Double Boost for Coulgate Street Vision

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The campaign to turn Coulgate Street in to a pedestrian-friendly town centre for Brockley took two important steps forward at last night's Brockley Assembly.

Firstly, Cllr Dean Walton announced that the Mayor of Lewisham has asked officers to conduct a feasibility study for part-pedestrianisation, which would clear the street of commuter cars and free up the space for regular markets. The report will take approximately three months and a if the report recommends the project then it should go ahead.

Secondly, Peter Waterhouse, of Speedicars, spoke on behalf of Brockley traders and called for more short-term parking in both Coulgate Street and Brockley Road. In previous discussions about the future of Coulgate Street, readers have raised concerns that Speedicars would object to the plans, but Peter argued that parking restrictions would actually boost trade, as the experience in Honor Oak has shown.

Last night, Cllr Walton welcomed the news and urged BC readers to sign the Coulgate Street petition:

"The Mayor's decision is an important step in the process - it will be difficult for Lewisham Council to reject local people's views. The Mayor is aware of the views expressed at Brockley Assembly meetings and the more people who sign the petition now, the better."

Click here to sign the petition.