As promised earlier this year, TfL are finally carrying out a public consulting on this junction with the aim of improving pedestrian safety - there are currently no pedestrian crossings or pedestrian phasing on the traffic lights. Comments are to be made by 25th October. For more information go to: consultations.tfl.gov.uk/..
The Dulwich Estate has confirmed that a convenience store called ‘Simply Fresh’ will be taking over the former Shepherds unit in the Village but we don’t yet know when they will start trading. We await information on the opening date. The ‘Proud Sow’ the new butcher did not open as originally promised at the end of August. It appears that it has yet to receive planning permission for alterations to the shopfront.
The former ‘Park Garage’ is under offer as a yoga studio and refurbishment work is ongoing. The former ‘Audi Showroom’ unit is also apparently under offer but we don’t know as what - the ‘Sari project’ is the current temporary occupier and its lease runs out in December.
In West Dulwich, the former pizza restaurant next to Tesco’s has been taken by Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Peckham Bazaar. In the new development by the surgery, the chemist is due to open in October and one of the other four units has been let to the existing orthodontic practice in Park Hall Road. The Estate’s recent eNewsletter says that ‘it will provide state of the art cosmetic orthodontist services including providing semi and totally invisible braces. There will also be a retail section selling dentist and orthodontist products’
The Estate also says that the former kitchen shop on the corner of Alleyn Road is under offer, and that it will be carrying out a small-scale refurbishment of the former Lloyds bank before putting it on the market. There has also been some work in the former Phase Eight shop but there is no information on who the new tenant will actually be.
Demolition work progressed over the August/early September period & the building is now a pile of rubble. Crushing machinery arrived on site last week - to begin crushing the old concrete slab and foundations. The work should be complete by the end of September.
The restaurant at Belair House has closed. The building will continue as a venue for weddings and private events.
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Home Office Direct Communications Unit 2
London SW1P 4DF
13 August 2018
I have recently been contacted by constituents in Dulwich and West Norwood, regarding an increase in motor vehicle crime and moped and bicycle-enabled crimes in the local area. These crimes include theft of motor vehicles and theft and misuse of mopeds and hire bicycles, particularly docking-station free hire bikes.
My constituents would like to see the government take a more proactive approach to moped crime, including working with moped manufacturers to ensure that they introduce better security measures to stop mopeds from being so easy to steal, and by funding councils to install more secure anchor points for mopeds, an effective way to reduce the theft of mopeds and prevent stolen mopeds from being used to facilitate other crimes.
My constituents are further anxious to see the government act to reduce vehicle theft. It is clear that action is needed to urge ensure that manufacturers improve security and locking mechanisms in order to stem the epidemic of “relay” and other types of vehicle theft. Many manufacturers use the same electronic key to both open vehicles and start the engine and this appears to be a key weakness.
I have also received reports of docking-station free hire bikes being used to facilitate robbery in my constituency, particularly those brands of bikes with weak locking mechanisms which are easy to break by hand. I fully support measures to increase cycling and to make bike hire more accessible, but it is clear that this unintended consequence is not acceptable and must be addressed. I am therefore requesting that you engage the providers of docking station-free hire bikes to address this issue as a matter of urgency.
Finally, I have highlighted on many occasions the cuts to police budgets which are stretching our local teams to the limit. Reversing the £1 billion cut to the Metropolitan Police budget would ensure that the police have the resources to be proactive in addressing these crimes. I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen Hayes MP
There is a new emerging “neighbourhood planning” group for Sydenham Hill Ridge – and it will join the nascent one in Dulwich Village and the one in Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood.
Broadly, the area they are looking at a neighbourhood planning area running along the top of Sydenham Hill and covering Southwark and Lewisham (including Sydenham and Dulwich Woods). The proposed Neighbourhood Area would run in a north east/south westerly direction from opposite Horniman Museum in the north east, to the meeting point of Sydenham Hill road with Crystal Palace roundabout in the south west, following the line of Sydenham Hill road.
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