Would you live in a cul-de-sac?

For the past 22 years, I’ve lived in a cul-de-sac in north-west London. We love it: it’s quiet, there’s no through traffic, it’s easier to get to know the neighbours and – when our son was a child – it was a great place for him and the other children to play safely. But apparently the Government is not keen on the idea of the humble cul-de sac. Today’s “Guardian” has a piece expressing two different views from inhabitants of such a street.


  • Nick

    I currently live in a cul-de-sac, and prefer it to a through street. There is certainly less traffic. I’ve never seen any stats, but I wonder whether, all other things being equal, there is less chance of being burgled in a cul-de-sac?
    Whether more cul-de-sacs should be built is not a legitimate area for government interference, in my opinion.

  • Mavis

    I have just come back from Kilsyth, where friends have moved into a cul-de-sac. It is years since I have seen so many children playing out in the street. All hours with just one or two adults keeping an eye. The cul-de-sac has speed bumps and a ‘twenty’s plenty’ sign at the beginning of the estate. Its brilliant. My friends gradnchildren want to be a Gran’s all the time – so they can be ‘playing outside’ They can only play in the garden at home.
    I would say, more cul-de-sacs please.