Have your say on Southwark’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy


Southwark Council is carrying out consultation on the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement (2008) and as required by the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy provides the framework for discharging our responsibilities as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). It outlines in a comprehensive manner how the council will manage the risk of flooding arising from surface water, groundwater and ordinary water courses across the borough consistent with the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and the National Flood Risk Management Strategy.

Among others the objectives for the strategy are to;


  • ensure a clear understanding of local flood risks, so that investment in risk management can be prioritised and implemented most effectively
  • develop and maintain a community and partnership based engagement in the management of flood risk and encourage beneficiaries to invest in the management of risk where possible
  • encourage innovative management of flood risk, taking account of the needs of communities and the environment
  • promote sustainable measures to reduce flood risk and provide multiple benefits to local communities
  • develop links between the local flood risk management strategy and local spatial planning


This consultation will also inform Southwark’s Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP).



The consultation documents and questionnaire can be found on our website at:


They will also be available in the council’s libraries and locations listed below:


Dulwich Library – 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB

(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 8pm, Tuesday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm Sun 12pm to 4pm)

Grove Vale Library –             25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ          

(Monday and Thursday 10am to 7pm, Tuesday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm)

Area Housing Office

Dulwich – 41-43 East Dulwich Road, SE22 9BY

(Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm)

Living with Rainwater: a guide to working with nature to make your neighbourhood more flood proof

Living with Rainwater: a guide to working with nature to make your neighbourhood more flood proof

 The Lost Effra project has produced a new, free guide called Living with Rainwater, which shows how residents of towns and cities can reduce local flood risk, whilst also creating natural spaces that can benefit people and wildlife. It is part of a London Wildlife Trust led initiative that celebrates local action in and around Herne Hill to promote sustainable rainwater management through working with nature. From taking up tarmac, creating green roofs on bike sheds, digging special rain gardens and installing water butts, Living with Rainwater gives simple ideas of what local people can do to support wildlife and increase our resilience to flooding. The guide is available at issuu.com/londonwildlifetrust/docs/living-with-rainwater and for more information about the project please visit www.wildlondon.org.uk/lost-effra-project.

 Living with Rainwater

Have your say on Southwark’s Cycling Strategy and proposal for a Quietway through Dulwich Village and Turney Road

January 2015  Turney Road Newsletter about cycling 

Dear Neighbours,

Many thanks to all those who have written to me about the Southwark Cycling Strategy – the proposed Southwark Spine and the Quietway through Dulwich and down Turney Road.



What is a Quietway?

Quietways are a network of bike routes for less confident cyclists using low-traffic back streets. The routes are not just for current cyclists, but are for people who have always been put off cycling by the thought of sharing the road with high volumes of cars, vans, buses and lorries.

There will be a delineated cycle path but NOT a blue cycle lane like the superhighways

We have no information as to whether any parking will be removed or any new parking restrictions will be introduced.

The cycling initiatives are part of a London-wide mayoral initiative and all local authorities are responding to the Mayor’s challenge with proposals for new cycle ways, Quietways and other cycling proposals.


What is happening now?

Southwark Council is currently consulting on both the proposed overall Cycling Strategy, the proposed Southwark Spine and proposed Quietways.    Louisa Tan, Southwark Principal Transport Planner, advises:

Both the draft Cycling Strategy and proposed Southwark Spine are at a strategic level and will be informed by this consultation which will run until Sunday, 1 February.

If there is broad support for the Southwark Spine, further work will need to be done on the route alignment (where it will go) and there will be a full public consultation on any specific proposals to improve the cycle network. ….The exact route is not decided at this stage and this is what we are consulting on: to determine whether there is support for the route and what the exact route might be. As part of this consultation we are looking for local knowledge to help us understand the opportunities and barriers.

We would welcome any further suggestions that you have on both the Southwark Spine, the draft Cycling Strategy and how we could improve the street environment for both walking and cycling. Comments can be submitted to me directly or you can visit www.southwark.gov.uk/cyclingstrategy and complete our short online survey, or log specific issues using our interactive map tool.”

We advise each and every Turney resident to send comments/photos via the interactive maps as it is clear that Southwark is setting great store by the feedback it receives during the consultation before 1st February.

The links to the maps are at:

http://www.sdgdigital.co.uk/sites/southwarkcycling/   – Cycling Strategy and Southwark Spine route shown in Black.

http://www.sdgdigital.co.uk/sites/southwarkquietways/  – Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace Quietway via Turney Road shown in Red.

There is also an  online questionnaire you can complete – a Word copy of the questionnaire is attached so you can see the range of questions.

You can also email comments direct to Louisa.Tan@southwark.gov.uk   Please copy any emails to TRRA as it would be useful to gauge neighbours’ views.

There is a debate on the East Dulwich Forum about the Cycling Strategy.

The TRRA committee is talking to local Lambeth councillors about the Quietway on the Lambeth side of Turney and Rosendale Road – more on this later.

Problems with the Southwark interactive maps logon?

If you experience persistent problems with registering to login or logging in please email Louisa Tan as above with details of the username/email address you have used, and whether you have activated your registration or not, and any screenshots.  Please check your email junk mail box for activation emails.

Also if you complete the questionnaire, this will require you to log into “My Southwark” which has a different user ID/login to the interactive maps!!



Ever wondered about the route of the River Effra?

Many thanks to the “Lost Effra” project and the London Wildlife Trust for these maps showing the approximate route of the River Effra.

Course of the Effra map – Dulwich Society

Old Dulwich map showing Effra route

London Map (undated) showing Thames and River Effra before houses.

Londnn map (undated) before houses built showing River Effra
London map (undated) before houses built showing River Effra

More information from local Effra expert, Martin Knight:  The Story of the River Effra in Dulwich

Map showing approximate culverted Effra route

Culverted River Effra