Barriers To Remain Closed In Regenerated Roehampton Proposal

MP welcomes commitment not to create a 'rat run'


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Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, today welcomed confirmation that the opening of the Danebury Avenue and Highcliffe Drive barriers will not be included in Wandsworth Council’s final preferred Roehampton Regeneration masterplan for the Alton Estate.

Justine recently met with a group of Roehampton residents and representatives from Wandsworth Council to discuss the latest Roehampton regeneration proposals.

One of the issues they were most concerned about was the possibility of the opening of the Danebury Avenue and Highcliffe Drive barriers. Residents believed that this would lead to the estate being used as a rat-run. This was of particular concern in the case for the Danebury Avenue barrier as it is located outside Alton Primary School and Ibstock Place School and could endanger children’s safety.

Justine followed up these concerns regarding the barriers with the Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia. Cllr Govindia noted that opinion was divided on this issue but agreed with Justine that local residents had not been persuaded by the case for changing the barriers. He confirmed that Transport for London will be looking at the case for and against opening the Highcliffe Drive barrier to allow an extensions of the K3 bus route but the Council’s final preferred masterplan will not include the opening of either the Highcliffe Drive or Danebury Avenue barriers.

Justine Greening commented: ‘I am pleased that the Council has listened to residents’ views on the barriers and has confirmed that they will remain closed on the final preferred masterplan proposals to be published in the Autumn. I will continue to meet with Roehampton residents as well as with Wandsworth Council, to ensure residents views are heard so that we get the best result for local people.’

July 17, 2014