Tag Archives: Willow Lane

Galvanised steel fencing along Willow Lane wholly inappropriate

If you read our earlier post about the Council opening up Willow Lane to traffic you will know that we are concerned by the impact on this semi-rural lane of the new kerbs, yellow lines and a remarkable 26 (yes – 26!) new road signs.

We posted some photos of the works at our Flickr site

And we made a formal response which you can find here.

We have now made a new representation which focuses specifically on the plan to erect 2.5m high galvanised steel fencing along the edges of Willow Lane.

Not only are the proposals unclear on where this fencing is to be placed (though three different areas are suggested), we believe such fencing is wholly inappropriate for the semi rural setting and totally wrong for the border of Mitcham Common.

These photos illustrate the newly opened up Willow Lane and the kind of fencing  which is proposed.

Willow lane fencing photos April 2013

Read our response on the fencing in full here.

Opening up Willow Lane

The old route into Willow Lane from Carshalton Road near Mitcham Junction station is being opened up to vehicles again after nine years.

The diggers arrived out of the blue and have been hard at work.

Merton Council has only recently consulted on the proposals, well after the works began, and a copy of our views is available here.

The Council’s plans are available here.

We are concerned by the impact on this semi-rural lane of the new kerbs, yellow lines and a remarkable 26 (yes – 26!) new road signs.

With the road restricted to vans it is unclear whether the economic benefit is worth the financial and environmental cost.

We are also asking for the work to improve the condition of the two Victorian railway bridges, noted by eminent local historian Eric Montague as being remarkably unaltered since the 19th century.

We’ve posted some photos of the works at our Flickr site. If you have any pictures you’d like us to add, please send them to info@mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk with a description.

Merton Council in the process of reopening Willow Lane to traffic and turning a quiet, pedestrian friendly county lane into a modern road. We understand consultation of local households was poor

Merton Council in the process of reopening Willow Lane to traffic and turning a quiet, pedestrian friendly country lane into a modern road. We understand consultation of local households was poor.