Solar Panels – Guidelines

The Dulwich Estate publishes new guidelines on Solar Panels, drawn up with Burbage residents’ involvement

Thanks to the Dulwich Estate which, with The Dulwich Society, undertook a widespread consultation exercise with local residents prior to the drawing up of its new guidelines. Special thanks go to  Burbage Resident Janet Gunn who ran a focus group on this subject and who, together with Angus Hanton, shared her own positive experiences. We hope that this consultative model will be used with other guidelines, as and when they are developed. If you are interested in installing solar energy systems, we can put you in touch with neighbours who have them. The new guidelines, together with many others,  can be viewed on: http://www.dulwichestate.co.uk/som/policy-guidelines/14-solar-energy-panels-and-collectors

3,500 responded to the consultation on the Wimbledon Train Loop

The Thameslink Wimbledon train loop has been saved and through trains will continue to run direct from Herne Hill to St Pancras.   

Passengers travelling to central London on the Wimbledon Loop had faced the prospect of having to change trains at Blackfriars Station from 2018 under proposals put forward under the Thameslink Programme. However, after extensive consultation with stakeholders and local rail users, the Department for Transport has worked closely with Network Rail to make sure the route continues to operate as part of Thameslink’s core services. This is fantastic news.  Many thanks to everyone who campaigned for the retention of the direct service, wrote letters and responded to the consultation.   There were 3,500 responses to the consultation and 2,200 in favour of retaining the route so your letters and responses made a difference.

Full details of the announcement are at:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-safeguards-future-of-the-wimbledon-loop

Wimbledon to St Pancras line – SAVED!!

Passengers travelling to central London on the Wimbledon Loop had faced the prospect of having to change trains at Blackfriars Station from 2018 under proposals put forward under the Thameslink Programme.

However, after extensive consultation with stakeholders and local rail users, the Department for Transport has worked closely with Network Rail to make sure the route continues to operate as part of Thameslink’s core services.

This is fantastic news.  Many thanks to everyone who campaigned for the retention of the direct service, wrote letters and responded to the consultation.   There were 3,500 responses to the consultation and 2,200 in favour of retaining the route so your letters and responses made a difference.

Full details of the announcement are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-safeguards-future-of-the-wimbledon-loop

Homage to Hepworth

200 people packed the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School last Thursday 10th Jan for a wonderful celebratory evening of the Hepworth Bronze sculpture “Two Forms” stolen from Dulwich Park over a year ago on 19/20 December 2011.  Tessa Jowell told the audience that the bronze was beyond price and a fitting replacement would be found, while Southwark councillor Barrie Hargrove said a shortlist of proposals would be announced in June, with the work to be completed next year.

Many thanks are due to Trevor Moore of the Friends of Dulwich Park (http://www.dulwichparkfriends.org.uk/) who co-ordinated the evening and the creation of the beautiful dance film celebrating the Hepworth “The Empty Shoes” which can be seen at http://t.co/IzXGu57X.  Please do take a look at this stunning film shot in Dulwich Park and pass the link on to your friends and contacts.

Many people ask why the bronze cannot be recast, but as Tate Curator, Chris Stephens explained on Thursday, the Hepworth Trustees declared there should be no posthumous recasting of her works.   Now senior figures from the Royal Academy have suggested that given the circumstances of the theft and likely total loss of the original sculpture it would be worth exploring a recasting with the Hepworth Estate and family.  More at http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/tate-sides-with-hepworth-estate-over-stolen-bronze-8447828.html

Extensive Tree Cutting planned for Belair Park – Public Meeting on 17 January

Southwark Council is proposing to cut a lot of trees in Belair Park and is convening an information session on 17 January 18:00-19:00 in Dulwich Park about it.

The Friends of Belair Park & New Leaf have invited all inteerested in trees to go along and find out more and put the case, if they wish, for alternatives.

These are the two notices:

Invitation from the Friends of Belair Park & New Leaf

The Southwark Council Tree Section is holding an information session regarding the upcoming tree works taking place in Belair Park (1)

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

Southwark to resurface Burbage Road

We’ve been written to in Burbage to let us know that the road will be resurfaced from 18th January onwards.  Turney residents, from the 18th – 23rd, may find that Burbage residents are parking along the adjoining section of Turney and that it will only be short term. When we have more information we’ll correspond with Burbage Residents to ask them to take care with driveways and school entrances etc…