Conway Street Streatery for outdoor dining

Closed 7 Jun 2021

Opened 25 May 2021

Results updated 30 Jun 2021

During May / June 2021 we consulted on a proposed Streatery for Conway Street.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views. We had 18 responses and following the consultation, we have made the decision to implement the proposed changes as a trial. 

The new Streatery on Conway Street will now be implemented as a trial and a postcard will be sent shortly to all local residents and businesses. You can read the decision reports relating to this, and our feedback to the consultation responses in the decision report. 

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Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how people in Camden live, travel and work. Since the start of the pandemic many of us have been spending more time closer to home, making our neighbourhoods more important than ever. We want our streets to be safe spaces for you to walk and cycle, for children to get to and from school safely and healthily, for businesses to be able to flourish and for you to be breathing cleaner air.

COVID-19 has created new challenges for our local economy and the Council is committed to supporting our local businesses to reopen safely as lock down measures ease. We are working to provide new ways to support and boost our local high streets and town centres whilst keeping them safe and secure for our communities.

In 2020 the UK Government introduced new legislation to make it easier for businesses to apply for pavement licences for outdoor eating and drinking so that they could continue to trade, but many pavements in the borough are too narrow to allow tables and chairs outside.

During 2020 we set up a Streateries programme to support the hospitality sector so that they could continue to trade, particularly during the summer months. A Streatery is a car free outdoor dining space in the road, protected by barriers around the space, for restaurants, cafes and other businesses to place tables and chairs and so that pedestrians can pass safely on the pavement. .

Camden’s local Town Centres and High Streets are at the heart of local communities and Streateries have a key role to play in their successful re-opening and recovery. They help to create destinations for residents and visitors to meet and socialise, adding to street life and vibrancy, increasing footfall and regenerating the wider local economy.

To help the hospitality sector's recovery, we are now proposing new temporary Streatery locations, based on received applications for pavement licenses.  We are consulting now to help those businesses across the Borough who wish to have additional space for outdoor dining, to trade safely.

Why we are consulting

We are proposing to implement a new Streatery on Conway Street outside the Lore of the Land pub as a trial, to trial changes to the flow of traffic  and we want people to have a say. We propose to:

  • Temporarily remove 11 metres of double yellow lines outside the pub, to provide 11 metres of temporary space, protected by barriers around the new space, for tables and chairs. 
  • Temporarily relocate the dockless bike hire bay opposite the pub to the other side of the road by converting 5.5 metres of double yellow lines outside No 8 Conway Street, to a dockless hire bay, and reinstating the double yellow lines outside No.3 Conway Street.  
  • temporarily relocate the green badge disabled parking bay outside No.9 Conway Street to the opposite side of the road by converting 5.5 metres of double yellow outside No.10 Conway Street to provide a new green badge bay and replacing the original bay with 5.5 metres of double yellow lines.  
  • Temporarily make Conway Street one way only southbound for motor traffic, from the junction with Grafton Way to the junction with Maple Street, with contra-flow northbound cycling;
  • Temporarily make Grafton Way, from the junction with Cleveland Street to the junction with Conway Street, one way only, eastbound, for motor traffic, with contra-flow cycling westbound. 
  • Install double blip markings on the kerb (no loading at any time) on Conway Street, at the junction of Maple Street and adjacent to the contra-flow cycle lane. 

To view the plans and find out more about what this proposal would achieve, click on the links in the Related Section at the bottom of this page.

In line with new Department for Transport guidance, we are now consulting on all new and amended Safe and Healthy Street schemes so that we can engage our local residents, businesses and stakeholders in changes happening on their streets. We want to know what you think about these additional proposals.

If approved, the Streatery will be implemented using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) on a trial basis during which time people will be invited to provide feedback.  After 12 months of the trial we will undertake a public consultation the results of which, along with the feedback received and monitoring data, will inform a decision as to whether or not to make the Streatery permanent.

What happens next

Your views, and those of everyone who contributes to this consultation, will be analysed and considered, alongside relevant data available on the scheme and in light of how the scheme aligns with our current policy objectives, in order to put forward recommendations on whether to proceed with the proposals. A summary of this analysis will be provided in the decision report, and will be made available on the Camden Council website in due course.

If you have any other ideas for improvements to make travel safer and healthier in this area, please go to Safe Travel Camden Map  to make some suggestions.

Areas

  • Bloomsbury

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Transport and streets