A fair amount has happened since our last report on Southwark’s ‘Covid-19’ road schemes.
Southwark are pressing ahead with their plan, combining the 24/7 Village junction closure (already done) with a brace of timed camera restrictions designed to relieve Dulwich Village of the standing traffic jams caused by that closure. They have added an extra camera restriction on Burbage Road at the junction with College Road, which will stop that road being used as a bypass to Croxted Road, but does amplify the access issues for our residents.
They have started installing the cameras; we are not sure when they will ‘go live’ but expect end-October or thereabouts.
We have developed what we call our ‘Complementary Proposal’ – first outlined in our last mail – which is designed to tweak Southwark’s plan and create a more fair and balanced outcome for our residents, for the shops and restaurants in the village, and importantly for the streets around us. This involves re-opening the village junction and installing a westbound camera on Calton Avenue at the Village junction, and implementing an access scheme for all Southwark residents. The proposal is set out in some detail in a slideshow which is available below.
Southwark have reshuffled their cabinet and Richard Livingston has been replaced by two new Cabinet members – Catherine Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have met with Catherine and Radha and presented our proposal to them. It was a constructive meeting and they seemed open. We are sending a delegation to Southwark’s Cabinet Meeting on 20 October, which is addressing a petition to remove the various road closures, see link below for the petition (count to date: 2,558). In the interests of balance, there is also a petition to support the closures, also via the link below (count to date 44). We understand the Cabinet meeting proceedings will be ‘live-streamed’ on Youtube so we will send out a link when we get it for anyone interested. There is no guarantee our delegation will be called on to speak but we are hopeful, in which case we will outline the issues caused by the current plan and how we think it could be amended rather than abandoned.
We have also met with The Dulwich Estate, the Dulwich Society and One Dulwich and presented our proposal to each. We are aiming to agree a ‘cross-community’ position which will be harder for Southwark to ignore.
We will update after the Cabinet meeting next week. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to get more involved in this effort, please do reach out.
Link for Southwark petitions: