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Dulwich Society Reports for Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 14 September
Executive Committee Reports for the Year 2020
Please note that the AGM has now been put back until September in the expectation that we will then be able to meet in person and, hopefully, hold an event to mark the retirement of our President, Dr Colin Niven, after ten years’ service.
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee met 6 times in 2020, online. The Executive awards funds to suitable local projects in line with the Society’s remit and objectives. There were fewer requests this past year as projects were put on hold or cancelled. Grants were made as follows:
- Repairs to benches and white posts in Dulwich Village
- Design of new sports mural at the Burbage Road rail bridge
- Donations to two Food Banks in Southwark and West Norwood.
- Donation to Sydenham Hill Woods.
If you have any ideas for projects that are in line with the Society’s objectives, please see https://www.dulwichsociety.com/local-projects for further information.
Dulwich Estate Residents’ Advisory Committee: The Society Chairman and Chair of Planning and Architecture together with representatives from Dulwich residents’ associations drawn from across the Dulwich Estate sat on the Estate Scheme of Management (SOM) Advisory Committee which met three times last year, online, to discuss matters relating to the SOM. The Society collated a list of issues ahead of the meetings for discussion arising from our members’ and residents’ concerns, and issues that the Society has identified across the Estate. In addition, the Chairman and Secretary met the Estate CEO and Director of Property on a regular basis at the Estate’s public surgeries to discuss members’ concerns on matters outside the SOM. Please notify
After a series of discussions between the Chairs of the Dulwich Estate Trustees and the Society, the Advisory Committee has been refreshed and will now comprise representatives in rotation to enable a wider group of representatives to attend the Committee. From the first meeting in March 2021, there will be two representatives from RAs in the north and south of the Estate, and two representatives from the Society’s Executive Committee.
Public engagement and consultations: The Society has continued to be active in the promotion of public engagement. Consultations on planning, traffic, public realm, event and premises licensing have continued during the Covid-19 emergency and the Society has reminded and encouraged residents to respond to all Council surveys and consultations affecting the Dulwich area.
Working with community groups: The Society continues to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders across Dulwich including residents’ associations, the Dulwich Estate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, amenity societies such as the Herne Hill Society, sporting venues, local councillors, MP and council officers and the police Safer Neighbourhood Panels. During 2020 this has been predominantly online.
Ian McInnes, Chairman
There are a number of alternative locations to have parcels delivered and collected to reduce the number of small vans driving around in the area.
- Amazon Hub Locker - Shell Gypsy Hill, 112 -122 Gypsy Hill, SE19 1PL
- Amazon Hub Counter – FreshGo, 81 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QL
- Amazon Hub Counter / Collect Plus - Rosendale News, 109a Rosendale Road, SE21 8EZ
- Local Collect - Post Office, 47 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BN
- Local Collect - Post Office, 35 Seeley Drive, SE21 8QR
- Amazon Hub Locker - Co-operative, 58-62 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ
- Amazon Hub Counter / Collect Plus - Lordship Food News & Wine, 141 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HX
- Local Collect - Post Office, 74 - 76 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HH
- Amazon Hub Locker - BP East Dulwich Road, 13 - 19 East Dulwich Road, SE22 9BD
- Amazon Hub Counter / Collect Plus - Mark and Son, 23 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ
- Collect Plus - V 7 Local 40 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ
- SE24 Local Collect at Herne Hill Post Office, 31-39 Norwood Road, SE24 9AA
- SE24 Local Collect at ‘On The Hill’ Post Office, 75 Herne Hill SE24 9NE
- Budgens (Hermes) 127-129 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JY
The Council has now delayed the proposed consultation yet again. Residents were originally told it would be February and it is now to be May. 18,500 of the explanatory leaflets headed ’Dulwich Newsletter March 2021’ have now been issued to householders. To take part in the consultation you should register your details at: https://tinyurl.com/29k573us
The Council has also confirmed that Blue Badge holders who live within the LTN control zone may apply for exemption from penalty charges - see this website for more information: https://tinyurl.com/meptsa7e
Blue badge holders will be able to apply for the exemption on the following website https://forms.southwark.gov.uk/ShowForm.asp?fm_fid=2080
This exemption does not apply to Blue Badge holders who live outside the control area, nor to other vulnerable residents whose carers have been impacted by the LTN’s.
