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Honor Oak Road – petition on 20mph zone 23 June 2013

Posted by Philip Peake in Transport.
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Earlier this year I was asked to look into problems on the walking route to Fairlawn School. In a separate occurrence I was also told of complaints of speeding traffic on Canonbie Road. At a meeting at the school, to discuss its Travel Plan, further issues were raised.

Four years ago, Lewisham had run a consultation on a 20mph zone in the whole area to our side of the railway line.

Such zones required extra physical measures to slow traffic down. There was a lot of concern from Ringmore Rise, Tewkesbury Avenue and Horniman Drive, about adding speed humps to those presently un-humped roads. The result was that the zone was introduced only to those roads on the lower side of Honor Oak Road.

I had always thought that the exclusion of Honor Oak Road from the original plan was odd. Certainly the northern half, going past an old people’s home and a primary school, with another primary school at the junction, was a candidate for lower speeds. Fairlawn (and Horniman) schools are two of only 11 primary schools in the borough (out of 69) which are on through roads.

The petition we put together following all this requested the 20mph zone to be extended to Canonbie and Netherby Roads, which were excluded from the original zone, and to include the northern half of Honor Oak Road. That half is defined as starting at the junction with Horniman Drive; there is a natural entry there, where the road narrows from the left around the trees in the verge adjacent to the old people’s home.

With the help of Pat and Rowena from TLERA and my councillor colleague Alex among others, we collected 271 signatures from people who live in the area and from parents of children at Fairlawn School. I think in total about 8 people who we found in didn’t want to sign the petition, which should give the council an indication of the balance of feeling.

On Wednesday 1st May I met with two of the council’s senior highways officers. We took a walk around the area. I explained the traffic problems in the suggested area, as well as drawing their attention to other problems. These included the narrow and uneven footways along Honor Oak Road, the difficulties for pedestrians crossing at and near the St Francesca Cabrini junction, and the safety railing at the bottom of Canonbie Road. We also noticed a blocked drain problem – I have been out since, checking and reporting on those!

As I discussed with petition signers, we all recognise the lack of money at the moment, and one positive of the plan was the limited cost of introducing a zone in this area – few or no new extra physical measures are required at this stage, since the zone extension suggested is already humped. This was appreciated by the officers.

Ian and Bill did not, of course, immediately promise the zone could be implemented. They raised a couple of reasons not to: the difficulty in enforcement of a 20mph zone compared to a 30mph zone; and the relative safety – lack of human accident statistics – at the St Francesca Cabrini junction. Of course the first is only relevant when the police actually do enforce it, which we’ve seen little evidence of and is only less likely after the cuts; the second is only a small subset of the issue.

In general, however, they had a positive attitude to the issues that we saw and promised that there would be a full study undertaken soon on the possibility of changes in the area we talked about. We all need to keep an eye out that this doesn’t drift and I have already asked further questions to chase the issue up.

Photograph copyright (C) Keith Evans and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.


Future use of Louise House 28 June 2012

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Lewisham Council have launched a bidding process for organisations who have ideas for the future use of Louise House on Dartmouth Road. The building has been lying empty for nearly ten years since the last occupants – council social workers who used it as offices – moved out. It had been scheduled to be demolished as part of the swimming pool project, but a campaign to get it listed succeeded.
Ideally, the council want a local enterprise to take the building on now. There is no funding from the council available, either as capital or ongoing revenue subsidies. It will take a well-thought out professional plan in order to create an economically sustainable project around the building.
Council officers have suggested that the most successful uses might be as a shared space between social enterprises and incubators for small creative industries. The Arcola Theatre in Dalston or The Hub in Islington have been mentioned as examples of similar projects.
The bidding process will involve two rounds. In the first round, which ends in September, officers will look for: • details of the organisation bidding
• an outline of the proposed uses for Louise House
• a confirmation that there will be a comprehensive business plan • an outline of the proposed funding strategy
• details of any funding already secured.
In the second stage, the tender must include:
• full details of the proposed use
• plans and specifications of required alterations
• a comprehensive business plan with costings for capital and revenue requirements • explanation of how the initial capital outlay will be funded.
This initial capital outlay will be substantial: over £1m for just repairs and depending on any required modernisations or proposed alterations, much more. Louise House is a listed building and development of it must also be sympathetic to the neighbouring buildings. There are many options, and a bidder will need to put together a professional team.
The winning bidder will be granted a three year lease, during which they will be expected to implement the physical works to the building and implement their business plan. Following this, the council expects to grant a 125 year lease on the payment of a premium (which could be any figure from one pound to the hundreds of thousands) by the bidder.
The above is necessarily a summary. For more details, interested parties should contact the council officers at louisehouse.

