Dulwich Schools protest funding cuts

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All three Dulwich Village schools have put up these powerful banners complaining about the loss of funds for education in the Village.  Primary and Secondary schools are suffering a loss of considerable funds.  It does not seem to be the time for cutting education capacity.  Our children need to compete for further education and for jobs and our country needs to compete better in the world.  For decades our education performance has lagged compared with other countries and continues to do so.  We all know that good education is the key to success.

The banners speak for themselves.

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Dulwich Village Independent Businesses take centre stage

Dulwich Village was long known for its healthy range of shops run by locals.  Some can still remember that the Village once had a much wider range of shops.  It was a destination for shoppers within Dulwich and beyond seeking a wide range of fresh food including fruit & vegetables and fresh meats.

Many such locally run shops have gone.  Only recently the last remaining grocer closed, causing great inconvenience to locals who depended on it. Higher and higher rents demanded by the Dulwich Estate landlord, attracted by high value tenants such as corporate chains and  estate agents, have made it hard for neighbourhood shops to continue.

In this environment, it is wonderful to see that our independent businesses are doing well and that they are strengthening by working together.  They depend on us shopping with them.

Enjoy this video about our Dulwich Village independent businesses.

Published on 25 Feb 2018

In this documentary I interviewed shop owners in Dulwich Village about the importance of independent businesses to the local area and what they liked about their local community. Part of a series of blogs promoting independent businesses in the London Borough of Southwark, Supported by Creation trust & Southwark Council. View the rest of the documentaries here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRgf… Shot and edited by myself. Researcher Will Akinnuoye. Special thanks to the contributors: Anne Halmer Hazel Broadfoot Brian Green Patrick Belton Keeley Turner Executive Produced By Patrischia Warmington. Music: Blue Dot Sessions – Town Market

New Health Centre for Dulwich

Longer term residents will be familiar with the two decade old debate and promises for the replacement of Dulwich Hospital with modern health services.  Plans have come and gone and changed including public consultations and still nothing has appeared in the ground.

However the impressive new buildings on the Dulwich hospital site are an indication that things really are moving – for a new Charter School.  But nothing yet for health services.

The local NHS has issued an update now saying that it has refined the list of services, in accordance with the results of the consultation, and calculated how many patients it needs the health centre to accommodate. That has helped it to determine how big the new building needs to be, and how big a site it needs to be built on.

The new build will be on the south-east corner of the Dulwich Hospital site and has been approved by NHS England and NHS Property Services.  The local NHS expects to start building in April 2018.

The NHS will fund the building through a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) scheme funded through the NHS paying annual rent on the property for 25 years.

More information is available on the Southwark NHS site at http://www.southwarkccg.nhs.uk/our-plans/improving-services-in-dulwich-and-the-surrounding-areas/developing-our-plans/Pages/default.aspx

Given the disastrous Carillion PFI contracts and the huge burden on NHS budgets caused by the high cost of  PFI which has stressed the finances of the NHS across the country and contributed to the putting of Kings College Hospital into special financial measures, it is surprising that more such obligations are being taken on.

 

Dulwich Crime Incidents December

The police report the following crimes in December and remind all residents to double lock our front doors when going out.  They add that we should place all boxes that can show we have new TV’s /computers etc in bins not on display to attract burglars.

Crimes for the month of December:

2/12/17 – Eynella Rd – Burglary – Overnight persons unknown have gained entry to shed. Nothing stolen.

2/12/17 – Eynella Rd – Burglary – Overnight bike stolen from rear garden shed.

18/11/17-2/12/17 – Theft from m/v – Gilkes Crescent – Catalytic converter stolen from vehicle.

4/12/17 – Half Moon Lane- Theft from m/v – Between 1800hrs and 2330hrs persons have smashed glass and taken car stereo

5/12/17 – Turney Rd – Burglary – By suspects forcing front door of property and removing computer equipment.  No deadlock activated.

4/12/17-7/12/17 Arnhem Way – Burglary – Unoccupied property. Entry gained via first floor bathroom window. Not known what stolen.

7/12/17 – Tarbert Rd – Robbery – 14 year old boy had mobile phone taken by older boys.

8/12/17 – Elphindale Rd – Theft of m/v – Vehicle stolen overnight by means unknown. Found in Barking, Essex.

11/12/17 – Townley Rd – Burglary – Between 0820 and 0930hrs suspects have entered via rear door.

11/12/17 – Wyneham Rd. Burglary x 2 – Between 1330 and 1445 hrs two flats entered via front door which appears to have been slipped. Once inside, front doors of flats forced and property stolen.

11/12/17 – Frankfurt Rd – Burglary – Front door forced. Coat taken from hallway.

7-11/12/17 – Druce Rd – Theft from m/v – Vehicle entered by means unknown and small change taken.

14/12/17 – Court Lane – Robbery – Schoolboy robbed of phone by older schoolboys.

14/12/17 – Dovercourt Rd – Theft of m/v – Sprinter van stolen overnight by means unknown.

15/12/17 – Court lane – Theft from m/v – Transit van broken into by four males. Witnessed by passing member of public.

