We may think of kerbsides as just space on the public highway next to the pavement. But they are more than that. Kerbsides include footpaths by the kerb and which might be widened for tree planting and street seating. They include the white posts and green verges we love in Dulwich.
There is great competition for the kerbsides from vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, house occupants, push-chairs, etc. etc. We know only too well how busy our kerbsides are at times and how they are hazardous for the unwary, the reckless and those of us who are a unsteady because of age, youth or illness.
Southwark Council recognises the need for a sensible management of kerbsides and is consulting on a ‘Kerbside Strategy’. Southwark’s Kerbside strategy_Feb’17
The Council makes some important points for us to think about. Among them are:
Air quality: According to the 2015 King’s College University report, up to 9,500 deaths in London each year can be linked to air pollution. Southwark’s road transport emissions are amongst the highest in London. There are a number of sites that exceed legal levels of NO2 (Southwark Air Quality Action Plan, 2013). At peak traffic periods, Dulwich Village experiences poor air quality, right by the primary schools.
There are many competing demands which we are making and are set out in the Council’s draft strategy. The council wants our views.
The consultation period on Southwark’s Kerbside Strategy has just started and closes on 28 April.
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