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Southwark Council publishes further Covid-19 – Post lockdown highway schemes

Southwark Council is planning further highway schemes supported by the Government and Transport for London regulation and funding.

The proposals cover various parts of the Borough and include Dulwich Village, Turney Road and Burbage Road.  For our roads, they are recognisable from the recent consultations and public meetings but are confusing as the maps and charts attached to the proposals do not all match.  There appear to be errors in the drafting which will need to be resolved before decisions are made if we are all to know what is intended.

The timeline is that sometime on or after 1 Sep 2020 Councillor Richard Livingstone, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency will decide whether to proceed with the proposals.

In brief, the three proposals for Dulwich Village are for weekday morning and afternoon restrictions on traffic flowing northwards a) through the Village & b) Burbage Road and c) eastwards along Turney Road from the junction with Burbage Road.  For Dulwich Village double yellow lines will be introduced extending to the lights at North Dulwich.

However, the drafting errors make it unclear a) whether there is a restriction on traffic entering Burbage Road from the south at the War Memorial roundabout and b) whether there is a restriction at the railway bridge in Turney Road.  These two issues are important.  Without these restrictions traffic can enter Burbage Road from the south and proceed to turn left into Turney Road to reach Croxted Road.

The proposals relate to the mornings 8-10 and afternoons 3-6 on weekdays and to northbound traffic, plus east bound traffic in part of Turney Road.  Traffic moving southwards and westwards will be monitored.

The maximum time this experiment can be in place is eighteen months.  The Council says it will consider consultation and feedback during the period of the order and will make a decision on whether to make it permanent, amended or rescinded after a period of normally six to twelve months.

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Calton Ave & Court Lane – CLOSED

Calton AveIn a letter dated 19 June the Council explains the closures of Calton Avenue and Court Lane.  A move that took us by surprise.

Cllr. Richard Livingstone Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency
Richard.Livingstone@southwark.gov.uk
Date: 19 June 2020

Dear Southwark resident,
Experimental transport measures in Dulwich Village

The Covid-19 pandemic has required us to introduce measures that fundamentally alter people’s travel patterns and the ways in which we use Southwark’s streets and spaces. Across Southwark, we are taking action to fast-track a variety of transport measures that support increased walking and cycling, allow social distancing, improve perception of air pollution exposure, and prevent motor vehicle traffic levels from rising.

The Dulwich area has been identified as a priority, as it receives a very high volume of through traffic and also, once schools resume, very high numbers of pupils walking and cycling. ‘Our Healthy Streets – Dulwich’ engagement project has identified a number of interventions with broad local support. We have adapted some of these to develop interventions that can be installed quickly and trialled to provide safer routes through the area for socially distanced, active travel.

These are all experimental measures – we will be required to conduct full public consultation before any of these are made permanent, and within eighteen months from installation. The measures are flexible as the experimental nature of the trial allows us to make amendments and changes within the first six months. An option will of course be to return the highway arrangements to the original state if the trial is not deemed to be successful.

We will be monitoring the impact of these changes throughout that period, using counts of motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, we are inviting residents to let us know about the impact on the streets they use – whether positive or negative – on the feedback map at https://dulwichvillagestreetspace.commonplace.is. You are also able to sign up there for regular updates on this project, including the installation date. The site will be live once the measures have been installed.

These are unprecedented times – in collaboration with central government and Transport for London we are taking these urgent steps to ensure the health and safety of our residents. We remain committed to working with you to ensure that all the measures we take work for local people and contribute to enhanced quality of life both at this difficult time and in the future.

Yours faithfully,
Cllr. Richard Livingstone Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency

 

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Traffic in Dulwich time to take action – AGAIN

So Southwark have closed the Village Junction at Court Lane and Carlton Avenue and also Melbourne Grove. This has been enabled by the Government’s funding of emergency measures following Covid19. It will take number of days if not weeks for the Satnavs to catch up and people to look for alternative routes so it will be difficult to see the longer term effects until after the summer when Schools are due back fully.  Attached are notes of a zoom meeting with Village Councillors yesterday which hopefully will provide some clarification about what is happening.  As you will see it looks like the loss of revenue and increased costs due to Covid19 has led to the withdrawal of funding for Our Healthy Streets Dulwich. All that is left to get some reduction in traffic is the Government scheme which has been called StreetSpace. Unfortunately it does mean there is not going to be a holistic scheme for the area and interventions will be introduced piecemeal.

For those who wish to see some reduction it is vital to continue to complete the Southwark StreetSpace Commonplace map. https://southwarkstreetspace.commonplace.is/comments. Also write to the councillors Margy.Newens@southwark.gov.uk,  Richard.Leeming@southwark.gov.uk and the decision maker who is Councillor Richard Livingstone  Richard.Livingstone@southwark.gov.uk who is the Southwark Cabinet member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency. Also copy in our MP helen.hayes.mp@parliament.uk 

A number have written already and whilst the response is fairly standard and non-committal it is making sure that this side of the village will be considered in the next round for some intervention. So if you want the road to become quieter and actually be less a main road then please write and complete the map.  Safer routes due to more safer cycling (Turney is meant to be a Quietway), ability to social distance by emptier roads and reduction in pollution through a reduction in traffic are the key aspects to mention alongside the fact that the road is used by many school children walking/cycling to all the schools in Dulwich.  Many residents supported the closure of Turney in the OHS consultation and this may be the last chance for sometime for this to happen and to see what the effect is.  As I write this traffic is streaming past and a few brave souls are trying to cycle on the road, children are coming back from the Schools and nurseries, so different from 2 months ago.

Below are some notes of a meeting with Margy Newens and Richard Leeming Councillors on 29 June 2020 with Michael Wilkins (TRRA) and Charles Newman (BRRA)

Re: Our Healthy Streets Dulwich (OHSD) and StreetSpace

OHSD (Our Healthy Streets Dulwich)is not formally dead but is suspended with very little likelihood of it being resurrected in the future. TfL do not have any funds for it.

The Council is looking at about a 50million deficit because of the impact of Covid19 on revenue and costs. Therefore there is little Council money available for investment in OHSD

What is on offer is some money from Central Government for Covid related experimental measures, a total of £225million across all local authorities on a spend it or lose it deal.

There is more money coming in September under the scheme. This is when further announcements will be made. However the decisions will be made before. The decisions are made by Richard Livingstone, Cabinet member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency, in consultation with our Local Councillors, Margy Newens and Richard Leeming.

The scheme is for social distancing, active travel and safer environments. Southwark are looking at interventions that cover these criteria but also include pollution reduction.

The interventions are under the Emergency Traffic Act and can last up to 18 months and if they are to be made permanent a consultation process has to be carried out. Any intervention can be removed sooner if it is clear that it is unsafe. It is estimated it will take a period of a few months to bed in. Further interventions in the Village Ward will be under consideration. Margy and Richard were positive about what we have done so far to get Turney on the map so if you would like an intervention to reduce traffic in Turney you continue your efforts steadily over the next month. You will need to argue the case within the criteria above. So all the points that have been made about the Quietway, schools, difficulties for making it a safe road for pedestrians with social distancing and the amount of traffic causing pollution are all relevant. It will be important to add further comments or agree with comments on the Southwark StreetSpace Commonplace map. https://southwarkstreetspace.commonplace.is/comments

One difference from OHSD is that because any intervention is for a trial period those interventions that take time to set up and have high costs, e.g. setting up a permit scheme, are not going to be favoured. Cameras maybe included in interventions but it will be blanket coverage and no special access for residents because that would mean a permit scheme.

Regarding Turney and the closure of the Village Junction there are two traffic number monitoring points one near the Village Junction and one near that SCST sports ground entrance. At present there is also one on Burbage below Stradella. Not very useful as traffic can use the Stradella/Winterbrook rat run to avoid the monitor. The broken one near 103/105 Turney has been reported and is known about and is not part of the present monitoring.

Many staff were moved to respond to Covid-19.  This has meant that the results of the OHSD consultation has not been completed and the analysts have been moved to look at the results of the 3000 comments so far on the Southwark StreetSpace Commonplace map. Also as no decisions were made about the plans for area C no modelling has been done.

The costs for planters are £600 per planter plus ongoing maintenance costs although community groups are being encouraged to take over the maintenance of the ones at the Village Junction.

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Link Age Southwark – crowdfunding appeal

Can you help Link Age Southwark reach their all or nothing ‘Bloomin’ Lovely’ crowdfunder project target? An all or nothing target means that if they don’t reach their target they receive none of the donations made and the project won’t be funded.

The vision for the Bloomin’ Lovely project is to adapt and expand their gardening service in an extra special way to show that the local community cares about their older friends. As a result of the lockdown most older people have been unable to do any kind of shopping, including buying plants and flowers to spruce up their gardens.

This year, Link Age Southwark’s aim is to adapt their service for those who are shielding, self-isolating or worried about going out, and to bring a bit of colour back into their lives by delivering bedding plants, a bunch of flowers or a houseplant to them.

Link Age Southwark has had to cancel its planned community fundraising events which raise vital funds to facilitate their services. Your support with this project will enable it to make up the shortfall in order to sustain their service provision at a time when it has never been more important.

Link Age Southwark has launched its crowdfunding page project – Bloomin’ Lovely. There are 48 days to reach their all or nothing target of £5,000 and they would really appreciate support with getting the ball rolling on this. There is a Link below to the appeal:

http://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/bloomin-lovely

The first donations have come in. Volunteers, patron and donors are planning to contact five people to let them know about Link Age Southwark and this project.

Please support this important appeal for our community and help to generate some interest in the crowdfunder page.

You’ll see the gardening project and a video that brings the gardening element to life.

Thank you for your help with letting people know about this crowdunding project.

 

Link Age Southwark is a Registered Charity No.1105923

 

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Local retailers adapt to deliver local

These are some of the local businesses which will deliver or arrange collection for you.  Take a look at this list.  It’s gratifyingly long and can supply us with a wide range of things.  We must keep our local businesses afloat and they will support us through this stressful time.

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Burbage Residents to vote on options

The Burbage Road Residents’ Association has sent out  a ‘Our Healthy Streets‘ questionnaire.

