Dulwich Village junction closure – update

For those who didn’t yet hear, Southwark Council has approved the closure of Calton Avenue at the junction with Dulwich Village, effectively closing the junction.  It’s not clear exactly when this will happen physically – 25 June has been mooted – but it will surely be in the coming weeks.

We understand this is a ‘temporary’ 18 month measure, though our assumption is that once in place, it will be hard to reverse.

Our concern as a Committee, which we have expressed to Southwark’s councillors and officials, is that this central element of the ‘Healthy Streets’ scheme is being implemented under the emergency Covid-19 powers, but with none of the mitigations that were set out in the Healthy Streets plans that would have relieved our streets from at least some of the displaced traffic -such as the Northbound permit restrictions on Dulwich Village.

Our Councillors have indicated that they are aware of this issue, and that there will be a ‘second phase’, though it is not clear what money there will be to spend on the second phase.

Our view is – as an RA we are likely to all have different views on whether the junction should remain closed or not under these circumstances; for those who support the closure, there are groups such as Clean Air for Dulwich, while for those against, there is OneDulwich.

However, as an RA we should be united in wanting to discourage through traffic from using our streets – and there is a window to put ideas to Southwark and to have them implemented in the ’second phase’.

We have started working on ideas – we are looking to convene a group on this topic.  If anyone has their own ideas and/or is interested in participating in this group please let us know – it’s not an easy one so we need all the inspiration we can get!

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