There have been three recent applications for new 5G masts on the SCST Sport ground, on Dulwich Wood Park at Lymer Avenue and on Dovercourt Road. The one on the SCST ground replaces an existing mast and is subject to lease discussions with SCST. The one on Dulwich Wood Park was turned down by Southwark after a large number of complaints from residents – and is currently being appealed. The one in Dovercourt Road had even more objections and has now also been turned down by the Council – though the Dulwich Estate has suggested an alternative location on its land. There is also a pre-application consultation for a similar mast on the corner of East Dulwich Grove and Townley Road, directly outside Alleyn’s School.
A large group of local residents are concerned that, unless there are substantial revisions to the current plans approved by Lewisham Council for the City of London development on Sydenham Hill, it will set an unfortunate precedent for further high-rise blocks in the area. The objectors have been told by their lawyers that Lewisham Council have acted illegally in approving the scheme The Judicial Review application will be on 27 April and a further £22,000 needs to be raised by then. To contribute to the fund, go to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse
The disappointing news at the 23rd February Multi-ward Zoom meeting was the continued delay in the publication of the Council’s plans to review the installation of the permeable filters in Carlton Avenue, Melbourne Grove and LTN’s generally. We had been previously promised something by the middle of February but, following a question, it would appear that it is still being shaped and may not appear for at least another month. There was also a comment confirming earlier statements that the Council is actively considering changes to support Blue Badge holders and other vulnerable residents.
There have been three recent applications for new 5G masts on the SCST Sport ground, on Dulwich Wood Park at Lymer Avenue and on Dovercourt Road. The one on the SCST ground replaces an existing mast and is subject to lease discussions with SCST. The one on Dulwich Wood Park was turned down by Southwark after a large number of complaints from residents – and is currently being appealed. The one in Dovercourt Road has also produced a large number of objections and councillors are involved in trying to find a less intrusive location. Southwark Ref: 21/AP/0309. There is also a pre-application consultation for a similar mast on the corner of East Dulwich Grove and Townley Road, directly outside Alleyn’s School.
The initial crowd funding campaign for the judicial review of the recent planning consent for the City of London development was a success and the Judicial Review application has been granted ‘on the papers’ so it can proceed straight to a full hearing - on 27 April and a further £22,000 needs to be raised by then. To contribute, go to https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse/# Local residents are concerned that, unless there are substantial revisions to the plans the development will set an unwanted precedent for further high-rise blocks on Sydenham Hill.
Following the successful talks on Court Lane (January), Woodward Road (February) and Dulwich Radicals (March). A total of nearly £2000 has been raised for local charities. The next two events, bookable at https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/events are:
Tuesday 6 April 8.00pm. The Heiress & the Hussar: A talk by Gavin Bowyer on the Georgian and Victorian history of the Friern Estate in East Dulwich.
Tuesday 4 May. Life in Dulwich in WW2, Part 1, 1939 – 1942: A talk by local historian Brian Green covering the lead up to the outbreak of war - fascism, evacuation, civil defence, rationing, the Blitz and bomb damage, Dulwich Picture Gallery’s dilemma, everyday life.
The Society’s 2021 AGM will be held on Zoom. Further details in due course.
If you are looking for something a little extra for your exercise walk and are bored with the same old routes, try this challenging roam around Dulwich’s green spaces and vantage points abounding in great views over London and Kent. Stops for the occasional breather coincide with the opportunity to read the numerous information panels located around the route. As the walk is circular it can be joined at any point, although the suggested start is Dulwich’s new Village Orchard located at the junction of Gallery Road and Dulwich Village. Take-away refreshments and toilet facilities are located at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Park and Horniman Gardens. PDF Download (also available in The Journal, Spring 2021).
Nick Bailey: “Revive your garden in 2021: breathing life, style and good-health into your garden”
7.30pm, Thursday 15th April 2021
This year’s Spring garden talk will by Nick Bailey, a freelance horticulturalist, best-selling author and regular presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, garden designer and speaker.
His illustrated online talk will provide a fresh approach to designing and planting gardens along with a host of tips on rejuvenatingtired plants, lawns and patios. This coupled with a wide range of recommended plants for difficult situations will ensure that there is ample take-home advice for all participants. The talk will last for 45 minutes with additional time for questions.
The talk is being given in association with Bell House Dulwich, with any surplus going towards Bell House’s wildlife pond. Tickets are £10, bookable through www.bellhouse.co.uk/events or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/revive-your-garden-in-2021-tickets-133476396495