Here’s a link to an online supplementary survey for Burbage Road residents which highlights four options in addition to those put forward by Southwark Council in their consultation survey.  The survey offers residents an opportunity to express preferences in relation to a wider set of options, some of which might be described as aspirational, to inform BRRA’s future engagement with Southwark Council on the Our Healthy Streets proposals.

It is very simple to complete and the deadline is 29th March.

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Turney residents’ Healthy Streets Options

Some Turney Road residents attended the first consultation on 8 February on Southwark Council’s Healthy Streets responses to community, London Mayor & Government pressure to do something about our heavy traffic load and the poor air quality we are enduring.

The 3-hour discussion has given us an understanding of the background to the initiative and the issues we face.

There are two more consultations.  Try to attend one of them:

Saturday 29th February, 9am to 12.30pm at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane at the corner with Winterbrook Road

Wednesday 4th March, 6.30pm to 9pm at JAGS (James Allen Girls School)

Following the consultations we are thinking of having a meeting for residents either separately or with Burbage to discuss and look at the pros and cons of possible options so we can present to Southwark our thinking and views. We will also run an online survey about the options as not everyone will be able to make a meeting.

Turney Committee members have met with our two Councillors and they have written to us expressing the Council’s keenness to consider all options.  This is reiterated in the contents of an email ( see below) from Margy Newens one of our Councillors and has also been expressed by Richard Leeming our other Councillor and also by Clement who is the manager of the project in Southwark.

“Dear Michael, [Michael Wilkins the Chair of Turney Residents Association]

This is absolutely an open process.

The background is that TfL [Transport for London – under the Mayor of London’s jurisdiction] came up with some money and a pre-designated area that it wanted to investigate (Area B on the map, plus an equivalent area on the other side of Lordship Lane, i.e. outside Dulwich Village Ward). Our initial response was that it would not work, because it was too limited. However, as the funding could not be extended we had no option but to begin, at least, focussed on that area. 

During Phase 1 we asked people to identify problems in that area – of which there are a multitude. In Phase 2, we reported back those problems and gave people a “toolkit” to deal with them. This toolkit consisted of a range of interventions from doing nothing to closing roads and several options in between. The hundreds of responses received did err towards the radical end of the spectrum. 

At this stage, those responses have been digested and the current Area B proposals put together. In doing so, the merits of our original argument against simply focussing on Area B are clearer than ever. It is precisely for this reason that at this stage we are extending the consultation to cover the lower Dulwich Village/Turney/Burbage area (and Melbourne Grove to the north east, again outside this ward). You are absolutely right that the proposals for Area B have strong implications there and this is why we are asking residents their views on what interventions, if any, they feel are necessary in this wider area. Officers have offered suggestions that will mitigate the effects of the proposals for Area B. 

I emphasise again, this is absolutely open for discussion, just like the proposals for Area B that you see before you today. However, at the same time it must be understood that the proposals for Area B have already received strong support from earlier consultation responses, although they are not set in stone by any means.

I think it is fair to say that no solution is perfect, however, the least perfect solution is to do nothing. Proposals will be modelled properly to highlight any unexpected consequences – there are sophisticated tools for doing this. Nothing is set in stone and things can be tweaked. But we do need to start somewhere. Both Lambeth and Lewisham are developing extensive low-traffic neighbourhood proposals covering a much wider area than the Dulwich proposals and there is a danger of becoming a smokey corridor between the two. The reason they are doing this is that, just as in Dulwich Village, there is an effective public health emergency in terms of the air we are breathing. This has to be addressed.”

Turney residents need to be thinking of what we want to achieve for the future of our road. What type of road do we want to be living in for the future: as it is now, with more traffic and parking issues, less non-residential traffic, more clean air, more or less parking of non-residents etc. How can we achieve what we want whilst continuing to allow reasonable access for ourselves, the services we use, the sports grounds etc.

At present the main themes, coming from Turney residents, include a) having a permeable closure in the road to stop through traffic but allowing cyclists and pedestrians through; and b) having timed closures both ways or one way at different times, not doing anything.  Whatever options we take forward it will mean some changes either through having more traffic in the road, fewer ways out of the road and therefore slightly longer journeys at times. Whilst we do not know whether the suggested scheme for the Village will definitely go ahead we need to be prepared with solutions for Turney and Burbage.  Across London and other cities there is an growing move to reduce motor use and pollution and we need to be sure we are not the last road still being a rat run and car park.

There are further pressures on us to think about the future.  1) On 24 February parking charges in Dulwich Park commence.  2) The extension of the CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone) in Croxted Road from the petrol station to the junction with Turney will be going ahead soon.  3) Parking in Rosendale Road will be reduced should the implementation of the Healthy Routes (Quietway) in Lambeth go ahead, which is being consulted upon at the moment.  We need to consider the pressure on parking that is likely to increase following these three sets of parking controls.  Turney Road is free of any parking controls and therefore is free for anyone to park.  Therefore the idea of a CPZ is back on the table. The Survey we ran on parking back at the end of 2018 suggested that there was a fairly equal split at that time in both Burbage and Turney about having a CPZ.

