Railings on Leslie Arms Roundabout: Should they stay or be removed?

Should these be removed?

Should the railings be removed?

Your local Councillors would like to hear your views on whether the railings on the corner of Lower Addiscombe Road, Cherry Orchard Road and Morland Road should be removed.

Please let us know by Sunday 1st May 2016 as to whether you support or oppose the proposal to remove the railings from this junction.

We are asking residents for their views as this suggestion has come from a local resident in regards how Addiscombe’s spends its £6,000 Community Ward Budget. The current Labour Administration has brought in this initiative to help support small local projects that otherwise would not be funded. (if you have any other suggestions to improve the local area please drop us a line at addiscombe@croydonlabour.org.uk)

The reason given by the the Addiscombe resident for removing the railings was “Is there anything that could be done to improve the Leslie Arms Junction. In particular the railings are an eyesore and date from the ethos of separating pedestrians from traffic era. As you know the ethos has moved-on to more mixing of pedestrians and traffic, such as the proposals for Wellesley Road.”

As local councillors and residents we are aware that some people may have concerns about safety implication of removing the railings. As a result of the request we have spoken to officers in the highways department. Their comments were as followed. “My road safety team have taken a look at this site and are in two minds on the benefits / dis-benefits of this guard railing.  The concern is that its removal may result in a collision that would not have happened had it remained.  But the current thinking is that the removal of guard railing does encourage motorists to consider pedestrians and may result in some small decrease in traffic speeds.  Overall, it may be worth removing the railings and monitoring the situation.  On this basis are you happy to proceed?”

Cllr Sean Fitzsimons said “I walk past these railings on my way to and from East Croydon Station. I agree that they are an eyesore and something needs to be done to improve the look of this area. Removing these railings would be help in revitalising this key local area. As local Councillors we would work with Croydon’s road safety team to ensure that area is properly monitored for safety.”

2016 Update: Following representations from nay residents it was decided to keep the railings and paint them instead. thank you to all who commented.

 

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About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.

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