Lambeth council has announced that a number of roads around Loughborough Junction will be closed for 6 months.
The experimental scheme will begin on August 29 and will cost around £28,000.
Roads affected will be Loughborough Road, north of the junction with Ridgeway Road, Barrington Road, Calais Street, Padfield Road, Lilford Road and Garden Grove.
The council says the closures will reduce the amount of vehicles in the area, around 13,000 vehicles each week day, and will therefore change the way the space works “to benefit businesses, pedestrians and cyclists and create a space to hold outdoor events.”
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the cabinet member with responsibility for the project, said:
“We anticipate starting to get a decent understanding of the trial’s impact after about 4 weeks; will hold an interim review at 3 months; and a final consultation and evaluation of the project’s effectiveness at 6 months.
“Stockwell Partnership, a Lambeth-based community charity, have been appointed to manage on-going consultation and engagement with local residents and businesses – dates, times and venues will be advertised as soon as possible….
“I do appreciate that this matter has not been without its share of controversy. However, the sole intention is to create a safer, cleaner, more pleasant place to live and work. I am confident that we can succeed but will of course ensure that all views are taken on board and that the evaluation process is objective and transparent.”
The council says it wants to hear residents views on the closures, which can be emailed to Barbara Poulter at the council at email@example.com.