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Healthy Streets challenges for Turney & Burbage residents

Burbage RA Secretary Louise Woods has set out the challenges for Turney and Burbage Road residents in this remarkably clear piece.  Residents must make a decision – and the decision is very much one for residents – about the immediate future nature of our neighbourhood.  Currently plagued by heavy traffic and fumes with air quality levels regularly breaching recommended levels and with increasing evidence about the effect on our health, we have the opportunity to make things better.  What are the options which would do this?  Read on…………………………..

Background

The Healthy Streets initiative is driven by well established resident and schools groups and builds upon much of the consultation work which has taken place in recent years in Dulwich Village. This has been backed up with new data analysis which demonstrates high traffic flows leading to poor air quality, particularly –  but not only –  restricted to school and rush hour times (weekdays 7-10am and 3-7pm).

The opportunity now arises to use funding from TfL, together with that from Southwark, to implement structural changes to improve our environment. Other parts of London, including Lambeth, Croydon, Lewisham, Camberwell and Peckham are also implementing measures designed to enable more active travel.

You can see the proposals, including supporting traffic data and maps on this link:

But for a fuller briefing I urge you to attend one of two upcoming consultation sessions:
Saturday 29th February, 9am to 12.30pm at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane at the corner with Winterbrook

Wednesday 4th March, 6.30pm to 9pm at JAGS Your views can be sent to Southwark via the attached questionnaire:

The consultation process for this phase ends on the 29th of March.

Implications of Areas A, B and C ( See map) 

In essence the proposals amount to creating an area within Dulwich where vehicle access is relatively open to residents (and other permit holders) but limited to others on a (to be agreed) timed basis. By doing this cycle and pedestrian travel within this area should be safer and healthier, through-traffic and commuter traffic would be discouraged.

The aim is that, though there would be some traffic displacement to neighbouring areas, there would also be an overall reduction in traffic, as has been experienced elsewhere (Waltham Forest, for example).

The proposals for Area B on the attached map have arisen directly from previous consultations and received considerable support.

Councillors and other groups have argued strongly however that these plans should not be implemented without consideration for the surrounding areas:Area A in East Dulwich but also Area C which includes us and neighbouring Stradella & Winterbrook, Turney and Dulwich Village.  

Without inclusion, Burbage and other roads in Areas A and C are all likely to become significantly worse as traffic rat runs, commuter car parks, effectively very unhealthy ‘smokey corridors’. Measures already planned for Lambeth will inevitably exacerbate the traffic pressures on Burbage, Stradella, Winterbrook and Turney.

Residents calling for measures in Area B may not necessarily be depended upon to support mitigating measures in Area A and C. But the current opinion from our neighbouring RAs in Area C is that these knock- on factors are likely to lead to strong support for the proposed scheme to operate Village-wide, ie Areas A, B and C.

The conclusion from the above is that Burbage is highly likely to be affected by changes not only to Area B but also to Areas A and C, whatever the opinion of our own residents.

Burbage Road

The feedback from Burbage residents in response to all previous consultations (including our own parking survey last year and our AGM) is that traffic issues have become significantly worse in recent years. You have also consistently told us that you want a Village-wide and co-ordinated approach to traffic and associated environmental problems.

The current proposals for Burbage Road are deliberately not precisely defined, but are potentially major (see map)

  • Restrictions on Burbage Road – either a northbound no-entry to all cars (south of the junction with Stradella Road) or a permeable road closure ( meaning no access to motor vehicles, only bikes and pedestrians) south of Stradella Road.
  • No entry restrictions eastbound on Turney Road, between Burbage Road and Dulwich Village.
  • Timed access restrictions northbound on Burbage Road and Dulwich Village (at the junction with College Road), to reduce the volume of traffic taking short-cuts through Dulwich Village.
  • The introduction of parking controls to prevent commuters taking advantage of Burbage as a gateway to the Village.

These raise concerns about more speeding associated with a one-way road and potential access problems for services, health and sports facilities and businesses. Also they may affect the integrity and feel of our road. Turney have flagged that permeable closure nearer Croxted Road may be preferable to controls at the junction with Burbage. Close cooperation with Turney, Stradella and Dulwich Village would clearly be needed for any solution.

We would like to know your views

Given that Zone B is likely to go ahead:

  • Do we want Burbage to be part the proposed changes for Dulwich wide Healthy Streets ? (Are we prepared to accept permits and consider parking restrictions as a consequence of this? )
  • If not, what are the likely consequences for us?
  • If we do participate, what is the preferable configuration? (What would be our non-negotiable conditions for such a scheme?)

In any eventuality, the RA will advocate fully evaluating any outcomes before setting them in stone, weighing equally the opinions of our businesses, their employees, our health and sports facilities, our carers, visitors and workers and last, but not least, the less physically mobile members of our community.

In order to exert our influence the RA  will need to have a clear steer from residents on all of these.

Next steps

As a first stage our committee members are aiming to speak to as many of you as possible before the next consultation meeting. A meeting of all residents and/or a poll are also being considered. You can always contact me or any committee member directly, I hope to hear from you.

