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

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.

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.

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 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 ( )  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
  2. Sign the change. org petition:

  1. Sign the Brockwell Tranquility pledge
  2. Lobby Lambeth Councillors – also Cllr Freda Cowell and Cllr Anna Birley
  3. Lobby Dulwich Councillors – Jane Lyons, Michael Mitchell and Anne Kirby:
  4. Join the Facebook Group:
  5. Lobby Herne Hill Forum, Herne Hill Society and The Dulwich Society

Theft of mail with personal details

There have been about 35 recent mail thefts in our immediate area.  These serious matters are being forwarded to Helen Hayes MP, to take up directly with the Police and Royal Mail on behalf of everyone who has suffered a loss.

Victims should record their individual problem with Royal Mail Customer Service Dept.  ( and be given a reference number for the complaint.  Whether or not the issue is now closed anyone affected is urged to take the time to email Helen Hayes MP at and report it all to her so she has a complete dossier.

Those reporting back to her should include people who have missing statements, usually John Lewis credit card statements, as this has been the precursor in some instances, to having a card issued to a third party, to the account name.  Make it clear you have not suffered a loss at this time but have told JLP a statement is missing.

Your email should be headed Royal Mail in the subject line.  You should then give your full name, address and the customer complaint number given you when you reported the loss.  If for some reason you did not report this to Royal Mail would you please still report what happened to your post/credit cards/bank loss to Helen so that she has a full picture of the situation in our pretty small area.

One victim has produced the following useful advice list:

  1. Royal Mail lost mail / fraud number 08456 002 649.  (From experience quicker and gives an immediate proof of reporting, to send an online report to
  2.  free credit check and will identify any fraudulent opened bank accounts / credit cards et al.  Many have done this and it is free and reassuring to see at a glance if there has been illegal activity.
  3. Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.  If you’ve been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it.  Report fraud to them and receive a police crime reference number:  0300 123 2040
  4. CIFAS.   Apply to register with CIFAS (£20 for two years).  Financial instructions registered with CIFAS will then give special attention when your details are used to apply for their products or services. Knowing you’re at risk, they’ll carry out extra checks to make sure it’s really you applying, and not a fraudster using your details.
  5. Ask your bank to text you when they post a new card or cheque book to you.
  6. Ask your bank if they can issue you with a telephone banking pass number.  This will mean they don’t have to rely on common security questions eg date of birth, mother’s maiden name which may have been hacked from a third party or available from something like the Electoral Register.

St Christopher’s Hospice Capital Campaign

This year St Christopher’s Hospice is celebrating the 50th year since Dame Cicely Saunders opened the hospice at Sydenham. So beginning the hospice movement, now with over 200 hospices in the UK and 500 worldwide. Her work focused on the trilogy of care, education and research.

In the last few years the wards have been completely refurbished and the communal areas of the hospice.   To recognise this major milestone the hospice has decided to focus on the learning aspect of her trilogy.

It has opened a special Capital Campaign to focus on building a new world class Centre of Learning.  Here the hospice will develop its educational programme to train many more people to care for the dying, and to develop the most effective ways to help individuals and their families at the end of their lives.

St Christopher’s is probably the biggest provider of training and learning for end of life care (EoLC) in the world.  But there is so much more to be done. This new centre will not only train many more professionals, but also offer opportunities to families, friends, and carers to develop the skills and confidence they need to care for their loved ones at home.  This learning will not only be face-to-face, but will utilise all the advantages of the internet to widen access nationally and internationally.

Our neighbour, Dr Tyrrell Evans, has been a Trustee of the hospice for many years until very recently, and he would like to invite friends and neighbours in Burbage Road to an Information evening about the plans for the Learning Hub and the future of the hospice at his home on Sunday January 14th between 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested and able to come that evening should email him at  If you cannot make this date but would like to learn more about the Campaign please let him know so he can arrange an alternative opportunity for you.