This week the council’s contractors have started on the long-planned changes to the layout of the Dulwich Village crossroads.
Many changes have been made to the junction over the years to try to accommodate the many pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists, lorries, vans, coaches, buses and cars which use it. The junction is on a popular road route in and out of the centre of London and for traffic going east/west across south London. By and large it is a manageable junction – until school term starts. Then thousands of schoolchildren and their cars, cycles and coaches converge and join in the morning and evening rush.
Changes made in the past to enable the mixed traffic to move more easily have included changing the phasing of the traffic lights, lengthening the time allowed for pedestrians to enter the junction, changing road traffic priorities (several times}, narrowing the entry to Calton Avenue, building a road platform on Court Lane entry, inserting bollards.
Under the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, creating better roads for the fast increasing number of cyclists became a priority. Cycling Superhighways were developed elsewhere in London as well as ‘Quietways’. In Southwark, the Mayor encouraged the creation of a ‘Quietway’ between the Elephant & Castle and Crystal Palace. The route has been planned for over two years and has generally been welcomed north of Dulwich but has met fierce opposition here. Following extensive consultations and many meetings Southwark Council has resolved to proceed with the Quietway and in the Dulwich section has started with the new layout for the Village junction. The re-design of the junction is in the following link: Dulwich Village Junction changes 2017
Changes to Calton Avenue and Turney Road will follow in 2018.
Residents have received a letter through their doors saying works to install the Quietway will start next Monday 7 August. This came as a surprise as the Council has not yet decided to proceed with the Quietway.
Council officers have made their final proposals and it is expected that just a rubber-stamp formal decision will be made, as we were previously told, by 27 July by the relevant Councillor.
That decision has not been made, so maybe there are further thoughts being had at the Town Hall. Maybe Cllr Wingfield whose responsibility it is to make the final decision is having doubts. Or perhaps he has just been too busy on a host of other matters which have taken precedence.
It seems the letters to residents have come out too quickly and before the decision has been made. Village Councillor Jane Lyons tells us she expects a decision TOMORROW and that the works will NOT start on Monday!
Southwark Council planners want to move ahead now with the Quietway from Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace through Dulwich Village.
Dulwich residents were active in raising objections to the Quietway Scheme and discussions have been continuing with the Council. Southwark’s planners are now recommending that the scheme proceed. Shortly, Cllr Wingfield, the responsible Southwark Councillor, will decide whether to accept the recommendations.
The full proposals are at http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50014361&Opt=0
Depending on the decision Cllr Wingfield makes and the reasons he gives for his decision there will be a few days to decide whether the Councillors on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee should be invited to challenge that decision and recommend ways he can improve it.
Once Cllr Wingfield’s decision is made public our local councillors will want to hear residents’ views before determining whether they should call the decision in for scrutiny by Southwark Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
The decision will be made by Thursday 27th July and call ins must happen within five days thereafter.
Already Council formal notices are appearing on lampposts:
It looks like the Government’s cuts to our schools in Turney Road are going ahead. This poster on Turney Road School announces a ‘Carnival Against the Cuts’ on Sunday 16 July.
This seems a strange time to be reducing education provision with rising school roles and a need for the country to become more productive and efficient. Our schools are taking the plans seriously and are every worried.
Update – John’s funeral will take place on Friday 5th May 2017 at 11am St Simon and St Jude Roman Catholic Church , Hillside SW2 3HL
John Fraser passed away on 6 April. He was an active member of the Turney Road Residents’ Association and a welcoming and friendly face to any new residents in Turney Road.
John was a solicitor by training and worked as a senior partner at the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP. Had had a long and active political career from when he was a councillor on Lambeth Borough Council from 1962 and the London Borough of Lambeth from 1964 to Parliament. John was the Labour Member of Parliament for Norwood for more than thirty years from 1966 until 1997.
His sharp mind and excellent people skills led to him being appointed Under Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1966, Under Secretary of State for Employment in 1974-1976, and Minister of State at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1976-1979.
He was a much loved and respected local MP, taking pride in diligently representing and serving the local community in which he lived and brought up his family. He had extraordinary language skills and was able to greet constituents in almost all of the many languages spoken in the rich and diverse constituency he served. One resident remembers being impressed by John’s language skills when he made a point of telling her that it was vital to greet constituents in their native language as he tried to teach her Yoruba at one of the Turney Road parties.
After standing down as an MP, John continued to play a very active role within the local Dulwich and West Norwood constituency Labour party, knocking on doors and leafleting year round. He played a full part in the life of his local Labour party branch, the General Committee and Executive Committee; and within the local community, continuing to support local advice charity Centre 70 which he helped to found in 1970.
John was married to Ann and together they had three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the local Labour Party, the Turney Road and Norwood communities and the wider Labour movement.
He was our street champion in every sense.
