Below is the email recently sent by the chairman of the Dulwich Residents’ Association to Councillor Rose at Southwark Council:
Dear Councillor Rose
I hope you are well. Many thanks for all you and your colleagues are to help people in Southwark with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please see attached our submission formally objecting to the ETOs which resulted in the closure of the junction in Dulwich Village.
I would like to highlight the following:
– During the OHS Phase 3 consultation earlier this year Southwark showed that Dulwich Village (a residential road) was carrying a far higher level of traffic than the roads around it, and significantly higher than similar roads in Southwark
– Southwark nevertheless proceeded with the ETOs, which even when combined with the Phase 2 restrictions, act to funnel yet more traffic along Dulwich Village. We feel that this is deeply unfair
– In March, our residents association unanimously approved a framework for modelling, monitoring and engagement which could be used to support the OHS measures, and this was submitted to Southwark in our response to the OHS Phase 3 consultation (the resolution is reproduced as an Appendix to the attached objection letter). This framework could equally be used in the context of the ETOs. Southwark have never acknowledged these ideas or engaged with us on them, and the current lack of traffic monitoring and absence of air quality monitoring give us grave concern
– Southwark have decided not to issue permits to residents or others to pass through the restrictions, and this is causing significant hardship for a large number of our residents. We have included 8 residents’ testimonies detailing how this is impacting people’s lives, which I would urge you to read
– Southwark have a duty to ensure that residents have reasonable access to their properties. Following the implementation of the Phase 2 restrictions, necessitated in turn by the ETOs, Dulwich residents report 40 minute detours to return to their own houses by car during the restricted hours. We do not, therefore, feel that ‘reasonable access’ has been maintained
When we met on 7 October, we presented an alternative to the ETOs, whereby a westbound camera restriction on Calton Avenue would allow the current ETOs to be removed but would also render the junction safe and viable. If combined with permit access, we think that such an amendment to the measures would achieve the wide community support in Dulwich which the current measures do not have.
We understand that Southwark have decided not to arrange a public consultation on this topic prior to the deadline for objections to the ETOs. We also note that Southwark’s Cabinet has declined to receive a deputation from us regarding the hardship caused by the lack of permits, and has rejected questions which we requested to put to the Cabinet meeting last Tuesday on this and other topics.
DVRA objections to Phase 1 ETOs FINAL (1)
Please can we therefore meet with you, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that the legitimate voice of our residents is heard.
Chair, Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association