New Health Commissioning body is keen to hear your views

From 1 April the Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG) will be taking on the responsibility for planning and commissioning health services in Southwark.

The SCCG are consulting on the future of health services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas and would greatly welcome views.  These can be expressed and communicated as set out in the link below, but also at the following local events:

– Public meeting at St Barnabas Church on Tuesday 30 April from 7pm.

– Public meeting at St Barnabas Church on Wednesday 22 May from 2pm.

– Drop-in session at Dulwich Community Hospital on Wednesday 1 May from 10am – 12.30pm.

The SCCG would be most grateful for as much feedback as possible on its proposals.

Click on this link for a summary of the consultation document Dulwich Health Services – Consultation Summary (3).  The online questionnaire is at

Lambeth ask US Embassy to lobby over fire cuts

The fight over the Mayor’s cuts to the fire service continues.  Read this:

Lambeth ask US Embassy to lobby over fire cuts

News from the Velodrome Trust

The current focus of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is the completion of Phase 2, the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project – new facilities and improvements to the inner field, plus trackside lighting.  Since being awarded planning permission our contractors FM Conway have been on site delivering the project and progress has been good.  Conway is expected to finish the inner field on schedule, and in time for Good Friday, 29 March 2013.

The date of Good Friday is hugely significant to Herne Hill; as for the last 110 years the velodrome has hosted one of the biggest and best track race meetings in the UK.  Every track star of the last century has ridden at the Southern Counties Cycling Union Good Friday Meeting and we are delighted that with the new main track, laid by British Cycling in 2011, and new facilities being delivered at the moment, we are well on our way to being able to offer some of the world’s top riders better facilities here at Herne Hill.  Attracting riders of this calibre means a more exciting and engaging day for spectators, and who knows, the next Chris Hoy or Bradley Wiggins could be an inspired youngster watching this year’s event.

Tickets for residents? Usually £12 or £6 for children. Must be arranged in advance via Hillary Peachey at by next Wednesday 20th March

Now the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project is nearly complete, the Trust is turning attentions to match funding the £1.5m, which has been secured from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England, towards the final phase, a new pavilion. As soon as we have confirmation that a funder has been found we will return to local residents and cyclists, as we did with the Olympic Legacy project, to fully consult and ensure a wide variety of views are taken in to account for this much loved and important cycling site.

And don’t forget the Friends of Herne Hill host their first big party of the year next week.  It’s on Thursday March 21st at The Ledger Building, 4 Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, and London. E14 4AL. Doors Open 6.30pm for racing at 7pm. We will have an auction (kindly hosted by our neighbours Jo Brand and James Nesbitt), raffle, and Rollapaluza racing – static bikes in a head-to-head competition fuelled by the crowd and a knowledge it should only last 90 seconds! For details please visit:

Herne Hill Velodrome Trust

Advance Warning – Important news on major work to local railway bridges in early 2014

LATEST: Letter from Network Rail 18 October 2013. Network Rail Bridges Oct 2013001    There is drop-in session at the Half Moon Montessori School from 16.00 – 19.30 on Thursday 14th November – with Network Rail, Transport for London and Southwark.

Letter from Network Rail 28 March 2013 with revised dates. See NetworkRailbridges001 pages 3 and 4 for map and pictures of the bridges.

Updated following second letter from Network Rail on 18th July 2013

Works on local railway bridges will take place in early 2014 which will impact us all.

An information evening on the project is planned at All Saints Church, Rosendale Road on Thursday, 7th November between 4pm and 7.30pm.  A second meeting is also planned on 14th November.  Further details in due course.

Network Rail must replace the decks supporting the rail lines over Village Way, Croxted Road and Rosendale Road carrying the East Dulwich-Tulse Hill line.

There will be disruption to rail travellers, which is likely to be mild in contrast to local traffic and pedestrian disruption.

The works are scheduled to take place in January and February 2014:

  • January 17th – 20th: simultaneous work on the Croxted Road and Rosendale Road bridges
  • February 14th – 17th: similar work on the Village Way bridge.

Saturday 11th – Sunday 26th January 2014 Croxted Road and Rosendale Road (Bridge sections) will be closed to ALL VEHICLE TRAFFIC

Saturday 8th – Sunday 23rd February 2014 Village Way will be closed to ALL VEHICLE TRAFFIC.

Pedestrian walkways through the bridges will be maintained except when bridges are being replaced.

The carriageway closures will require the re-routeing of bus routes 3 and 201.

Network Rail recognise the works will cause significant local disruptions but assert there are overriding railway reasons for the simultaneous closures.   Our local councillors have asked for a written explanation.

Network Rail have assured our councillors that there will be periodic information by letter to houses in our area including Turney and Burbage Roads.

Network Rail have said that the pilasters of the bridges carrying heraldic crests relating to Dulwich and metalwork of the parapets will be replicated on the new bridges but the columns will be removed for safety reasons.

If you have any concerns on receipt of Network Rail’s letter, please feel free to contact our local councillors.

Network Rail National Helpline 08457 11 41 41  Reference MT/117881-116427-116426/002

(By SB: Update 13/11/2013 (Last version 10/9/2013))

Turney Road Surface Water Survey is underway



Friendly surveyors were out in Turney Rd yesterday measuring the levels of the street and collecting information on where surface water flowed when there is heavy rain.

Unfortunately they were delayed when the strong (and cold) easterly blew over their machinery and broke it.  They retired early to get a new one.  Look out for them.  They will be back again and welcome residents telling them about where street water flows.

The Council is working with residents to produce a plan to avert danger of high water when the rain saturates the fields and flows into the streets.  An Alleviation Plan is in preparation for our consideration.

All you need to know about speed humps – What do they do?

In response to residents’ questions, we have carried out some research on speed humps!  Here is a selection of information we have found about humps, incl sinusoidal humps.

The latter appear to give a smoother ride for cyclists and one of the documents also suggests that they reduce the number of complaints (presumably against vehicle and property damage).  The policies for using this type of hump have been in place for a number of years – the DFT docs, Traffic Advisory Leaflets date from 1998 and 2000, and there have been no revised versions since.    We originally had round humps in Turney but the practice in Southwark has been towards the use of smoother sinusoidal humps with a maximum height of 75mm, and new & replacement humps are sinusoidal.

Southwark Street Scene teams are taking a broader view of streetscapes and looking at a range of improvements and traffic measures including “shared space” rather than simply humps.

New cars/SUVs are better able to travel over humps and if you are a back seat passenger e.g. in black cab you get a more comfortable ride over sinusoidals.  There is a psychology about humps and their presence will help to slow traffic at least until drivers become accustomed to them.

Southwark must believe that they are serving a purpose in reducing speed otherwise they wouldn’t continue to install them but the 2010-2011 transport plan report suggests they are not popular.   The same report also indicates that Southwark’s road safety record improved from 1997-2007 but has since levelled off mainly due to increased cyclist casualties.   However so many other factors have contributed to improved road safety incl vehicle improvements.

Given some residents’ view that the new humps are leading to higher vehicle speeds, we could ask the councillors to put down a question about evidence of effectiveness of road humps in speed reduction in Southwark esp given SUVs, new cars.    They are considered to be the main measure for “enforcement” of 20mph.

If there is evidence of faster traffic in Turney & Burbage Roads, we should report this to the police and Safer Neighbourhood Team as they are equipped with technology to survey speeds.   We could also make a request under the next Cleaner, Greener, Safer round for an automatic speed control “ Your speed/slow down” sign in Turney Road.  This would have the disadvantage of more signs cluttering the street and we do not know the effectiveness of such signs.

Southwark will implement a borough-wide 20mph zone on non-TfL roads at some point soon, which might be accompanied by publicity, signage and improved enforcement measures.

Before the humps we had quite a lot of accidents, some of them very serious incl. one car that crashed into a house and burst into flames.   Does anyone have any evidence of increased accidents in the road?  I recall a resident’s car got bashed up  a year or so ago, and a few weeks ago there was debris from a car near the Turney/Burbage junction.

See the following reports for more detail: (traffic calming) (Sinusoidals) (RB of Maidenhead & Windsor site abt traffic calming)  (report on humps)

(Southwark – Scutari Road Improvements incl sinusoidal road humps). (good site on road technology and research)  (interesting report on delivery of the Southwark Transport Plan)