Apple pressing afternoon at One Tree Hill 27 September 2011

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The One Tree Hill allotment society have their annual apple pressing afternoon next Saturday, 1st October, between 1pm and 5pm.

All are invited to come and join them “chop/ mash/ scrat/ press apples into lovely fresh juice for you to drink.”

It’s a free event and is at One Tree Hill Allotments, Honor Oak Park SE23. Entry is by the top side gate on Honor Oak Park. See this map for the location (marked “ALLOT”).

For more information email london_cider@btinternet.com

Image from their website at http://www.othas.org.uk/main.html

Open house at The Capitol 18 August 2011

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As part of London Open House weekend, The Capitol on London Road is arranging tours to see bits of the Art Deco building they don’t normally allow the public into on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. If you’re interested you need to book a place by phoning 020 8291 8920.

World Book Night Party 13 February 2011

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World Book Night logoThere’s a lot of debate at the moment over the controversial closure of five of Lewisham’s libraries, including Crofton Park and Sydenham, but times are busily continuing at Forest Hill Library with an event to celebrate World Book Night.

It’s going to be held on Saturday 5th March between 4:30 and 8pm and you’ll need to book your ticket for it in advance. Here’s what the librarians say about it:

Take part in the largest UK book give-away ever attempted. Special guest readings and performances on an evening at which books can be gifted or purchased. This event is free to attend for adults and accompanied children. Advance bookers have a great opportunity to win a free book on the night. Courtesy refreshments available.

The Forest Hill Library event showcases published local writers and performance poets. Lauded performance poet and celebrated editor in chief of his own independent publisher (Flipped Eye), Nii Ayikwei Parkes introduces his debut novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, published by Jonathan Cape. It’s a beautifully written murder mystery set in a rural part of Ghana and built around the relationship between a western trained forensic scientist and an elderly hunter steeped in the folklore of the village.

Winner of the Mail on Sunday novel competition, Bronia Kita, tells of The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum, published by Picador. A tale set in the Wild West during the gold-rush as seen through the eyes of an inspired fictional creation.

Chrissie Gittins is Forest Hill’s resident poet. Her poems have won prizes, been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, animated for Cbeebies television, and are widely anthologised. Steve Smith will introduce his insightful book on the origins and development of gospel music in Britain. Members from local writing group, Inspired Word, will also contribute to the evening, which will be compered by storyteller, Sandra Agard. There is an opportunity to buy signed copies from our published writers.

Pre-book your place with Forest Hill Library (Tel: 020 8699 2065).

Draft Sex Establishment Policy for consultation 18 December 2010

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Lewisham Council’s licensing team have published a draft sex establishment policy in response to the amendments made to the law last year and are inviting comments. Let us know if you have any comments or contact the Licensing team directly on the email address linked to below.

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The Licensing Authority has prepared a draft Sex Establishment Policy with a view to adoption by mid 2011.

The Sex Establishment Policy sets out the general approach the Council will take when it considers applications for new licences made in a accordance with Schedule 3 of the LGMPA 1982 as amended by section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009

The Authority is undertaking an extensive consultation with residents and interested parties and we would welcome all comments… Anybody resident or with interests within the Borough can respond.

Should you wish to make any comment on this policy, please forward your response to Licensing Services by 11th March 2011.

