"I'm not sure if you can help. I seem to remember reading that the junction of Downs Road and Lower Clapton Road was going to be redeveloped to allow pedestrians to be able to cross this busy junction safely, but there is no sign of change. Do you know if there still a campaign or are there any plans to change this to improve safety?"
The short answer is that, yes, there are plans to change the way this horrible junction works - we call it "the Killer Crossing" - and have been for a long time. My information is that these changes will take place in the next few months, though it doesn't come from an official source. Fellow Claptonians may have noticed that a section of the pavement close to the killer crossing - on the Pond side of Lower Clapton Road - has been being ungraded lately. My wife Sheila asked one of the workmen if this was anything to do with sorting the crossing out. He said it wasn't. The conversation continued a bit like this:
Sheila: "Are they going to sort out the crossing, then?"
Workman: "Yes, in a few months' time."
Sheila: "Won't you have to dig all this up again?"
Workman: "Yes. We might as well be in the pub."
Sheila: "That's a bit mad, isn't it?"
Workman: "I couldn't possibly comment."
Well, at least it sounds from this as though change is at last on its way to the Killer Crossing. Possible confirmation comes from Zaf at the dry-cleaner who told Sheila he's recently seen men bearing clipboards and optical surveying equipment (or something) taking their lives in their hands on and around the roads concerned. I've emailed Cllr Rathbone to ask for more information and also made inquiries at Transport For London, which is the body responsible for roads and crossings. Watch this space.