20 mph Speed Control planned on all Southwark roads

Southwark Council plans to limit speeds on all roads to 20mph.  It will be implemented on roads managed by Southwark and not those not on the Transport for London Road Network known as “red routes”.   The red routes are managed by Transport for London whose brief is to keep traffic moving.  In Southwark these TfL roads include the South Circular and the main roads leading to the river crossings at Rotherhithe, Blackfriars, Southwark and Tower Bridge as well as routes leading to Waterloo, Westminster and Vauxhall.  It is unlikely that 20mph will be implemented on these roads.

The view from the Shard – Hold on to your seats if you suffer from heights!!!

If you failed to get one of Southwark Council’s free tickets to see London from the Shard here is a 360 degree view – just sit (or stand if you are on the tube/train) and enjoy it!

This is excellent photography best viewed on full screen.

You can spend ages (following instructions) viewing the whole of London from The Shard 1016 feet over the London skyline.  It’s Europe’s tallest building to date.
Here it is for you from the comfort of your armchair!

The floors of the Shard are allocated as follows: 2-28 are offices, 31-33 high class restaurants, 34-52 is a 5 star hotel complex,53-65 is residential accommodation and 68-72 are observation lounges.

You can have much fun swinging the view around (as per the screen instructions) zoom in and out traverse 360 deg and see London as never before. Following the long straight rail line approaching and zooming in on the horizon you will see Greenwich and beyond that on the skyline, Shooters Hill and its water tower.

Move cursor or left/right/up down arrows to an all-round view of London.  HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS………..

What happened to the free Shard viewing tickets in Dulwich??

Here is the latest page on the Southwark web site about the ticket giveaway


says by way of explanation that the allocation of the 4000+ tickets “was based on the size of the library and therefore the resources available to distribute tickets in addition to the proximity of the community to the Shard.”, so it was probably not surprising that Dulwich libraries didn’t get that many.

School place shortage forecast in Dulwich

There is a continuing shortage of primary school places in our area rising to up to 90 primary places (equivalent of 3 forms) in Dulwich by September 2016.  Shortages affect our neighbouring wards and boroughs such as Lambeth too.   It’s a London wide issue.  What is Southwark doing about it?

Southwark Council assessed every primary school in the borough and have identified 21 primary schools that are capable of being expanded to provide permanent additional places.  These so-called longlisted schools include Dulwich Infants, Dulwich Hamlet and Langbourne (in College Ward).  Southwark is discussing funding options with the Department for Education and the intention is to explore expansion possibilities with each of the schools (from Jan 2013).   Any changes to individual schools will be subject to consultation.

In the meantime temporary expansion classes will be set up at 10 schools to meet the forecast pressure across the borough for places in September 2013.  In our area, Langbourne in College Ward, Dog Kennel Hill in East Dulwich and Bessemer Grange at Dylways near Sunray Avenue will each take an additional 30 reception pupils.

On top of that, new free schools are being explored to create extra places.  There is a proposal for a free school in Southwark – the Judith Kerr Primary School – which could be located in East Dulwich.    Full details are at http://www.jkps.org.uk/   Parents may apply for a place in the September 2013 entry by 15 January 2013.   Note there is no final decision as yet for the location of this school.

There has also been a campaign for a new school in East Dulwich and the Harris Federation were asked by councillors whether they will consider applying to open one or more Free Schools in the area to meet the rising demand for primary school places. Discussions continue and if you want to know more please speak to your local councillor, contact details here


Current flood risk management

Here is a picture taken recently for planning on flood risk management.
It represents the immediate area around Turney & Burbage Roads and the green spaces
from Belair up to Herne Hill.   TW/Mouchel and Southwark Council are now working up
some proposals for attenuating the water flow in our area for us to review
in early 2013.


Attempted break-in to a neighbour

Last Wednesday, at about 6.50pm (i.e. early evening and not at a time when one would expect something like this to happen) someone rang a neighbour’s doorbell but the neighbour didn’t answer.  The neighbour then heard a loud bang and went to see what had happened.

 It turned out that someone had tried to break in through the front door. They had smashed the stained glass near the Yale lock, obviously intending to put their hand through to open the door but fortunately there was a sheet of laminated glass behind the Edwardian glass so the person couldn’t get in.  However things could have been nasty if that sheet of laminated glass had not been there.

Please be aware that there are people out there looking perhaps for houses where there is little light showing, even at times when we wouldn’t be expecting this kind of thing.  We should try to leave lights on or have security lights in our porches.  Also don’t just rely on a Yale lock but make sure that there is a Chubb or similar lock with the key turned (and not in the lock!).

Please look out for you neighbours especially if they live alone.

Report from Herne Hill Forum meeting with the Police on 5 December

Public Meeting Minutes Wed 5 December

Policing in Herne Hill

Chief Supt John Sutherland (Southwark)

Supt David McLaren (Lambeth)

Crime update:

Herne Hill has one of the lowest crime rates in both boroughs and going even lower.