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How will residents of Dulwich vote?

Southwark Council’s ‘Our Healthy Streets’ proposals to exclude through-traffic from some Dulwich streets have grabbed our attentions and there is furious debate taking place.

Early signals are that Burbage and the Village residents are feeling strongly for closure of their roads.  Meanwhile Turney residents appear to be more passive and favour no change.

The changes on the north side of the village appear to be supported by residents there as these were worked up from a previous engagement process.  So we might assume that the junction at Carlton and Court Lane will be closed and that Townley will be a School Street.

So…….The Council is suggesting that traffic is not allowed northbound on Dulwich Village from the roundabout at the top of Burbage with College and Gallery Road.  If Turney were shut eastbound in the mornings at the junction with Burbage traffic would be allowed to go northbound on Dulwich Village at the roundabout at the top of Burbage to the East Dulwich Grove lights. This would be the route to East Dulwich but there would not be long queues through the Village or along Carlton Avenue and Court Lane.

If the above happens and there is no eastbound closure the only way through the village will be Turney and this would seem to mean more traffic for Turney.  At the lights in the village the traffic will turn left out of Turney along Dulwich Village, as Southwark for a couple of reasons cannot allow a timed no left turn at the lights.

Southwark are being asked to reduce the levels of pollution certainly near schools so with that pressure and from the early views of residents it appears there will be changes.

So how will Turney residents respond?

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Dulwich Village new traffic proposals

Southwark Council has opened a consultation on its next round of proposals for managing the increasing traffic problems confronting the Village.  The proposals are wide-ranging and include closure of parts of Burbage Road or one-way entry as well as on part of Turney Road.

The proposals are part of the Council’s ‘Our Healthy Streets’ Programme and are available to read on the Council website.  It is an easy read with an illuminating diagram of the possible road changes.

The Council has found that we have particularly busy streets which at times carry the traffic levels of ‘A-roads’ – more than 7000 through journeys per day.  Much of this is commuter traffic – though this observer can’t help noticing too that traffic drops off markedly at school holiday time as vehicles delivering pupils disappear.

Of course, high traffic levels bring air pollution, especially as many vehicles are trade vehicles which are almost all diesel-fueled, as are many of the pupil delivering vehicles.

The Council is seeking comments from residents on the proposals throughout the period to 29 March 2020.  There is an online questionnaire and documents which may be downloaded from the Council’s website where there is much more information.

 

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We each create 24.9Kg e-waste – where does it go?

A report in the Financial Times  gives Southwark residents answers to what happens to the vast amount of e-waste we each create: 24.9Kg per person in 2016.  This is greater than the wasteful US citizen: 19.4Kg and is way above the world average 6.1Kg.

Southwark’s e-waste finds its way to the sorting centre off the Old Kent Road run by Southwark’s contractors, French company Veolia.  This is not typical of the entire country and we are fortunate to have this very large waste sorting facility.  Veolia has plants which will receive our metals and lightbulbs and recycle them.  It has also re-opened an HDPE plastic recycler in Dagenham which had closed for lack of Government support.

In the UK we recycle very little plastic and e-waste.  Until recently we sent the plastic to China but China now refuses it.  So the rumour is that we are landfilling or burning it instead.  The FT article says the country produces 50m tonnes of e-waste a year, adding to the world’s fastest growing waste stream.  Just 20% is recycled.  80% is undocumented.  This is hazardous waste containing heavy metals and chemicals which pollute water supplies and the food chain.  The UK is Europe’s worst offender for exporting this to developing countries, particularly Africa.

Large e-items find their way to recycling centres.  But we put smaller items into our doorstep bins and they will probably not be recycled.  There is an obligation on manufacturers to take back and recycle their e-products but they try to pas this duty onto local authorities.  With the rapid rise of online retail the take-back obligation has weakened.

The increase in e-waste is so great that some question whether it can ever be recycled and there is pressure to repair items but this has been slow to take off.  There are local Restart schemes which repair.

Residents can recycle their e-waste by taking it into Currys PC World which recycles without a purchase.  It is very simple.  Just take the item into the shop and give it to the counter staff.

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Drivers in Southwark fined for leaving car engines running!

Drivers in Southwark face spot fines for leaving engines running in the street as new research highlights the link between vehicle emissions and premature death. This will be a great benefit for Dulwich Village schools as well as others where busy roads pass by and drivers routinely keep their engines running when stationary.

Drivers could be hit with £20 on-the-spot penalties for refusing to turn off engines when cars are stationary by the roadside. In some areas, residents are being asked to report motorists who leave engines running, including providing the registration number, colour and car model of repeat offenders.

As well as Southwark, measures have been adopted by Norwich, Wirral, Reading and Camden.

Research has found that people living near busy roads are at risk of developing dangerously swollen hearts.

A study by King’s College London projecting the impact of vehicle emissions on life expectancy estimates that the measures to cut car use and promote more active lifestyles would lead to a reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels of up to 25 per cent between 2013 and 2020. Children born in 2013 would be expected to gain seven weeks of life as a result of the measures to cut car use and promote more active lifestyles.

