Plans to improve Bedford Hill
Published: Thursday 15th March 18
Borough engineers have come up with initial plans to improve Bedford Hill between Balham Station Road and Balham High Road.
Preliminary proposals have been drawn up after previous feedback from local people showed they wanted the area smartened up to make it more attractive and revitalise local trade.
The £1m project will be paid for with money from the Wandsworth Local Fund – a charge paid by developers to fund improvements to the local area.
Local people will be given chance to comment on the proposals, which are being worked up in the coming weeks. This feedback will then be used to further develop the plans.
Bedford Hill from Balham High Road to the junction with Balham Station Road would be repaved. Granite paving could be installed similar to that in Hildreth Street.
A Copenhagen Crossing could be installed
The road could also be resurfaced, possibly with a subtly coloured asphalt or surface treatment. A 20mph limit would be introduced, and the centre line removed to encourage drivers to be more considerate, less aggressive and drive at lower speeds.
‘Entry treatments’ – which raise the entrance of a road up to the same level as the pavement, would help reduce the dominance of cars and will make it easier for wheelchair users and people pushing prams. Unnecessary signs and street furniture would be removed, and more street trees and plans would be planted.
Depending on the location of underground utilities, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) could be installed to better manage surface water after it rains.
The council’s highways and transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have allocated money for this work, but will ask local people for their views before any work is carried out so that improvements reflect the wishes of the community.
“We know residents are keen to see something happen in Bedford Hill and we want them to know plans are in the pipeline. We will be writing to people in due course and giving people an opportunity to comment.”