More than 1,600 people have signed a petition calling on the council to pedestrianise the Bermondsey Beer Mile at the weekend.
Breweries on Druid Street and Enid Street say they need the measure, which would be in effect on Saturday business hours, so they can use the road for customers while socially distancing.
A councillor for the area said residents were opposed to pedestrianisation at the moment, because it could give a greenlight to ‘rowdie drinking’ underneath their bedroom windows.
“You can help save countless small businesses as they struggle to restart following closure,” states the petition.
“With pedestrianisation of some of the busiest streets in Bermondsey on Saturdays only, we can get the many bars and restaurants back up to their previous operating levels whilst keeping customers safe with outdoor drinking.
“We are proposing a plan supported by the businesses of Bermondsey, that has been used to great affect in many other London boroughs.”
Cllr Humaira Ali, ward councillor for London Bridge and West Bermondsey, said residents had been working on possible solutions, but did not support closing Druid Street to traffic.
“Residents have been working in cooperation with ourselves, businesses and the council on a safe reopening plan which includes tables and chairs out on Druid Street.
“They’re also looking at greening the area to demarcate the road from pavements and the estate, and make the experience more enjoyable for all.
“Residents don’t endorse pedestrianisation right now as it gives a green light for rowdie drinking underneath their bedroom and living room windows – an issue which has been ongoing for 3 years now.”
She added she hoped the compromise would work for both the businesses, who have been hit hard by the coronavirus closure, and residents who don’t want to be disurbed by drinkers.
It comes after a top Bermondsey brewery claimed that some of the beer mile’s businesses could close unless the road was closed to traffic on Saturdays to allow for extra capacity.