A mum fears her disabled daughter will become a prisoner in her own home if a South London council introduces controversial traffic restrictions on their street.

Vicky Brain said Lambeth Council’s planned road closures in Streatham Wells would increase journey times by so much she would be forced to cancel her daughter’s after-school clubs.

Ariande, 10, is a wheelchair user and can only walk short distances without resting. She relies on her parents’ car to reach anywhere not in the local area.

Ms Brain, a musician, said: “It’s going to restrict our lives considerably when we get the low-traffic neighbourhood.

"It’s going to mean that my daughter can’t take part in educational and after-school activities because of increased journey times. 

“If we’re doing anything on Streatham High Road we walk, but we need a car for everything else.

"We gave up using buses because the ramps often wouldn’t work and because of rude people getting frustrated at having to wait.”

Under the proposed new restrictions, Ms Brain would be banned from turning onto Leigham Court Road at a junction near her house, a route she takes almost every day of the week.

She says the council has offered blue badge holders like her daughter a free pass through one roadblock in the proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhood [LTN] for a single car.

But Ms Brain says this will make little difference to the family because of the number of other streets they will still be unable to drive through. 

The Streatham Wells LTN would close at least seven side streets to vehicles in an area of Streatham bordered by Streatham High Road, Leigham Court Road and Streatham Common North.

The new traffic restrictions are expected to come into force in Spring next year. 

Haroon Baig, 34, who lives on Leigham Court Road, one of the boundary roads of the planned LTN, said he thought the proposed restrictions were unnecessary.

Mr Baig, an IT manager, said: “I walk my kids to school every day down the side roads and the traffic isn’t a problem. 

“There’s not that many cars and most parents come by walking. The traffic on Leigham Court Road is the main problem and the restrictions are just going to make that worse.”

He added: “My main concern is where my guests are going to park. Currently, they park down the side roads: you can’t park on the main road. It’s going to be a big problem.”

Naseem Ahmad was the only resident the Local Democracy Reporting Service spoke to on Friday afternoon (December 16) who was in favour of the planned traffic restrictions.

She said: “It’s a good idea because there are families that live around here and it’s safer for the children.

"We should have lower traffic, especially in areas with families like this.”

Many locals were angry with Lambeth Council for not giving them enough say in the plans.

Over 300 people attended a heated meeting organised by local group Streatham Action with local councillors from the ruling Labour Party, as well as Liberal Democrats and the Green Party about the planned restrictions at St Peter’s Church on Leigham Court Road on December 7. 

Streatham Action is calling on the Labour-controlled Lambeth Council to give residents a vote on the planned road closures.

At present, the council has only agreed to consult locals on the design of the LTN. 

Cllr Donna Harris, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, branded the Labour-run council’s consultation on the traffic restriction as “deeply flawed".

She said: “Just delivering an A6 card, which looks like junk mail, to households is not good enough.” Lambeth Council declined to comment.