The Society responded both to Steer Davies Gleave’s original presentation at the Dulwich Community Council on 1 November 2017 and to their subsequent Dulwich Traffic Management Study where consultation closed on 24th January.
The Society has not been able to poll its membership on the proposals but has relied on its Traffic and Transport group to put its response together Subject to this, our comments on original presentation and the detailed proposals are as follows:
Following the well-attended public meeting (over 350 people were there) on 18 January to protest against Lambeth Council’s plans for two major music festivals in Brockwell Park, the Council has decided not to go ahead with the largest event, ‘Lovebox’. However, there is still no final decision on the other smaller event ‘Field Day/The Mighty Hoopla’. Most of the residents at the meeting opposed the plans because of the impact they would have both on the park itself and the surrounding residential area
Despite detailed objections from the Society the Council agreed to go ahead with this large event in Peckham Rye Park in June. There had been some confusion over public consultation and neither the Society nor the London Wildlife Trust had been approached. The Society’s Trees and Wildlife committees had raised serious concerns about the impact particularly on the woodland areas.
The junction works still require further resurfacing and road safety signage installation. This should be done this month. The Council have also set up a new website to provide information about monitoring and evaluation of the works. It contains the monitoring programme, targets and key locations/focus, as well as FAQs on the scheme. Residents are invited to fill in an online form which will give Council officers feedback about their experience of the new road layout. The link to the online form is here.
The Boundary Commission for England has recently published its second version of proposals for new constituency boundaries based on a brief to reduce the total number from 650 to 600. This would see Dulwich and West Norwood split into four different constituencies. Gipsy Hill and Knights Hill would become the northern most wards in a new Norwood and Thornton Heath constituency. Herne Hill and Thurlow Park would become the north-easterly wards in a new highly elongated Streatham and Brixton South constituency, while College, East Dulwich and Village would become part of a new Dulwich and Sydenham constituency. Lastly, Coldharbour would become the most south-easterly ward in a new Brixton and Vauxhall constituency.
Many will be aware of the work of the Herne Hill Forum. Now there is an emerging neighbourhood forum in Dulwich. The group held an initial meeting in October and is setting up a working group to take it forward. For further info see dulwichvillageforum.org.uk. If you would like to be involved in the working group, please use the contact form on their web site. Anyone who lives and works in the Dulwich Village area is very welcome.
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