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Winter gritting in Wandsworth

It’s shaping up to be a cold winter so gritting of roads and pavements may be necessary.

The council’s webpages on gritting are here:

You can request for your street to be gritted, or if your street should have been gritted and it has not been, by emailing

There is also a map of grit bins in the borough here:,School,GP,TPO,Local_Plan,Plan_Live,Plan_Decided&x=528981.127&y=172342.144&scale=8192

There are two grit bins on Bedford Hill, at the junctions with Ritherdon Road and Culverden Road. As far as I can tell from this webpage: – this grit is for residents to use on their residential roads – so you are free to use it if you wish. I appreciate that lugging grit back to your front door is not ideal but could be an option if a quick fix is needed.

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Road closures in Bedford ward in January 2021

Dafforne Road is closed from the junction with Upper Tooting Road to the junction with Romberg Road for SGN utility works, with an estimated date of completion of 31/01/2021. If you need to contact SGN, dial 01372 737 416.

Hillbury Road will be closed from the junction with Bedford Hill for carriageway works commencing 06/01/2021 to 05/02/2021. Contact: Tim Addlesee 0208 871 8202.

Road works bulletins can be found on the council’s website here:

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Wandsworth Council submits planning application for Tooting Lido pump room to Planning Inspectorate

We previously commented on the council trying to avoid a requirement for a green roof on this building in this post.

You can now find all the details of the Council’s application to the Planning Inspectorate for consent to carry out improvements at Tooting Bec Lido, specifically the construction of a new electrical sub-station and the demolition and rebuilding of the south room of the pump house together with associated trenching and cable laying works, here:

The roof will sadly be a steel profile sheet roof with sunpipes – the green roof is gone. Update: the council have confirmed there was a mistake in the documents and there will in fact be a green roof! Hooray!

This application was approved by the Wandsworth Council Planning Applications Committee and is now being considered by the Planning Inspectorate, as it concerns works on common land.

If you wish to comment, please email

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Streetspace for London FAQ from TfL

TfL have published a new “frequently asked questions” page for the Streetspace for London programme here:

It contains lots of useful information about the Streetspace programme and why it’s necessary right now. But, the programme can always be improved, so if you have comments please do feed them in to TfL by email to

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Council submits Tooting Triangle planning application

See our previous post on this issue here: Our comments on the Tooting Triangle planning application

The council has submitted its application to the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to make renovations and extensions to the buildings at Tooting Triangle, as well as enclosing the current hard surface pitch next to the buildings so that it can be rented out commercially.

A copy of the application form and accompanying documents can be viewed at

The application form and accompanying documents will be available until Monday 14 December 2020.

You can send any representations on the application on or before 14 December to:

Representations sent to the Planning Inspectorate cannot be treated as confidential. They will be copied to the applicant and possibly to other interested parties. For information about how The Planning Inspectorate processes personal information please see the Common Land Privacy Policy at

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Update on LTNs

The council’s Strategic Planning and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee met on 4 November and included an update on the council’s “Transport Action Plan”, which discussed the recently suspended Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs).

In summary:

The Oakmead Road barrier will be reinstated.

In future there will be a full public consultation and council committee discussion prior to the introduction of a major traffic management scheme.

The Council recognises that a more incremental approach in delivering the LTN trials in and around the A24 and A214 may have helped.

The consultation responses to the Tooting Commons LTN are set out in this table:

The data collected in the Tooting Commons LTN are set out in this table (click to view full size):

Paragraphs 43 to 53 of the paper go into more detail about the results of the Tooting Commons LTN trial.

The council appears to have adopted a new approach to certain “essential local distributor roads”, and provides a non-exhaustive list that includes Elmbourne Road. The upshot is that:

“it may not be possible to reduce the traffic volume to a level below 300vph criteria
unless draconian measures can be implemented and are broadly supported by
adjacent residential roads”

However, the council is to continue with the traffic calming measures on Elmbourne Road and Hillbury Road until fully implemented and monitored for a period 12 months after completion as per standard practice.

The reports presented at the meeting can be downloaded here:

The Transport Action Plan was item 3 on the agenda, Paper No. 20.337.

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TfL urges children to walk, cycle and scoot to school

Schools will shortly be welcoming students back, and TfL are encouraging active modes of transport to get there. Full details are available in TfL’s press release. With the Tooting Commons LTN now in place, it’s never been easier or safer to walk, cycle or scoot, so why not give it a go!

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Data collection in Tooting Commons LTN

Traffic counting strips look like this but the two black rubber tubes are usually much closer together:

Depending on the model used, traffic counting strips can measure the volume of vehicles on the road, the classification of the vehicle (car, truck, moped, etc), the gap between each vehicle, and the speed and direction the vehicle is travelling.

The council recently laid traffic counting strips in the following roads to collect data before the LTN was put in:

  • Elmbourne Road
  • Louisville Road
  • Drakefield Road
  • Streathbourne Road
  • Huron Road
  • Manville Road
  • Bushnell Road
  • Bedford Hill
  • Garrads Road
  • Elmfield Road
  • Carminia Rd
  • Dr Johnson Avenue
  • Ritherdon Road

The council will be laying traffic counting strips in the same places two more times each, to collect data with the LTN in place. It will then be possible to see the “before” and “after” position, and measure the overall effect of the LTN.

We have asked the council to publish the data it collects so anyone who is curious can view it, and they have agreed to this.

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Tooting Bec Lido now open again

The lido reopened on Wednesday just gone and things seem to be going well. To enter, you need to pre-book a slot online. All the details on how to do that are at the Places Leisure Tooting Bec Lido website. The Places Leisure website also has general reopening information. A member of staff at the gates is checking people in for their slot.

You can book up to 8 days in advance for 1 hour at a time, of which 45 minutes is for swimming and 15 minutes is for changing before and after. You can only do widths and not lengths. There are a maximum of 60 people in the pool at any one time.

The temperature of the water is currently 23 degrees – lovely!

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A picture’s worth a thousand words

We have received many emails about the new LTNs asking “Why?”, and this image very neatly explains the reason.