Dulwich Hamlet Junior School in the centre of Dulwich Village had these signs and placards attached to its railings this morning.
The Government is cutting funding for schools in London. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the funding cuts particularly hit inner London schools. Already facing cash cuts of 2.5% per pupil before 2020, the further cuts amount to a 7% reduction for many schools.
The spending reductions come on top of a projected 6.5 per cent real terms cut for all schools between now and 2020, as a result of increasing pupil numbers, a rise in the minimum wage, the apprenticeship levy and higher employer contributions to national insurance and pensions. (Financial Times 22 March 2017)
The Dulwich Village primary schools are popular with our families. Cutting their funds as we embark on new competitive world relationships is counter what would be expected.
MPs have launched a “super inquiry” into Britain’s toxic air scandal to force the Government to dramatically step up action to tackle the health threat to millions of people.
In an unprecedented move, four Commons committees are to grill ministers and air quality experts on the dangers from filthy air in London and other cities.
The hearings by the health committee, transport committee, environmental audit committee and environment, food and rural affairs committee will be held as the Government draws up its latest plans to deal with toxic air.
Labour MP Mary Creagh, who chairs the environmental audit committee, said: “Ministers will face unprecedented scrutiny in Parliament to ensure they finally step up to the mark to ensure adults, and children in particular, do not have their health damaged by filthy air.
Ministers have been forced to draw up new proposals to cut air pollution after judges backed environmental lawyers ClientEarth in two high-profile cases that the Government was failing to do enough to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels.
The draft new plans are due to be published on April 24 and the MPs want to ensure they not only meet legal requirements but also deliver maximum health and environmental benefits.
Source: London Evening Standard 20.03.2017
We may think of kerbsides as just space on the public highway next to the pavement. But they are more than that. Kerbsides include footpaths by the kerb and which might be widened for tree planting and street seating. They include the white posts and green verges we love in Dulwich.
There is great competition for the kerbsides from vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, house occupants, push-chairs, etc. etc. We know only too well how busy our kerbsides are at times and how they are hazardous for the unwary, the reckless and those of us who are a unsteady because of age, youth or illness.
Southwark Council recognises the need for a sensible management of kerbsides and is consulting on a ‘Kerbside Strategy’. Southwark’s Kerbside strategy_Feb’17
The Council makes some important points for us to think about. Among them are:
Air quality: According to the 2015 King’s College University report, up to 9,500 deaths in London each year can be linked to air pollution. Southwark’s road transport emissions are amongst the highest in London. There are a number of sites that exceed legal levels of NO2 (Southwark Air Quality Action Plan, 2013). At peak traffic periods, Dulwich Village experiences poor air quality, right by the primary schools.
There are many competing demands which we are making and are set out in the Council’s draft strategy. The council wants our views.
The consultation period on Southwark’s Kerbside Strategy has just started and closes on 28 April.
This may come across as a curious question and you may wonder whether it matters. It is a question that is troubling some locals as they are being asked to decide one or the other.
This all comes about because the Government is insisting that local neighbourhoods are defined and that they are to have neighbourhood plans setting local guidelines and policies.
Government guidance explains what factors need to be considered in drawing up a boundary for neighbourhoods but the main point about being in one area or another is money. Neighbourhoods with approved plans are entitled to twice the amount of money from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) than if there were no plan. The sum of money is unknown. It may not be much – especially if there is little development.
Each borough has its own CIL policy. Herne Hill is shared between Lambeth and Southwark councils.
We’ve all noticed the large vehicles in the road and the many works vehicles blocking the pavements and road under the bridge – also the clearing of the undergrowth which was reaching out onto the pavement from the network Rail site. We’ve wondered why the sudden concern for the maintenance of the site. The answer is in the following letter from Network Rail.
The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is seeking new trustees and is particularly keen to see applicants from the local community. After rescuing the famous velodrome from dereliction and threat of closure, some trustees are retiring and the team needs strengthening. The Trust has done a fantastic job. As well as a new track which is increasingly heavily used by both top cyclists and locals including children, a new Pavilion will open soon.
For further information see below:
Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is a charitable and not for profit trust which maintains and develops the Herne Hill Velodrome on Burbage Road as a sustainable and vibrant community-based facility for healthy recreation, principally, but not limited to, track cycling and mountain biking, accessible to users of all ages, capabilities and abilities from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds.
The Trust is looking for additional Trustees as it moves to take responsibility for the operation of the site now the new pavilion is nearing completion.
All Trustees share collective responsibility for delivering the objects of the Trust, working in line with the requirements of the Charity Commission. The Trust will operate through two bodies – a Trading Company, to oversee the operation of the Track, and a Fundraising Committee to plan a long-term and sustainable financial future for the site.
The Trust is looking for local residents to join the Trust. it needs people with significant relevant skills, in particular in the operation of a charitable Trust and in fundraising.
