Electronic vehicle charging points
The March meeting of the Society’s Traffic & Transport group had a presentation from Source London, the London-wide installer of vehicle charging point, on its plans for Dulwich. There is currently planning consent for charging points in Dulwich Wood Avenue, Crescent Wood Rd, Hunts Slip Rd, Pickwick Rd, Eastlands Crescent, Half Moon Lane, Ruskin Walk, Elmwood Rd, Ashbourne Grove, Underhill Rd, and Cyrena Rd. There are no confirmed dates for the installation, however, as Southwark has yet to apply for the necessary Traffic Management Orders (TMOs) and may be looking at alternatives such as putting charging points in lamp posts.
The long term aim of course is to facilitate the ownership of electric cars; the argument being that unless these points are introduced in a larger numbers people will not buy electric cars as they can’t run them. The counter argument is that there are very few electric cars at the moment and the points reduce parking space for residents - it’s the chicken and the egg situation.
There are several electric car owners in Dulwich - though they all appear to have off street parking and can thus charge their cars via their house’s electrical power. The Society is interested to know both how many members actually have electric cars and how many would buy one if more charging points were available. Please respond to
New route for Foundation school coaches
The Council have consulted on the planned changes to the College Road/Dulwich Common junction to facilitate the introduction of the revised route through Dulwich Village for the Foundation Schools Coach Service. Work should start in the summer holiday and the amended layout will allow coaches to turn left into College Road. They will stop at the first bus stop to drop boys for the College and then continue north through the Village turning right into East Dulwich Grove. After dropping for JAGs, they will then turn right into Townley Road to stop for Alleyns - and then drive to Lordship Lane.
The benefit of the new route is that coaches will no longer come down Calton Avenue and there should be fewer coaches parked in Townley Road or Gallery Road - subject to the planned temporary coach park in the Grove Tavern car park being operational.
Brockwell Park event
The newly formed Society licensing committee led by Patsy Bramble has been doing excellent work to query both Lambeth and Southwark Councils decisions to promote large scale events in local parks without proper consultation or regard for the potential impact on other park users’ enjoyment or the trees and wildlife.
Dulwich Estate not to appeal on Almshouse decision
The Estate has now confirmed that it will not be appealing against Southwark’s rejection of the planning application for the Judith Kerr School playground site. For the full press release. see www.dulwichsociety.com.
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