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.
At this week’s Dulwich Community Council (DCC) the meeting chair read out the following statement regarding Quietway 7.
“The cabinet member requested officers, following feedback at the last community council meeting, to reconsider various aspects of the design and related issues. In particular officers were asked to conclude the Foundation Schools Coach service study (working in partnership with the Foundation schools) and this work has now been completed and an action plan around the high priority issues has been developed. It is expected that this will lead to significant improvements in the impact of the service on the local community, including the removal of 10 of 11 coaches from Calton Avenue each morning and significantly less coach congestion on Townley Road in the afternoon.
He has also secured a commitment from Transport for London (TfL) to attend a stakeholder meeting in Dulwich in the coming weeks, and if the Quietway proposals are to proceed, the cabinet member is committed to continued working with TfL and the community on a holistic study of traffic issues in the Dulwich area over the next year.”
You can read the Sustrans Community Engagement Report at Sustrans Consultation Report
Sustrans spent several months meeting residents at workshops and meetings, and their conclusions regarding potential changes to Dulwich roads can be found in the report.
Most of the changes will be at the Dulwich Village junction.
What does this mean for Turney Road?
There are a number of potential changes proposed but nothing is yet set in stone, and there will be a formal consultation on potential changes in early 2016. In the meantime, this is what we have gleaned from the Sustrans report. There won’t be any painted or segregated cycle lanes but there could be:
- closure of the Croxted Road end of Turney Road to non-resident motor traffic for a) some of each day, or b) all day;
- removal of all or some of the pedestrian islands and their replacement by a smaller number of zebra crossings, without island refuges mid-way;
- removal of white lines in the centre of the road;
- reduction of ‘pinch points’ where they interrupt cyclists;
- reduction of on-street parking;
- a rule (or at least encouragement) that all cars should be backed into front drives.
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Published SB 16/12/2015
Whether we like it or not, a cycling Quietway is proposed for Dulwich Village. The first Sustrans-led community engagement workshop is on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 6.30pm at the Dulwich Sports Ground (SCST) pavilion on Turney Road. More details on this PDF file HAVE YOUR SAY ON TURNEY QUIETWAY or below
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Current Status (Nov 2015): Community engagement has completed. Awaiting the Sustrans reports to Southwark and Lambeth and the next steps in consultation.
Southwark and Lambeth plan to route a Quietway through Dulwich Village down Green Dale, Calton Avenue, Turney Road and Rosendale Road.
They appointed Sustrans to conduct a community engagement exercise which started in July 2015 and completed in October 2015.
Residents participated in the following events:
Event: Three walkabouts at peak traffic in Dulwich taking in the section of route Q7 from Calton Ave – Rosendale Road. Discussion on issues and points to consider in the workshops with an optional pop up event focused on Lambeth interventions at the end. 17th September 2015
Event: Design development workshop – Discussions on possible interventions working in small groups, identifying preferred opportunities to calm traffic along Calton Ave / Dulwich Village Junction / Turney Road. 23rd and 26th September 2015
Event: Concept Design workshop – Narrowing down the options and coming to a consensus on one or two concept designs to be worked up further by Southwark Council for inclusion in the informal consultation. 3rd and 6th October 2015.
There were also events in Lambeth which completed in October 2015.
