In previous articles I have talked about neighbourliness, particularly with regard to residents, but it also applies to our schools. Last month JAGS was given conditional planning permission to build a new Community Music Centre on their existing car park and, understandably, home owners who live nearby were very concerned over the potential increase in traffic and parking on adjacent roads, which can be very bad at times. In this case JAGS had gone a long way to try and resolve residents concerns, but there are other schools whose attitude towards residents is not always so helpful.

Everyone who lives in Dulwich understands that, at certain times of the day, the number of local schools mean a considerable increase in traffic, but should they expect the further inconvenience of large coaches parking in suburban roads in the middle of the day (often with their engines running), or being unable to park near their homes in the evening? School managements need to think a bit more about their impact on the local community.

On a more positive note, fifteen months after the September 2009 public meeting and, following continuous pressure from the Society, the Dulwich Estate has amended its website to include information on Scheme of Management applications. Go into their website, click on the ‘scheme of management’ and then click on ‘view applications’ or ‘decided applications’. This is a great step forward and should enable residents to have accurate information about works in their particular roads.

There is also good news on the campaign to save the Herne Hill Velodrome which continues to move forward. Negotiations with British Cycling and the Estate are progressing and the charity should have been set up formally during February. Hopefully the track will be resurfaced in the next few months and a planning application for the new building made later in the year.

Last, but not least, I want to record my thanks to His Honour Michael Rich QC who is standing down at the next AGM after ten years as the Society’s president and several years before as a vice-president. His legal knowledge has also been a great help to the Society, as has been his efficient chairmanship of the Society’s AGM and his work as chairman of the fund raising committee for the Edward Alleyn statue.