Neighbourhood Forum

There will be a preliminary meeting on Tuesday 3 October at 8pm in the back room of St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village (Gilkes Place entrance), to discuss setting up a neighbourhood forum. All who live and work locally are welcome, and we hope that residents’ associations and businesses will send representatives. Minutes of the meeting will be published here, as will details of future meetings over the coming months. Please spread the word.

The next Dulwich Community Council meeting is this Saturday 9 September at Dulwich Library at 1pm. There will be an update on Quietway 7.

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Southwark’s decision

We have just heard that the council’s plans for Quietway 7 in Dulwich, including their original design for the junction in Dulwich Village, are now going ahead.

This means that the alternative design put forward by the Dulwich Village Forum is no longer being considered.

Work on Southwark’s chosen design will begin on Monday 21 August. (Notices circulated earlier saying that work would begin on 7 August were wrong.)

Local traders and residents made objections to the TMOs (traffic management orders) that go with Southwark’s scheme – for example, double yellow lines on both sides of the road at the junction end of Calton Avenue. Concern was expressed that there was still no resolution to the issue of congestion on a route intended for inexperienced cyclists, and that there had been no trialling of all the new features, including the change of priority. You can see the objections, together with comments from Council officers, here. Councillors from the Overview & Scrutiny Committee tried twice to ‘call in’ the decision, but were overruled.

We are told that there will be a review of the scheme, and a report to ‘stakeholders’ (we hope the Dulwich Village Forum is included), after eight to nine months.

 

Is no news good news?

Apologies for the long delay since we last posted an update on Quietway 7, but there is sadly very little to report.

We have still not heard whether a final decision has been made by Southwark Council on plans for the junction in Dulwich Village. Theoretically this might mean that the alternative design funded by the local community and CGS funds still has a chance, but we just don’t know.

We have also heard nothing, despite continued pressure from our local MP Helen Hayes, from local councillors and from members of the Dulwich Village Forum, about whether TfL will consider a new or altered pedestrian crossing on the South Circular. This would allow the Foundation School coaches to operate a different route, away from Calton Avenue, making Quietway 7 much safer for cyclists. The original Foundation Schools/Southwark report was prepared in July 2016, so we’ve been waiting a long time for progress on this.

In the meantime, local Lambeth councillors have ‘called in’ the decision on the Lambeth section of Quietway 7, which means that there have been formal objections to the plans in a neighbouring borough.

Finally, Southwark Council has been running initial consultations on a new Quietway that would cross the junction outside Dulwich Library and run down Woodwarde Road. More information here. As you can see, there is still time to make your views known as plans progress.