Make the streets safe for our children

Make the streets safe for our children

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Dangerous Driving - pedestrians at risk in the groves area of New Malden


With four school sites, three of which are primary schools, within the groves area of New Malden, we the undersigned are very concerned about the increasing prevalence of driving on pavements. On a nearly daily basis local parents are witnessing cars driving up onto the pavement and putting lives at risk, especially for small children often out of site for these drivers. We have raised this with our local councillors and the leader of the council and asked them to act swiftly to address this dangerous driving and to re-consider a one way system. We have had little progress and can't wait any longer. They have suggested bollards and behaviour change, but we do not believe that bollards will work (these are regularly taken out by drivers) or behaviour changing approaches as drivers in rush hour and school pick up time cause these issues and the risks and potential effect of pavement driving are too high. 


The Groves area (Lime Grove, Poplar Grove, Chestnut Grove and surround streets) has very narrow roads and the junctions are often small without great visibility. Parking is difficult and taking out spaces to create passing zones will exacerbate this issue. A one-way system has been piloted in Mount Road and part of Chestnut and has been successful in reducing dangerous driving and blockages. 


We would like the Council to reconsider a one way system to protect all pedestrians, as well as cyclists, from increasing traffic, congestion, and dangerous driving. It has been difficult to show the councillors how important this issue is to local parents and residents as public meetings are hard to get large numbers of people to attend. We have started this petition in order to evidence the concern. By signing this petition you are letting your local councillors, MP and Kingston Council that:

  • you agree that there is an issue with dangerous driving in the groves area of New Malden
  • that you want them to look at the options to address this immediately
  • to reconsider a one-way system
  • have a well advertised consultation on a one-way system that takes into account both local residents in a wider area as well as those using the streets e.g. parents at the local schools
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