3,500 responded to the consultation on the Wimbledon Train Loop

The Thameslink Wimbledon train loop has been saved and through trains will continue to run direct from Herne Hill to St Pancras.   

Passengers travelling to central London on the Wimbledon Loop had faced the prospect of having to change trains at Blackfriars Station from 2018 under proposals put forward under the Thameslink Programme. However, after extensive consultation with stakeholders and local rail users, the Department for Transport has worked closely with Network Rail to make sure the route continues to operate as part of Thameslink’s core services. This is fantastic news.  Many thanks to everyone who campaigned for the retention of the direct service, wrote letters and responded to the consultation.   There were 3,500 responses to the consultation and 2,200 in favour of retaining the route so your letters and responses made a difference.

Full details of the announcement are at:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-safeguards-future-of-the-wimbledon-loop

Burbage Road Resurfacing in February – reasons,costs & how

The Burbage resurfacing is programmed to take place between the 11th and 14th February, subject to good weather and unforeseen events [STOP PRESS: Now due to take place 11th – 21st February – see latest]

The Council have confirmed that this will take place in February and not in January, as mistakenly advised in their recent letters to residents. They have apologised for this error which was due to a mix up and will be writing to households to confirm this.  They have also apologised for the difficulty many of us have experienced contacting them for more information about the resurfacing.

In addition to the above letter, which Burbage residents will be receiving shortly, the Council’s contractor normally issues an additional notice/ letter to the specific section(s) of the road to be resurfaced. This notice is issued forty-eight  hours before the actual resurfacing works start on site and involves placing notices on vehicles parked along the carriageway to be resurfaced. The notice is reinforced by the presence of ‘No Parking/ No Waiting’ cones/signage (within the affected section only).

The primary purpose of the works is to resurface the entire length of the carriageway. However if any budget is left over this can be used for limited footway/ trip hazards rectification. BRRA and TRRA will continue to press for much needed improvements to our pavements through this and other means.

In response to our questions about the justification for the works the Council has responded that  all  significant highways/ transport projects in the borough are planned using an ‘objective evaluation and prioritisation ranking system’ which ‘ considers the council’s highways assets and optimises allocation of resources in order to maintain the condition of the asset at the acceptable standard’. The works budget for Burbage Road is £221,184, funded through the Non-principal roads Capital Investment Programme for the 2012/13 financial year. All works under the 2012/13 are to be completed by 31 March 2013. The Council’s overall highways/ transport programme is agreed annually by its Cabinet, including this scheme and its budget. Further information is provided on their website on the following pages:

The Council and their contractors will be writing with contact telephone numbers for those who need more information ( about provision for disabled and business residents, for example) but advise that we can  also use their switchboard for these or any other matters : 020 7525 5000.

Herne Hill Velodrome Trust Planning Committee 29 January

The date for the planning meeting has now been put back to Tuesday, 29th January ( from Tuesday 22nd ). The details are:

Date: 29 January, 2013

Time: 19:00

Venue: Council Offices 160, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2TZ

Following widespread support for the development, especially from the many local cycling, community sports and educational groups which will benefit, the planner’s report will recommend approving the development of a Multi-Use Games Area, Inner Track and Floodlighting.

The details are not yet available, but the report is published on the Southwark web site and can then be accessed via the links below:

Application 12/AP/3196: The report on the application can be viewed on the Council’s web site by following this link.

Application 12/AP/3195: The report on the application can be

viewed on the Council’s web site by following this link.

 

Turney and Burbage Road Residents’ Associations have worked very hard with the HHVT management team to address as many of residents’ concerns as possible and will be attending the planning meeting on residents’ behalf. Our submission to planners can be seen on: http://planningonline.southwark.gov.uk/DocsOnline/Documents/262558_1.pdf and a schedule of the status of the points raised by us is attached for your information.

Please let us know if you have any additional issues for us to raise at the meeting and it would also be helpful to know if you are planning to go along.

Residents agree a Code of Conduct with the Velodrome

Residents have agreed a Code of Conduct with the HHVT prior to the planning consent meeting for Herne Hill Velodrome on 29 January

The Southwark Planning Committee meet to consider proposals to add flood lighting and to build a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and an  Inner Track at 7pm on 29 January at  160 Tooley Street. http://www.southwark.gov.uk/location. BRRA and TRRA will be represented at the planning meeting.  In advance of the planned  developments, Burbage, Turney and Village Way residents met with representatives of the Velodrome’s management team to agree a Code of Conduct which will cover the times of use of the site for cycling, lighting, security,  traffic and noise limitation. This code is:HHVT with residents, Code of Conduct, 10th January 2013. The code will be fine- tuned over the coming year and subject to regular review, as is the case with the guidelines which are in place for our other neighbouring sports facilities. Any comments are welcomed by the Chairs of BRRA or TRRA.

A number of additional specific residents’ concerns have also been addressed and the Friends of the Velodrome have offered to pursue tree screening for residents who back on to the site ( with the kind support of the Dulwich Society); to improve the safety of the entrance to the Velodrome ( through a bid for a Southwark Community Council Grant) and to investigate alternatives to the use of the Derney Pacer Bikes.

The HHVT have commissioned a prototype of the new lighting which will be set up for us to see on site very shortly and details of this will follow. If you would like to see the actual lighting in current use there is an example visible at a car park at Heathrow airport and details are on the map above.

