Temporary Closure of College Road and South Circular

Transport for London will be carrying out works at the junction of College Road and the South Circular in July to enable eastbound school coaches to turn left into College Road in the future, thus avoiding Calton Avenue. The work includes the relocation of a pedestrian crossing, the installation of new traffic signals and the construction of an enlarged pavement area, and will be conducted in TWO phases

Phase 1: This phase will be undertaken between 8 July and 22 July 2019 and requires a full road closure during this period. The works include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island northbound on College Road, and there will also be changes to the kerbing, footway paving, fencing, line markings, and a new traffic signal on College Road southbound.

Phase 2: This work will be undertaken in early to mid-December and include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island eastbound and westbound on the A205 Dulwich Common (South Circular).  There will also be changes to the kerbing, footway, carriageway paving, line markings and new traffic signals.

TfL will write to residents in November 2019 to confirm in more detail any temporary road closures that are needed to facilitate this second phase of work. We have been told that the break in the work phases is a result of close liaison with Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark councils who all have planned street works taking place. The works are being phased to avoid any potential conflicts.

PHASE 1 – UPCOMING CLOSURE, 8 July 2019 – 22 July 2019:
TfL will need to close the northern part of College Road in both directions. The aim is to minimise disruption. Work will largely be undertaken between 08:00 – 17:00, though some work will take place at night during the weekends when the roads are less busy – TfL will ensure the noisiest work is completed by midnight.

  • College Road will be closed 24 hours a day.
  • Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout works.
  • Buses will be diverted during this work phase. Routes P4 and P13 will be temporarily diverted and bus stops between Dulwich Common and Dulwich Village will be closed. TfL will place notices at affected stops to guide customers to the nearest alternative stop.
  • Temporary traffic signals will be in place for duration of the works 24 hours a day
  • TfL will signpost local diversion routes during these closures, and local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

TfL have said that they will make every effort to finish the works on time, although poor weather conditions may mean they need to reschedule at short notice. Visit tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for live road travel updates.

See more at Dulwich Society

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.