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Dulwich Society Annual General Meeting - 25 April 2016
Executive Committee Reports For The Year 2015
Local shop rents: The Dulwich Estate has been heavily criticized, both in the local press and on social media, for its stance on raising shop rents. A number of rent reviews are currently being negotiated and there is much concern locally that substantial increases could lead to there being less independent traders. The Estate was forced to issue a statement clarifying its position over ‘Just Williams’ in Herne Hill.
Dulwich Community Hospital site: The new Charter School East Dulwich will occupy most of the former hospital site and construction work should start in 2017 - its first students are due to start in September this year on a temporary school site in Peckham. The latest information on the proposed health facility on the south east corner is that it should be operational by 2019.
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club: Discussions over the future of the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club continue. The developer/owner still intends to build flats on the existing ground and move the stadium onto the adjacent Green Dale. This is Metropolitan Open Land and the Society’s view is that it should not be built on.
Cycle Quietways consultation: Following considerable public engagement last year, Southwark Council produced a set of proposals to encourage more cycling in the local area. These were consulted on in February/March.
Flood alleviation works: Southwark Council won two awards for the recent flood alleviation schemes in Dulwich Park, Belair Park and the Southwark Community Trust Sports Ground.
Sainsburys: Shepherds assigned their lease to Sainsburys last autumn. Subject to planning approval for the proposed new shop front and signage the new ‘Micro Store’ should open on March/April.
New Post office: This was incorporated successfully into Rumsey the chemist. The old Post office unit is closed pending re-letting.
Dulwich Estate Press Release
The Dulwich Estate is the freeholder of the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane, part of which is currently leased to the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) Education Trust for the Judith Kerr Primary School.
In response to the recent public consultation on the Southwark Plan it has submitted representations to the Council concerning the future of the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane for possible use as subsidised sheltered housing (almshouses) for elderly people.
Commenting today (15 February), James Williamson (PR and communications adviser to The Dulwich Estate on the project) said “The Dulwich Estate will be engaging with councillors, community leaders and stakeholders to understand their views over the future of 62-68 Half Moon Lane.
After undertaking consultation, The Dulwich Estate will carefully review all the feedback received before deciding how best to move forward.”
Dulwich College have now confirmed that the chestnut trees along the pedestrian route, known as ‘Chestnuts Avenue’, that leads from the South Circular to the heart of the College campus, are to be replaced. Most of the trees are in an unstable and unhealthy diseased condition - and several have come down in recent years.
Southwark Council has approved the removal and, after much discussion with specialist arboriculturalists, it has been agreed that there is sufficient doubt about the future of chestnuts as a species to recommend that they should be replaced with a more resilient alternative. The consensus is that the most appropriate tree to reflect and enhance the grandeur of the Avenue, and the heritage of the College site, is the Small-leaved Lime (Tilia Cordata Greenspire).
Felling will be carried out over the Easter holidays, and the new trees will be planted in the summer holidays - to allow sufficient time between felling and planting for the ground to settle before new planting takes place. The summer term at the school will therefore be unique in the College’s history on this site (since 1869), in that the avenue will be denuded of trees.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has published its initial proposals for consultation - until 4th April. Final recommendations will be out in June. The changes reflect the relative populations. www.lgbce.org.uk/..
Dulwich & West Norwood at a glance:
- Village Ward is split into two one-member wards (Half Moon and Dulwich Village) losing most of the Village electoral area;
- College Ward becomes a two member ward (Dulwich Wood) based on largely the same boundaries, but loses the residential area north of Melford Road;
- East Dulwich is Split in two: one-three member ward centred on Lordship Lane (Goose Green), and one two member ward taking in the areas that College Ward loses (Dulwich Hill). Both new wards have been extended north to take in parts of Camberwell and Peckham.
The Society has been shown a rent review letter sent to a shopkeeper in the village from Daniel Watney, the Dulwich Estate’s surveyor, which says that the Estate intends to raise the rent by 60%. This is very worrying as there is reduced footfall in the area and it could be a further threat to our independent shops.
To be fair, it appears that the Estate is not the only landlord looking to raise rents. A current article on the Herne Hill Forum confirms that the landlord on the north side of Half Moon Lane is trying to impose an 80% increase on the cycle shop Bon Velo.
Quietway 7 - Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace via Calton Avenue, Dulwich Village, Turney Road & Rosendale Road. Public consultation will take place from Monday 15 February 2016 to Sunday 13 March 2016. Leaflets will be posted by Royal Mail to residents. See also www.consultations.southwark.gov.uk. There will be 3 open drop in events as follows:
- East Dulwich Ward: Tuesday 23rd February, 5 to 8pm - Dulwich Library Hall, 368 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8NA
- College Ward: Saturday 27th February, 9am to 12pm - Kingsdale Foundation School, Alleyn Park, Dulwich, London SE21 8SQ
- Village Ward: Saturday 5th March, 9am to 12pm - Dulwich Sports Ground, Turney Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7JH
TfL is consulting on the proposed new 42 Bus route. They are intending to use double deckers - which is good news for capacity along East Dulwich Grove. They are asking for comments on the route extension to Dog Kennel Hill here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-route-42
R Durtnalls have been appointed as the contractors for the work. They are reputed to be the oldest builders in the country and also worked on both the Dulwich Picture Gallery modernization in the 1990s and the reconstruction of St Barnabas Church. The contract is planned to last 70 weeks and, if everything goes according to plan the surgery and the pharmacy should open in the early summer of 2017, with the other shops, and flats, following on shortly afterwards.
Following an application by Dulwich Safer Routes to Schools, the Council has awarded £40,000 of CGS funding for a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Burbage Road with Half Moon Lane.
Townley Road Junction Works: The phased cycle lights are now operational but further adjustment is needed as they do not leave enough time for cyclists to turn right. There is still no confirmation on the date for the commissioning of the other facilities and Southwark has still not responded to the concerns raised in a recent safety audit.
The Planning Applications for the Half Moon pub can now be viewed on the Southwark web site - references 16/AP/0167 and 0168. Fullers are likely to challenge the Asset of Community Value status as the ACV was awarded in relation to one of the pub’s previous ancillary functions as a live music venue and Fullers want to install a restaurant and kitchen in that part of the pub. The focus of the local Herne Hill campaign has thus switched to retention of the live venue inside the pub building. www.brixtonbuzz.com/...