Lambeth Council is set to install extra CCTV cameras to prevent vandalism of the signages and community planters at its emergency Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes.
There will be additional council patrols and increased police visits to deal with the issues, and the council will also seek to prosecute those committing vandalism.
Danny Adilypour, joint cabinet member for sustainable transport, environment & clean air, said: “People are entitled to express their views over our Low Traffic Neighbourhood trials, but there is no excuse for acts of criminal vandalism which put our residents at risk and this is not an effective way to engage with the council or fellow residents.
“Residents who oppose the schemes or would like to see improvements have many ways to constructively engage with the council, and we’re actively seeking their feedback. Vandalism poses a danger to the public, is criminal and will be treated as such.”
The five LTN schemes are all currently in a trial period under Experimental Traffic Orders to understand how they impact traffic movement. The council said vandalism to the schemes could extend the trial periods and delay the planned public consultations.
Adilypour, added “We know our emergency Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes have generated a healthy debate and we are grateful to all of the residents who have engaged and worked with us on this so far. The consultations will give everyone a chance to have their say in a fair, reasoned way.
“We encourage you to continue to share information with us and we thank you for your diligence to helping to keep everyone safe.
“Collectively, we can build a greener street environment that tackles the climate crisis, where cycling, walking, using a wheelchair, rollerblading or any other active mode of travel feel like comfortable and viable options for getting around.”