Ladywell traders hit with pavement ban after 13-month roadwork ordeal

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Ladywell businesses who managed to survive 13 months of roadworks outside their stores have now been told they need to move their outdoor boards and tables to make way for cyclists.

Traders in Ladywell Village have written to the Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock to complain about the "extraordinary" decision to ban all advertising boards, planters, tables and chairs from the footpath.

The announcement comes after businesses endured a torrid year while improvements to footpaths and traffic flow overran as part of an £800,000 scheme, resulting in two shop closures.

Jason Slater from gift shop Slater & King said he would now have to move his A-frame advertising board and two bay trees.

He said: "They're not even going to put a cycle path on the pavement so you'll only be aware, probably, when an elderly person or child gets hit by one.

"Nobody wants it, even the cycling groups. It's, yet again, Lewisham Council doing something to make our lives a misery."

He said: "This will actually be quite detrimental to a number of businesses along here."

In a letter on behalf of all the businesses, the traders wrote: "Throughout this difficult time local traders fought hard to sustain viable businesses as footfall fell sharply.

"At least two shop owners pulled out of the high street because of the difficulties they experienced."

It goes on: "It now comes as something of a shock to find the council can now turn round and show complete indifference to the plight of local businesses."

They are now calling on councillors to rethink the blanket ban and Sir Steve was expected to visit them today (May 2).

Tony Major from the Ladywell Village Improvement Group said: "Local businesses were involved in lobbying for the street improvements because we though it would benefit the high street.

"It seems a shame if the council turns around and then prevents businesses from profiting out of that."

Deputy Mayor of Lewisham Councillor Alan Smith said: "The mayor and I went to see the traders in Ladywell Village to discuss their concerns.

“The plan for shared pedestrian and cycle space was drawn up with the local community, but it will need some tweaking before implementation.

"I have agreed to go back to council officers and see if we can find a pragmatic solution to the issues that have been raised."

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3:11pm Sat 3 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Should ban cycling on pavements anyway, they are a damned nuisance when you are innocently walking along the pavement and one of them is right up behind you before you know it. If you go to turn to the left or right of the pavement then you take your life in your hands when one of these idiots comes zumming along the pavement at you.Much the same with irresponsible parents with buggies.
Should ban cycling on pavements anyway, they are a damned nuisance when you are innocently walking along the pavement and one of them is right up behind you before you know it. If you go to turn to the left or right of the pavement then you take your life in your hands when one of these idiots comes zumming along the pavement at you.Much the same with irresponsible parents with buggies. sarfflondonbird
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11:24am Mon 5 May 14

SELONDON85 says...

Cycling on the footway is banned and always has been since 1835 and amended by an act in 1888. "Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 as amended by Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1888."

Police can issue an fixed penalty notice of £50 (use to be £30) to anyone stopped and caught doing this. So don't know why the council are asking the shop to clear the "footpath" for cyclists. However the pavements outside of the shops are footways as they run adjacent to the carriageway which is were cycling is banned. The councils use of footpath is incorrect as a footpath has no carriageway beside it. Council need to do a rethink on this one otherwise it seems their encouraging people to break the law by saying they can cycle on the footway.....
Cycling on the footway is banned and always has been since 1835 and amended by an act in 1888. "Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 as amended by Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1888." Police can issue an fixed penalty notice of £50 (use to be £30) to anyone stopped and caught doing this. So don't know why the council are asking the shop to clear the "footpath" for cyclists. However the pavements outside of the shops are footways as they run adjacent to the carriageway which is were cycling is banned. The councils use of footpath is incorrect as a footpath has no carriageway beside it. Council need to do a rethink on this one otherwise it seems their encouraging people to break the law by saying they can cycle on the footway..... SELONDON85
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