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This page covers the campaign against the proposals to close many roads in Lewisham as part of the “Healthy Neighbourhoods” policy. In summary, these proposals would cause enormous inconvenience to local residents, visitors and delivery drivers apart from causing congestion on other roads.

The first area Lewisham Council plans to cover is Lewisham and Lee Green where road closures will be installed on a "trial" basis soon but other areas they propose to cover are East Sydenham, Telegraph Hill and Bellingham. See for more background information. Such schemes are of course a part of the Mayor of London's Transport Strategy to get us all walking, cycling and using public transport and prejudicing those who wish to use motor vehicles of any kinds. These proposals are being funded by the Mayor via Transport for London (TfL) - the cost has not been disclosed.

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Click here for a map showing the latest proposed road closures: MAP. Note the proposals to close Cambridge Drive, Leyland Road, Upwood Road, Manor Lane and Manor Park (see photo above) which would be particularly inconvenient. Some closures would also affect residents who live in the Borough of Greenwich who have not been consulted.

These closures will cause traffic to be diverted onto already congested roads such as the A20, A205 (South Circular) and A2212 (Burnt Ash Road) and mean even longer queues of traffic on the latter at the traffic lights.

Residents of these boroughs who are likely to be affected by these proposals should certainly contact their local councillors.

Here are some of the comments received from local residents:

"I strongly object to the way Lewisham council have approached this scheme".  (N.F.)

"We absolutely object to Lewisham borough's horrendous proposal to close some roads in Lee Green and Hither Green".  (L.C.)

"I strongly object to the proposal to close Upwood Road. It will adversely affect us in many ways. It will make all the properties around here far less accessible, and hence far less attractive affecting the house prices and saleability in a big way".   (S.H.)

"I absolutely object to these ridiculous proposals".  (L.F.)

"I strongly oppose - this will become a nightmare for residents".  (J.R.)

The ABD has made objections to these plans but local residents need to do so also!

Note that there is a report on the “Public Drop-in Event” for this scheme on the 6th February on the ABD London Blog here: Event-Report . There is also a report on the Lee Green Assembly meeting on the 11th February here: Meeting-Report . Councillors are clearly still not listening to the objections! The Meeting-Report contains their contact details.

One of the justifications for the Healthy Neighbourhoods proposals in Lewisham is that it will promote "modal shift", i.e. encourage more walking and cycling, and reduce air pollution by reducing traffic. But there is no hard evidence from other similar schemes that have been implemented that modal shift actually takes place in reality. In addition the claims for air pollution reduction are very unlikely to be true - in fact, it could get worse as a result in Lewisham if roads are closed. We have recently published this note on our blog which covers the air quality issue in depth: Air-Pollution

The latest leaflet we have been distributing is present here as a pdf document: Lewisham-Leaflet . We can supply free copies of this leaflet if you would like some to distribute to local residents. Use the Contact page to request.


Complete the form below to register your interest in this campaign and to be kept informed on future news (entering your postal address is optional but it helps us to know which road you live in):