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London City Airport
On roughly 40% of days the airport flies a low altitude (under 2000ft) concentrated path over Dulwich, controversially introduced in 2016. The airport wants to almost double flights over SE London, fly more planes early morning and late evening, and remove the 24hr ban on flights from midday Saturday to midday Sunday. The airport claims that its aircraft will be quieter in the future, but there is recent clear evidence from measuring the so called 'new generation' aircraft noise over Lambeth that on their low flight path over SE London homes the difference will not be perceptible.
London City Airport Masterplan consultation: www.londoncityairport.com/..
This sets out their perspective and consultation is open until 18 Oct. A simple letter supporting or opposing the Masterplan is all that is required.
The London Assembly environment committee has published authoritative and very accessible reports on the issues: www.london.gov.uk/..
The Heathrow third runway arguments will be better known to Dulwich Society members, and it is London Heathrow planes that disturb many from 4.30 am and end at 11.30pm, sometimes later, and these are much larger aircraft. Heathrow expansion is represented by some as effectively building a new airport the size of Gatwick alongside the current Heathrow airport. Concerns are that this will massively increase plane numbers over all parts of London with consequent additional noise and emissions.
Heathrow's own website contains plenty of information on the Airport's perspective.
For those interested to understand different perspectives the Teddington Action Group (TAG) has developed well researched information focused on Heathrow noise, aircraft emissions over populated areas and environmental issues. http://www.teddingtonactiongroup.com/
Climate Change, emissions and air travel
Many Dulwich residents will be noticing the recent tone of debate changing concerning air travel with debate opening about stopping airport expansion, reducing demand through taxation on fuel, flight shame, holidaying without air travel and so on. The voices of those concerned about carbon, particulate emissions are adding very much to the concerns of the overflown about increasingly intrusive noise as the aviation industry continues to pursue expansion. For many, the climate emergency is reason alone to oppose expansion of airports. For Londoners, the two in plain sight are Heathrow and London City. Claims by both to be heading towards carbon neutral businesses only go as far as the airport's ground operations and do not account for aircraft emissions. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recently advised the Government that aviation will become the biggest source of carbon in the UK by 2050 and that expansion at Heathrow leaves very little room for growth at any other airport.
The No 3rd runway Coalition also holds excellent information. LB Southwark is a member, but not Lambeth or Lewisham. https://www.no3rdrunwaycoalition.co.uk/
AirportWatch, concerned about unsustainable aviation http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/
The response from the Forest Hill Society is here.
The response from campaign group HACAN East sets out reasons why expansion should be resisted. documentcloud.adobe.com/..
Most Councils that are affected by aircraft noise have written opposing the airport's plans. Waltham Forest’s reasoning drive.google.com/..
Following a public consultation, the new health centre on the site of the Dulwich Community Hospital will be named the Tessa Jowell Health Centre.
Good progress has been made on moving forward with plans to designate the area either side of Sydenham Hill as
a Neighbourhood Forum. Since the area is covered by two Councils, the consultation is being managed by Lewisham. To comment (by 31/10/19) go to: consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/..
The introduction of charges in Dulwich Park is likely to be during October but there is no further information on the position at Belair Park where the Dulwich Estate has objected to the proposed charging on the basis that the original lease required the Council to give free access to the park all times.
The latest information is that the new Foundation School coach routing will start after half-term in November. The alterations to the Dulwich Common/College Road junction are complete and work is currently ongoing on sorting out the traffic light phasing.
Transport for London will be carrying out works at the junction of College Road and the South Circular in July to enable eastbound school coaches to turn left into College Road in the future, thus avoiding Calton Avenue. The work includes the relocation of a pedestrian crossing, the installation of new traffic signals and the construction of an enlarged pavement area, and will be conducted in TWO phases
Phase 1: This phase will be undertaken between 8 July and 22 July 2019 and requires a full road closure during this period. The works include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island northbound on College Road, and there will also be changes to the kerbing, footway paving, fencing, line markings, and a new traffic signal on College Road southbound.