You can find out more about the Quietway in these documents:
Southwark Walkabout in Turney Road Feb 2015 Turney Road Site Walkthrough with the Residents’ Association
Turney Road Discussion Paper Feb 2015
Turney Road Plan 1 – Feb 2015
Turney Road Plan 2 – Feb 2015
Turney Road Map – Feb 2015
Southwark Cycling Strategy – Final Approved Version – Cycling Strategy
Turney Road Cycling Meeting 18 April 2015 – Turney Residents have their say
TRRA – Quietways Meeting 18 April 2015 – Powerpoint – Background info
COUNCIL CYCLING MEET – Dulwich Society meeting with Cllr Mark Williams May 2015
T & T Minutes 29 June 2015 – Dulwich Society Traffic & Transport Ctte with Sustrans
Dulwich survey results Infographic report from our survey results so far in Dulwich Village around the proposed Quietway route.August 2015
Dulwich Quietways Sustrans Q & A Quietway Questions & Answers August 2015
More information will be found here on this blog after Friday 28th August 2015: https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/quietway-in-dulwich
Meeting with Cabinet Member, Cllr Darren Merrill, Southwark Council – Minutes 19 August 2015
Our Turney Road flyer: https://turneyandburbage.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/quietways-21st-september-v2.png
There is also an interactive map on the Southwark web site to add comments about the Quietway http://www.sdgdigital.co.uk/sites/southwarkquietways/
Sustrans Community Engagement Report for Southwark – November 2015
And here is the route:
TIMESCALE FOR CONSULTATION
- Initial engagement with schools, parents and residents – July 2015 – complete
- Questionnaire to all residents in (wide) catchment area – Late August 2015 – complete
- Pre-design workshops with maps & modelling tools, and walkabouts – September – complete
- Report on Southwark Sustrans Community Engagement – December 2015
- Lambeth proposed designs – December 2015
- Formal Design (with Southwark engineering input) – January 2016
- Consultation on proposed options – Jan – Feb 2016
- Report to DCC – March 2016
- Final Approval (Cabinet Level) – April 2016
- Implementation – Summer 2016
Published: Sue Badman, July 2015
Updated: Sue Badman 26/8/2015, 2/11/2015
Response from Southwark Council to Member enquiry from Cllr Jane Lyons regarding the proposed implementation of double yellow lines adjacent to crossovers to private drives.
Our Reference: 495472
Dear Councillor Lyons
Thank you for your enquiry dated 9 February 2015 in which you requested information regarding the policy on road markings adjacent to crossovers on behalf of your constituent Mr Ian McInnes (Chair of the Dulwich Society).
The council has three Design Standards that are pertinent to your enquiry:
I can summarise these standards as follows, the council:
- will not install any new white H-Bar markings and will remove existing features as opportunity arises (eg. road resurfacing or a highway project)
- will apply double yellow lines across new vehicle crossovers
- will extend those double yellow lines for a length not less than 2 metres beyond the extent of the crossover (length will depend upon road classification)
For clarity, these policies mostly concern themselves with new crossovers. For the reasons given below, we do plan to remove existing H-Bars as opportunity arises but these will not be replaced by yellow lines unless a specific need is identified (and any new yellow lines will be subject to consultation). I note Mr McInnes’ concern that double yellow lines remove some flexibility about house owners allowing friends etc to park in front of their existing drive.
Historically H Bar markings were placed on streets as the council did not have the power to enforce against vehicles which were parked over a dropped kerb. The council now has the power to enforce such illegal parking. As such, the council considers the advisory H-bar to be an unnecessary road marking that brings little benefit. Most dropped kerbs are very obvious and therefore do not require additional signage to point them out. Consequently, the Council has ceased the installation of H-bar markings and now undertakes a policy of removing the existing markings when practicable.
For residents that are concerned that their driveway will be blocked in the absence of an ‘H bar’, the council will take enforcement action against vehicles that block access, however this service requires the explicit ‘opting in’ from the resident concerned. More details of this policy and how to request the service can be found here.
In respect of Mr McInnes’ question about consultation, the Southwark Streetscape Design Manual (SSDM) was approved by Individual Decision by the relevant Cabinet Member in December 2012 after a public consultation and Equality Impact Assessment. The approved structure authorises the Head of Public Realm to agree individual design standards via the council’s scheme of delegation. The three standards you are enquiring about (DS. 002, 007 and 114) were approved in May and December 2013.
Should you have any questions about this response please do not hesitate to contact me on 02075252021 or email Tim.Walker@southwark.gov.uk.
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