Don’t delay great schemes

Friday, 22nd October

Strand Aldwych Hybrid Option looking East

Strand / Aldwych: an idea of how the area might appear – looking east

• WE are often critical of Westminster City Council and their attitude to active travel issues and the lack of a clear plan to promote walking and cycling. But the criticism of the Strand / Aldwych project is quite unfounded, (City ‘splurging’ £32m on Strand, October 15).

At last we have a commitment and money to turn a horrible and polluted huge roundabout into a spectacular piece of public realm. Unfortunately these schemes cost a great deal of money; but look at the long-term benefits of creating great public spaces.

Trafalgar Square has been transformed for the better since the north side was closed to traffic and hopefully a similar result will occur when the west side of Hanover Square finally opens as a public thoroughfare.

I appreciate that local council elections are around the corner – but can I implore all concerned not to jeopardise great public-realm projects? To lose or delay any of them would be disastrous for all of us who live, work, or visit Westminster.

Chair, Westminster Living Streets

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