16/12/17 – Eynella Rd – Robbery – Post office van stolen by means of robbery.

17/12/17 – 25/12/17 – Pickwick Rd – Theft from m/v – During times persons unknown have smashed window of vehicle and taken property.

29/12/17 – Attempted Burglary – Court Lane Gdns – Entry attempted via rear windows. Believed alarm scared intruders off.

30/12/17 – Burglary – Dovercourt Rd – At 1745hrs occupant heard loud bang and saw male running to rear door to escape.

In January already in Turney Road there has been a theft of a car by breaking in the side window and taking the door and car keys handily left by the front door and escaping with the car – at about 5am.

 

 

 

Traffic management in Dulwich

Consultants are looking at a Traffic Management Strategy across Dulwich. They have prepared an online page which includes a list of all proposals and a map to help localise them.  Each proposal is presented with a short description and with the opportunity to leave a brief comment.

Proposals are grouped under six wide themes (some of them fall within more than one theme): Air Quality, Walking, Public Transport Accessibility, Traffic Calming, Cycling, Parking.

Please follow the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the engagement page.

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy-and-transport-policy/consultation-and-updates/transport-policy

The page will be available until 24th January 2018.

Once the online engagement is complete they will analyse feedback and undertake the assessment of each of the options in line with the Healthy Streets approach and reflecting feedback from the community.  Informed by the feedback analysis and the assessment, they will then draw together the proposals into a coherent plan.

Carol singing tonight in Burbage Road!

Please do come and join the Burbage Road carol singing tonight!


All ages and abilities welcome; singers, musicians and shepherds.

Dress warmly and festively!

Last year we raised £320 for St Christopher’s Hospice and this year we are proposing to collect for School Home Support. Their aim to is get children into school and ready to learn. http://www.schoolhomesupport.org.uk

School Home Support’s aim to is get children in school, ready to learn.  Education has the power to change lives and transform children’s futures, but every week thousands of our children miss out on their education through no fault of their own. Domestic violence, desperately poor housing, basic poverty and other complex issues all create barriers to learning for disadvantaged children.  Last year more than 104,000 children (10% of all pupils) in London were persistently absent from school – meaning they missed at least half a day of school each week. For many of them, it was much more than that. The picture is similar in South East London; 9% of pupils in Southwark were persistently absent and as many as 10.7% of pupils in Lewisham. The statistics are similar across Bromley, Croydon and Lambeth.  School-Home Support works in partnership with schools and with families to tackle pupil absence as well as pupil behaviour and engaging parents with their children’s learning.  By getting to the bottom of why a child is not attending school regularly, SHS can help break the cycle of underachievement and transform the lives of our most disadvantaged children.

We are planning to meet at 6.30pm at the Herne Hill end of the Road, and work our way up the road, finishing at 131 for a drink and a mince pie at around 7.30pm.  

If you’d like to join us, could you email charlesnewman@yahoo.co.uk so we get a feel for numbers and if you’d particularly like us to sing at your door, then please also let us know!
Merry Christmas!

Two large noisy Events in Brockwell Park next summer

Attached are details of two proposed large events that are being planned for Brockwell Park next summer. Those who use the park and live closer than we do are concerned for the following reasons:

Together with other planned events, such as the Lambeth Country Show and the world Cycling Revival ( http://cyclingrevival.com )  this will form a virtually continuous stream of large scale outdoor events in this firmly residential area.

The noise from existing events in this Park ( including an electronic music festival last summer) causes considerable upset as it carries across gardens and into homes, especially in the summer months when people are enjoying being outdoors most.

The events include music into the late evening (11pm). Again this is entirely inappropriate for a residential area.  Many children will be undertaking public exams and school work during the proposed June event.  The increased pressure on parking in residential streets and public transport will be considerable.  Local trade in the Herne Hill area will be adversely affected as locals stay away. Traders are already adversely affected by works around Herne Hill Station.  The pressure on policing and safety will be unacceptable. Of particular concern are personal safety and drug availability.  The disruption to roads during the setup, festival itself and clear up will put immense pressure on busy routes through Herne Hill, Brixton and Tulse Hill.  The limitation on access to significant parts of this public amenity in the light spring and summer months for local families seems to be against the public interest, especially the young and those who do not have access to gardens or green spaces of their own.

Should you wish to have a voice on these events, the planning applications are under consideration by Lambeth and you can influence the outcome in several other ways:

  1. Email as part of the community engagement process  BrockwellParkCommunityPartners@gmail.com
  2. Sign the change. org petition:

https://www.change.org/p/lambeth-council-pledge-to-keep-brockwell-park-events-sustainable-and-proportionate?recruiter=198942271&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_email_responsive

  1. Sign the Brockwell Tranquility pledge http://www.brockwellstreets.org
  2. Lobby Lambeth Councillors –  SWinifred@lambeth.gov.uk also Cllr Freda Cowell and Cllr Anna Birley
  3. Lobby Dulwich Councillors – Jane Lyons, Michael Mitchell and Anne Kirby: http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=TABLE&PIC=1
  4. Join the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/797965553719266/about/
  5. Lobby Herne Hill Forum, Herne Hill Society and The Dulwich Society