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Enjoy Soho in the Sun... Make Old Compton Street better for pedestrians !
  • Petitioning Boris Johnson

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor of London
Boris Johnson
City Planning Delivery Unit
Head of Department
Councillor (Chair of Planning Committee)
Alastair Moss

Enjoy Soho in the Sun... Make Old Compton Street better for pedestrians !

    1. Matt Haikin
    2. Petition by

      Matt Haikin

      London, United Kingdom

Old Compton Street is a vibrant street in the heart of London - the home of not only one of the biggest gay scenes in Europe, but also theatre-goers, tourists, media workers, locals and many more.

It is barely used by cars anyhow, and has an abundance of cafes and bars ALL of which would benefit from spilling out into the street, yet most of which are prevented from doing so.

There is a huge shortage of outdoor space in Soho and changing this to a shared-use street where pedestrians take priority would be a significant and valuable addition, creating a great friendly public space, bringing in a lot of money through increased capacity and usage, and making Soho a world-class destination.

Brighton accomplished this with huge success on New Rd - http://www.gehlarchitects.com/index.php?id=159503 - the same model could apply here, or an alternative could be found.

Clearly, allowing for deliveries etc. at certain times of the day is important, and easy to manage (look at virtually every pedestrian zone in the country, it's not hard!)

So come on Westminster, make Soho the amazing destination it could and should be, make an open continental-style space people can east and drink outside in and enjoy the few enough days of sunshine we have!

To:
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Head of Department, City Planning Delivery Unit
Alastair Moss, Councillor (Chair of Planning Committee)
Please Pedestrianise Old Compton Street

It is long overdue, there are easy workarounds/timings to alleviate the concerns of local residents and traders.

It would bring an enormous amount of tourist revenue into the borough.

There really is NO reason not to!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. First piece of media attention, thanks to West End Extra

      Matt Haikin
      Petition Organizer
    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Keep up the support people, and tell your friends!

      Matt Haikin
      Petition Organizer

      Nearly 400 supporters already with virtually no promotion, that's a good sign.

      Some great comments below too, keep them coming - I will use some of them to edit/add to the case for the pedestrianisation, and have already added Boris to the list of people to be petitioned (so obvious, can't believe I'd forgotten him! Thaks for the reminder)

      So keep talking about it, promoting it, tweeting it, shouting it...

      Thank you

      Matt

    5. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • James Burns LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      I live on Venn Street which is closed to cars thursday - monday - IT has made such a positive diferenct.

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    • Theo Short LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      I've been talking about this for ages. Pedestrianising Old Compton Street would be a much welcome change to this vibrant part of our city.

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    • JOHNNY ARMSTEAD LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      It's a narrow road that would make a fun, lively and intimate space. It's just spoilt by the cars. It could become one of the most attractive spaces in London

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    • Jonas Junior LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      Because I always hang around there.

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    • Raphael Sheridan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      I work in Soho, and think it would be a great idea

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