July-Nov’s planning applications 1 December 2010

Posted by Philip Peake in Planning.
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24 Ringmore Rise – DC/10/74716/FT
85 Boveney Road – DC/10/74573/FT
39 Honor Oak Road – DC/10/74669/X
15 Liphook Crescent – DC/10/74594/FT
Kelvin Grove Primary and Nursery School – DC/10/74709/X
17 Davids Road – DC/10/74522/FT
24B Benson Road – DC/10/74787/FT
20-28 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74442/X
54 Dunoon Road – DC/10/74819/FT
Forest Hill Radio Mast – DC/10/74860/X
34 Honor Oak Road – DC/10/74805/FT
3 Arbury Terrace – DC/10/74752/FT
33 Sydenham Park – DC/10/74817/FT

61A Dartmouth Road – DC/10/73651/X
18 Mount Ash Road – DC/10/74982/X
74 Canonbie Road – DC/10/73762/X
161 Kirkdale – DC/10/74865/X DC/10/75063/X DC/10/75139/X DC/10/75171/FT and DC/10/75172/X

79-81 London Road – DC/10/75105/FT
81-83 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/75146/X
Kelvin Grove Primary and Nursery School – DC/10/74709/X
136 Kirkdale – DC/10/75075/FT
278 Devonshire Road – DC/10/75134/FT
5 Manor Mount – DC/10/75276/FT
101 Honor Oak Park – DC/10/75256/FT
4 Cleeve Hill – DC/10/75298/FT

161 Kirkdale – DC/10/75257/X
34-48 London Road – DC/10/75457/FT
67 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/75485/FT and DC/10/75486/FT
17B Manor Mount – DC/10/75497/FT
32 Davids Road – DC/10/75506/X and DC/10/75507/X
Forest Hill Pools – DC/10/75545/FT
Land to rear of Xtian Fellowship Centre, Honor Oak Road – DC/10/75632/X Matrons Flat, Mais House – DC/10/75419/X

Lammas Green Community Centre – DC/10/75636/X
47 Mount Ash Road – DC/10/75744/FT
Flat 3, 1 Waldenshaw Road – DC/10/75793/X
161 Kirkdale – DC/10/75781/X
Flat 1, 45 Davids Road – DC/10/75498/FT

For more information visit the Lewisham Council planning information website and enter the DC/ number in the top search box.

June’s planning applications 1 July 2010

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Former Post Office, 24-28 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74250 and DC/10/74250/X
29 Ewelme Road – DC/10/74149/X
Fairway House, Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74247/X
2A Ewelme Road – DC/10/74126/FT
Treetops, 2 The Hermitage – DC/10/74346/X
Land to the rear of (adjoining Century Yard), 24-28 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74320/X
35 Tewkesbury Avenue – DC/10/74335/FT
27 Boveney Road – DC/10/74479/X
17B Manor Mount – DC/10/74419/FT
14 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74359/X
184 Devonshire Road – DC/10/74538/FT
61A Dartmouth Road – DC/10/73805/X
Fairlawn Primary School – DC/10/74545/X
The Chalet, Mount Gardens – DC/10/74618/X

For more information visit the Lewisham Council planning information website and enter the DC/ number in the top search box.

Forest Hill ward assembly 20 June 2010

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The next Forest Hill ward assembly is going to be held tomorrow (Monday 21st June) at Sydenham School, Dartmouth Road (in Forest Hill ward). It’s your opportunity to help review how the projects to acheive last term’s priorities have been going, and to talk about those priorities themselves. Be there at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

May’s planning applications 1 June 2010

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2 Horniman Drive – DC/10/73856/FT
4 Netherby Road – DC/10/74135/FT
Forest Hill Pools – DC/10/74205/X
13 Walters Way – DC/10/74153/X
14 Halifax Street – DC/10/74034/FT
1 Courtside, Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74130/X
81-83 Dartmouth Road – DC/10/74226/X
100 Wood Vale – DC/10/74308/FT
100 Wood Vale – DC/10/74217/FT
25 Canonbie Road – DC/10/74213/FT
Treetops, The Hermitage – DC/10/74172/X

For more information visit the Lewisham Council planning information website and enter the DC/ number in the top search box.