The new pavement outside the school is already in place alongside the protected cycle track. At last there’s a wider pavement to safely accommodate the children, parents and passers-by.
This week the council’s contractors have started on the long-planned changes to the layout of the Dulwich Village crossroads.
Many changes have been made to the junction over the years to try to accommodate the many pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists, lorries, vans, coaches, buses and cars which use it. The junction is on a popular road route in and out of the centre of London and for traffic going east/west across south London. By and large it is a manageable junction – until school term starts. Then thousands of schoolchildren and their cars, cycles and coaches converge and join in the morning and evening rush.
Changes made in the past to enable the mixed traffic to move more easily have included changing the phasing of the traffic lights, lengthening the time allowed for pedestrians to enter the junction, changing road traffic priorities (several times}, narrowing the entry to Calton Avenue, building a road platform on Court Lane entry, inserting bollards.
Under the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, creating better roads for the fast increasing number of cyclists became a priority. Cycling Superhighways were developed elsewhere in London as well as ‘Quietways’. In Southwark, the Mayor encouraged the creation of a ‘Quietway’ between the Elephant & Castle and Crystal Palace. The route has been planned for over two years and has generally been welcomed north of Dulwich but has met fierce opposition here. Following extensive consultations and many meetings Southwark Council has resolved to proceed with the Quietway and in the Dulwich section has started with the new layout for the Village junction. The re-design of the junction is in the following link: Dulwich Village Junction changes 2017
Changes to Calton Avenue and Turney Road will follow in 2018.
Residents have received a letter through their doors saying works to install the Quietway will start next Monday 7 August. This came as a surprise as the Council has not yet decided to proceed with the Quietway.
Council officers have made their final proposals and it is expected that just a rubber-stamp formal decision will be made, as we were previously told, by 27 July by the relevant Councillor.
That decision has not been made, so maybe there are further thoughts being had at the Town Hall. Maybe Cllr Wingfield whose responsibility it is to make the final decision is having doubts. Or perhaps he has just been too busy on a host of other matters which have taken precedence.
It seems the letters to residents have come out too quickly and before the decision has been made. Village Councillor Jane Lyons tells us she expects a decision TOMORROW and that the works will NOT start on Monday!
Southwark Council planners want to move ahead now with the Quietway from Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace through Dulwich Village.
Dulwich residents were active in raising objections to the Quietway Scheme and discussions have been continuing with the Council. Southwark’s planners are now recommending that the scheme proceed. Shortly, Cllr Wingfield, the responsible Southwark Councillor, will decide whether to accept the recommendations.
The full proposals are at http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50014361&Opt=0
Depending on the decision Cllr Wingfield makes and the reasons he gives for his decision there will be a few days to decide whether the Councillors on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee should be invited to challenge that decision and recommend ways he can improve it.
Once Cllr Wingfield’s decision is made public our local councillors will want to hear residents’ views before determining whether they should call the decision in for scrutiny by Southwark Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
The decision will be made by Thursday 27th July and call ins must happen within five days thereafter.
Already Council formal notices are appearing on lampposts:
It looks like the Government’s cuts to our schools in Turney Road are going ahead. This poster on Turney Road School announces a ‘Carnival Against the Cuts’ on Sunday 16 July.
This seems a strange time to be reducing education provision with rising school roles and a need for the country to become more productive and efficient. Our schools are taking the plans seriously and are every worried.
Update – John’s funeral will take place on Friday 5th May 2017 at 11am St Simon and St Jude Roman Catholic Church , Hillside SW2 3HL
John Fraser passed away on 6 April. He was an active member of the Turney Road Residents’ Association and a welcoming and friendly face to any new residents in Turney Road.
John was a solicitor by training and worked as a senior partner at the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP. Had had a long and active political career from when he was a councillor on Lambeth Borough Council from 1962 and the London Borough of Lambeth from 1964 to Parliament. John was the Labour Member of Parliament for Norwood for more than thirty years from 1966 until 1997.
His sharp mind and excellent people skills led to him being appointed Under Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1966, Under Secretary of State for Employment in 1974-1976, and Minister of State at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1976-1979.
He was a much loved and respected local MP, taking pride in diligently representing and serving the local community in which he lived and brought up his family. He had extraordinary language skills and was able to greet constituents in almost all of the many languages spoken in the rich and diverse constituency he served. One resident remembers being impressed by John’s language skills when he made a point of telling her that it was vital to greet constituents in their native language as he tried to teach her Yoruba at one of the Turney Road parties.
After standing down as an MP, John continued to play a very active role within the local Dulwich and West Norwood constituency Labour party, knocking on doors and leafleting year round. He played a full part in the life of his local Labour party branch, the General Committee and Executive Committee; and within the local community, continuing to support local advice charity Centre 70 which he helped to found in 1970.
John was married to Ann and together they had three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, the local Labour Party, the Turney Road and Norwood communities and the wider Labour movement.
He was our street champion in every sense.