Leader of Southwark Council replies to our complaint

Thank you for your email dated 4th of December 2012.  Similar concerns have been raised with me by College Ward councillors.

The decision to move to a more centralised approach to planning was based on a number of factors.  Firstly, we found that we were the unsuccessful respondents in a disproportionate number of planning appeals in respect of matters determined at Community Council planning committees.

Secondly, and more importantly, we did have to find a way to reduce the costs of Community Council meetings following government funding cuts to us as a local authority of nearly £90 million.  In order to achieve the level of savings we required we were forced to centralise the decision-making process.

However, I take on board your point about having some planning meetings in Dulwich and I will look into the possibility of achieving this in 2013.  Similarly, we will undertake a review of all changes to Community Councils in the new year.

With best wishes,

Cllr Peter John
Leader of Southwark Council
Labour Councillor for South Camberwell

New date for Southwark to decide on Velodrome development proposals

The Southwark Planning Sub-Committee meets to consider proposals to add flood lighting and to build a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and an Inner Track at 7pm on Tuesday 12th February – full details will be issued in due course.    THIS IS A REFERRAL FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE.  BRRA and TRRA will be represented at the planning meeting.

In advance of the planned  developments, Burbage, Turney and Village Way residents met with representatives of the Velodrome’s management team to agree a Code of Conduct which will cover the times of use of the site for cycling, lighting, security,  traffic and noise limitation. This code is attached. The code will be fine-tuned over the coming year and subject to regular review, as is the case with the guidelines which are in place for our other neighbouring sports facilities. Any comments are welcomed by the Chairs of BRRA or TRRA.

A number of additional specific residents’ concerns have also been addressed and the Friends of the Velodrome have offered to pursue tree screening for residents who back on to the site (with the kind support of the Dulwich Society); to improve the safety of the entrance to the Velodrome (through a bid for a Southwark Cleaner Greener Safer Grant) and to investigate alternatives to the use of the Derney Pacer Bikes.

The HHVT have commissioned a prototype of the new lighting which will be set up for us to see on site very shortly and details of this will follow. If you would like to see the actual lighting in current use there is an example visible at a car park at Heathrow airport and details are on the map above.

In the meantime the Velodrome extends a warm welcome to residents wishing to use the facilities: http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com The HHV Track Event calendar 2013 is a schedule of all the key events planned for this forthcoming season so that you are aware of when noise, parking and other disruption is likely to occur.

HHVT with residents, Code of Conduct, 10th January 2013 PDF

HHVT Status of residents’ concerns at 10th January 2013 PDF

Heathrow Car Park pdf

School place shortage forecast in Dulwich

There is a continuing shortage of primary school places in our area rising to up to 90 primary places (equivalent of 3 forms) in Dulwich by September 2016.  Shortages affect our neighbouring wards and boroughs such as Lambeth too.   It’s a London wide issue.  What is Southwark doing about it?

Southwark Council assessed every primary school in the borough and have identified 21 primary schools that are capable of being expanded to provide permanent additional places.  These so-called longlisted schools include Dulwich Infants, Dulwich Hamlet and Langbourne (in College Ward).  Southwark is discussing funding options with the Department for Education and the intention is to explore expansion possibilities with each of the schools (from Jan 2013).   Any changes to individual schools will be subject to consultation.

In the meantime temporary expansion classes will be set up at 10 schools to meet the forecast pressure across the borough for places in September 2013.  In our area, Langbourne in College Ward, Dog Kennel Hill in East Dulwich and Bessemer Grange at Dylways near Sunray Avenue will each take an additional 30 reception pupils.

On top of that, new free schools are being explored to create extra places.  There is a proposal for a free school in Southwark – the Judith Kerr Primary School – which could be located in East Dulwich.    Full details are at http://www.jkps.org.uk/   Parents may apply for a place in the September 2013 entry by 15 January 2013.   Note there is no final decision as yet for the location of this school.

There has also been a campaign for a new school in East Dulwich and the Harris Federation were asked by councillors whether they will consider applying to open one or more Free Schools in the area to meet the rising demand for primary school places. Discussions continue and if you want to know more please speak to your local councillor, contact details here

 

Southwark Council’s December e-newsletter

East Dulwich Christmas Cracker – free event for all the family

Get into the festive spirit with the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker, Saturday 1 December from 10am to 5pm on Lordship Lane and North Cross Road.

Treat the family to a day filled with fabulous gifts, delicious food and local produce available in the local shops and at North Cross Road Market.

Cracking Christmas offers

Come down to the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker and check out some of the amazing offers…

  • Receive a 10 per cent discount in store on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December at Hope and Greenwood
  • Oliver Bonas are offering a complimentary glass of fizz/juice from 12pm onwards on 1 December, plus every spend of £50 or more will be entered into a raffle to win a £25 Oliver Bonas gift voucher
  • Lordship Lane Carpets and Ed’s Warehouse are serving free mince pies and mulled wine
  • Karavan eco home will be handing out free grow your own packets of cress seeds to all children
Latest news
London Overground
From Sunday 9 December 2012, services on the new London Overground extension running from Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays will launch, completing London’s orbital railway network.
Winter weather
During the winter months the weather can be unpredictable, with sudden cold spells and snowfall. Check out our website for information about road gritting, schools and more during the coming months.
Sign up to My Southwark

Check out My Southwark – get access to your own personalised self service account. From paying your council tax and rents online, to viewing services and facilities closest to you, it’s safe, easy to use and available 24/7. We’ve also launched My Southwark mobile; now you can do it online and on the move.

A Christmas Carol
What better way to think about Charles Dickens’ famous tale than with a self-guided tour around the streets of Southwark using your smartphone. The free interactive app (Android) (Apple) is easy to use, illustrated with photos and drawings and provides a host of information about Southwark, with dramatisations and quotes from Dickens’ novels.
The 2013 London Youth Games
Team Southwark are now recruiting for the 2013 London Youth Games.If you live or go to school in the borough and are aged between 7 and 17 you can register your interest on our website today.
Do it online
Council services at your fingertips, easy to use and open 24/7. Go on, get clicking and do it online

  • Report it – report a problem such as abandoned vehicles, flytipping, missed bin collections and dog fouling.
  • Pay for it – use our 24 hour secure online payment service to pay your council tax, housing rent, business rates, parking fines and more online with your debit or credit card at a time that suits you.
  • Say it – leave feedback on consultations or make a comment, compliment or complaint about a council service.
  • Apply for it – apply for parking permits, library membership, replacement bins, housing, council tax benefit and much more.

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Local Meeting regarding Changes to Police Provision, Thameslink Suspension and Primary School Places

The Herne Hill Forum Public meeting on 5th December will address concerns regarding local policing changes, the proposed Thameslink service suspension and primary school places.

The Herne Hill Forum Public meeting takes place on Wednesday, 5th December from 6.55pm at the Herne Hill Baptist Church (at the Corner of Half Moon Lane and Winterbrook Road). The meeting provides residents with the opportunity to hear and lobby our senior police representatives about the planned changes to local police provision (the loss of a local Police station in East Dulwich and the lack of ‘ring fencing’ of provision, which means that our teams can be diverted to local crime hotspots). Chief Superintendent Sutherland will be attend for Southwark (and Superintendent McLaren for Lambeth) to address public concerns about the planned changes to our police teams.

The meeting will also be attended by Val Shawcross (London Assembly Member for Southwark and Lambeth) who will talk about the suspension of the Thameslink through service beyond Blackfriars, and by Councillor Jim Dickson, who will be updating us on responses to residents’ concerns about Primary School Places.