Air Raids Trail

Enclosed with this issue of the Journal, is a copy of the Dulwich World War 2 Air Raids Trail which provides a guide to the 12 memorials set up by the Dulwich Society in 2013 to those civilians killed during the war.  It has been compiled by the Local History Group and designed by Alison Winfield.  Southwark Council have supported this publication with a grant of £2000 from the CGS fund. All Dulwich schools will be asked if they would like copies, free of charge, for distribution among their pupils who might be studying WW2 as part of their curriculum.  Extra copies for the public will be available from local libraries.

Car parking in Dulwich

Few local topics arouse such controversy as car parking.

Road space is scarce. It has to accommodate increasing traffic, pedestrian crossings and safe cycle lanes. People working locally, such as school teachers and other staff park in it. Commuters who are continuing their journey by train fill other space. Residents’ parking has to be fitted into all this.

Several roads in Herne Hill and some Dulwich roads are already in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) – Stradella, Winterbrook and part of Burbage for example. Residents’ views on CPZs will vary and, in many cases, depend partly on whether they have off-street parking and on the density of housing and car ownership

Typically a CPZ involves a restriction on parking during a set period. Near Herne Hill this is between noon and 2.00pm. Tickets are only available after 11.45, thus effectively barring most commuters. At other times, anyone is free to park.

So the effects of a CPZ are:

•    More chance of getting a space on the road near your home
•    Your visitors are more likely to find daytime parking when they visit you, although they will have to buy a ticket (from a machine or by phone) or use a visitor’s permit at lunchtime
•    A generally quieter road, without cars crawling along looking for possible spaces
•    A generally safer road as dangerous and inconsiderate parking will be ticketed
•    Less likelihood of finding your own road temporarily blocked by delivery vehicles double-parking.       
•    Protection from parking displaced from nearby CPZs.

•    For the right to leave your own car on the road outside your own house, you would have to pay £125 per annum. You can avoid making this payment if you intend to always park in your own driveway.
•    For visitors or tradesmen who are going to be there between 12 and 2.00pm, you will need to have a visitor permit, costing £2.50 - £4.50 per day or ask them to buy a ticket

More generally, people who work locally, like teachers, but leave the area at night, cannot have a permit at any price

The Society is reviewing whether to ask the Council to consult on extending the number of CPZs in Dulwich. We would like to know what our members think. Please email our Traffic and Transport Committee with your views:


1. Name of your road
2. Do you already live in a CPZ?
3.  If not, would you like your road to be in one?

Greendale Playing Fields

Football has been played at the Dulwich Hamlet ground for a century - 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. However, before looking at the proposals in detail, it is worthwhile summarizing how the club reached its current position.

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 2003 the club made a planning application with the aim of selling the ground for development into a Homebase store, with the club moving onto Greendale. There was considerable local objection and the scheme was rejected by Southwark on the grounds that the Greendale was Metropolitan Open Land.

In 2007, the Southwark Plan designated the football ground as ‘Other Open Space’ (OOS). Essentially, this meant that development was not permitted on the site unless equivalent facilities were provided within 400 metres.

In 2008 Kings’ College, the long standing freeholders, sold the freehold to DHPD Ltd (a property company). In 2009 DHPD Ltd attempted to sell the ground for the development of up to 400 apartments. However no sale followed as there was no planning permission in place.
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. In September 2013, Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust attempted unsuccessfully to have the stadium listed as an “Asset of Community Value” by Southwark Council.

The freehold was bought by Hadley Property Group in February 2014 and, shortly afterwards, Hadley took over 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 three previous 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 if 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.

Furthermore, the fields will undoubtedly be required for games by the proposed new academy status secondary school which is likely to be built nearby. Alternatively, perhaps Hadley would like to offer the stadium as the site for the new school, thus being able to provide a games field to go with it.


VISIT TO KEW GARDENS   24TH SEPTEMBER, meeting there at 11am. Admission  £15
 This gives a Group rate entry and the use throughout the day of the HOP ON/HOP OFF  Explorer Train (with commentary by the driver). We will be joined by a specialised  Guide for about an hour, to visit their Zelkova collection, and other special trees, such as their Wollumi Pine.
There are plenty of restaurants, an excellent Shop, and should it rain,  it is almost the last day to see the newly restored Kew Palace, free, before it shuts for the Season.
 ENTRY Tickets  and Information will be posted in advance
 Cheques to DULWICH SOCIETY   email Trees@  Tel: 020 8693 0256   18 College Gardens SE21 7BE

Local History & Wildlife – Bats, Buildings and Bubbly!
Tuesday 9th September at 6pm
A few tickets remain for this joint evening of observing the scene over a glass of wine when Brian Green will point out the historic landmarks from the balcony of the Dulwich & Sydenham Golf Club followed by a conducted wildlife walk in Dulwich Woods to the newly restored Dewy Pond. The evening is free but application should be made to Patrick Spencer, 7 Pond Cottages, SE21 7LE (tel:0208 693 2043   email:
Visit to the RHS gardens at Wisley
Our annual coach outing in June this year was to the magnificent Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley.  Originally a 60 acre experimental garden, Wisley was given to the RHS in 1903 and is now a diverse garden covering 240 acres. In addition to many formal and informal decorative gardens, several glasshouses and an extensive arboretum. it includes smaller model gardens intended to show visitors what they can achieve in their own gardens, and a trials field where new cultivars are assessed.  Some 70 gardeners keep it all in tip top condition.

The 35 members of the Society were given a comprehensive tour before lunch, with time afterwards to explore our own interests.  Wisley is always changing and always inspirational, highlights for me being the vegetable beds (too dry for snails), some wonderful poppy/wild flower fields, the Fruit Mount (a new artificial mound overlooking the orchards), the Seven Acres arboretum and - as always - the stunning mixed borders. 

We enjoyed good weather and good company, the logistics worked well, and we came back both windswept and inspired!  Our visits and other events are open to all Dulwich Society members.
Jeremy Prescott