Heard the one about the Herne Hill junction that is almost nearing completion? Following a blink and you’ll miss it consultation period, our friends @lambeth_council rail-roaded (quite literally) plans to concrete over a corner of the beautiful Brockwell Park, all in the name of extra car provision.
The issue divided the local SE21 community. The argument wasn’t as simple as Petrol Heads Vs Tree Huggers. Many worthy local businesses appreciate the beauty of the park, but they were in favour of the project, recognising that a better transport flow around the junction would lead to extra business.
Even the Herne Hill Society, a group that holds Brockwell Park dearly, supported the move. You can watch a video I shot with John Brunton, Chair of the Society, explaining the reasoning below.
I cycled past the Brockwell Park Junction this morning, to find the boarding that has hidden away the project over the past six months has now been removed.
Here Be (once) Green and Pleasant Land, reluctantly and rationally given way to a more sustainable local environment that will enable the smooth passage of the traffic?
Here Be a Pedestrian Footpath, with a historic corner of Brockwell Park now lost forever, all for a more sturdy walking surface.
Where’s the road?
Um, am I missing something rather major here?