Public Meeting - Getting Around Dulwich - Towards a healthier, safer and more active future. Hosted by The Dulwich Society. Held on Saturday 12th January 2019 at the Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall, 155 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JG at 2.30pm. Notes from the meeting are now available - click here to download (PDF).
Potential delays to works at College Road & Dulwich Common junction. TfL are funding and managing these works and they will apparently involve completely shutting College Road (north) for two weeks, together with a series of short-term overnight closure of the South Circular. It now appears that TfL are waiting on the completion of the planned Thames water works at the junction of Lordship Lane & Dulwich Common before starting. TfL won’t allow that section of Lordship Lane to be dug up at the same time as College Road (north) is shut because of the potential major traffic disruption. Our Councillors are extremely frustrated with Thames Water about their delayed works but no date for them to start has yet been confirmed.
The Proud Sow is open and trading. There are no further updates on ‘Simply Fresh’ (though its licence has been granted), or the rumoured Yoga Studio going in the former Park Motors building. The Sari Project, currently in the former Audi Showroom, will remain until April.. The Estate tells us that it is actively looking for tenants but that the empty units will need refitting first. As always there are rumours as to potential occupiers - including a make-up shop and a national coffee shop chain. On the plus side, Hotpod Yoga will be opening their fifth studio in London in one of the new units in the Croxted Road shops and there is a sign in the window about an alcohol licence application for the Dulwich Bazaar restaurant next to Tescos.
The club returned to its Champion Hill ground on Boxing Day with a match against Eastbourne. The team won 2-1 in front of a large home crowd of over. There are also reports that Dulwich Hamlet’s landlord, Meadow, will submit a planning application for a new stadium shortly. In a statement issued just before Christmas the developer said that the revised proposal will have capacity for 4,000 fans and include 230 new homes, without impinging on any Metropolitan Open Land. The council has also now agreed a new lease for the AstroTurf pitch on Greendale.
West Dulwich is one of 22 South-eastern stations nominated for step-free access. The Department for Transport will consider the nominations it has received from operators across the country, together with individual submissions from stakeholders and passengers, before making a final decision on which stations will receive funding under the scheme.
At Denmark Hill, a new passenger one-way system has been launched to reduce the level of congestion at the station. The new system will require passengers to access the platform by the old footbridge, and exit the platform by the new footbridge. Network Rail are looking at plans to build a second station entrance on Windsor Walk but this won’t be open until 2020 at the earliest.
Ms Moyà Greene
Royal Mail Group plc
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0HQ
20th September 2018
Dear Ms Greene
Urgent Royal Mail service failure, SE22 postcode area
I am writing to you on behalf of thousands of my constituents living in the SE 22 postcode area who are suffering as a consequence Of serious service failures by Royal Mail.
As you will be aware, in the face of fierce opposition from the local community, you recently closed the SE22 delivery office on Silvester Road, requiring customers from SE22 to travel to Highshore Road in Peckham in order to collect parcels and registered post. SE22 deliveries are also now being made from Highshore Road. The closure has resulted in serious service failures for SE22 customers, including very long queues at Highshore Road, with some customers having to wait as long as an hour - and many giving up on the attempt; and staff shortages resulting in the Highshore Road office failing to open on time. In addition, my constituents across the SE22 postcode area are reporting that deliveries have become erratic and infrequent and. Have received reports that local managers have told commercial customers that delivery delays are a result of staff shortages.
Concerns about the impact that closing the SE22 delivery office would have on Royal Mail services were raised with you on many occasions prior to the closure, including repeated calls for Royal Mail to establish a replacement collection facility in the SE22 area. These calls were ignored, and it appears that your organisation has utterly filed to put in place arrangements to ensure the continuation of reliable high-quality service for SE22 customers following the closure. Staff at the Highshore Road report that no additional staff have been allocated to the collection desks from the former SE22 office to service the additional workload from a whole postcode area.
The current service failures are critical, and cannot be allowed to continue. Please could you provide urgent confirmation of the immediate steps you are taking to address the staff shortages and service failures at Highshore Road and across the SE22 postcode area. Further, I ask once again, that you reconsider the request that I have made on many occasions for a new collection facility to be established in the SE22 area to ensure that my constituents do not have to face long journeys and lengthy queues to collect their post. I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen Hayes MP
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