It is an offence under laws introduced in 1986 to leave a “vehicle engine running unnecessarily”. New powers were handed to councils under the road traffic regulations 2002 in England to issue fixed penalty notices of £20 if motorists refuse to turn off engines when asked by traffic wardens or police. It can increase to £40 if unpaid after 28 days. Similar powers were introduced in Scotland and Wales in 2003 but most councils have previously opted not to exercise them.

According to the RAC, idling engines can produce emission levels twice as high as those in motion and it welcomes a focus on idling engines, expecting drivers to be fined if they failed to turn off.

Westminster council in central London was one of the first to adopt the fines as part of a concerted campaign. Last year, the authority said that it wanted to get even tougher on drivers by issuing parking charge notices of £80 to those leaving engines running. Westminster allows people to report repeat offenders, using the authority website to log details of cars involved.

Let’s hope it makes an improvement in Dulwich.

For a fuller story see The Times:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/drivers-face-20-on-the-spot-fine-for-leaving-their-motor-running-g396c99wd?shareToken=31846811fa77325bab70d24dce42286e

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Dulwich Village Independent Businesses take centre stage

Dulwich Village was long known for its healthy range of shops run by locals.  Some can still remember that the Village once had a much wider range of shops.  It was a destination for shoppers within Dulwich and beyond seeking a wide range of fresh food including fruit & vegetables and fresh meats.

Many such locally run shops have gone.  Only recently the last remaining grocer closed, causing great inconvenience to locals who depended on it. Higher and higher rents demanded by the Dulwich Estate landlord, attracted by high value tenants such as corporate chains and  estate agents, have made it hard for neighbourhood shops to continue.

In this environment, it is wonderful to see that our independent businesses are doing well and that they are strengthening by working together.  They depend on us shopping with them.

Enjoy this video about our Dulwich Village independent businesses.

Published on 25 Feb 2018

In this documentary I interviewed shop owners in Dulwich Village about the importance of independent businesses to the local area and what they liked about their local community. Part of a series of blogs promoting independent businesses in the London Borough of Southwark, Supported by Creation trust & Southwark Council. View the rest of the documentaries here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRgf… Shot and edited by myself. Researcher Will Akinnuoye. Special thanks to the contributors: Anne Halmer Hazel Broadfoot Brian Green Patrick Belton Keeley Turner Executive Produced By Patrischia Warmington. Music: Blue Dot Sessions – Town Market
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Theft of mail with personal details

There have been about 35 recent mail thefts in our immediate area.  These serious matters are being forwarded to Helen Hayes MP, to take up directly with the Police and Royal Mail on behalf of everyone who has suffered a loss.

Victims should record their individual problem with Royal Mail Customer Service Dept.  (customer.service.team@royalmail.com) and be given a reference number for the complaint.  Whether or not the issue is now closed anyone affected is urged to take the time to email Helen Hayes MP at  helen.hayes.mp@parliament.uk and report it all to her so she has a complete dossier.

Those reporting back to her should include people who have missing statements, usually John Lewis credit card statements, as this has been the precursor in some instances, to having a card issued to a third party, to the account name.  Make it clear you have not suffered a loss at this time but have told JLP a statement is missing.

Your email should be headed Royal Mail in the subject line.  You should then give your full name, address and the customer complaint number given you when you reported the loss.  If for some reason you did not report this to Royal Mail would you please still report what happened to your post/credit cards/bank loss to Helen so that she has a full picture of the situation in our pretty small area.

One victim has produced the following useful advice list:

  1. Royal Mail lost mail / fraud number 08456 002 649.  (From experience quicker and gives an immediate proof of reporting, to send an online report to  customer.service.team@royalmail.com
  2. https://www.noddle.co.uk/  free credit check and will identify any fraudulent opened bank accounts / credit cards et al.  Many have done this and it is free and reassuring to see at a glance if there has been illegal activity.
  3. Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.  If you’ve been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it.  Report fraud to them and receive a police crime reference number:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  0300 123 2040
  4. CIFAS.   Apply to register with CIFAS (£20 for two years).  Financial instructions registered with CIFAS will then give special attention when your details are used to apply for their products or services. Knowing you’re at risk, they’ll carry out extra checks to make sure it’s really you applying, and not a fraudster using your details.  https://www.cifas.org.uk/
  5. Ask your bank to text you when they post a new card or cheque book to you.
  6. Ask your bank if they can issue you with a telephone banking pass number.  This will mean they don’t have to rely on common security questions eg date of birth, mother’s maiden name which may have been hacked from a third party or available from something like the Electoral Register.
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St Christopher’s Hospice Capital Campaign

This year St Christopher’s Hospice is celebrating the 50th year since Dame Cicely Saunders opened the hospice at Sydenham. So beginning the hospice movement, now with over 200 hospices in the UK and 500 worldwide. Her work focused on the trilogy of care, education and research.

In the last few years the wards have been completely refurbished and the communal areas of the hospice.   To recognise this major milestone the hospice has decided to focus on the learning aspect of her trilogy.

It has opened a special Capital Campaign to focus on building a new world class Centre of Learning.  Here the hospice will develop its educational programme to train many more people to care for the dying, and to develop the most effective ways to help individuals and their families at the end of their lives.

