Southwark Council’s ‘Our Healthy Streets’ proposals to exclude through-traffic from some Dulwich streets have grabbed our attentions and there is furious debate taking place.
Early signals are that Burbage and the Village residents are feeling strongly for closure of their roads. Meanwhile Turney residents appear to be more passive and favour no change.
The changes on the north side of the village appear to be supported by residents there as these were worked up from a previous engagement process. So we might assume that the junction at Carlton and Court Lane will be closed and that Townley will be a School Street.
So…….The Council is suggesting that traffic is not allowed northbound on Dulwich Village from the roundabout at the top of Burbage with College and Gallery Road. If Turney were shut eastbound in the mornings at the junction with Burbage traffic would be allowed to go northbound on Dulwich Village at the roundabout at the top of Burbage to the East Dulwich Grove lights. This would be the route to East Dulwich but there would not be long queues through the Village or along Carlton Avenue and Court Lane.
If the above happens and there is no eastbound closure the only way through the village will be Turney and this would seem to mean more traffic for Turney. At the lights in the village the traffic will turn left out of Turney along Dulwich Village, as Southwark for a couple of reasons cannot allow a timed no left turn at the lights.
Southwark are being asked to reduce the levels of pollution certainly near schools so with that pressure and from the early views of residents it appears there will be changes.
So how will Turney residents respond?
Southwark Council has opened a consultation on its next round of proposals for managing the increasing traffic problems confronting the Village. The proposals are wide-ranging and include closure of parts of Burbage Road or one-way entry as well as on part of Turney Road.
The proposals are part of the Council’s ‘Our Healthy Streets’ Programme and are available to read on the Council website. It is an easy read with an illuminating diagram of the possible road changes.
The Council has found that we have particularly busy streets which at times carry the traffic levels of ‘A-roads’ – more than 7000 through journeys per day. Much of this is commuter traffic – though this observer can’t help noticing too that traffic drops off markedly at school holiday time as vehicles delivering pupils disappear.
Of course, high traffic levels bring air pollution, especially as many vehicles are trade vehicles which are almost all diesel-fueled, as are many of the pupil delivering vehicles.
The Council is seeking comments from residents on the proposals throughout the period to 29 March 2020. There is an online questionnaire and documents which may be downloaded from the Council’s website where there is much more information.
The AGMs of our two streets on 16 November had a strong attendance from residents, local Councillors and neighbours.
Highlights of the joint meeting included reports on the successful year-long Exit:Burbage celebrations, Dulwich’s Healthier Streets, brown bin changes, Belair licensing application, implementation of the Quietway, the probable extension of the Croxted Rd CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone), a possible CPZ in the Lambeth stretch of Turney Rd and the new Village Orchard.
Priorities for 2020 are dealing with the escalation in crime, updating Codes of Conduct with neighbouring sports facilities, participating positively in ‘Healthier Streets for Dulwich’ and improving communication using Mailchimp and WhatsApp.
There was much interest and resident participation in the discussion of traffic and parking. The Associations had carried out a survey which revealed that parking pressures were being caused by non-residents including builders, commuters and people leaving cars while on holiday and that speeding cars were a concern.
In a discussion of CPZs, Councillor Leeming pointed out that there were trade-offs to be taken into account but he supported CPZs as a way of deterring freeloading parking and it was pointed out that our position at the end of TfL (Transport for London) Zone 2 makes commuter parking attractive.
The Healthy Streets initiative is funded by TfL to take traffic off roads. There has been a 83% increase in the volume of traffic over the last 4 years and air pollution data is showing unacceptably high levels. TfL has been consulting on residents’ views about this and will report later.
Representatives at the meeting gave reports from SCST (Southwark Community Sports Trust) which runs the sports ground backing onto Turney Rd south-side, DSC (Dulwich Sports Club) behind Turney & Burbage Rds north-side, EAC (Edward Alleyn Club), behind Turney & Burbage Rds and the Dulwich Society.
