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TfL were supposed to have finished adjusting the traffic light phasing on 4 November. There is, as yet, no confirmation on the date that the cycling facilities will be operational - there was a report of an accident between a young cyclist and a car in the middle of October. There have also been complaints over long queues on East Dulwich Grove coming from East Dulwich.
The initial transfer of hospital land has been made to the school and it has been confirmed that it will open in temporary buildings in September 2016.
The Dulwich Estate has confirmed that Sainsbury’s will be taking over from Shepherds at 88 Dulwich Village. They are likely to open early in the New Year. The store will be a Sainsbury’s Local Micro store and be the same size as the existing one.
Many residents are concerned over their proposed opening hours as the alcohol licence application implies that the shop will be open for 24 hours even though they will only serve alcohol from 7am-11pm. After some pressure, the Society has had written assurances from both the Dulwich Estate and Sainsbury’s that the hours of trading will be from 7am-11pm.
Preliminary elevation drawings show that the shopfront is unchanged and that it will not be painted a bright colour. The Society will comment formally when a planning application is made.
The other concern is loading and unloading. Sainsbury’s are assuming that they will unload in the adjacent parking bays next to the restaurants but everyone know that these are usually full of parked cars and the trucks stop in the road. The Society and local councillors are seeking clarification on delivery times and frequency.
The most recent public meeting on the new Charter School East Dulwich on East Dulwich Grove was held on 6 October. They will be a further meeting on Saturday 17 October (1-4 pm) at the United Reform Church, East Dulwich Grove.
The new school will occupy a large part of the Dulwich Community Hospital site and, when complete, will have 1680 pupils. It will share the site with a new health centre. Long term residents will know that it has taken the NHS 23 years to reach the stage of actually building something (half the old hospital was demolished in 2006 when the plan was to build a polyclinic). The last Dulwich Community Council reported that it would be 2019.
The plans for the school are moving forward very quickly and it aims to open for the first pupils in September next year. It appears that negotiations between the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Prop Co, the property branch of the NHS, are nearly complete and a spokesperson for the latter has confirmed publicly that legal exchange of the land is expected within the next two months.
The school will open in temporary accommodation, subject to funding and planning approval. The aim is to take 120 pupils and house them in a series of temporary buildings on the south east corner of the site near the railway accessed via Jarvis Road off Melbourne Grove. At the same time the school will acquire a section of the site on the south west corner and begin construction of the first permanent facilities with the aim of completing them in 2018. Construction of the rest of the school will await the completion of the health centre, when the CCG will be able decant services from the old buildings.
The school will be funded by the Government through its current school’s building programme. It has been made very clear that budgets for new schools are now of a very different order from the earlier ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme which was largely funded via the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Current target costs are in the order of 50% less than previously.
The preliminary layout shows the main access pretty much in the same positon as now, off East Dulwich Grove, and the much loved ‘Chateau’ building is currently being kept, but only as staff offices, possibly with an assembly hall behind. Unfortunately it seems that the EFA will not provide additional funding to reflect the cost of its refurbishment and this may impact on the quality of the other new buildings.
The main class room buildings will be built at the rear of the site roughly parallel with the railway. Playgrounds and sports pitches will replace the old wards to the left of the gates while the site of the old doctor’s accommodation will be a lecture hall and drama complex which will also be available for community use.
Given that the catchment area is very limited most children should cycle or walk to school and the school seems very keen to set up a positive green travel plan and reduce teacher car travel as much as possible – after all there is a train station not far away. There is also a bus route passing the front door, the oft lamented No 37, but it is clear that additional public transport provision will be needed - the long discussed extension of the No. 42 from red Post hill to East Dulwich Sainsbury’s must move ahead as part of the overall plan.
Dulwich/Lambeth Quietway (Southwark)
Turney Road/Calton Avenue
The final workshop was held on Saturday 3 October. Around 70-80 residents attended plus several councillors and MP Helen Hayes.
