ePetition - Stanmer Street access trial
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Stanmer Street access trial
Stammer Street Community Garden is a space that runs parallel to
Stanmer Street which is used (by license with the council) for a
number of different purposes. The garden has been developed by
local residents over the last few years who have established a
number of things such as: a permaculture garden (including some
harvestable fruits, vegetables and herbs); a large compost scheme;
fruit trees, and seating areas. The garden is largely managed by
Stanmer Street Community Garden Committee who have received funding
from various sources to develop this plot of land for community
use, and, as such, the space is now used by elderly and disabled
people, dog walkers, families, local community groups, walkers and
cyclists, as well as the those joining in with specific Community
There has always been an issue of safety regarding the use of Stanmer Street. As a single car width road, which is currently two-way, if two vehicles approach at the same time from the different ends, especially if it is wet, icy or snowy, since there is a slight hill, it is difficult for one to reverse. Even in good weather, at the bottom of Stanmer Street at its junction with Stanmer Villas, there is poor road visibility and there have been regular car accidents at that spot. Moreover, now that the Community Garden is being used more often, with the pavement being incredibly narrow, there are increasing problems with accessibility, especially for those using buggies or wheelchairs.
Our current proposal would allow access from one end but prevent two-way access. It would also lessen traffic around the garden. The proposed temporary closure would be easy to implement as it would simply require a temporary barrier at the junction with Stanmer Villas and a sign at the top saying ‘access only’. Finally, it would require the extension of the double yellow lines across the turning circle that is currently being used inappropriately for parking.
We propose keeping the temporary barriers in place for at least a year which will provide the opportunity to evaluate the effects, ideally leading to the implementation of a permanent closure of the road. If the latter were achieved, this would also open up parking at the junction with Stanmer Villas and, in the longer term we aim to consider and maybe create opportunities for other innovative and ecologically positive uses of the new space, such as EV car charging points.
This ePetition ran from 18/04/2023 to 18/10/2023 and has now finished.
25 people signed this ePetition.
Will be presented to the Transport & Sustainability Committee