Dulwich Society Reports for Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 14 September
Executive Committee Reports for the Year 2020
Please note that the AGM has now been put back until September in the expectation that we will then be able to meet in person and, hopefully, hold an event to mark the retirement of our President, Dr Colin Niven, after ten years’ service.
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee met 6 times in 2020, online. The Executive awards funds to suitable local projects in line with the Society’s remit and objectives. There were fewer requests this past year as projects were put on hold or cancelled. Grants were made as follows:
If you have any ideas for projects that are in line with the Society’s objectives, please see https://www.dulwichsociety.com/local-projects for further information.
After a series of discussions between the Chairs of the Dulwich Estate Trustees and the Society, the Advisory Committee has been refreshed and will now comprise representatives in rotation to enable a wider group of representatives to attend the Committee. From the first meeting in March 2021, there will be two representatives from RAs in the north and south of the Estate, and two representatives from the Society’s Executive Committee.
Public engagement and consultations: The Society has continued to be active in the promotion of public engagement. Consultations on planning, traffic, public realm, event and premises licensing have continued during the Covid-19 emergency and the Society has reminded and encouraged residents to respond to all Council surveys and consultations affecting the Dulwich area.
Working with community groups: The Society continues to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders across Dulwich including residents’ associations, the Dulwich Estate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, amenity societies such as the Herne Hill Society, sporting venues, local councillors, MP and council officers and the police Safer Neighbourhood Panels. During 2020 this has been predominantly online.
Ian McInnes, Chairman
There are a number of alternative locations to have parcels delivered and collected to reduce the number of small vans driving around in the area.
The Council has now delayed the proposed consultation yet again. Residents were originally told it would be February and it is now to be May. 18,500 of the explanatory leaflets headed ’Dulwich Newsletter March 2021’ have now been issued to householders. To take part in the consultation you should register your details at: https://tinyurl.com/29k573us
The Council has also confirmed that Blue Badge holders who live within the LTN control zone may apply for exemption from penalty charges - see this website for more information: https://tinyurl.com/meptsa7e
Blue badge holders will be able to apply for the exemption on the following website https://forms.southwark.gov.uk/ShowForm.asp?fm_fid=2080
This exemption does not apply to Blue Badge holders who live outside the control area, nor to other vulnerable residents whose carers have been impacted by the LTN’s.
There have been three recent applications for new 5G masts on the SCST Sport ground, on Dulwich Wood Park at Lymer Avenue and on Dovercourt Road. The one on the SCST ground replaces an existing mast and is subject to lease discussions with SCST. The one on Dulwich Wood Park was turned down by Southwark after a large number of complaints from residents – and is currently being appealed. The one in Dovercourt Road had even more objections and has now also been turned down by the Council – though the Dulwich Estate has suggested an alternative location on its land. There is also a pre-application consultation for a similar mast on the corner of East Dulwich Grove and Townley Road, directly outside Alleyn’s School.
A large group of local residents are concerned that, unless there are substantial revisions to the current plans approved by Lewisham Council for the City of London development on Sydenham Hill, it will set an unfortunate precedent for further high-rise blocks in the area. The objectors have been told by their lawyers that Lewisham Council have acted illegally in approving the scheme The Judicial Review application will be on 27 April and a further £22,000 needs to be raised by then. To contribute to the fund, go to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse
If you are looking for something a little extra for your exercise walk and are bored with the same old routes, try this challenging roam around Dulwich’s green spaces and vantage points abounding in great views over London and Kent. Stops for the occasional breather coincide with the opportunity to read the numerous information panels located around the route. As the walk is circular it can be joined at any point, although the suggested start is Dulwich’s new Village Orchard located at the junction of Gallery Road and Dulwich Village. Take-away refreshments and toilet facilities are located at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Park and Horniman Gardens. PDF Download (also available in The Journal, Spring 2021).
The Society’s 2021 AGM will be held on Zoom. Further details in due course.
Following the successful talks on Court Lane (January), Woodward Road (February) and Dulwich Radicals (March). A total of nearly £2000 has been raised for local charities. The next two events, bookable at https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/events are:
Tuesday 6 April 8.00pm. The Heiress & the Hussar: A talk by Gavin Bowyer on the Georgian and Victorian history of the Friern Estate in East Dulwich.
Tuesday 4 May. Life in Dulwich in WW2, Part 1, 1939 – 1942: A talk by local historian Brian Green covering the lead up to the outbreak of war - fascism, evacuation, civil defence, rationing, the Blitz and bomb damage, Dulwich Picture Gallery’s dilemma, everyday life.
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