Petition to Save South Fulham Businesses Handed In

Greg Hands MP for Chelsea and Fulham reporting back

Greg Hands MP and Councillor Jose Afonso handing in their petition

October 2, 2023

Dear Resident,

Like many local residents, I have been very concerned about the closure of Wandsworth Bridge.

The 10-week full closure of Wandsworth Bridge has been difficult for Chelsea & Fulham, as we are already swamped with diverted and displaced traffic, which has largely been caused by local Labour-run Council’s decisions.

On Friday 29 September, Councillor Jose Afonso and I handed in our petition with Hammersmith & Fulham Conservative Councillors to seek compensation for Wandsworth Bridge Road & SW6 businesses adversely affected by the closure of Wandsworth Bridge.

Thank you to the 1,105 residents who took the time to sign the petition!

Councillors and I called for the fastest repair possible and have kept the pressure on over the weeks. I am pleased to report to residents that Wandsworth Bridge finally reopened last weekend!

Nonetheless, local Labour-run Councils have a lot to answer for, as unfortunately, a number of businesses have closed or been damaged in recent weeks.

In other recent news, my traffic survey results are in!

  • 70% of respondents across Chelsea & Fulham do not support the schemes.
  • 61% of respondents in South Fulham (where the two current schemes are) do not support the schemes.

Since the introduction of the SW6 traffic schemes to the east and west of Wandsworth Bridge Road, by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, I have been contacted by countless residents and local businesses about their impact on the local area.

That is why I decided to survey residents across Chelsea & Fulham, first in South Fulham and then expanding across the rest of the constituency to see if the schemes were working for residents.

Over 3,800 residents across Chelsea and Fulham have responded to the survey, with every part of the constituency being opposed to the schemes.

Residents both in South Fulham and across the rest of the constituency do not support the schemes by an overwhelming margin, therefore I am calling on the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to scrap the schemes.

I am also calling on the Council to conduct a full borough-wide traffic management study alongside a borough-wide survey to end this divisive and piecemeal approach that has turned neighbour against neighbour.

I am devastated about the impact the schemes are having on local businesses and condemn the way Labour-run LBHF has treated them throughout the trial and implementation of the schemes.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey!

Yours sincerely,

The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham

You can follow Greg on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching for @GregHands


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