This may come across as a curious question and you may wonder whether it matters. It is a question that is troubling some locals as they are being asked to decide one or the other.
This all comes about because the Government is insisting that local neighbourhoods are defined and that they are to have neighbourhood plans setting local guidelines and policies.
Government guidance explains what factors need to be considered in drawing up a boundary for neighbourhoods but the main point about being in one area or another is money. Neighbourhoods with approved plans are entitled to twice the amount of money from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) than if there were no plan. The sum of money is unknown. It may not be much – especially if there is little development.
Each borough has its own CIL policy. Herne Hill is shared between Lambeth and Southwark councils.
Local charity expanding services for over-60s
Link Age Southwark is recruiting new volunteers to organise social activities for over-60s in Southwark. The charity, which has been based in East Dulwich for 23 years, offers activity groups, befriending visits, transport to social activities and light DIY help around the home and garden for older residents of Southwark.
All services are volunteer-led and the charity is always looking for new volunteers to help older residents maintain their social life and prevent isolation.
Richard, 53, who visits two older gentlemen weekly, says, “They both appreciate my company and the chance to talk to somebody. They look forward to my visits, and I look forward to them too. I’ve made two new friends.”
If you’re over 60 and would like to find out more about Link Age Southwark’s 23 activity groups ranging from singing to bridge to yoga, or about the befriending home visit service, please call 020 8299 2623, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look at www.linkagesouthwark.org
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Link Age Southwark, please call 020 8299 2623, email email@example.com or look at www.linkagesouthwark.org Link Age Southwark has volunteers of all ages, ranging from 18 to 91!
The next Dulwich community council meeting is happening on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU.
This meeting will happen in two parts. The first consists of a formal decision making meeting followed by the themed community meeting. So…
At 7pm: Dulwich Community Council – Decision making meeting
Decisions announced for the successful Cleaner Greener Safer Fund 2017/18 projects
At 7.30pm: Dulwich Community Council Forum meeting
The meeting will be hearing from Cllr Johnson Situ – Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Culture giving an overview on the theme.
The committee wants to hear from you all – local business owners and residents!!
So come along, let it know who you are, what service you provide (business owners) or what you like/want to see improved in your area.
There will be community announcements and also an item on Road Junction Safety through proposed double yellow lines and more!!
So get involved in the discussion about Business in Dulwich at the Dulwich community council on Wednesday 1 February from 7pm.
Lambeth council is introducing green wheelie bins for recycling, to replace the current clear recycling sack service. The new green recycling wheelie bins will start to make an appearance on Monday 16 January, and the delivery is scheduled to take approximately six weeks.
In the Southwark end of the Road, Southwark Council has provided BLUE wheelie for recycling for some years. We welcome the bins but hope that this is not another confusing difference in waste collection between neighbouring boroughs: the Southwark GREEN bin is for NON-recyclables. Just yards away in Lambeth, in the same road, GREEN is FOR recyclables!
Lambeth Council is holding a briefing for Street Champions at 6pm on Tuesday 10 January. Perhaps the Street Champions can ask about this.
Our Village Ward councillors wrote on Monday 23rd May to the new Mayor, new GLA Transport Committee Chair and the new Southwark Cabinet Member responsible for cycling requesting pause and reconsideration of the Quietway 7 route.
From: Lyons, Jane
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 12:34 PM
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’; Wingfield, Ian
Subject: Reconsider Quietway 7 route through Dulwich Village
We are writing as ward councillors for Village Ward in Southwark as you are new in post and with responsibility for transport.
As you may be aware Village Ward is currently targeted as part of the Quietways 7 route from the Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace, running along Calton Avenue, through Dulwich Village junction, and then down through Turney Road.
This section has caused an outcry amongst residents and businesses alike. The route was visited upon us with no prior consultation or option to change it; and £000s have been spent in consulting at speed with an unwilling but engaged community in an attempt, so far failed, to make the proposed route an acceptable one.
Key points of objection from within the community are the ineffectiveness of consultation, loss of parking spaces, and the unnecessary redesign of the main junction in the village, with no apparent or evidenced gains or improvements for cyclists – just a worse deal for everyone else.
As you are new to post we are writing now to ask that Village Ward section of the route of Quietways 7 be reconsidered. You will have this opportunity to reconsider because we currently await an outstanding traffic survey of the impact of coaches on a key part of the route and the potential impact of the proposed arbitrary introduction of double yellow lines on every junction in Dulwich.
Finally our understanding is that £600,000 has been allocated specifically for the Quietway route through the ward. We believe that this money could be much better spent developing an holistic overview and solution to the traffic demands in Dulwich which would be of benefit to all road users including pedestrians.
Cllr Michael Mitchell, Group Leader, Southwark Conservative Group, Ward Councillor, Village Ward
Cllr Jane Lyons, Deputy Group Leader, Southwark Conservative Group, Ward Councillor, Village Ward
8th April 2016
Many of you will be aware of the issues relating to the Carnegie Library and Lambeth’s plans to reconfigure their library services. Campaigners have been occupying the library for over a week and Lambeth is now taking steps to force the campaigners to vacate the library.
The following web sites and articles provide some background:
Follow @hernehillforum, #carnegieoccupation for latest news
Series of tweets from Lambeth Council today 8th April 2016:
To be clear: We are NOT closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future. Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected. We have committed to 2 new libraries in the coming years & have recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton. Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all. The new gym at Carnegie will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building. The rest of the building at Carnegie will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.
Statement from local Turney/Roseway resident:
“As an old member of the Dulwich Society and a Friend of the Carnegie Library I should like to say a few words on the subject.
The Carnegie Library, as everyone will know, is just over the border in Lambeth, but is used by many Dulwich residents, and those who do not use it may well hold it in some regard.
We are all aware of the threat to libraries and the situation in Lambeth is no exception. However, the librarians and the Friends of the library have devised financial proposals which, they believe, will enable the institution to continue as initially intended. Up to this moment, the council have not been willing to discuss these solutions. Instead, they have devised a scheme which involves closing the library and inviting a private company to change the building into a fee paying gym.
To my knowledge, as well as providing the normal services, the library serves a variety of valuable social functions in the neighbourhood. The local people do not want a gym. Yet the council has now closed the building, prior to expensive reconstruction work. No plans have been made available.
The feelings of the local people are so strong on this issue that, following a meeting on April 1st, some 40 people remained behind, now locked inside, determined to occupy the building until the council agrees to discuss the whole situation.
I hope that many local residents will wish to support the librarians and Friends of the Carnegie Library in their struggle for what they believe is right.”
Join the big march on Saturday April 9. Gather outside Carnegie Library, 118 Herne hill Rd., SE24 at 11:30AM. The march will go to Brixton via the threatened Minet Library.
There is also a Save the Archives event and March at the Minet Library on Saturday April 9 – see Save Minet Library Poster 11am – 1pm which will join up with the Brixton March
Published: 8 April 2016