Don’t miss the street party – Sunday 16th

The final preparations for the party are well underway and more details are below, including the request for more people to offer some time to Steward at the junctions.

Turney will remain open but Burbage will be closed from the Viaduct to the roundabout. The party will be from 12, noon to 6pm which is when we will need volunteer Stewards at the Viaduct, both sides of the Turney/Burbage Junction and the Roundabout end of Burbage.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help with being a Steward but we could do with a few more so that we can easily cover the hours required.

There will be lots of games such as street art, quoits, table tennis, street hockey, boules and giant chess to challenge your neighbours and a wonderful strawberries, cream &  tea tent as well as  classics such as the Burbage v Turney tug-of-war.

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic, drinks and chairs.  Trestle tables will be provided.

Also bring your tickets,  which are peel off name badges for you to wear.

If you haven’t started planning your cakes for the bake off competition, start practising now as Christopher’s and Dulwich Storage have given us six wonderful prizes. Entries by 2pm.

Prizes are also awarded for the best photographs taken of Burbage Road in the run up to, and including, the party …post your picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #BurbagePhoto

Try QiGong in the road  ( like Tai Chi ) in the morning at 10am, it’s free and everyone is welcome.

 

Dulwich Village Junction – latest

Southwark Council has completed 12 months of monitoring the new junction layout in the Village.  Its full findings are at:

QW7-Dulwich Village junction Monitoring Report May 2019

Rush hours are obviously the biggest problem as there is a high volume of vehicles through the junction in those hours.  This is especially the case during school times.  The improvement in the school holidays is remarkable.

The council finds that there have been gains from the new layout: better driver lane discipline despite reduced junction capacity.  Pedestrians have gained less congestion at the school gate, reduced crossing width and a countdown timer.

Not so successful are: right turn into Calton Ave, longer vehicles queues at Calton Ave/Court Lane, motorists ignoring the Calton Ave northbound stop line, pedestrians crossing Calton Ave (400 between 8 & 10am and 3 & 6pm).

The council concludes that it will now engage with residents on measures to

1) introduce loading and waiting restrictions on Court Lane and Calton Avenue to remove pinch points during the rush hours.

2) explore measures to improve safe access to the southbound cycle gap on Calton Avenue.

3) explore measures to address concerns about pedestrians tripping over raised kerb upstand at signal crossing

4) work with residents and stakeholders on measures to prioritise active traffic and reduce through traffic in the wider area as part of Our Healthy Streets-Dulwich scheme.  This area wide approach will ensure the impact of any changes to promote active travel and discourage through traffic is assessed carefully in the local area.

Street Party Sun 16 June Burbage Rd

All the world’s a stage

Burbage masks, juggling, the Cake Appreciation Barbershop players, Punch & Judy and Qigong (like Tai Chi) to start the day and Van Rouge Disco to close

Games for throngs 

Real life fire engines, a Burbage themed treasure hunt and games in the street – chalk art, table tennis, skittles, quoits, chess, boules, hockey and much more..

Enjoy all the benefits of a traffic free Burbage Road

Bring your bikes for the slow bike riding, or a deck chair to relax…

Ready, steady cake off competition

Tea and cake tent, trestle tables provided –  just bring your own chairs and your favourite picnic

No need to make Father’s day plans

Bring your fathers, sons and grandfathers along

Leave your mark on history

With our own time capsule and group photo.

…. and meet your neighbours

The most important thing remains the same,  to meet your lovely neighbours..

Family tickets are £20, including a specially commissioned Exit:Burbage gift (concessions available for smaller households)

Burbage Road will be closed from the viaduct to the Village all day, Turney will remain open and the activities will mostly take place at the Village end of Burbage from 12-6pm.

Qigong, led by Katie Hudson, will be free for everyone at 10am near the entrance to the EAC.

Tickets must be bought before the day.

If you’d like a ticket and haven’t heard from us, email  exitburbage2019@gmail.com

Eastlands Crescent – is it Vandalism?

