Article last revised 8 July 2020
‘Streetspace for Sutton: The timeline for implementation‘
‘Streetspace for Sutton: Setting the Scene‘
‘Streetspace for London: Newsfeeds from Sutton and neighbouring boroughs‘
‘Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025‘
Following on from Sutton Council’s announcement on 22 May 2020 of the borough’s first measures in support of TfL’s London Streetspace Plan (which were discussed briefly in our ‘live’ post ‘Timeline for implementation‘), details of proposed measures to form the next phase of the Streetspace programme in the borough have been unveiled.
A report, with the compelling title ‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets‘, has been released as an agenda item ahead of the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting on 6 July 2020. ‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets‘ outlines how the Council can further improve the public realm, develop a commitment to environmental sustainability, and help with the green recovery from COVID-19. A list summarising the funding bids, as submitted to the DfT and TfL and totalling over £3.7m, is provided as an appendix to the main report. Two maps detailing the locations also provided of the proposed ‘School Streets‘; ‘All other proposals‘. Direct links to the pdfs on the council’s website are provided below.
Strategy and Resources Committee | 6 July 2020 | Agenda item 6
‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets‘ (LB of Sutton, 25.06.2020 for 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix A – Summary of Bids‘ (LB of Sutton, 25.06.2020 for 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix B – School Streets‘ (LB of Sutton, 25.06.2020 for 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix C – All other proposals‘ (LB of Sutton, 25.06.2020 for 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix A – UPDATED Summary of Bids‘ (LB of Sutton, 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix C – UPDATED All other Proposals‘ (LB of Sutton, 06.07.2020)
‘Appendix D – NEW Currently funded proposals‘ (LB of Sutton, 06.07.2020)
Many of these measures outlined in the summary of bids document look very good. Especially those relating to the DfT Active Travel Submission, Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, Cycleway elements, and School Streets.
The text from ‘Appendix A – Summary of bids’ document is reproduced below, along with graphics showing some detail from the maps.
First, some additional context (and there is more in the ‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets’ report of course):
- The Council had already been working on some of these proposals prior to the pandemic (Quietways, Cycleways, and work around low traffic neighbourhoods for the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme).
- Some of the other measures outlined are as a direct result of our group’s suggestions (and those of the wider community) through ‘Help us list Streets for Social Distancing in Sutton‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, 29 April 2020) – now facilitated through Widen My Path – plus earlier, and ongoing, campaign work (including ‘Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, 3 July 2014)
- The Council continues to seek suggestions for locations where walking and cycling could be made safer and easier in the borough at ‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets – Where is your busy spot?‘ (LB of Sutton, 18 June 2020) with a link to Widen My Path.
In terms of funding, and as noted in the ‘Safer, Active, Greener Streets’ report, it is important to highlight the following (bold text is our emphasis):
- “Streetspace is the new TfL strategy with a £45 million London Streetspace Plan (LSP) funding pot for walking and cycling improvements to ensure social distancing and lock in improvements for active travel across the capital which covers the first half of 2020-21 up until September”.
- “All of TfL’s other funding streams, such as the LIP programme, Cycleways projects, Principal Road Maintenance and the Bus Priority programme, as set out in the report to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at the 11 March 2020 meeting are paused. This new fund is currently the only TfL funding accessible to boroughs in 2020/21“.
Although the funding streams have been reduced, and an announcement on the Liveable Neighbourhoods third funding bid (which it is believed could have seen Sutton awarded up to £6million) has been paused or possibly abandoned, there is reason to be optimistic. If the outlined Streetspace measures for the borough are endorsed, successfully delivered, and found to be popular, they are likely to afford very good value for money. Far better than anything the Local Implementation Plan has delivered in Sutton (with, or without, the Healthy Streets approach), that is for sure.
Let’s hope there is no going back to the old ‘normal’. Let’s hope that Streetspace is the start of something big. Because if it is, peoples’ discovery, or rediscovery, of walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic will be one positive outcome that can be built on.
LIP programme April 2020 to March 2021 (“paused”)
‘‘Healthy Streets’ for Sutton year two (2020-2021)‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, 14 October 2019)
Summary of bids
The text here has been sourced from ‘Appendix A – summary of bids‘. The images are details from either ‘Appendix B – School Streets‘ or ‘Appendix C – All other proposals‘. Please note that three days after this post was originally published, new updated versions of both ‘Appendix A’ and ‘Appendix C’ were released on 6 July (see above for the links). The text and images that follow were taken from the original versions of these documents, so please refer to the revised versions for the updated information.
1: DfT Active Travel Submission
Bid based on the Liveable Neighbourhood work that includes low traffic zones in south Sutton, comprising two main areas, Langley Park Road / South Sutton and Belmont / Overton. Some tailoring of the proposals will be needed as DfT is only allocating £100,000 at this stage.
2: Strategic Cycling
Looking to provide local improvements at Parkgate Road / Park Lane, Grove Road, West Street and Church Road.
3: Low traffic neighbourhoods
Bid includes three schemes at Butter Hill, North Cheam and Worcester Park and the last two locations are sites within the East-West cycle route from Worcester Park to Sutton Town Centre.
4: Space at centres
Bid includes locations in the vicinity of shops, pharmacies, a cafe and a school and where there are narrow footways
5: LIP related proposals
Three locations that are considered to meet the LSP funding criteria and were already under development as part of the 2019-20 LIP programme and officers consider can be delivered by the end of September. The three locations are Sparrow Farm Road / Kingsmead Avenue area, Cheam station area and Foresters Drive.
6: Cycleway elements
Four sets of measures that help deliver the Colliers Wood to Sutton Cycleway, including completion of the Bishopsford Road toucan crossing, a segregated footway connection to St Helier hospital, Rosehill Park path and a package of four road closures and 20 mph speed limits on roads in the local area. LB Sutton and LB Merton revisited the Cycleways scheme, to ensure the proposals remained in line with the original objectives.
7: School Streets
Includes sixteen schemes (outside eighteen schools), with five of those schemes introduced using emergency powers to support return to schools from 4th June in Sutton Town Centre and Cheam. Includes a further programme to introduce ANPR enforced school streets at these five locations (Robin Hood Juniors, Cheam Park Farm, Cheam Common, Cheam Fields and Manor Park) plus the remaining eleven locations (Overton Grange, St Mary’s/St Philomena’s, Muschamp Primary, Rushy Meadow, Harris Academy Carshalton, All Saints Carshalton, Carshalton Sports College, Green Lane Primary, Westbourne Primary, Bandon Hill Primary/Sherwood Hill and St Elphege’s Catholic Infants and Juniors) from September 2020.
8: Town centre space
Bid for £40,000 for four town centre locations, three in Sutton town centre (two in Throwley Way and a stretch of St Nicholas Way) and one in Worcester Park (beneath the railway bridge). The schemes involve reallocation of road space to widen footways to improve pedestrian space and create more space for cycling.
9: Follow-up Town centre space
This covered a number of additional sites around Sutton Town Centre that provide access into the town, as well as 5 additonal locations where additonal road space had been identified.
10: Cycle parking
This covered cycle parking facilities in urban centres, parks, sheffield stands and cycle hangers at various locations and parking at schools.
11: Submission for Sunk Costs
This covers funding for works that were either underway prior to TfL pausing LIP work, or to cover invoices that were being processed.
For updates, also see ‘Streetscape for Sutton: The timeline for implementation‘ (and other posts in the Streetspace category).
v1.1: 8 July 2020