Diary of a Sutton Councillor


  1. It’s looking great so far! :)

    Comment by David Mitchell | May 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. Any particular reason why no cycle lanes have been introduced in the high street? All the government goes on about is not using cars, and cycle to work. So the council in its infinite wisdom, narrows the high street by widening the pavement,thus leaving no room for cyclists. guess that means we’ll just cause more traffic problems by queuing the cars behind us.

    Comment by Steve Curtis | June 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Cycle lanes are part of the scheme and will be marked once the road resurfacing is completed – which is being done this week. These will link with existing cycle lanes in the borough. The pavements were able to be widened by reclaiming the road previously used by the on-street parking bays, but in fact the carriageway available for moving traffic will be wider than it was in order to accommodate the cycle lanes. The cycle lanes were incorporated with reference to advice from local cycling groups. Cycling group representatives remain involved with the scheme as members of the stakeholders group.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | June 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. Jayne.
    Who have you got on the stakeholders panel from the local businesses?


    Comment by tim crowley | June 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Tim,
      I don’t think I can provide all their names here without permission, however I can advise that representatives from Richard Marks have been involved all the way through and representatives of the owners of Wallington Square came along early on in the process.
      Since implementation of the works we have had varying numbers of traders attending the fortnightly meetings ranging from 5 to 16 with about three regulars, including Vic Robinson from Cobblers Awl.
      As the original remit of the stakeholders group was to have two representatives from each of the key groups e.g. from each residents’ association, friends of the library, Scola & Orchard Hill, local businesses and cycle groups etc. we find that we are now democratically unbalanced in favour of local businesses. However as different businesses have different perspectives and the representatives from residents’ groups are well able to speak up for themselves and have not complained we have been happy to accommodate everyone.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | June 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. Here is a link to an interesting report on Investment in the Walking Environment prepared by Living Streets: http://www.pacts.org.uk/research.php?id=68.

    Comment by jaynemccoy | June 26, 2011 | Reply

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