On Eastlands Crescent residents are fighting a planning application to demolish one of the original 1930s detached homes and replace with x2 new houses. (Southwark application no. 19/AP/0946).
Eastlands is a complete street of 1930s houses built on the site of the old Eastlands House. The house in question is one of a group four identical detached 1930s homes on the street and shares the plot with a large protected Oak tree.
Unfortunately Southwark Council has already indicated to the developer that 2x new houses would be acceptable in principle (and therefore demolition of the existing home) and Dulwich Estate have no power to stop demolition,  but the good news is there is still time left before the council make a final decision.
There are many negative aspects to the development such as its massive scale, asymmetric and incongruent design, inappropriately high density and the significant loss of amenity, but most worrying is the fundamental threat to the preservation of Dulwich Village conservation area if an original period single dwelling of nearly 100 years old is allowed to be demolished, setting a precedent for other speculative developers looking to make a profit in Dulwich.
If residents feel they would like to support Eastlands Crescent residents feelings on this matter and make a comment, then follow the link below to the Southwark Council website. The statutory expiry date for comments was coming Monday 19th May, however comments will be accepted thereafter until a decision is made.
To make a comment on the application:

Richard Burbage 1568 – 1619

Residents of Burbage Road are proudly commemorating the life of Richard Burbage – one of England’s greatest actors and close friend of William Shakespeare – with a series of activities throughout the year.

Burbage dominated Shakespeare’s roles in a swaggering style imitated by many.  With a fantastic dominating voice he captivated audiences.

Full details of Richard Burbage’s life and the commemoration 400 years after his death are on the dedicated website.

A healthier, safer & active Dulwich

Slowly action is being taken to make Dulwich healthier and safer.  Southwark Council has a programme of work to do this and to learn more about it. A public meeting took place last week on Saturday 12 January GETTING AROUND DULWICH – Towards a healthier, safer & more active future

The meeting discussed how to move forward and make Dulwich a better place to live. Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport Management & Air Quality, Richard Livingstone, plus Village Ward Councillors and experts on the health effects of traffic related air pollution took part.

The possibility of the Croxted Road Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) being extended was raised. This has yet to be consulted upon but a request has been made to Lambeth and Southwark from Residents in Croxted Road, who find it difficult to park near their houses, for the existing CPZ to be extended. At present it runs up to the petrol station from Norwood Road. The extension is likely to take it past the Turney Road junction. Lambeth and Southwark have to agree to run a consultation but it has not yet been confirmed nor whether Turney Road will be included in the consultation. The other roads that join with Croxted Road i.e. Guernsey and Hawarden Grove were included when the existing CPZ was created. How much any extension will impact on Turney is not known but there may be some displacement onto Turney on both Lambeth and Southwark sides.

Southwark is putting together its latest traffic plan now called a movement plan and the consultation is open until 18 February see: https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/movement-plan/consultation/subpage.2018-11-01.3664391771/

The latest status of pollution for the local area can be found at http://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/Default.aspx and there is a phone app.  The meeting highlighted that this invisible pollution is being found, through research, to be impacting on the elderly and young and it reduces lung capacity. It may account in part for the increase in asthma. It was stated that the level of pollution is higher when inside a car than outside.  When walking and cycling it is preferable to avoid busy streets and walk on the side away from the traffic. The amount of pollution at the height of children in buggies is reported as higher than for adults.

Comments made included parked cars/school coaches running their engines (which is illegal), the green screening of Schools or closing roads with Schools in them at  drop off and pick up times e.g. Bessemer Grange and the lack of bus services through the village. Many comments were made about the through traffic in Dulwich and the potential of electric cars to reduce pollution if not the number of cars.

Turney and Burbage Roads look ahead to 2019

At a well attended AGM of both roads residents celebrated the many activities of 2018 undertaken by active residents and noted changes in the streets. Councillors from Southwark attended as well as a member of our local police team.

