt, unofficial borough Cycling Champion, for their support.
The conversation has began, and we hope that, in time, the idea of cycling to Beddington Park as well as in Beddington Park will be something that many of those who attended the meeting today will feel able to do. And if they don’t, well, at least finding that elusive parking space in the park may be not be quite so problematic after all.
By the way, would Mr Smith kindly remain behind after class and report to the Head Master. You only scored 5 out of 10 for your presentation to the Committee, and that was simply not good enough! 🙂