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Thursday 23 October - Lost Effra Talk ‘London’s Lost Rivers’: Tom Bolton, a researcher and writer, and the author of London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide: will give a talk at the Belair Park Community Centre on Gallery Road. He will talk about London’s lost rivers, especially the Effra, and, among other things, he will reveal Brixton’s forgotten rural past, find out why the Oval is oval and visit the oldest inhabited spot in London.
Sunday 14 September – Dulwich Vegetable Garden open day at Rosebery Lodge in Dulwich Park. 12-4pm. Tea & home-made cakes, fun for children, competitions, demonstrations etc.
Sunday 14 September – ‘St Saviour’s via Sunray’ - a Lambeth Heritage Festival walk via the Sunray Estate to St Saviour’s Parish Hall, which celebrated its centenary this year. Meet at 2:30pm at the ‘red post’ at the top of Red Post Hill (junction Denmark Hill/Herne Hill).
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September – Open House: The Crystal Palace subway will be open again this year – for the ticket ballot email
Sunday 20 September – ‘Love West Dulwich’: many businesses will be running unique events, and promos throughout the day (10.00am–6.00pm). The launch will end with an evening soiree, with live jazz band and a barbeque at the Alleyn Park Garden Centre (6.00pm – 9.00pm)
It was confirmed at the Dulwich Community Council on 21 July that the proposed remedial work to the railway bridges just south of Herne Hill Station, due to start on 28 July, had now been postponed. Transport for London had raised late objections about the potential impact on bus routes and emergency services. Network Rail will carry out additional traffic modelling exercises and further consultation with local amenity groups before any decision on a revised date is made. Logic suggests that it should be next summer to minimise the effect on local traffic, but we must wait and see.
Football has been played at Dulwich Hamlet since 1893 - the club is in the Isthmian League, but the number of supporters has been falling in recent years and the present stadium, with its three floors in the main stand, has long been a massive financial drain. The current owners have begun a public consultation process to build a new football ground on Greendale (the first presentation was on 19 July), the open area to the west of the stadium which is currently designated as Metropolitan Open Land. The club has a lease for Greendale from Southwark Council until 2015.
The club moved into the present stadium in 1992, following the demolition of the old Champion Hill Stadium – now the site of the Sainsbury’s supermarket. As part of that development a Section 106 Agreement was signed between Southwark Council, J Sainsbury and Kings College London (the then freeholders) to restrict use of the club site to recreational, leisure or educational purposes.
In 2008 Kings’ College, the long standing freeholders, sold the freehold to DHPD Ltd (a property company). In 2010 they made a planning application for 60 flats on the car park (ref 11-AP-2250). The scheme was withdrawn in November 2010 probably because the Council said there was no chance of an approval. A further scheme was submitted in 2011 (ref 11-AP-2280). It was rejected in February 2012 on the grounds that building on Metropolitan Open Land would contravene council policies.
In May 2012, DHPD Ltd. went into administration. The freehold was bought by Hadley Property Group in February 2014 and, shortly afterwards, Hadley took day to control of the club and paid off a significant number of the club’s debts. The firm has made no secret that it is looking to redevelop some or all of the current ground, with the club being moved to more appropriate facilities nearby.
In summary then, there have been two relatively recent planning applications to develop the existing stadium site and move the football ground onto Greendale and they have all been turned down as contravening the Council’s policy on development on MOL. None have been tested at appeal.
Is there anything different about the current proposal other than the implied threat that is the scheme does not go ahead the club will close? The answer is no and, while residents might regret the loss of the football club, the consequences for the surrounding area for allowing development on MOL are very serious. We cannot allow a precedent to be set. The Council needs to stand by its policies and, in fairness, up till now it has done so, and Peter John, the leader of the Council is recently on record as saying that there will be no development on Greendale because it is MOL. Hadley should go elsewhere.
The start date for this work has now been put back to 3 September. No reason has been given for the delay.
The Dulwich Estate and S G Smith held a public consultation meeting on 23 June. Following comments made at the meeting the Society has been told that the scheme is being slightly modified before being submitted for planning approval. There will be an opportunity for all interested parties to write in to the Council planning department during the 21 day consultation period which will follow validation of the planning application.
Voting for the 2014 scheme is under way. Local interest is in the ‘Concrete House’ in Lordship Lane. To vote please go to any Southwark Library and ask for a voting card, fill it in and put in the box – or email either
The section of road between Boxall Road and Dulwich Village will be closed between 21st July and 2nd September as Thames Water upgrades the sewer. Work on the sewer at the other end of the road in support of the Flood Alleviation Project will follow later in September/October.
Following the article in the recent Society Journal about new local schools it has been confirmed that there is another bid being put forward to the Department for Education (DfE) for the secondary school on the proposed Dulwich Community Hospital Site. The target date for the new school opening is 2016 – with the aim of accommodating the increased number of students in the community who are currently in Years 3 and 4. All the main local political parties in Southwark have given their support to the idea. A final decision will be taken later this year.
The Charter School Educational Trust (which runs the Charter School on Red Post Hill) is now planning to bid alongside Haberdashers Aske’s Federation. It will be holding an Open Meeting at 7pm on Thursday 19 June at the United Reform Church on the corner of Melbourne Grove and East Dulwich Grove.
You can support one or both bids by going to the relevant websites:
An exhibition of the final design will be held at the
Community Suite, St Barnabas Church, 40 Calton Avenue,
7:15-9:15pm on Monday 23rd June.
The Dulwich Estate and S G Smith are shortly to submit a planning application for a housing development on this important site in the centre of the Village.
Tenders for the building work were returned this week and a start on site is likely to be made in the late summer - with the pub closing for at least twelve months. Staff have been told that they are to be relocated to the company’s other pubs in the London area.
In conjunction with the Herne Hill Society, the Dulwich Society has put together an interactive map showing WW1 memorials, and other sites, in the area. If you click on ‘WW1 interactive map’ on the left hand column of the website it will take you to it. Click on the tokens on the map and you will see a picture and a short description.