Bromley council are asking for local opinion on the proposal to permanently open theMaple Roadgates unless there is a market operating. They did start work on opening the gates last month but following local protests are now seeking a wide range of opinions before going ahead. The gates are closed between 7.00 am and 6.30 pm. They were installed to protect the market area when it operated on several days a week but their original purpose has clearly gone.
The argument for opening the gates is that Maple Road fulfils a very similar function to Oakfield Road in providing a link between Anerley and Penge. Both Oakfield and Maple roads suffer from some speeding motorists and both have a primary school that exits straight on to the road. Residents in Oakfield Road and on roads leading off Maple Road have complained to us about the dangerous congestion on Oakfield Road, which was partly relieved while the gates were open. They want to see the traffic burden shared more equally.
Residents in Maple Road argue that increased traffic will make that stretch of road less safe as the Maple Road traffic scheme doesn’t reach the market area. There is also a possibility that motorists in Croydon Roadw ill start using Franklin Road-Maple Road as a rat run to avoid the congestion at the High Street traffic lights.
Residents in the market area have asked that if the gates are removed. There should be better traffic calming measures. We support the view that the local safety measures to enforce the 20 mph zone are not effective enough. We have already told officers that if the gates are left open, either a proper chicane – as at the top of Maple Road– or a raised platform should be installed at the site of the gates. However, the majority group on the council has a policy of avoiding physical barriers to enforce traffic speeds and no vertical deflection. That is something we will continue to challenge. Council officers have told us they believe that speed advisor signs will be adequate for the situation.
It would be helpful to have a wider range of views. Please let us know what you think. The council is asking for ANY person wishing to object to the proposal to send a statement in writing of their objection and the grounds thereof to the Director of Environment, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH, quoting reference ADE(TP)/RP/T100/575 not later than 7th September 2011.
Persons objecting to the proposed orders should be aware that under the provisions of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, any comments received in response to this Notice may be open to public inspection.
As this is short notice, we will present any late views to the council.