Lambeth are to be congratulated on their steet improvements to Van Gogh Walk (Vincent Van Gogh – the artist of sunflower fame – lived in Hackford Road for a while). The area is an excellent example of how local residential environments can be improved with a relatively modest investment. When pedestrians are given greater priority in this way, it makes the area much safer for children, cyclists and residents as cars are forced to slow down. Another benefit is that crime is likely to reduce. Anything that encourages the community to get out of their homes and take ownership of their streets the safer they are likely to become.
Lambeth are currently consulting on their Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme and have invited views from local communities as to what is wanted. Many people will just ask for pot holes to be repaired but it would be nice to see something similar to Van Gogh Walk being rolled out to various areas around the neighbourhood. The Claylands Road area, the Wheatsheaf centre, Vauxhall City Farm and many other areas would benefit from this approach.