VIDEO: Conservative pre-election survey finds concern about Tolworth Greenway changes

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Shoppers and residents have voiced their disapproval over Tolworth’s Greenway project, according to a Conservative poll ahead of this month’s council elections.

Three-quarters of the 500 people surveyed online and in the street said another traffic-lighted crossing should be installed, and 71 percent agreed that though Tolworth Broadway needed improvement, the scheme was not the best solution.

Video shows traffic activation signs in action on Tolworth Broadway

The poll was carried out by Alexandra ward councillor Richard Hudson, and candidates Ian George and Chris Hayes.

Mr George said: “We were down there [surveying] for five hours and I don’t think we spoke to anyone who didn’t think it needs to be sorted out.

“It’s quite easy to rubbish the whole thing, but people do like some of the things that were done.

“When is the next chance we will get to spend £3m on Tolworth Broadway?”

Liberal Democrat Tolworth and Hook Rise councillor Vicki Harris said: “Clearly there are concerns that need to be addressed. But we do need to wait to see the results of the reviews.

“There’s going to be reviews over the whole of this year. It’s not something we’re ignoring.”

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10:55am Fri 9 May 14

Happy59 says...

Brilliant listening to the locals NOW.
Brilliant listening to the locals NOW. Happy59
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4:36pm Fri 9 May 14

pinky107 says...

why didn't any one listen to us before , instead of ignoring us ?
the whole thing is a pile of badly designed rubbish , the designer should give his money back as should the builders .
you cant see cyclists or pedestrians coming throught the 'jenga' sticks on the round about as the wood ( which was untreated is looking rotten and splitting ) blocks the view . the ramps shortened to have steps at the top due to ill thought out planning are stupid now . the crossings in dark green which drivers not knowing the area are confused about as there are no signs telling any one it's a safe crossing point , though the whole stretch was supposed to be a crossing , needs to be a ZEBRA crossing . the benches covered in bird crap under the twigs which are supposed to be trees need to be better or removed . the list is endless as to the faults
of this monstrosity and we have the lib dem idiots to thank for ignoring all the residents of tolworth in this fiasco . enjoy the election lib dems , because we voters will .
why didn't any one listen to us before , instead of ignoring us ? the whole thing is a pile of badly designed rubbish , the designer should give his money back as should the builders . you cant see cyclists or pedestrians coming throught the 'jenga' sticks on the round about as the wood ( which was untreated is looking rotten and splitting ) blocks the view . the ramps shortened to have steps at the top due to ill thought out planning are stupid now . the crossings in dark green which drivers not knowing the area are confused about as there are no signs telling any one it's a safe crossing point , though the whole stretch was supposed to be a crossing , needs to be a ZEBRA crossing . the benches covered in bird crap under the twigs which are supposed to be trees need to be better or removed . the list is endless as to the faults of this monstrosity and we have the lib dem idiots to thank for ignoring all the residents of tolworth in this fiasco . enjoy the election lib dems , because we voters will . pinky107
  • Score: -1

9:45pm Fri 9 May 14

IanGeorge says...

I'm pleased that the Guardian/Comet have given this some publicity. The quotes from me that were chosen for the article are the most neutral part of what I said. I am far more annoyed at the way the LibDem Kingston Council ignored the views of local residents than this article might suggest.

When I was a Councillor, I voted against going with the plans they had come up with for Tolworth Broadway. Of course Tolworth needed some money spent on it, but to waste £3million on something that was clearly not what the majority of local people wanted is criminal.

Cllr Hudson and I carried out another large consultation prior to the work being carried out and it was clear that the Council were ignoring local wishes. We also put together a large petition with the help of local residents, in an attempt to stop it.

We need safe crossings back along the middle of Tolworth Broadway - either Zebra crossing or traffic light controlled. We have spoken to some of our older local residents and they do not feel safe at the moment - quite right to. It is dangerous.

The two crossings at the extreme ends of the Greenway no longer beep when ready to cross, which is a big problem for local blind and partially sighted people. And don't get me started on those ridiculous seats/benches or whatever they are supposed to be.

Anyway, the responses to the questions asked are as follows:

Would you like to see the return of a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights on Tolworth Broadway?

Yes – 77%
No – 17%
Unsure – 6%

Would you like to see some of the larger wooden seating areas reduced in size or removed to create more space and make them more usable?

Yes – 76%
No – 13%
Unsure – 11%

Overall do you think the £3million was well spent?

Yes – 16%
No – 76%
Unsure – 8%

Which of the following best fits your view?

Tolworth Broadway needed improving, but this was not the best way to spend the money. 71%
Tolworth Broadway did not need major improvements. 15%
The new scheme was the best way to spend £3million of taxpayer’s money. 14%
I'm pleased that the Guardian/Comet have given this some publicity. The quotes from me that were chosen for the article are the most neutral part of what I said. I am far more annoyed at the way the LibDem Kingston Council ignored the views of local residents than this article might suggest. When I was a Councillor, I voted against going with the plans they had come up with for Tolworth Broadway. Of course Tolworth needed some money spent on it, but to waste £3million on something that was clearly not what the majority of local people wanted is criminal. Cllr Hudson and I carried out another large consultation prior to the work being carried out and it was clear that the Council were ignoring local wishes. We also put together a large petition with the help of local residents, in an attempt to stop it. We need safe crossings back along the middle of Tolworth Broadway - either Zebra crossing or traffic light controlled. We have spoken to some of our older local residents and they do not feel safe at the moment - quite right to. It is dangerous. The two crossings at the extreme ends of the Greenway no longer beep when ready to cross, which is a big problem for local blind and partially sighted people. And don't get me started on those ridiculous seats/benches or whatever they are supposed to be. Anyway, the responses to the questions asked are as follows: Would you like to see the return of a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights on Tolworth Broadway? Yes – 77% No – 17% Unsure – 6% Would you like to see some of the larger wooden seating areas reduced in size or removed to create more space and make them more usable? Yes – 76% No – 13% Unsure – 11% Overall do you think the £3million was well spent? Yes – 16% No – 76% Unsure – 8% Which of the following best fits your view? Tolworth Broadway needed improving, but this was not the best way to spend the money. 71% Tolworth Broadway did not need major improvements. 15% The new scheme was the best way to spend £3million of taxpayer’s money. 14% IanGeorge
  • Score: 6

7:29am Sat 10 May 14

Beverly RA says...

It would seem that the Lib Dems got this all wrong, mainly because once more they did not listen to local residents
They never learn after making the same mess up in New Malden high Street.
Time to throw them out of the Guildhall.
It would seem that the Lib Dems got this all wrong, mainly because once more they did not listen to local residents They never learn after making the same mess up in New Malden high Street. Time to throw them out of the Guildhall. Beverly RA
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