In the meantime the Velodrome extend a warm welcome to residents wishing to use the facilities: http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com and a schedule of all the key events planned for this forthcoming season is attached above so that you are aware of when noise, parking and other disruption is likely to occur.

Wimbledon to St Pancras line – SAVED!!

Passengers travelling to central London on the Wimbledon Loop had faced the prospect of having to change trains at Blackfriars Station from 2018 under proposals put forward under the Thameslink Programme.

However, after extensive consultation with stakeholders and local rail users, the Department for Transport has worked closely with Network Rail to make sure the route continues to operate as part of Thameslink’s core services.

This is fantastic news.  Many thanks to everyone who campaigned for the retention of the direct service, wrote letters and responded to the consultation.   There were 3,500 responses to the consultation and 2,200 in favour of retaining the route so your letters and responses made a difference.

Full details of the announcement are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-safeguards-future-of-the-wimbledon-loop

Have your say…on the police: online survey

!!! IMPORTANT – Have your say on the Mayor of London’s Police and Estate Plans – now out for consultation !!!

 The Mayor of London has released his draft Police and Crime Plan and draft Estate Strategy for consultation.

Documents here: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-and-crime/community-engagement 

What are the Mayor’s Plans?

The Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has issued a challenge to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS):

20% Cut in 7 priority Crimes; 20% Boost in public confidence; 20% Reduction in Spend (20/20/20)

The MPS needs to save £500m by 2015.

The documents propose significant changes and reform in London’s policing, including:

–       Flatter structure with more police constables and fewer supervisors and managers;

Reduced running costs and estate cut from c500 buildings to 300 buildings;

–       More officers in the boroughs – visible, accessible, accountable, reconnecting police & public in intelligent ways

–       Local Policing Model is key – dedicated borough commander, inspector led teams in Local Police Areas (clusters of wards);

–       New modes of public access – online, phone, “Police come to us”.  More people are now connecting by 101 and 999, and online.

What changes might we see on the front line?

  • Reduced Safer Neighbourhood Teams.  Inspector-led teams will work in Local Police Areas (clusters of wards).  Every Ward will have a named sergeant and there will be one dedicated police constable and one PCSO per ward.
  • Southwark police numbers will remain broadly the same and there will be a general team of officers flexibly deployed across the borough – proactive squads and tasking teams;
  • Closed front counters at 65 police stations across London, including East Dulwich. Some boroughs will only have one front counter;
  • Opening of new ‘contact points’ in public and other buildings such as council offices, supermarkets and post offices. The location of these is unknown at this stage.

Nothing will be decided until the consultation is complete.

What police stations are closing and where will the police officers be based?

 The draft Estate Strategy (p.38-42) lists 65 police front counters proposed for closure.

Locally the front closures proposed for closure are: Camberwell; East Dulwich; Gypsy Hill; Sydenham and South Norwood.

This could mean a massive black hole in the Dulwich area with no police front counters nearby to report crime.

We don’t yet know where Safer Neighbourhood Teams and front line police will be based.   The local Southwark borough commander assured the Dulwich Community Council in November that the Seeley Drive office in Dulwich will be retained as a base.

Local politicians and the Safer Neighbourhood Panels (SNP) have been seeking assurances from the Mayor and the Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police that no front counter will be closed until an alternative facility has been opened.

How can we have our say in the consultation?

The consultation on the Draft Police and Crime Plan and the Estate Strategy has now started and the first public consultations took place on Wednesday 9 January in Lambeth and Southwark.

Dulwich residents, Safer Neighbourhood Panels (SNP) and local politicians attended the Southwark Consultation on 9 January.  Some of the issues raised were:

–       The geographical “black hole” in Dulwich with no nearby police stations and no confirmed local bases for officers;

–       Concern about loss of efficiency through police officers wasting time criss-crossing boroughs to deal with incidents far away from their bases;

–       Provision of police vehicles to expedite incident attendance;

–       There will be a significant management overhead in bedding down the reformed system and reducing management numbers may not be feasible;

–       Concerns about the viability of the 1PC + 1PCSO model in the reformed SNTs;

–       The quality of police service to the public, and particularly services to victims of crime.

The consultation runs until 6 March 2013 and there will be public meetings in every London borough.  If you would like to attend a meeting see http://www.london.gov.uk/events/policing-and-crime-consultation-events?source=mopac  for further details.

You can feed in your views via an online survey, or you can write to, or email the Mayor:

c/o Siobhan Coldwell

Head of Strategy

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

10 Dean Farrar Street

London, SW1H 0NY

policeandcrimeplan@mopac.london.gov.uk

The online questionnaire limits responses to 150 words per question, and also contains a yes/no question about whether the focus should be on maintaining police numbers or keeping police buildings.

It is important that we do all respond to it

Front counters at the following police stations in Southwark and adjoining boroughs are proposed for closure:

Croydon

PURLEY, WHYTECLIFFE ROAD SOUTH 9 & 11
KENLEY POLICE STATION
ADDINGTON POLICE STATION
NORBURY POLICE STATION
SOUTH NORWOOD POLICE STATION

Lambeth

CAVENDISH ROAD POLICE STATION
CLAPHAM POLICE STATION
GIPSY HILL POLICE STATION

Lewisham

BROCKLEY POLICE STATION
SYDENHAM POLICE STATION

Southwark

CAMBERWELL POLICE STATION
EAST DULWICH POLICE STATION (NEW)
ROTHERHITHE POLICE STATION