Ladywell streetscape improvement plan released

Lewisham Council has released plans to improve the heart of Ladywell, which is riven by an ugly road system that damages its prospects as a local shopping centre. They say:

These plans build on initial work that was commissioned by Ladywell Village Improvement Group in 2010 with funding from Ladywell Assembly. 

At present, the needs of vehicles moving through Ladywell town centre are prioritised over local access for pedestrians, cyclists and businesses. The changes being proposed will help to improve the environment and economic viability of Ladywell’s main retail centre without impacting on the flow of traffic. £800,000 has been secured from Transport for London to implement the scheme over two financial years.

The improvements made to Brockley Road have - along with the extra footfall created by the East London Line - helped to drive the regeneration of the high street near Brockley Station. This stuff works.

19 comments:

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Looks good. Public realm improvements are so necessary in the Borough after what looks like years of no consideration. It would be good if local property owners could be encouraged to improve the appearance of their buildings in tandem, such as remove unnecessary signage etc... and the Council reduced its street clutter. Those flats above Coral never materialised despite a high profile campaign.

Anonymous said...

Good effort I suppose, but they'll always be fighting a losing battle while the centrepiece of the town is that bookies.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does the mockup look almost exactly the same? A road where there was a road, a pavement where there was a pavement... have the Brockley Station "build a bridge to replace a bridge" lot got involved in this as well? As an idea, it's a bit of an Aunt Mungo.

AliP said...

I'm really excited. It will be far more shopper/pedestrian-friendly, with far wider pavements, parking bays, the removal of the railings, and the introduction of more greenery. Yes, it's a shame that the centre of this pic is the bookies, but right next door is El's, across the road is Rose Corner, and if you take it from the other angle there's Slater and King, Oscars, etc. Lots of lovely stuff.

Anonymous said...

The 'mock' photo doesn't do it any justice - the new pavement widths are a great improvement for pedestrians, clawing back some space from that road. I agree that it would be nice to get the buildings to spruce up a bit, but probably not something anyone can influence. We just need something good to come of the old Masons!

Simon & Olivia @Geddes said...

We really welcome the streetscape scheme. The LVIG have done a marvellous job in getting this project off the ground and we - as a local business - really appreciate their efforts.
We realise their are still outstanding issues with the bookies and the appearance of a few of the properties but sometimes these thing don't happen over night. It,s small steps at a time when regenerating a parade but we have seen some quite considerable changes since we first arrived in Ladywell almost five years ago. During that time we have seen Oscars, El's Kitchen, Slater and King open, and the Ladywell Tavern re- open. The Ladywell Cafe has new owners and is much improved and even the chicken shops have decency frontages.
We mourn the loss of Masons - our favourite watering hole - but we are optimistic someone will have the courage to bring the place back to life.
Our thanks to the LVIG.

Simon & Olivia @geddes said...

Typo's - their, it,s and decency - apologies.

barryls said...

Excellent

ladywellvillager said...

if only the tattoo shop wouldn't spit out its door onto the pavement. Twice I've had a near miss. Disgusting.

Pete said...

LVIG deserve a big pat on the back for this, particularly Tony Rich. The removal of the railings and the widening of pavements will really improve things.

Anonymous said...

As part of the consultation I would be extremely interested to hear what the planned improvements are for traffic flow. There is a serious problem from the Ladywell Rd/Adelaide Ave roundabout down to Lewisham High St which can surely be improved through better signalisation and prioritisation.

Anonymous said...

traffic flow will not change as a result of this, the CPZ will continue to crush the life out of the perimeter of the area, but the pavements will be slightly wider

Anonymous said...

Noted the dogwhistle comment about "even the chicken shops have decent frontages" by Geddes above. Why shouldn't they have decent frontages?! Is it because they are honest and decent in and of themselves?

RosieH said...

Not sure why the scheme intends to place a tree in front of the Ladywell Tavern, obscuring its lovely windows and brickwork. Agree that some traffic flow issues could have been usefully addressed.

Anonymous said...

It is an improvement.

It would indeed look a lot better if the shop fronts were improved.

Satellite dishes repositioned. Tidying up the signage like they have done in other areas of London.

A shopfront improvement scheme would also benefit Crofton Park and the shopping parades of Brockley Rd.

They are chaotic and make the place look grim.

FintonStack said...

"Noted the dogwhistle comment about "even the chicken shops have decent frontages" by Geddes above. Why shouldn't they have decent frontages?! Is it because they are honest and decent in and of themselves?"

The only dogwhistling going on here is your use of the word "dogwhistle" to not-so-subtly brand as a crypto-racist anyone who says anything that rubs up against your paper-thin skin. Now toddle along.

Anonymous said...

Agreed FintonStack, that phrase is used far too much on here. Embarrasingly so

Anonymous said...

'This stuff works'
Yeah, in the same way as interior decorating is the perfect solution to mortgage arrears.

Robert Sheppard said...

The Council has just restarted action against Coomes (who own the Coral building) which could result in the issue of an Empty Dwelling Management Order requiring the building to be repaired and brought back into use - see www.ladywell.blogspot.co.uk

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