Local customers received a confirmatory letter last week and a sign also appeared in the bank’s window. This is obviously very bad news but is, regrettably a sign of the times. The branches in East Dulwich & West Norwood are to remain for now. You can pay in money and cheques for any bank account at the Village Post Office - and they also have a free cash machine.
The Council has now agreed the proposed changes to the scope of the tree works but there is confusion over a site-start date. Although the resident’s monitoring group have not been officially informed, the Society was told by the Estate that it would be week beginning 2 July. The developer has now confirmed that this is not the case but it is likely to be very soon.
Where is it? The estate takes in 1500 acres of Dulwich village, West Dulwich, parts of Herne Hill and Sydenham
Who lives there? Comfortably off professional families who like being in walking distance of some of south London’s sought-after private schools.
History: about to celebrate its 400th anniversary, the estate is a charitable foundation, set up by the Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn who left it as an endowment for a school. Today, there are seven schools that befit form his largesse, Dulwich College, James Allen’s Girls’ School and Alleyn’s School as well as four state schools. Many of the 5000 properties are now owned freehold, with 208 still in the portfolio but all owners have to seek approval for alterations to the external appearance of their property.
Heart: It is a proper village, complete with fin ger posts, post-and-chain fences and a mix of workmen’s cottages, fine Georgian villas and post war buildings. It offers pretty much every affluent suburb must-have: deli, farmer’s market, bookshop, cafes and a local annual festival.
Vision: ‘The Dulwich Estate has led the development of a vibrant neighbourhood’ says chief executive Simone Crofton, ‘I want to bring in the best independent shops, cafes and retailers across the estate and ensure we continue to inspire visitors and residents alike with a distinct experience’.
Why live there? Its exceptionally green, with 40 acres of allotments, 12 playing fields and 69 acres of ancient woodland, as well as the Herne Hill velodrome, a former Olympic venue, which now has a new pavilion.
Transport: North Dulwich Station in Zone 2 or West Dulwich and Sydenham Hill in Zone 3.
To rent: new two-and-three-bedroom flats in Croxted Road in West Dulwich are available through Pedder
To buy: a five-bedroom family house with a large garden is £2,595,000 through KFH.
Works include footway buildouts, new crossing facilities, a new zebra crossing, and resurfacing of footways and carriageways. They started on 25 June and are planned to run until 3 August - access to Aysgarth, Boxall & Pickwick Roads will be restricted at times. Works further along Turney Road will follow later in the year. If residents have any queries regarding the works, or any specific access requirements, they should contact the supervisor, Michael Bedding through the Conway Aecom call centre on 0330 337 1001 quoting the Borough and site location.
This covers dog-related anti-social behaviour. The practical implications of this new Council order are:
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