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

Dulwich Library Temporary Closure

Dulwich Library on Lordship Lane will be closed from Monday 4 March until Sunday 7 April 2013 inclusive to enable self service technology to be installed and for the layout and facilities in the library to be refurbished.

It will not be possible to provide any temporary service at Dulwich Library whilst the works programme is in progress as the ground floor and entrance to the building will be in constant use by the contractors and these areas of the building are the key spaces that are to be refurbished.

During the temporary closure period at Dulwich the opening hours at Grove Vale and Nunhead Libraries will be extended. From Monday 4 March until Saturday 6 April the longer opening hours will be as follows:

Grove Vale Library 25 – 27 Grove Vale London SE22 8QR

Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm

Saturday 9 am to 5pm

Nunhead Library Gordon Road London SE15 5JR

Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Customers who require study space and access to WI FI and public computers will be advised about services at Peckham Library, where additional study space on the second floor of the building will be made available during the Dulwich closure period.

Dulwich Library will reopen to the public at 9am on Monday 8 April 2013.