Kingston and Surbiton Labour Party Secretary, Emma Francis, has written to Kingston council, calling on them to change their design of Villiers Road, following concerns raised to the Labour Grove Action Team by local residents.
Below, Emma explains the issues:
Grove residents at the Surbiton end of Villiers Road are furious with a new road design that has created more congestion, at the same time as making it less safe for pedestrians.
Tory run Kingston Council has spent tens of thousands of pounds on extending the pavements, with little consultation of affected residents, so they jut out into the road, meaning that two cars can no longer pass alongside each other. Instead, cars are forced to swerve into the other side of the road, creating a bottleneck that has led to numerous incidents of road rage. K4 and K1 buses are regularly delayed at this point, as they can’t get around the newly laid pavement. Residents have to put up with the stop and start of cars outside their houses, and extreme difficulty parking their cars outside their own homes.
A couple of residents told me it is now also more difficult to cross the road, which both Simon Ayre, a fellow campaigner in Grove, who has lived locally for the last 18 years, and myself experienced (pictured above).
Residents also pointed out there are a number of families with toddlers who live on the street, so they need to be able to park closer to their own homes. As part of the Labour Grove Action Team, we are committed to listening to and campaigning on behalf of all residents.
I have written to the Council and asked them to remove the new area of pavement and to instead install alternative methods that slow the traffic at the same time as allowing it to flow freely. For example a chicane with a sign with showed which direction had priority would have achieved this, or even a speed camera - without all the expensive building work - and could have also generated money for the Council too to reinvest in the borough.
Here is a petition I have started too: