We received to following thoughts from Daniel Goodger following the recent joint meeting of Surbiton and South of the Borough Neighbourhoods on the issue. They take to form of an open letter to one of the presenters. We thought the ideas deserved a wider audience and have reproduced them entirely unedited here:-
Dear Jay Judger
Further the joint neighbourhood meeting on the 26 November 2009 there are a few comments and concerns I would appreciate you addressing.Firstly,during your presentation you compared Tolworth Broadway with the Strand and Ken High Street, there is no way these two places are on par with the Broadway on a number of levels. Your PowerPoint display was misleading with regards to the number of questionnaires. The presentation only showed the number sent out and there was no display of the results. I have attached the questionnaire results to this email.“Questionnaire Responses
In total 361 questionnaire responses were received consisting of 290 postal questionnaires and 71 electronic form responses via the Council website.
A breakdown of the types of respondents is as follows:
Type of respondent:
Local resident: 344
Business: 1 (Tolworth Photographic)
Local employee: 3 (anonymous)
Organisation: 1 (Radio Jackie)
Other: 1 (anonymous)
Anonymous respondents: 11
Only 344 from residents’, a very small number compared to the number of households in Tolworth. The questionnaire results showed, 73% walked, 72% felt that the pavements where wide enough and 59% felt it’s easy to cross. Improvements required on 53% on traffic congestion, 44% on car parking and only 25% road crossings for pedestrians. Following these results why is the council pushing ahead with this development?It was also stated by the architect that the payments (footways) were of a very high standard, wide enough for shoppers/visitors and there was no need to change these. Can you please explain why then your have decided to place another walk way down the middle of the Broadway in-between 4 lanes of traffic?
I would also be interested if you have carried out a traffic and feasibility survey of the Broadway? As you stated around 9 ‘o’clock, that traffic along the Broadway would be speeding down the Broadway at that time. I find this a little hard to imagine due to the number of traffic lights, CCTV, speed limit of 20mph and also the amount of traffic.There is a high level of population in these area, our MP and two cllrs stood in the Broadway wearing masks and hold up banners “”Clean Air for Tolworth”. In you presentation there was no mention of this or how your design will help reduce the population. How will a walk way down the middle of the Broadway reduce air population?Part of the landscaping was of trees being planted in large containers. Can you confirm how these will be maintained and what the type of tree(s) they will be. In other parts of the Borough new trees were planted along grass verges. Unfortunately the council were hoping for residents to keep them watered, as you can imagine quiet a few trees died.The roundabout design looks very interesting, however I am unable to see how this will work unless the lights on the roundabout are moved. Can you confirm? If the lights have to be moved how this will impact the traffic movement on the roundabout at the moment?The idea is to remove the barriers; are you aware how long it took local residents to get these installed? One councillors stated they are an eye sore but you also have to take into account the council has not carried out any maintenance works on these for over 8 years.Can you confirm how cheap the new layout will be to maintain and how cost effective the layout will be?With regards to bring in new businesses into Tolworth how does the council plan to do this?New Malden High Street was redeveloped and ignoring the poor planning, it hasn’t attracted many new businesses; in fact seems to have done the opposite, and is another struggling high street. What evidence does the council have that a green walk way attract new businesseses to the Broadway? Also Surbiton High Street are also looking to redevelope.
Another area that was not spoken off was the waste management plan, which may see a site in the Chessington area, and the amount of traffic this may introduce. There seems to be a number of factors that have been missed while putting the plan together. The council must take every angle into consideration.
I have attached photos of the design of Tolworrth Broadway which clearly does not give a true picture of the Broadway e.g. Very Few Cars. With photos of how the Broadway normally looks and a photo of Epsom High Street, which also has a barrier down the middle, which clearly is maintained and looked after. Unlike the Tolworth Broadway barrier, which again hasn’t had any works since 2001 apart from remedial works!
I look forward to hearing from you just as soon as possible.