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.
Green-fingered neighbours at 127 Turney Road have had several successful plant sales on their drive this summer in aid of charity.
They operated an honesty box system whereby passers-by simply took their chosen plant and left the money.
Priced between £4 and £1, their plants were mostly in bloom so that people knew what they are buying. They had pink and purple Geraniums, blue and white Campanulas, a Melancholy Thistle, white Pulmonarias, Sisyrinchiums and a variety of other small plants.
All the money raised goes to the St Bride’s Restoration Appeal. They sold enough plants, through the generosity of neighbours, to reach a total of £365.20.
They are very grateful for this support.
Georgie Porgie Puddings and Pies is a cookbook put together last summer by local residents, the Vernon family, to raise money to enable George, a family member aged 5 years who has cerebal palsy, to have 2 operations in the USA to enable him to walk, something we never thought he would do.
He had the operations last October and the transformation is amazing. He now walks with a frame and is such a happy child. £30,000 has been raised so far and the money the Vernons are raising from the cookbook is going towards George’s expensive physio treatment. Out of 300 copies printed, they have 50 left to sell. If anyone is interested please email me on email@example.com or call on 020 8693 3971.