Prior to the start a quickly arranged pre-meeting briefed residents of Court Lane, and the roads off it. They had not received the promised letter drop from Sustrans – the firm engaged to do the drop had apparently not delivered where they were supposed to. NOTE there will be a further meeting for Court Lane area on Thursday 8 October, from 6-8 pm, in St Barnabas Church Community Suite on Calton Avenue.
A summary of comments made at the previous two meetings was shown on posters on the walls, and four basic options were displayed on tables, two for Turney Road and two for Calton Avenue. Attendees were asked to comment and select their preferred solution.
Option 1 kept the road open to through traffic and maintained residents’ parking in the road. Traffic islands were replaced by pedestrian crossings the central white line was removed, and there were additional double yellow lines particularly by the school at the Village end.
Option 2 showed the road blocked off to vehicles by the bridge and the traffic islands removed. Residents’ parking on the road was retained.
Option 1 showed most on street parking retained, traffic islands replaced by pedestrian crossings and the central white line removed. Controlled residents’ parking was added at the Village end of the road.
Option 2 showed the road blocked off to vehicles at the Townley Road junction. Residents’ parking on street parking was retained, traffic islands were replaced by pedestrian crossings and the central white line removed. Controlled residents’ parking was added at the Village end of the road.
Dulwich Village Junction:
The four previous options for the junction were displayed including the two options which showed one way traffic up or down Court Lane though they had been decisively rejected at the previous meeting.
Two further options showed:
Option 1 access for vehicles from Court Lane and Calton Avenue to Dulwich Village was blocked off. Both roads remained two way and presumably had signs on Lordship Lane and Townley Road saying ‘No access to Dulwich Village’
Option 2 left the junction largely as one of the previous options where the current three lanes were reduced to two with the addition of a ‘No Right Turn’ into Village Way north.
Dulwich/Lambeth Quietway (Lambeth)
Rosendale Road/Clive Road/Gipsy Hill
Second Workshop (co-design workshop)
Saturday 10 October, 10.30am–1.00pm - All Saints Church , Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY
Third Workshop (co-design workshop)
Wednesday 14 October, 5.00pm-7.30pm – All Saints Church, Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY
Fourth Workshop (feedback concept showcase)
Saturday 24 October, 10.30am-2.30pm - All Saints Church , Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY
‘Cycling in Dulwich’ - to include route of Southwark Spine
The following two meetings will cover the same ground, so no need to attend both
- Tuesday 13 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm - Kingswood House, Seeley Drive, London SE21 8QN
NB: Book on Eventbrite http://cyclingindulwichworkshop1.eventbrite.com
- Wednesday 4 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm - Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall, 155 Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9TG
NB: Book on Eventbrite http://cyclingindulwichworkshop2.eventbrite.com
The Dulwich Estate has confirmed that Sainsbury’s will be taking over from Shepherds at 88 Dulwich Village. They are likely to open early in the New Year.
There will be two public meetings on the proposals for the new Charter School East Dulwich on East Dulwich Grove. They will be at the United Reform Church, East Dulwich Grove on Tuesday 6 October (6-9 pm) and Saturday 17 October (1-4 pm).
Although S G Smith had previously said that they would be selling second hand cars from their Dulwich Village site, it is now vacant. All the cars have gone from the pavement though there are still some in the showroom.
Conversion of this building to a residential facility for adults with severe learning disability will begin in January. Ten flats, together with supporting communal catering and social facilities, will be created and 10-13 men will move in gradually with the aim of reaching full occupation by August next year. There will be an open day arranged for neighbours to meet the team nearer the time.In the meantime they are keen to hear from anyone who would like to work with or offer opportunities to those coming to live here. More information, including details about the planning application and 'frequently asked questions' can be found at:
This organisation will have a new name from 19 October, it is to be renamed Link Age Southwark.
The LWT has been announced as winner of the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for Community Partnership through its ongoing work with contractor Mace. The film Rosendale Allotments depaving project was used by the judges to decide the winners and clinched the title.