Your front page story (Kensington & Chelsea News, Oct 2) confused two distinct projects.
It stated that unravelling the one-way system around South Kensington tube station was a 'key part of the plan' for the council's Exhibition Road project. This is not so.
The grandiose plans for Exhibition Road - which involve a hugely costly new criss-cross granite paving, removal of pavements, experimental merging of pedestrians and vehicles and yet-to-be-designed lamp standards that are either so large or so unusual as to require wind tunnel testing - were drawn up some five years ago without meaningful consultation with residents.
There remains real concerns about both the cost and practicality of these proposals.
The much-needed improvements to the public realm around South Ken tube, however, which are due to start next January, were not part of this vision.
Until a year or so ago, they were definitely on the back burner as far as the council was concerned.
Over the past f ive years, the Brompton Association has pressed hard for the South Kensington improvements to be given priority and our members are delighted that the council has now agreed to the necessary funding.
At present, pedestrians risk life and limb in Thurloe Street where two ill-placed bus stops on a very narrow pavement just outside the tube cause chaos, while a myriad of ugly traffic islands mar a substantial area south of the tube station, which has the potential to become a really attractive public space.
A palette of materials similar to those used in the much-praised upgrade of High Street Ken is proposed.
Yes, there will be short-term disruption during the implementation of this much-needed scheme, but local people warmly support it as sensible and necessary. Extravagance in Exhibition Road is another matter.
Sophie Blain Chairman, Brompton Association