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Thursday 24 September 7.30pm. The meeting will be held on line via Zoom. The specialist sub-committee reports are on the website: www.dulwichsociety.com There is more information in the Autumn issue of the Society’s Journal. We will be joined by the new Chair of Trustees of Dulwich Estate, Andreas Köttering. The Zoom link details are: https://zoom.us/j/95666923217 or go to Zoom.com and click on ‘Join meeting’ using: Meeting ID: 956 6692 3217, Passcode: 573114
The decision date for the phase 2 emergency measures has passed & they will be implemented soon. More Info at:
The Phase 3 emergency measures for Dulwich Village have now also been published and include timed closures (with cameras but no permits) and permeable filters (i.e. roads closed to motorised traffic); also, the use of ‘bus gates’ with timed restrictions. The Council are currently proposing implementation in October.
On Wednesday 26 September the Council hosted three online meetings with residents in Area B (roads east of the DV junction), Area C (roads west of the junction) as well as traders. The Society attended these meetings. While there was support for the measures in both Areas B and C from those who attended, several residents were concerned over the impact of ‘bus gates’ on access to their homes and to medical facilities and hospitals in the morning and evening peaks. It was clear to everyone that, to reduce queues of cars north bound in Dulwich village during the day, TfL needs to urgently install a right-turn filter at the Dulwich Village/East Dulwich Grove junction.
Following the cancellation of the planned remedial works a couple of years ago Network Rail has come up with a new repair scheme. It started on 22 August and work will continue until Christmas. Temporary scaffold structures have been built beneath the bridge to provide works access (mainly at night and weekends). These will be constructed in three separate phases which will allow two-way traffic to continue (and existing bus routes to be retained). It will require the removal of the temporary footway widening but there will be at least one footway with provision for enhanced social distancing. These works will not help the current congestion in Herne Hill where residents have been badly impacted by the queues on Herne Hill and Croxted Road.
The Council Cabinet member has confirmed that there will shortly be a meeting with local stakeholders on an agreed way forward. There will be no decision on proceeding with felling the trees until after the meeting and a Council assessment of the alternative approach put forward by the local stakeholder group.
The Dulwich Society has reviewed the Council's recently published report on its plans for the implementation of temporary emergency measures in Dulwich Village and Melbourne Grove and is supportive of them as a means to improve social distancing to directly mitigate Covid-19. These are part of a Southwark-wide programme financed by public funding, and part of a national response to the Covid-19 pandemic which can be found at moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/.. We also note that the proposals reflect much of what has recently been consulted on in the Council’s ‘Healthy Streets Initiative’ and that the measures proposed could have a beneficial impact on promoting active travel and reducing air pollution.
There may be unintended consequences and some areas will be positively or adversely affected more than others. It is essential that the measures are seen as being flexible and easily reversible and/or extendible if need be, and that the Council responds positively to residents' experiences of the schemes in operation. The Dulwich Society expects the full impact on the surrounding area will be properly evaluated and that the changes should not, at the end of the period, de facto stay unaltered or unimproved as a permanent change without a full public consultation.
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The health centre houses a range of health and community services, including a GP surgery, mental health and children’s services, blood testing, kidney dialysis, physiotherapy and some other hospital clinics. Patients who were registered at the Melbourne Grove Medical Practice and the Hambleden Medical Practice will now be registered at the health centre.
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The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is conducting a very short Noise Attitudes Survey to find out how aircraft noise affects people in the London areas, it closes on 1 June. A previous article on this website highlighted how residents in Dulwich and surrounding areas live under the flight paths of both London City and Heathrow airport – both of which are planning large expansions. Currently, of course, aircraft noise is much reduced, but the reality is it will return when the economy recovers. If you would like to respond and complete the survey on your experience of reduced flights in and out of the airport, the survey can be found here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/T4G18I/. It is anonymous, but responders are asked for the first part of their postcodes to allow CPRE to identify the approximate location of those responding. CPRE are also looking for short (30-60 second) video clips of people enjoying the peace and quiet offered by the current situation. Please send your clips to
The Society hopes that all its members and their families are keeping well. Meetings of the Society’s sub committees are cancelled for the time being but monitoring continues on local planning and alcohol licence applications, traffic consultations, and licence applications to the Dulwich Estate. The Society participated in an online ‘Zoom’ conference hosted by the London Forum about local councils’ approach to public participation and consultation in planning during the lock down. The Society also attended Southwark’s first virtual planning sub-committee. The Council intends to run future planning committees virtually until further notice. See our Twitter feeds for more info: @dulwichsociety / @dulwichhistory / @dulwichgarden
Many local convenience stores, food shops, butchers, bakeries, post offices and chemists remain open for business. A new website, https://dulwichdelivers.com/ has been set up by a number of local shops to take orders and deliver to your door. It includes several restaurants, butchers, local craft beer producers, a children’s shoe shop, a book shop, a stationery & toy shop, a picture framer, gift shops and clothes shops.