In summer 2015 single way working was introduced on Pytchley Road as a result of the two building sites. Residents were concerned about the temporary traffic arrangements, witnessing many near misses as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of cars, trucks and P13 buses tried to work out what was supposed to be happening.

The traffic sign blocks the narrow pavement but is hidden from drivers' view by parked cars.
The traffic sign blocks the narrow pavement but is hidden from drivers’ view by parked cars.

Eleanor noticed that the signs about this change were often obscured by parked cars – they blocked the narrow pavement but were invisible to drivers. As Chair of the East Dulwich Estate Regeneration Project Team, she asked the council officer responsible and the site manager to look again at the positioning of signs. A few days later, new signs were mounted at high level, giving drivers much better warning of what was ahead. It was a good example of contractors responding to residents’ local knowledge.

New high level signs give drivers advance warning.
New high level signs give drivers advance warning.