Website News Articles – 08 October 2017
Revised item No 1: Almshouse planning application rejected: Southwark Council refused the planning application to build new almshouses on the open area next to the Judith Kerr School on Half Moon Lane on the following grounds:
The Dulwich Estate sent the press release below:
“Southwark Council’s decision to refuse planning consent for an Almshouse with 20 new life-time homes for the elderly in need, does not help the elderly residents of the Dulwich Almshouse, currently living in accommodation which is not fit for purpose.
The Dulwich Almshouse charity has made it clear there is great need for better sheltered housing for the older population to meet the current under-supply. The proposed development would have helped elderly residents lead independent lives, and avoid the risks to physical and mental wellbeing which can arise from remaining in homes which are no longer suitable for their needs.
The design proposal was by award-winning architects, and included scope for innovative inter-generational projects with the Judith Kerr school. We will be working with The Dulwich Almshouse, to consider next steps.”
The Friends of Judith Kerr School Playing Field Campaign have also made this statement:
“We are absolutely delighted that Southwark Council has refused permission for the Dulwich Almshouse Charity's application to build new Almshouses on the school playing field. We would like to thank Shoosmith's Solicitors, parents at the school, Helen Hayes MP, Ward Councillors Michael Mitchell and Jane Lyons and the wider community for their ongoing support.
The school community is thriving, the children are happy and the space continues to be used for play, sport, vegetable gardening and local community events. We're looking forward to continuing to care for the space and the trees, playing an active part in the community alongside all the other local schools.”
The covering letter which came with the recent Scheme of Management bills gave the bad news that McColls, the newsagent, is closing. This is a further loss to the vitality of the Village – residents have trouble buying milk and now they won’t even be able to buy a newspaper – the Society is looking to the Estate to quickly remedy this unfortunate situation. On the positive side, McColls have said that they are aiming to continue its local delivery service and are looking for a new unit nearby.
The letter also said that Sainsburys decided not to come to Dulwich after objections by a small minority of local residents to the colour of their signage. While this is partly true, Sainsburys other concern was that the Estate were trying to let the former S G Smith unit to another convenience store operator at the same time.
It appears that there may now be a solution to remove the need for the school coaches to drive down Calton Avenue. We are waiting for the Foundation School Coach Service and TfL to agree on how the details would actually work but the principle is that coaches will drop at Dulwich College first, and then drive north through the Village, turning right at East Dulwich Grove to drop at JAGS, and then right again into Townley Raod to drop at Alleyn’s.
The works, and the traffic jams, continue – the traffic lights are 4mins on red and 35 sec on green for each of the four ways. Local Village Ward councillors have been monitoring the situation and concern remains over the impact on the adjacent schools, the contractor is now being more proactive – the traffic lights are manually controlled at peak pedestrian crossing time and there are new directional signs. There is also now additional police support to curb dangerous driving and cycling on pavements. See:
There was a presentation at the last DCC which was not well received by the people attending. The plan appears now to run it down Court Lane rather than Woodwarde Road but many people were concerned that it would increase cycle traffic in Dulwich Park. There will be a public consultation later this year but the meeting pointed out that it would be better to wait and see the full impact of the current works for Quietway 7 before any more work was done. https://southwark.gov.uk/peckhamryedulwich
Following local residents’ concerns over the potential dangers of the ongoing trial excavations, the developer has now installed security fencing around the site. At the consultation committee meeting on 16 June it confirmed that the earliest date that work would start on site was likely to be February 2018.
The advert for John Major’s replacement was in the Guardian and the Financial Times on 20 September. The closing date for applications is 11 October.
The sergeant in charge of the three Dulwich wards, Iain Bartlay, is leaving us and we have yet to hear who his replacement is. He has done an excellent job but, over the last three years, Dulwich has gone from 3 to 1 sergeants locally - and Southwark as a whole has gone from 21 to 10. There has also been a recurrence of the car scratching that took place in Burbage Road three years ago - in Stradellaa Road & Gilkes Crescent. There have also been reports of credit card scams locally - a resident had £1000 taken from a building society account - apparently an extra card had been applied for in their name, it was sent to their address but was never received – it seems that it had been intercepted either at the post office or on the delivery round. There have also been two reports of HMRC refund cheques being stolen.
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