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.

The ‘Greening’ of Turney Road

At the Turney Road Residents Association AGM, a number of residents spoke of their concern at the loss of planting, hedging and ‘greenery’ in the Road and the growth of non-porous hard surfaces, largely for multiple car parking.

Their concerns revolved around two issues: increased exposure to flood damage from loss of run-off but also the loss of green space and planting -an important amenity for us all. As one person said ‘’if everyone paved over their front with no green at all, Turney Road would look awful, so those who have done this are relying on others to maintain the street environment.“

A recent article in SE21 magazine reported : “ according to the London Assembly, the area of front gardens in London being paved over is equivalent to 22 Hyde Parks or 5,200 football pitches”!!

We undertook to have a look at this issue and to work with others in the Road to suggest what could be done to maintain and improve our environment.

The Dulwich Estate ‘Rules’.

The Dulwich Estate Management Scheme has a number of rules and guidelines about what they call ‘The Public Realm’.

The guidelines state that front gardens should be at least 50% planted, with fences or hedges maintained, including those between properties. Most houses in the street are in breach of both of these. You can view the guidelines as follows:

http://www.thedulwichestate.com/som/policy-guidelines/4-hardstandings-in-front-gardens

Turney Road is also in the Dulwich Village Conservation Area and Conservation Area guidelines apply. You can view these at:

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/385/conservation_are_appraisals.

Turney Road falls into sub-Area5 and sub –Area 3.

The guidelines on front gardens and materials are mentioned in part 3 of the document  paras 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 5.3.

The Draft Dulwich Supplementary Planning Document is currently being consulted on and is available to view :https://www.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/2252/draft_dulwich_spd

Sections 6.8.2-6.8.4 refer to paving over of gardens, which is considered “unacceptable”.

Over the years there has been a lack of enforcement and it is probably not practical to insist strictly on the guideline in retrospect. Most of the loss of planting has been due to the development of hard standing for cars.

However, the Estate, as part of its management plan, is concerned to halt the future development of hard-standing, to enforce the guidelines for any new development and to take every opportunity to re-instate  planting.

For instance, when a property is sold, they will make the vendor and purchaser aware of any breach of the guidelines, request a plan for rectification and a timetable for this.

In addition, permission for development of any sort (including extensions and loft extensions) will be conditional on rectification of a breach in the guidelines.

We should all be concerned about this issue, however, and as a community, try to do whatever we can to increase planting and develop more green spaces.

As a Residents Association, we are keen to assist with ideas and also by being vigilant about any further loss of planting.

There are already a number of good examples in the Road of imaginative re-instatement of planted areas that also incorporate some space for car parking.

Some residents have used sympathetic designers who have worked with the need to park a car but at the same time introduce more planting.

We will be asking one or two of these designers to give us some practical ideas and tips on the website to encourage everyone to think again about what they can do.

We will also be surveying the Road to estimate more accurately the size of the problem as a baseline, to encourage everyone to make some improvements and to see how far we can improve our environment over the next few years.

So, what can you do?

  • If you are considering changes to your front garden, consider how to include more planting and how you can re-instate at least some garden.
  • Have a look at some of the new gardens that have made imaginative  improvements.
  • If its difficult to substantially increase green areas at the moment, think about tubs and pots, hedging and planting along fences to bring in more green
  • If car parking is a difficult issue for you, then consider ways of retaining car space while introducing more porous materials or leaving gaps in paving to allow water drainage. Even better, introduce some green under your car area.
  • Re-instate fencing and borders along the boundary with your neighbour and consider growing creeping plants along this.

Look out for future news and articles and advice on the website.

Hopefully now Summer is at last here, you’ll feel inspired to think about your front garden as well as your back garden and improve the ‘public realm’ of Turney Road. So get planting!!

At the Summer Party on June 21st, gardener Tony Pizzoferro will be giving a demonstration so look out for this.