More details about the Velodrome are available at www.hernehillvelodrome.com.
If you are interested or want to discuss what is required, please email our Secretary Trustee, Simon Burton, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local charity expanding services for over-60s
Link Age Southwark is recruiting new volunteers to organise social activities for over-60s in Southwark. The charity, which has been based in East Dulwich for 23 years, offers activity groups, befriending visits, transport to social activities and light DIY help around the home and garden for older residents of Southwark.
All services are volunteer-led and the charity is always looking for new volunteers to help older residents maintain their social life and prevent isolation.
Richard, 53, who visits two older gentlemen weekly, says, “They both appreciate my company and the chance to talk to somebody. They look forward to my visits, and I look forward to them too. I’ve made two new friends.”
If you’re over 60 and would like to find out more about Link Age Southwark’s 23 activity groups ranging from singing to bridge to yoga, or about the befriending home visit service, please call 020 8299 2623, email email@example.com or look at www.linkagesouthwark.org
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Link Age Southwark, please call 020 8299 2623, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look at www.linkagesouthwark.org Link Age Southwark has volunteers of all ages, ranging from 18 to 91!
Front garden layouts are a bugbear of Turney Road – ugly with so many unsightly car parks standing brutally in front of our fine Edwardian houses.
However with the influx of new residents paying high prices for their homes and investing even more into them, there has been a welcome increased resident acknowledgement that frontages are detracting from their homes and from the street.
In response the Scheme of Management has provided an example front garden layout for the houses in Turney Road, that are unable to comply with the Scheme of Management Guidelines for Hardstandings due to the small size of the front garden. The example drawing is below and more information is on its website. They form the basis of the Manager’s approach to an application to redesign a front garden. Any queries should be referred to Nina Rees at the Scheme of Management office.
Where residents intend to park a car on a forecourt they will need to apply to Southwark Council for permission to create a new entry into the highway – from the forecourt into the road. The Council can give approval under planning and highways legislation to create a new kerb crossover onto the road. The crossover is recognised by its ‘dropped’ kerb edge.
London Air has issued the following urgent health warning for HIGH levels of pollution along main roads and locations such as Dulwich Village:
An area of high pressure over the UK is resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants.
Thursday is forecast to be slightly less cold with winds picking up a little which should lead to the currently elevated pollution levels clearing during the day. However, another cold night tonight with light winds is likely to result in further ‘moderate’ nitrogen dioxide at busy London roadsides on Thursday morning before conditions start to improve. There is also a chance of further ‘high’ and ‘moderate’ PM10 and PM2.5 if pollution is slow to clear.
Friday, early mist and fog will slowly clear to leave a mainly cloudy day with the possibility of patchy light rain in the east later. Even lighter winds than of late, and the early mist will likely cause another day of pollution build-up, escalated by the already elevated pollution levels. Consequently, ‘Moderate’ levels of nitrogen dioxide are expected to occur close to busy road locations.
Furthermore, air will begin to arrive from the North-East later in the day and may import some polluted air as it passes near to industrialized areas of Western Europe. This incoming air will add to London’s local pollution burden and is likely to result in ‘Moderate’ levels of PM10 and PM2.5 particulates.
The TRRA held its Annual General Meeting on 21 September and will continuing informing residents of issues of interest and liaising with neighbours in Burbage Road and the Village.
The Association maintains a regularly updated email list of residents and will use this to alert residents and to respond to enquiries from residents and local organisations.
The meeting was attended by our three local councillors from Southwark and Lambeth who give us a great deal of help.
Issues discussed included: Crown & Greyhound pub, parking congestion, air quality, SG Smith development site, Quietway, Neighbourhood Planning, lease renewal option for SCST Sport Ground, crime, velodrome, road safety & the decline of wildlife.
The full minutes are here
At this week’s Dulwich Community Council (DCC) the meeting chair read out the following statement regarding Quietway 7.
“The cabinet member requested officers, following feedback at the last community council meeting, to reconsider various aspects of the design and related issues. In particular officers were asked to conclude the Foundation Schools Coach service study (working in partnership with the Foundation schools) and this work has now been completed and an action plan around the high priority issues has been developed. It is expected that this will lead to significant improvements in the impact of the service on the local community, including the removal of 10 of 11 coaches from Calton Avenue each morning and significantly less coach congestion on Townley Road in the afternoon.
He has also secured a commitment from Transport for London (TfL) to attend a stakeholder meeting in Dulwich in the coming weeks, and if the Quietway proposals are to proceed, the cabinet member is committed to continued working with TfL and the community on a holistic study of traffic issues in the Dulwich area over the next year.”
The new pavement outside the school is already in place alongside the protected cycle track. At last there’s a wider pavement to safely accommodate the children, parents and passers-by.