Throughout 2018 residents were represented on a number of public consultations; working with Dulwich Village Forum and the Safer Neighborhoods Panel; supporting Safe Routes to School  in the installation of a new crossing at Half Moon Lane, and encouraging good communication with The Dulwich Estate.

Residents helped support charitable and sociable initiatives including the Learning Hub Campaign for St Christopher’s Hospice, volunteers for St Barnabas, Abbeyfields and Bell House and carol singing in aid of School Home Support.

No party was held this year as a great deal of work has been going in to a special celebration for next June. Tessa Jowell MP, Cllr Toby Eckersley, Len Bishop and John Ward, were amongst cherished friends lost this year.

During the year Southwark council carried out the Quietway Turney Road changes though Lambeth council is still to decide on its implementation plan. There was continuing liaison with the three Sports Clubs,  SCST, Dulwich and Edward Alleyn.

PC Stephen Bush of the Village police team reported on:

School child mugging: Muggers on bikes have been targeting children and are not the usual known gangs. There has also been some Inter-school fighting involving a weapon and a slight wound was inflicted.  Police have this in hand.

Burglaries: May was bad but levels have been lower recently.

Car Theft: All attempted thefts and cash lost from cars should be reported. Ap known gang tries car doors in the early hours and have been caught.

Fireworks: Residents have complained that Belair House and others, let off fireworks late at night. PC Bush reported they need a a special party license to do this.

Resourcing: We value the knowledge and contact point of a local team.  Dulwich Village currently has two PCs (Bush and McLynn) but PC Support Officers are not being replaced. PCs are occasionally taken off the area to work elsewhere.

We are urged to always report a crime.  If it is happening or just happened call 999, if less urgent call 111.

The cycle extravaganza in the cycle stadium went off well as far as residents were concerned and will be repeated next year.

PLANS FOR 2019

Residents learned that plans are being made to take advantage of the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage to mark what an exceptional Shakespearean actor he was.

Following this year’s live concerts in Brockwell Park the Field Day and Love Box events are planned for 2019 and residents were alerted to the Brockwell Park feedback sessions at Gallery 198 on Tuesday 16 and Wed 17 October 2018.

Turney Road will be resurfaced in November and Feedback can be given on the Quietway on the Southwark council website. Residents should inform Councillors Margy Newens and Richard Leeming as well.  The main changes put in place, besides the new layout at the Dulwich Village traffic lights, are build outs replacing islands and a new pedestrian crossing near the junior school.

There are proposals for new controlled parking zones (CPZ). Current CPZ proposals include adding Village Way to the North Dulwich triangle CPZ. The possibility of a CPZ in East Dulwich to include Townley Road. Also Croxted Road may have a CPZ. All these may impact Turney and Burbage.  So a discussion was held about Turney and Burbage being included in any Village CPZ. It was noted that the Dulwich Society is likely to be setting up a public meeting to discuss a Village CPZ.

Together both Turney and Burbage are proposing to run a survey to obtain some base data about parking in the roads. This will include finding the number of residents vehicles, the number of off street and on street parking places and information about the difficulties if any of parking at different times of the day. This idea was well received.

Edward Allyen Club: residents are encouraged to use the Club as all were welcome. The bar opens 4-7.30pm most days and at the weekends.  There is Space for 130, which can be used for parties and residents are given preferential rates.

The EAC and Alleyn’s School were thanked by the RAs for hosting this meeting

Dulwich Society: Sue Badman, recommended we look at the Dulwich Society website www.dulwichsociety.co.  There are new digitalized maps of Dulwich Estate. Additionally, Dulwich Society is now giving grants for projects. Dulwich Estate Advisory Committee meets three times a year.

Safe Routes to School: Ros Walton, Secretary to SRS, advised we all keep a look out for children who need support as muggings are often disguised to look like friendly chats using shielding body language.

A concern was raised about the safety of the junction between the Dulwich Sports Club access road and Burbage for vehicles and pedestrians. This will be taken up with the club.