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.