St Christopher’s is probably the biggest provider of training and learning for end of life care (EoLC) in the world.  But there is so much more to be done. This new centre will not only train many more professionals, but also offer opportunities to families, friends, and carers to develop the skills and confidence they need to care for their loved ones at home.  This learning will not only be face-to-face, but will utilise all the advantages of the internet to widen access nationally and internationally.

Our neighbour, Dr Tyrrell Evans, has been a Trustee of the hospice for many years until very recently, and he would like to invite friends and neighbours in Burbage Road to an Information evening about the plans for the Learning Hub and the future of the hospice at his home on Sunday January 14th between 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested and able to come that evening should email him at tyrrellevans@doctors.org.uk.  If you cannot make this date but would like to learn more about the Campaign please let him know so he can arrange an alternative opportunity for you.

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Burbage Road Residents’ Association 23rd Annual General Meeting Saturday 11th November 2017, 10-12am Bell House, 27 College Road

Residents of Burbage Road have received notice of the Resident’s Association Annual General Meeting and they are all urged to make some time to come along on Saturday from 10-12am.

The issues raised by residents over the last year will be reviewed and priorities for next year agreed.  In the last 12 months traffic, parking, burglary and other crimes, tennis courts, mental health & well-being, relations with the sports clubs and noise have been among the many issues dealt with on behalf of residents by the committee.  New recruits to the committee are ALWAYS welcome.

The AGM will also learn more about the history of Burbage Road in a talk by Brian Green on how farms became the sports clubs.

If you are new to Burbage Road, you will be pleased to know that the BRRA is one of the most long-established, thriving and well respected residents’ associations in Dulwich.
We represent our 200 households, including those in Courtmead, Donne Court, Royston and Cobb Courts.

We foster communication within the road and with other local organisations with the aims of preserving the utility of our environment, the security of homes and the safety of all those using our road and pavements whilst also supporting neighbourly help and socialising.

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Street Party – Friday 15th

This year we are holding a September Sundowner a great chance to catch up with neighbours on the terrace of the Edward Alleyn Club as the summer draws to an end. (Or maybe it will finally start? )
 
James Freeman, the Club Manager has been picking local blackberries to make homemade blackberry gin for the welcome cocktails. Micky the magician will be performing at 6.30pm for the youngsters and local legend, Amanda Greatorex will be at the turntables for a family disco as dusk falls.
 
Bring a light picnic or take advantage of the pay BBQ.
 
Tickets are being sold door to door currently. Please support us if you possibly can: £15 for family (extended family most welcome) or £10 for couples and £5 for singles.
 
Nelly’s Nursery have kindly funded children’s dance prizes and entertainment and Pedder Properties have also continued their support with the complimentary welcome cocktails. We’re really grateful to them both.
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What changes are being made to the Village Junction?

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.

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Quietway – delayed??

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!

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Quietway through Dulwich Village expected to go ahead

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:

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Fair Funding for all Schools

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.

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John Fraser – MP and community champion. We shall miss him.

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.

He had a kindness of heart and spirit in his endeavours of behalf of his neighbours
and worked diligently to let everyone personally know of consultations on local changes such as the Quietway,  parking, playing fields, street greening and improving our local environment.   John was a keen runner, regularly spotted pounding local streets and parks.  He put his running to good use in leafleting residents and encouraging residents to sign up to the residents’ association.  He was a keen gardener and enjoyed opera immensely.  He was always keen to chat about the flowers, trees and wildlife species in his beloved garden with a fondness for hedgehogs and maintaining wildlife habitats.

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.

 
 
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Picture Gallery Pavilion noise worries for residents


The Dulwich Gallery wants to erect a Pavilion in its grounds for the summer and has applied to the Council for permission.  It also wants a licence for alcohol and late operating.

It is the 200th Anniversary of the Gallery so of course they want to celebrate.  However, the amenity of residents will be affected in one way or another and particularly in Edward Alleyn House, Woodyard Lane (who heard the outdoor Belair House and Park Cinema noise on summer evenings in the past), College Gardens and College Road as well as Turney and Burbage Roads.

The Pavilion is temporary but there is no date for its removal and if it is a commercial success it could reappear next year or remain in place.  The Gallery is understood to be looking for business hirers for summer parties.  This is in addition to events such as weddings which are regularly held there.  Included in the Gallery’s application to the council is cinema, dance, live and recorded music, a bar and other events.  The Gallery does not say how frequently it plans to hold these events except that the application covers the months of June, July and August, every weekend and every evening in the week.

The Pavilion has no insulation against noise and neither would a marquee.  There are precedents locally – Edward Alleyn Club and the Velodrome – where there have been successful negotiations with residents about events impinging on them.  This is what the Gallery should consider in this instance, particularly if strong feelings develop about its proposals. 
The Gallery should have approached residents in advance of its application to the council.  As it has not done so, now is the time to tell the council and the councillors.

If a resident is happy with the plans there is no need to do anything.
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Schools Worry as Government cuts funds

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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.

