Much of the content of this website became history at the
beginning of 2012 when plans for the misconceived Clapham
Gateway Project were found to be unworkable. However, the site remains live and accessible for those who
might like to know some of the history of the scheme.
Early in 2012, the Clapham Gateway Project was renamed the Clapham Old
Town Regeneration Project or COTRP after a rethink was
requested by Transport for London (TfL).
It is now felt that there is little more we can do to persuade
Lambeth Council to adopt an equitable solution to the regeneration
of Old Town since its primary goal of creating a piazza outside the
Rose & Crown remains and at any price. We only hope is that this
price does not result in TfL withdrawing funding.
The purpose of this site was to raise awareness of the plans
that Lambeth proposed in 2009. These unworkable plans were dropped in 2011.
In a nutshell, Lambeth had tried to do the impossible by getting a
quart into a pint pot. Unfortunately, buses cannot be magiced
into thin air and so the triangle in Old Town has to provide space
for a maximum of four standing buses. The current maximum
capacity is for nine buses. It is also unfortunate that
the Council had raised some peoples hopes that buses were to be
removed from the Old Town triangle before establishing that this was not going to happen.
As locals, our gut instinct was that many aspects of the
2009-11 proposals were flawed and indeed our reservations were
vindicated in December 2011 when TfL and Daniel Moylan,
then deputy Mayor for Transport, asked Lambeth to go back to the
We were concerned that changes should not reduce the quality of life of those who
live in the centre of Old Town.
In recent years this number has increased with the building of new flats on Old
Town East and Old Town West.
As importantly, we felt that bus passengers should not come a poor second
and have their bus stops dispersed,
especially since TfL were funding the
£2.4 million project. Buses have
been in Old Town since horse drawn omnibus days.
We all welcome the improvements that the funding from TfL could bring
to the centre of Old Town, especially wider pavements and narrower roads to reduce
traffic speeds and the use of high quality materials. Landscaping
with carefully chosen trees would be an attractive addition. At the same time, we felt that some
accessibility to buses should be retained.
The demographic of Old Town is wide. The young use Old Town to enjoy themselves and give the area the
'buzz' that Lambeth has encouraged in the High Street, but they are not the only ones. The needs of other members of the public, including
bus users, must also be considered.
Businesses too play a part and indeed much of the Old Town triangle
is commercial with its pubs, bars, restaurants and shops, though
there are concerns that "the high levels of crime, high levels of
London Ambulance Service calls and high levels of resident's
complaints in relation to the Night Time Economy on Clapham High
Street" could make their way into Old Town. See
Above all, a long term view has to be taken on how
our much loved Old Town is changed. We still believe that
Lambeth is misguided in its determination to chose dead stands
over live, causing what will be unbearable noise problems for
the residents of the blocks of flats above and opposite
Sainsbury's Local and probably to those living above Starbucks. Having experienced the noise
that bus stops cause when one was suddenly imposed on us, our hearts go out to them.
Hang you head in shame planners, especially when this is all
unnecessary and just to provide a little extra space outside a
Perhaps the saddest aspect of all of this is that it is possible
to have a good public space in front of the Rose and Crown and
satisfy the needs of everyone else.