A suspect in a recent spate of car vandalisms has been arrested.

Nat West in W Norwood to close, reportedly because of the number of robberies. DM said that although it had suffered robberies, the number was not unusually high compared to others and suspected that other reasons were also a factor in its closure.

The Poets’ Corner Neighbourhood Watch is expanding to cover other areas in Herne Hill.


Residents asked for better communications between neighbourhood and police so that they could be informed of locally based crime immediately – and can go on to inform neighbours. The following was suggested:

Calling 101 (instead of 999) for non emergency situations, which is more effective than trying to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)

Operation Promote – for anyone who needs a one to one with a police officer, can be scheduled at a convenient time for you.

Reporting crime to Herne Hill Forum website – will be tweeted immediately (+2000 followers) and if necesary included in newsletter (3,250 subscribers). Website can email residents in specific streets too so can be used to inform of very local crime issues.


Mobile phone street robberies:

JS admitted this was the biggest problem in Southwark, especially around schools. Residents asked if there could not be more policing around these areas, especially as both community wardens and park rangers gone. There are various strategies in place;

Youth panels

Schools having a ‘no phones’ policy

Schools with a reported problem having increased police presence

Improved lighting (esp North Dulwich station, contact Cllr Robin Taggert Parker)

‘find my iphone’ and similar apps that can be downloaded for free and use GPS to track the stolen phone (and its thief) to much good effect.

Combatting drug dealing etc (on Norwood Road especially);

Sept/Oct – a spike in crime and plain clothes police were deployed in area and arrests made

Use of both plain & uniformed officers both to catch and prevent criminals – traders requested this to be more frequent.

CCTV –is the Local Authority responsibility but capability improving as TfL cameras are going to be included in CCTV centre.

Proposed changes to Thameslink service through Blackfriars

Val Shawcross (London Assembly member)

Cllr Jeremy Clyne (Lib Dems, Streatham)

The extended consultation process ended in Sept 2012 – currently waiting for the results. VS urged people to continue to lobby their MPs on the matter. Although the major decision has been made and Wimbledon ‘loop’ trains passing through Herne Hill will all now stop at Blackfriars, she believed there may be a chance of some relenting and the possibility of two or three trains an hour being allowed to go through.

Since the West Coastline v Branson debacle, the government is reviewing all its rail franchising decisions – the Thameslink one is no 3 in the queue. No decision is immanent but lobbying continuing.

There are strong proposals that TfL should run the overground services in London. At the moment VS says there is “too much weight given to commuters rather than Londoners” on overground services and if TfL had had the franchise for the Thameslink service, Londoners would have had more of a voice.

VS suggested train users contact her, their MPs and rail users groups – concerns would be passed on to the Dept for Transport and National Rail.

JC suggested the same, as well as petitioning and forming campaign groups such as his, led by Sutton rail users. Said that senior officials at the DfT were taken aback by the sheer number of complaints and it is worth continuing the fight.

Residents asked for a central point of information. There will be a noticeboard on the station that is owned by the Herne Hill forum that can be used.

Southwark Council’s December e-newsletter

East Dulwich Christmas Cracker – free event for all the family

Get into the festive spirit with the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker, Saturday 1 December from 10am to 5pm on Lordship Lane and North Cross Road.

Treat the family to a day filled with fabulous gifts, delicious food and local produce available in the local shops and at North Cross Road Market.

Cracking Christmas offers

Come down to the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker and check out some of the amazing offers…

  • Receive a 10 per cent discount in store on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December at Hope and Greenwood
  • Oliver Bonas are offering a complimentary glass of fizz/juice from 12pm onwards on 1 December, plus every spend of £50 or more will be entered into a raffle to win a £25 Oliver Bonas gift voucher
  • Lordship Lane Carpets and Ed’s Warehouse are serving free mince pies and mulled wine
  • Karavan eco home will be handing out free grow your own packets of cress seeds to all children
Latest news
London Overground
From Sunday 9 December 2012, services on the new London Overground extension running from Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays will launch, completing London’s orbital railway network.
Winter weather
During the winter months the weather can be unpredictable, with sudden cold spells and snowfall. Check out our website for information about road gritting, schools and more during the coming months.
Sign up to My Southwark

Check out My Southwark – get access to your own personalised self service account. From paying your council tax and rents online, to viewing services and facilities closest to you, it’s safe, easy to use and available 24/7. We’ve also launched My Southwark mobile; now you can do it online and on the move.

A Christmas Carol
What better way to think about Charles Dickens’ famous tale than with a self-guided tour around the streets of Southwark using your smartphone. The free interactive app (Android) (Apple) is easy to use, illustrated with photos and drawings and provides a host of information about Southwark, with dramatisations and quotes from Dickens’ novels.
The 2013 London Youth Games
Team Southwark are now recruiting for the 2013 London Youth Games.If you live or go to school in the borough and are aged between 7 and 17 you can register your interest on our website today.
Do it online
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