Herne Hill Flood – Half Moon Lane now OPEN; latest trader news

See earlier reports and photos about the Herne Hill Flood:  Report #1   Report #2   Report #3  Report #4

Report Monday 26th August (8pm) – HALF MOON LANE has reopened to vehicular traffic.

Please display parking permits from Tuesday 27th August when parking enforcement officers will start working in the area.  Initial warning notices will be issued where permits are not displayed until Monday 2 September, when full parking enforcements will resume.

Report on Friday 23rd August (5.30pm)

Thames Water are reporting via a letter to residents Half Moon Lane – 23 August letter to residents  that they hope HML can be reopened to traffic next Tuesday 27th August.  However they have found a new and unconnected piece of work that needs to be done on the mains further down HML, between Winterbrook and Burbage Road.  This will result in temporary traffic lights for a further period of time.    The next public meeting with Thames Water is at 6pm on 4th September 2013 at the Herne Hill Baptist Church.

Current parking restrictions on Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road, Carver Road and Half Moon Lane (up to the junction with Burbage Road) remain suspended until the road reopens.  Please display parking permits from Tuesday 27th August when parking enforcement officers will start working in the area.  Initial warning notices will be issued where permits are not displayed until Monday 2 September, when full parking enforcements will resume.

If you need more information about the road re-opening please contact TW as advised in the letter.

Report on Friday 23rd August (2pm)

Thames Water contractors are progressing with fixing Half Moon Lane.  Tarmacking will start once the final main inspections are complete.

Tarmac being relaid in Half Moon Lane 23rd August
Carriageway in Half Moon Lane 23rd August (S Badman)
Sahara camera inspection of the main 23rd August
Sahara camera inspection of the main 23rd August (Photo: S Badman)

The Sahara team are doing a camera inspection of the water main from outside the Baptist Church up to 123 Half Moon.

Thames Water estimate that the work on repairing the carriageway and pavements will take into early next week.    We will post a notice when the road has reopened.

TRADER UPDATE

The latest on the Half Moon businesses (23rd August 2013) is as follows:

Sainsbury’s – Open for business

Intersport – Open for business

Pizza Express – expecting to reopen soon  http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/herne-hill.  Nearest Pizza Express is in Dulwich Village.

McMillan Williams Solicitors – operating as usual

Shah Kazemi Accountants – access via Carver Road

RJ Mitchells Electricals – drying out

BurnetWare estate agents – open for business

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013

Photo: BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013 (S Badman)

Oliver Burn estate agents operating from Clapham Office

Pedders estate agents are operating from other offices

Half Moon Dental Practice – offering an emergency service via Haynes Dental http://www.halfmoondental.com/home%20page.html

Brockwell Park Pharmacy – open for dispensing

Oxfam Main Shop and Book Shop – both nearer to Christmas   “Bookmageddon in the cellar of the bookshop” says Gavin the manager   http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-shop-herne-hill  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bookshop-herne-hill   – see report here for Oxfam letter.  Bookstall at Herne Hill Market from Sunday 1st Sept

Duo Dance; open     http://www.duodance.co.uk/

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(Photo: S Badman)

Mary Russell Newsagents: Owner Viral going through drying and insurance process.

Lombok Restaurant: For more info, contact Lombok takeaway at 141 Half Moon Lane 020 7737 7131

Fringe Hair Salon – open for business  http://www.fringehernehill.com/

The Illusioneer (Barrie) – Still without power (21st August 2013); has lost irreplaceable items in the basement flood  http://www.theillusioneer.co.uk/

Merry-Go-Round (Children’s Clothes): Drying and refitting.

Kindred Bakery – open for business     @Kindred_Bakery

Kindred Bakery window art - 23rd Aug (photo: S Badman)
Kindred Bakery window art – 23rd Aug (photo: S Badman)

Tales on Moon Lane – hope to reopen soon, in the meantime please shop online at www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/shop and visit their stall at the Herne Hill Sunday Market.

