A-boards, plan B

Lewisham Council has retreated from its hard-line position on Ladywell's businesses' right to roam local pavements. Tony writes:

Ladywell business owners submitted a petition with 500 signatures to the Mayor urging Lewisham council to rethink its heavy handed ban on local shops and cafes using the footpath outside their premises for A-boards, tables and planters. The ban, if you remember, was a result of turning the footpath into a public highway for cyclists and pedestrians - and A-boards and tables might pose a hazard.

The deputy mayor Cllr Alan Smith has now responded. He agrees the implementation of the shared surface pathway was "somewhat heavy handed" and has asked officers to "monitor usage of the cycle lane to ensure that cyclists, pedestrians and the neighbouring businesses needs are met." The officers should take a "pragmatic approach that should allow the businesses ... to use the space outside the shops whilst still allowing access for the paths users." he adds. Cllr Smith says that if changes need to be made in future the council "will ensure there is a full discussion with local businesses before any action is taken."

A little step forward. It was worth kicking up a fuss!

7 comments:

Mossie said...

Well done Ladywell, although Le Delice plant containers are pretty horrid, apart from the plants.

Ian on the Hill said...

Hmmm, pity they don;t apply some of it to Brockley.
Most of those using Harefield Road regularly are pretty annoyed at - I suppose I'm not allowed to use the name here - for being forced to regularly squeeze their way through gaps in the parked cars, this includes pushchair users, and walk into the traffic to get past the illegal use of the pavement by the cafe that takes up the entire pavement and stops anyone getting past. The one that allows up to a dozen chairs to be taken outside at a time.

Chrome said...

Good result! I wish the council would give the pavements a proper deep clean though. There is a lot of liquid spillage and oil type spillages on the pavements and quick parking bays which is a shame as it is a vast improvement for the area despite taking an eternity to finish.

Robert said...

That's nonsense. The Orchard does not take over the entire pavement at all. There is lots of room to walk past. Occasionally in the evening the smokers huddle around the door, and you have to say excuse me.


I wonder why some people bother living in the city at all.

Ez said...

I walk past there regularly and have never had a problem.

Headhunter said...

Have to say I've never had a problem passing The Orchard.... I find it far more annoying when people park their stupid cars halfway across the pavement.... Trying to walk along Drakefell Rd is a nightmare, most of the cars park up on the pavement leaving a think sliver of pavement for pedestrians. It must be an utter nightmare for anyone in a wheelchair or parents with pushchairs....

gio said...

People who can't be bothered to cut their sprawling front garden hedges and trees, to the point where you have to limbo dance or flick the branches out of the way just to get past - that really gets up my goat! Not that this happens much on the main roads, but on nearly all of the other roads in Brockley, it is irritatingly prevalent. Chainsaw anyone?

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