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.
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!
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.
Front garden layouts are a bugbear of Turney Road – ugly with so many unsightly car parks standing brutally in front of our fine Edwardian houses.
However with the influx of new residents paying high prices for their homes and investing even more into them, there has been a welcome increased resident acknowledgement that frontages are detracting from their homes and from the street.
In response the Scheme of Management has provided an example front garden layout for the houses in Turney Road, that are unable to comply with the Scheme of Management Guidelines for Hardstandings due to the small size of the front garden. The example drawing is below and more information is on its website. They form the basis of the Manager’s approach to an application to redesign a front garden. Any queries should be referred to Nina Rees at the Scheme of Management office.
Where residents intend to park a car on a forecourt they will need to apply to Southwark Council for permission to create a new entry into the highway – from the forecourt into the road. The Council can give approval under planning and highways legislation to create a new kerb crossover onto the road. The crossover is recognised by its ‘dropped’ kerb edge.
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.
London Air has issued the following urgent health warning for HIGH levels of pollution along main roads and locations such as Dulwich Village:
An area of high pressure over the UK is resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants.
Thursday is forecast to be slightly less cold with winds picking up a little which should lead to the currently elevated pollution levels clearing during the day. However, another cold night tonight with light winds is likely to result in further ‘moderate’ nitrogen dioxide at busy London roadsides on Thursday morning before conditions start to improve. There is also a chance of further ‘high’ and ‘moderate’ PM10 and PM2.5 if pollution is slow to clear.
Friday, early mist and fog will slowly clear to leave a mainly cloudy day with the possibility of patchy light rain in the east later. Even lighter winds than of late, and the early mist will likely cause another day of pollution build-up, escalated by the already elevated pollution levels. Consequently, ‘Moderate’ levels of nitrogen dioxide are expected to occur close to busy road locations.
Furthermore, air will begin to arrive from the North-East later in the day and may import some polluted air as it passes near to industrialized areas of Western Europe. This incoming air will add to London’s local pollution burden and is likely to result in ‘Moderate’ levels of PM10 and PM2.5 particulates.