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London’s toxic air – ‘Super Inquiry’

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

 

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Parking – Crowds -Safety -Pollution

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:

Demographic Pressure: The population is growing faster in Southwark than expected. At the last census in 2011 it was 288,000 and today is estimated to be 306,000. The government forecasts it will be 370,000 by 2031, an increase of 82,000 or 28% in 20 years!
Parking:  60% of Southwark households don’t own a vehicle, yet parking in the borough takes up an increasing amount of kerbside space. In our streets, however, many households own multiple cars and large ones at that.  Parking is the issue which sparks greatest interest in our streets.  There has to be an improvement in access to and usage of public transport.
Road Safety and the Environment: The Council wants to improve the lives  of older residents and to enable them to live independently for longer. Older people typically drive less and favour public transport. There are increasing numbers of older people in Southwark.  There is a demand for wider footpaths, more frequent and safer pedestrian crossings, accessible bus stops and uncluttered, pleasant neighbourhood centres to sit and relax in.
Traffic Collisions: More people walking or cycling in Southwark are killed or injured than in any other mode of transport. Road traffic accidents are increasing each year.  In 2015 there were over 1,000 in Southwark with 90 fatal ones.

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.

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Do you live in Herne Hill or Dulwich??

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.

The Herne Hill Forum has been around for over 10 years and is busy identifying its neighbourhood boundaries. Members of the Dulwich Village Forum are trying to do the same for the Dulwich neighbourhood.  Thankfully they are talking to each other so a sensible outcome is likely.
Attached are some of the maps currently in circulation for discussion.hh-np-boundary-2hhnp-boundary-1
Current proposals would put the Lambeth part of Turney Road in Herne Hill neighbourhood and the rest in Dulwich.  The boundary between Herne Hill & Dulwich in Burbage Road appears to be moving, as discussions take place, from an earlier proposal for the railway viaduct to the junction with Turney Road.  The Herne Hill Velodrome wants to be included in the Herne Hill neighbourhood, not in Dulwich.
If all this seems confusing or you’re asking ‘what does it matter?’ more will come clear as the discussions become more and more public…..we hope!
Do let us know your views.
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Turney Rd Bridge & Power Upgrade

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.

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Herne Hill Velodrome Trust – new Trustees wanted

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 sburton@hhvt.org

 

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Link Age Southwark wants YOU!!

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 info@linkagesouthwark.org 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 volunteering@linkagesouthwark.org or look at www.linkagesouthwark.org  Link Age Southwark has volunteers of all ages, ranging from 18 to 91!

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Front gardens in ugly Turney Road

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.

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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.

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High air pollution in Dulwich Village

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.

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Turney Road Residents – AGM Decides

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

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Quietway – breaking news!

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.”

 

Turney Road residents must take ACTION by 29 March

Long-term Chair of Turney Road Residents Association, Michael Wilkins, with the support of neighbours has issued a plea to Turney Road residents:

The Residents Association are asking you to take action before the 29th March, to reduce pollution and make Turney a residential street again where it is safer to drive and cycle, pleasanter to walk, and live.

This is all about Southwark Council’s proposals to reduce in Dulwich Village The plan includes the closure of the junction of Carlton Avenue, Court Lane and Dulwich Village at the traffic lights.  This is calculated to increase traffic on Turney and surrounding roads.  Surveys show that currently up to 700 cars per hour travel along Turney in the afternoon and evening.  The Turney – Burbage route through to Half Moon Lane in the morning is one of the busiest roads in the area. 

The Residents Association is unhappy with the proposals for Area C which includes Turney.  It is concerned that the plan:

  • does not stop through traffic in the afternoon/evening peak hours, a time when all of Turney is busy both ways.
  • creates a one way street at the Village end of Turney going westward all day. This would increase pollution around the Village schools.
  • makes the cycle way along the road more dangerous.

These proposals do not deliver the stated objectives of the Healthy Streets Initiative on Turney Road.

Completing the Council’s online survey:

The Residents Association has agreed alternative options with Southwark Council.  However as the Council Survey was published prior to these negotiations it does not include these options.

So if you support the Turney Road Residents Association then it suggests you complete the Southwark Survey as follows:

  • for the Burbage Road proposals select no change
  • for the Turney Road proposals select no change
  • for the timed access restriction northbound on Dulwich Village and northwest bound on Burbage Road select support.

Use questions 8 and 9 to ask for the two extra options we have agreed with Southwark:

  1. a) a closure of Turney Road at the railway bridge to stop through traffic along Turney, and
  2. b) a closure of both Turney and Burbage Roads at the railway bridges

This will better meet the objective to reduce through traffic on Turney in both directions.

Turney Road has the second highest traffic for a residential road in Dulwich.  Closure will reduce traffic and pollution outside our homes and at the Hamlet and Infant schools and give us safer roads for the many young and elderly who live on it and travel along it.

This is a rare chance to improve our quality of life and make it safer.  It may not be repeated anytime soon.  Southwark Council is listening but we need to make the case.  

Turney Road residents are urged to go online and complete the Southwark Survey at https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/our-healthy-streets-dulwich-phase-3/. This survey closes on March 29th.  The survey can be completed more than once and the last one overrides earlier ones.