It seems that the council have been secretly planning a school street for the top half of Thorpewood Avenue and have now come clean to surrounding residents.
The plan is to close the top half (Radlet to Kirkdale) to vehicle traffic during school hours. They will also reduce the direction of traffic on the top to Eastbound only. It is not clear whether this is permanent or just for the closure hours.
Lewisham have a policy of not having different traffic measures on the same road. It seems strange they have broken this.
The usual reasons are given including COVID social distancing. I am sure many will ask if this is another scheme for the rich and Labour members using a crisis to get something and not spreading the benefit evenly.
The main question I would ask though is why is Holy Trinity excluded?
Holy Trinity is a primary school at the bottom of Thorpewood which takes the less well off in our area (30% compared to 10% on free school meals at Eliot Bank) with a high proportion of BAME students. Do these kids not matter/deserve better air quality? Eliot Bank is currently able to social distance their kids with two large entrances and a large site while Holy Trinity is more constrained by their cramped site which although taking less kids is proportionately a lot smaller.
I think surrounding residents need to be consulted not just asked to comment. Putting a border on the avenue will just shift the problem. Radlet, Featherstone and Derby Hill Crescent are likely to suffer most. The bottom half of Thorpewood is busy already.
I am totally in favour of school streets with better air quality for children and residents but this should not be just for the upper half while making it worse for others, it should be for all.