Dulwich RA Submission

Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association
29 March 2020

 

Councillor Richard Livingstone
Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency
Southwark Council, Cabinet Suite,
160 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2QH                                                                                               richard.livingstone@southwark.gov.uk

 

Dear Councillor Livingstone,

Our Health Streets: Dulwich; Phase 3 Consultation – Residents Association response

I am writing in my capacity as Chair of the Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association, on behalf of the Committee, to set out our response to the above consultation.

Our residents’ association covers residents living on Dulwich Village (road, north and south), College Road (north of the A205) and Woodyard Lane.

These streets lie at the heart of the area covered by the Healthy Streets proposals and are thus exposed to the consequences of those proposals, both intended and unintended.

We have a total membership of over 70 residences, out of an estimated number of residences of around 100. The residents’ association was formed in November 2019.

We have engaged extensively with our members about the proposed Healthy Streets scheme, including a well-attended General Meeting held on 9 March 2020, and an e-mail survey conducted in the period 15 March to 23 March 2020.

We have met with Councillors Newens and Leeming, as well as Officers Agyei-Frempong and Hamston, and attended the various open consultation meetings, as have many of our members.

Our views as a Committee are informed by, and based on, that engagement and those discussions.

We support the aims of the Healthy Streets scheme, in particular the goal of reducing through-traffic and air pollution, and of making the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

However, we have significant concerns about the proposed Healthy Streets plans and their likely effect on our residents and the walkers and cyclists who use our streets, in particular as regards:

    1. Likely increased through traffic flows and pollution on Dulwich Village and College Road, in particular Southbound, once most of the surrounding roads are closed or access restricted
    2. The effective ‘splitting’ of Dulwich Village into two halves, each only accessible to the other for cars via a long indirect route (this is of particular concern for our older and/or less mobile residents, especially given the lack of public transport in the area)
    3. the impact of displaced traffic on the roads around us, such as Lordship Lane and Half Moon Lane, and the consequential impact on public transport using those roads
    4. A particular concern for College Road is its future use for school drop-offs and parking; the new parking charges in Dulwich Park have already created considerable overspill parking and the scheme would likely increase parking and congestion on this road

To address these concerns, our strong first preference is for Southwark to re-work the scheme to allow the Dulwich Village/Court Lane/ Calton Avenue junction to remain open.

The known issues with this junction arise because of excess through-traffic passing through the Dulwich Village area. It is clear from the proposals put forward as part of the Healthy Streets scheme that there is a range of tools which can be employed around the Village to discourage through traffic, including the innovative use of permit-access restrictions.

We feel it should be possible to deploy these tools to reduce through traffic to a level where the junction is once again viable and the goals of the scheme are realised, without the need to close the junction itself. In phase 2 of the consultation, a wide range of options for this junction were suggested by Southwark, including ‘camera access filter’; we think that Southwark should revisit these options rather than implementing the most drastic option of closing the junction.

Further, we think that no permanent changes should be made without holding a temporary, reversible trial first to allow the results to be measured.

With regards to the current Phase 3 proposals, our comments are as follows:

    1. We consider that the proposed ‘northbound’ permit-only peak-time restrictions on Dulwich Village and Burbage Road are essential to relieve our streets from at least some displaced traffic
    2. We do not consider the proposed permit charges per car of a rate in line with that typically charged for a CPZ scheme is reasonable; our Committee’s view is that a per car charge in the region £25 to £50 would be acceptable to our residents
    3. We do not consider that the scheme currently takes sufficient account of the needs of our elderly or less mobile residents, for whom advice to walk or cycle is often unrealistic
    4. We believe that Southwark should work with TFL to improve public transport through Dulwich Village, including the P4 bus, as an integral part of implementing the Healthy Streets scheme; our Committee would be pleased to work with you on this
    5. We believe that that Southwark should work with the local schools to identify ’school drop off’ points to relieve local streets of parents trying to get ‘as close as possible to the school’
    6. We believe that full results of traffic modelling should be made available ahead of further consultations in Autumn 2020, with the scheme subject to revision depending on results of the modelling and resident feedback

Concerning the likely impact of the currently proposed scheme on our streets, our residents met in General Meeting on 9 March 2020 and unanimously approved the following motion, which should be self-explanatory:

We, the Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association, fully support the aims of Southwark’s Health Streets Scheme for Dulwich, in particular the goal of reducing through traffic and air pollution and encouraging walking and cycling. However, we are concerned about through traffic and pollution levels on Dulwich Village (road, comprising the roads Dulwich Village North and Dulwich Village South, meeting at the junction with Turney Road), and College Road (College Road in this case is the part of the road north of Dulwich Common; together with Dulwich Village North and Dulwich Village South, “Our Streets”) after the Healthy Streets scheme is implemented, in particular arising from southbound through traffic which will be unrestricted at all times including peak times. We feel that Our Streets, which include large numbers of residents, three schools and many walking and cycling schoolchildren as well as pedestrians walking to Dulwich Park and Dulwich Picture Gallery, should also benefit from the goals of the Healthy Streets scheme, in particular the reduction of through traffic and air pollution. We therefore call upon Southwark to:

    1. Include in the scheme design any additional modifications which are possible and which would have the effect of reducing through traffic, particularly southbound through traffic, along Our Streets (subject to consultation with our residents association over specific modifications)
    2. Not agree to any other modifications or additions to any other parts of the scheme which would or could have the effect of increasing through traffic on any of Our Streets
    3. Proceed with the scheme in its current form only if the traffic modelling which is performed in due course shows, on a statistically valid, like-for-like basis:
      1. at least a significant (10%+) reduction in ‘net’ (northbound plus southbound) weekday traffic (both 24hr and AM/PM peak time) on each of Our Streets; AND
      2. no material (5%+) increase in southbound weekday traffic (24hr OR AM/PM peak time) on any of Our Streets; AND
      3. a material projected decrease in pollution on each of Our Streets, at a minimum to within applicable legal limits
    4. Work with our Committee to agree targets for traffic levels and air pollution for after the scheme is implemented, in line with those set out in clause 3) above, which will then be monitored by Southwark, who should undertake to implement appropriate mitigation measures if the targets have not been met, to ensure that the targets are then met within one year of the scheme’s implementation

We would be very happy to meet to discuss.

Regards

Clive Rates

Chair, Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association

cc:
Andy Simmons, Labour Councillor for Dulwich Wood Ward, Community Champion for the South Area
Margy Newens, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Dulwich Village Ward
Richard Leeming, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Dulwich Village Ward
Clement Agyei-Frempong, Principal Project Manager (Transport), Highways, Southwark Council
Jonathan Hamston, Engagement Officer, Southwark Council

 

Appendix – Dulwich Village, College Road and Woodyard Lane Residents Association Survey results

 

AGREE

DIS-AGREE

UNSURE

TOTAL

 

AGREE

DIS-AGREE

UNSURE

Do you agree or disagree with the proposals to close permanently to all vehicles:

               

a. The Dulwich Village/Court Lane/Calton Avenue junction?  

10

14

1

25

 

40%

56%

4%

b. The Eynella Road/Lordship Lane junction?  

7

14

4

25

 

28%

56%

16%

c. Burbage Road at the Stradella junction? 

7

16

1

24

 

29%

67%

4%

Some people are concerned the proposed scheme will simply displace traffic onto the A roads (Lordship Lane, Half Moon Lane, etc), which will in turn adversely impact public transport (eg P4, 37, 42, 185, 176, 40 and 197 buses).

18

5

2

25

 

72%

20%

8%

Southwark plan to charge residents of Areas B&C up to £125 annually per car to drive a vehicle through permit controlled access points and junctions. Do you agree/disagree with this cost?  

6

18

1

25

 

24%

72%

4%

Do you agree or disagree that the current proposals make sufficient allowance for the needs of elderly, disabled or other car-dependent residents?

5

16

4

25

 

20%

64%

16%

Do you agree or disagree that Southwark should work with TFL to improve public transport through Dulwich Village, including the P4 bus, as an integral part of implementing the Healthy Streets scheme?  

22

1

2

25

 

88%

4%

8%

Do you agree or disagree that the measures currently proposed are adequate to protect the pupils attending the three schools on Dulwich Village, Dulwich Hamlet, Dulwich Village Infants and James Allen’s Preparatory School?  

6

15

4

25

 

24%

60%

16%

Do you agree or disagree that Southwark should work with the local schools to identify ’school drop off’ points to relieve local streets of parents trying to get ‘as close as possible to the school’? 

21

1

3

25

 

84%

4%

12%

Do you agree or disagree that no permanent changes should be made without holding a temporary, reversible trial first to allow the results to be measured?  

25

0

0

25

 

100%

0%

0%

Do you agree or disagree that full results of traffic modelling should be made available ahead of further consultations in Autumn 2020, with the scheme subject to revision depending on results of the modelling and resident feedback?  

25

0

0

25

 

100%

0%

0%