Bon Velo – hoping to open a workshop soon @bonveloshop

Artemidorus – http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1230/57119.php

Number 22 Restaurant – their catering business Casa continues  @No22Restaurant.  Opening a paella stall at the Herne Hill Market from Sunday 1st Sept

Just Williams toys – operating from East Dulwich Branch @Toys_JustWill    0208 299 3444

Mimosa Deli – aiming to reopen beginning of October @mimosa_deli

Fourway Pharmacy report 20th August that they hope to open a temporary dispensary in about 2 weeks @FourwayPharmacy

Londis, Herne Hill  http://supermarket.londis.co.uk/38947-londis-london?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=londis_20121206DB-V2

Half Moon pub – says “Rome wasn’t built in a day…. Try our sister pub The Herne” @HalfMoonHerne

Vehicle Service garages – business as usual.

Café Provencal – http://www.cafeprov.co.uk/index.html

Other shops and restaurants are being cleared out for drying and refitting.   Dehumidifiers whirring away.  Flood relief teams and loss adjusters still on hand.

Report: Wednesday 21st August.

Thames Water hosted a meeting for residents and traders on Wednesday 21st August at the Herne Hill Baptist Church, chaired by Colin Bryant, lead engineer and co-ordinator for the Herne Hill incident.   Key points that emerged were:

  • Roads – Thames Water hope to reopen Half Moon Lane fully by early next week not by the 29th as announced in their letter of 20th August.   TW are at the mercy of their suppliers but fortunately supplies of concrete have been secured and the team are working flat out to get the road open as soon as possible.  Tarmacing and road marking should be completed by Monday 26th and TW will then reopen the road.  Southwark have to finish work on a lamppost and a tree but this can be done later and shouldn’t affect the road re-opening.
  • Carver Road and Winterbrook Road are open, but Stradella is not.  Carver Road is exceptionally busy with traffic travelling to and from the centre of Herne Hill.
  • Parking – All parking restrictions on Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road, Carver Road and Half Moon Lane (up to the junction with Burbage Road) remain suspended until Herne Hill is reopened.  However there are no advisory notices so drivers don’t know what is happening.   Enforcement officers are leaving tickets which are then voided.  Machines and the parking telephone number are still working.  Parking tokens are being used up unnecessarily.  Cllr Crookshank-Hilton is taking this up with Parking Enforcement.
  • Forensics and inspections – no response as yet from Forensics on the pipe.  Sonar and other inspections have been conducted along the main.  No reports available as yet.
  • Attendees agreed that Thames Water and Floodcall had done a great job in clearing up and getting the road fixed but the focus was now switching to recovery, loss adjustment and insurance, and more support is needed to help traders with insurance claims and interim payments.
  • Support for traders  – One trader said he still didn’t have power or a meter.  Thames Water confirmed that they have all the trader contact details and will do a new round of checks to ensure everyone is powered up and has all the help they need.
  • Insurance – Traders are uncertain about the best approach to claiming insurance – whether to go through Thames Water or make independent claims.  There was concern that TW’s loss adjuster was not really independent.   There were also worries about interim financial support (to pay staff for example).   Colin Bryant said that Southwark Council are now in discussion with the Federation of Small Businesses to provide a source of independent advice and develop a forum for the traders.   On its website the council says it will work directly with businesses who are suffering particular hardship as a result of the flooding, pending insurance settlements.

“If you have been affected and require further information on how the council can help you, please contact Elaine Gunn at Southwark Council on 0207 525 5479 or at elaine.gunn@southwark.gov.uk who will direct you to appropriate support.”

2 thoughts on “Herne Hill Flood – Half Moon Lane now OPEN; latest trader news”

  1. Extremely disappointing that Thames Water and/or the affected employers are not covering part-time staff wages, consigning a sizable part-time workforce to the dole queue. Surely with liability established on the part of Thames Water there should be the funds to support EVERYONE affected by their neglect? Part-time employees make up a significant proportion of the workforce in hospitality and retail and these part-time jobs pay for things like rent and food.
    For a company (Thames Water) that goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying UK corporation tax via its convoluted and indebted structure, expecting people who actually pay tax to carry the cost of making part time workers unemployed is a disgrace. Whatever happened to ‘doing the right thing’?

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