There are many things that could be done at a fairly low cost, in the medium term, to improve the environment of Lavender Hill. One example is the couple of short dead-end side streets that lead off the eastern end of Lavender Hill, which were chopped off during some of the comprehensive redevelopment to the north in the 1970s (Audley Close & Bassnett Road). These feel like a lost opportunity, with scruffy road surfaces, frequent flytipping, and a feel of dereliction. However if they were tidied up and improved, they could be real assets to the area.
The images below show what this could look like – drawing from the similar dead ends off St Johns Road, while trying to preserve parking space –
There are plenty of similar projects around, that show this type of change can be achieved with modest budgets and in a durable manner –
A particular issue is the car parking, which remains important – car parking is a complicated issue but there is plenty of space to accommodate cars and public space, these sketches show potential before & After layouts –
We’ve prepared a few documents setting out what could be done at the eastern end –
- To download the PDF (10pp / 5.3MB) of a proposal on the two dead ends (Audley Close and Bassnett Road) click here – Lavender Hill Dead Ends project.pdf
- To download the PDF (7pp / 2.3MB) of a study of what could be improved in the central section of Lavender Hill (which has been a little overtaken by events, as much of it was implemented in the recent streetscape works by Wadsworth Council, click here – Lavender Hill central section – improvements to the streetscape.pdf