THE FULL REPORT OF THE AGMs CAN BE FOUND HERE: 2019 AGM Minutes
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.
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Drivers in Southwark face spot fines for leaving engines running in the street as new research highlights the link between vehicle emissions and premature death. This will be a great benefit for Dulwich Village schools as well as others where busy roads pass by and drivers routinely keep their engines running when stationary.
Drivers could be hit with £20 on-the-spot penalties for refusing to turn off engines when cars are stationary by the roadside. In some areas, residents are being asked to report motorists who leave engines running, including providing the registration number, colour and car model of repeat offenders.
As well as Southwark, measures have been adopted by Norwich, Wirral, Reading and Camden.
Research has found that people living near busy roads are at risk of developing dangerously swollen hearts.
A study by King’s College London projecting the impact of vehicle emissions on life expectancy estimates that the measures to cut car use and promote more active lifestyles would lead to a reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels of up to 25 per cent between 2013 and 2020. Children born in 2013 would be expected to gain seven weeks of life as a result of the measures to cut car use and promote more active lifestyles.
It is an offence under laws introduced in 1986 to leave a “vehicle engine running unnecessarily”. New powers were handed to councils under the road traffic regulations 2002 in England to issue fixed penalty notices of £20 if motorists refuse to turn off engines when asked by traffic wardens or police. It can increase to £40 if unpaid after 28 days. Similar powers were introduced in Scotland and Wales in 2003 but most councils have previously opted not to exercise them.
According to the RAC, idling engines can produce emission levels twice as high as those in motion and it welcomes a focus on idling engines, expecting drivers to be fined if they failed to turn off.
Westminster council in central London was one of the first to adopt the fines as part of a concerted campaign. Last year, the authority said that it wanted to get even tougher on drivers by issuing parking charge notices of £80 to those leaving engines running. Westminster allows people to report repeat offenders, using the authority website to log details of cars involved.
Let’s hope it makes an improvement in Dulwich.
For a fuller story see The Times:
Attached are details of two proposed large events that are being planned for Brockwell Park next summer. Those who use the park and live closer than we do are concerned for the following reasons:
Together with other planned events, such as the Lambeth Country Show and the world Cycling Revival ( http://cyclingrevival.com ) this will form a virtually continuous stream of large scale outdoor events in this firmly residential area.
The noise from existing events in this Park ( including an electronic music festival last summer) causes considerable upset as it carries across gardens and into homes, especially in the summer months when people are enjoying being outdoors most.
The events include music into the late evening (11pm). Again this is entirely inappropriate for a residential area. Many children will be undertaking public exams and school work during the proposed June event. The increased pressure on parking in residential streets and public transport will be considerable. Local trade in the Herne Hill area will be adversely affected as locals stay away. Traders are already adversely affected by works around Herne Hill Station. The pressure on policing and safety will be unacceptable. Of particular concern are personal safety and drug availability. The disruption to roads during the setup, festival itself and clear up will put immense pressure on busy routes through Herne Hill, Brixton and Tulse Hill. The limitation on access to significant parts of this public amenity in the light spring and summer months for local families seems to be against the public interest, especially the young and those who do not have access to gardens or green spaces of their own.
Should you wish to have a voice on these events, the planning applications are under consideration by Lambeth and you can influence the outcome in several other ways:
- Email as part of the community engagement process BrockwellParkCommunityPartners@gmail.com
- Sign the change. org petition:
- Sign the Brockwell Tranquility pledge http://www.brockwellstreets.org
- Lobby Lambeth Councillors – SWinifred@lambeth.gov.uk also Cllr Freda Cowell and Cllr Anna Birley
- Lobby Dulwich Councillors – Jane Lyons, Michael Mitchell and Anne Kirby: http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=TABLE&PIC=1
- Join the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/797965553719266/about/
- Lobby Herne Hill Forum, Herne Hill Society and The Dulwich Society
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.