Meet our Councillors on 4th March: The Dulwich Society is hosting an event to hear from and question our local Councillors. All three political parties will be represented and it’s an opportunity for us to understand and make our feelings known about the Council’s current and future policies as they affect transport, education, the environment, planning, policing and health. This event takes place on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm at the Michael Croft Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, SE22 8SU. Young residents who will be voting for the for the first time in the next Council elections may find it particularly helpful to come along.
The Velodrome inner track, Multi Use Games Area and floodlighting are underway: Work has started on the site and is intended to be completed by the Good Friday Meeting which will launch the new facilities and also the campaign to raise finance for the third and final phase of development, making good the presently dilapidated pavilion. The Residents’ Association has been involved in agreeing hours of access for the contractors ( including limiting access during the busy school run) and in monitoring the works generally. Issues arising with the works are being taken up and dealt with as we go along and generally all seems well, but get in touch if there’s anything troubling you. Peter McAnany, (07748 632950) the F M Conway Project Manager is acting as Public Liaison Officer and is also available to answer any questions.
What’s your view about the proposal for a replacement pedestrian island at the junction of Burbage Road and Dulwich Village? We remain very concerned about the safety of this junction, especially for pedestrians. A return to the previous configuration has always been our aim but seems unlikely under safety evaluation criteria and given budget constraints. However, in response to strong local feeling, a plan has been drawn up to reinstate a pedestrian island just back from the junction and this is attached for your information. The finance for this plan has been earmarked but will not be committed without residents’ approval, which needs to be given in March. Council Officers will explain the plan to us and collect our feedback at a meeting to be arranged shortly, but in the meantime it is important that if you have any views, for or against, if you don’t mind what happens, or have any questions you contact me directly as soon as possible . As this is such a key issue for us, and the sums of public money are large ( c£18K), I don’t feel able to volunteer a representative view without explicit feedback from as many residents as possible. So I’d appreciate a quick email response from everyone. (Acceptance of this proposal will not prevent us from pursuing the issue of how the current configuration was changed without our views being taken into account.) Thanks. Proposed Burbage pedestrian island
Should we lobby for culling urban foxes? Given the disturbing recent news involving urban foxes and infants, some residents have raised the question of whether we should lobby for measures to cull the urban fox population. I’d be interested to hear your views on this.
Does household closed circuit TV help to deter or catch criminals? Some of us have CCTV trained upon our own property and a neighbouring residents’ association has asked whether we think it helps as some of their own members are considering it too. I’ll be grateful if any residents who have it in operation will let me know what they think so we can pass our views on.
We have until 6th March to respond to the Mayor’s survey on his Office’s Policing Plan: Details of how to do this by post or via the internet are on the attachment above. Police and Crime Questionnaire
Would you consider opening your garden to raise money for St Christopher’s Hospice? Last year over £20,000 was raised for the hospice in this way. You could open your garden and hold your own tea and cakes party or perhaps host a barbeque.
For more information about the Open Gardens season or to hear more about their events please contact Saja Shaheen, Events Fundraiser, on 020 8768 4715..
The resurfacing of Burbage Road seems to have gone smoothly! Some residents have been speed testing the humps – apparently for altruistic purposes – and report that they seem smaller, but we have been assured that the humps’ ‘sinusoidal design’ is fit for purpose and now the Borough standard.
Please put Friday 21st June in your diary for the Turney & Burbage Summer Party at the Edward Alleyn Club and let me know if you have any ideas for the party or can help either beforehand or on the day -the organisation usually falls to a very small (and worn out) group of neighbours. I also hope to update the email database shortly and volunteers to cover a small section of the road would be appreciated (it’s a good way to meet people).