Phase 2: This work will be undertaken in early to mid-December and include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island eastbound and westbound on the A205 Dulwich Common (South Circular). There will also be changes to the kerbing, footway, carriageway paving, line markings and new traffic signals.
TfL will write to residents in November 2019 to confirm in more detail any temporary road closures that are needed to facilitate this second phase of work. We have been told that the break in the work phases is a result of close liaison with Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark councils who all have planned street works taking place. The works are being phased to avoid any potential conflicts.
PHASE 1 - UPCOMING CLOSURE, 8 July 2019 - 22 July 2019:
TfL will need to close the northern part of College Road in both directions. The aim is to minimise disruption. Work will largely be undertaken between 08:00 – 17:00, though some work will take place at night during the weekends when the roads are less busy - TfL will ensure the noisiest work is completed by midnight.
- College Road will be closed 24 hours a day.
- Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout works.
- Buses will be diverted during this work phase. Routes P4 and P13 will be temporarily diverted and bus stops between Dulwich Common and Dulwich Village will be closed. TfL will place notices at affected stops to guide customers to the nearest alternative stop.
- Temporary traffic signals will be in place for duration of the works 24 hours a day
- TfL will signpost local diversion routes during these closures, and local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.
TfL have said that they will make every effort to finish the works on time, although poor weather conditions may mean they need to reschedule at short notice. Visit tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for live road travel updates.
The Estate is holding two exhibitions on its plans to improve some aspects of the existing shopping areas. For West Dulwich it is Thursday 4 July (5-8pm) at 88 Park Hall Road and, for Dulwich Village, it is Saturday 6 July (12.30-3.30pm) at 27 Dulwich Village.
This local community group based on the Kingswood Estate in SE21, has been awarded over £200,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work helping vulnerable and isolated people in Southwark and Lambeth. The group, will use the cash to continue their project for the next three years, and to develop their organisation in order to reach out to even more local people.
It has been confirmed that the new facility in East Dulwich Grove is due to open in April 2020.
The decision on the Council’s plans to charge for parking in parks is now scheduled for the end of July.
Ms Moyà Greene
Royal Mail Group plc
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0HQ
20th September 2018
Dear Ms Greene
Urgent Royal Mail service failure, SE22 postcode area
I am writing to you on behalf of thousands of my constituents living in the SE22 postcode area who are suffering as a consequence Of serious service failures by Royal Mail.
As you will be aware, in the face of fierce opposition from the local community, you recently closed the SE22 delivery office on Silvester Road, requiring customers from SE22 to travel to Highshore Road in Peckham in order to collect parcels and registered post. SE22 deliveries are also now being made from Highshore Road. The closure has resulted in serious service failures for SE22 customers, including very long queues at Highshore Road, with some customers having to wait as long as an hour - and many giving up on the attempt; and staff shortages resulting in the Highshore Road office failing to open on time. In addition, my constituents across the SE22 postcode area are reporting that deliveries have become erratic and infrequent and. Have received reports that local managers have told commercial customers that delivery delays are a result of staff shortages.
Concerns about the impact that closing the SE22 delivery office would have on Royal Mail services were raised with you on many occasions prior to the closure, including repeated calls for Royal Mail to establish a replacement collection facility in the SE22 area. These calls were ignored, and it appears that your organisation has utterly filed to put in place arrangements to ensure the continuation of reliable high-quality service for SE22 customers following the closure. Staff at the Highshore Road report that no additional staff have been allocated to the collection desks from the former SE22 office to service the additional workload from a whole postcode area.
The current service failures are critical, and cannot be allowed to continue. Please could you provide urgent confirmation of the immediate steps you are taking to address the staff shortages and service failures at Highshore Road and across the SE22 postcode area. Further, I ask once again, that you reconsider the request that I have made on many occasions for a new collection facility to be established in the SE22 area to ensure that my constituents do not have to face long journeys and lengthy queues to collect their post. I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen Hayes MP