Fulham folk flock to join traffic free fun and help plan a greener future
Big crowd turned up despite the poor weather
Despite the drizzly weather, local residents turned out in droves on Sunday 15 May to enjoy the first ever Spring Fayre on a blissfully traffic-free Wandsworth Bridge Road.
Organised by the Wandsworth Bridge Road Association with the support of H&F Council, the fayre offered dozens of stalls hosted by both guest traders selling everything from handmade jewellery to exotic drinks, and the road’s own stores, including its wide range of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.
Other highlights included children’s games and free face painting, a music and entertainment stage, E-bike and E-scooter displays, funfair stalls, competitions, a busking area where everyone was invited to grab a mike and an exhibition of photos of the South Fulham road’s past, when it included both swimming baths and a large cinema.
The event provided a boost for Wandsworth Bridge Road, which has suffered a number of shop closures over the last couple of years and still has some large empty spaces.
And already, people are taking to Twitter to praise the organisers and ask for it to become a regular event:
Congratulations to those who made today's Wandsworth Bridge Road Spring Fayre a huge success ???? A wonderful community spirit with so many local businesses and residents attending. The only dampener was the damp weather!? Here's hoping it becomes an annual event! #LoveSandsEnd pic.twitter.com/vI4U3Ayo8G— Sands End Fulham (@SandsEndFulham) May 15, 2022
The fayre was also looking to the future, with an exhibition of its ‘High Streets for All’ proposals and an opportunity for local residents to take part and share their ideas.
The proposals, which envisage a greener environment with a thriving community have already been accepted for funding as an exemplary project by the London Mayor, London Assembly and H&F Council.
A presentation was given on a greener future for Wandsworth Bridge Road
The association says that for the vast majority of local people, traffic and congestion are the main concerns and it wants to see a ‘psychological shift’ creating an environment where pedestrians and cyclists are prioritised, using measures such as reduced speed limits and new boldly marked pedestrian crossings.
You can read more about the proposals and get involved at the association's website, www.wbrassociation.org.uk.
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