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messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by h3+ 11 April, 2012 14:00

Thanks James. Will email Cllr Barrie Hargrove

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by KalamityKel 12 April, 2012 07:40

Razors Wrote:
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> Chesterfield Grove residents.
> A number of complaints have been made to me about
> the Chesterfield Grove car wash which technically
> is at 94 Lordship lane. I've been surprised how
> far down Chesterfield Grove residents have been so
> annoyed to complain to me about it.
>
> Council Planning enforcement officers have
> confirmed that its 1999 planning permission
> allowed for it to operate Mon-Sun 9am-7pm. Please
> see attached.
>
> I've asked these officers to ensure the second
> condition about ensuring spray stays in the
> premises have been met.
> I've also noticed what appears a recent new
> structure on site so have asked officers to ensure
> it has planning permission.
>
> I'm sure this car wash can exist causing less
> nuisance to local residents and be a successful
> business.
>
> If you have any concerns or issues please do let
> me know.
>
> - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>
> Hi James.
>
> Can we have an update on this please? (Apologies
> if I have missed it).
> Razors

Razors forgive me for sounding rude but who are you (in relation to the local community) that residents of Chesterfield Grove feel it appropriate to address you with the issue of the car wash in the street?

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 12 April, 2012 08:02

Hi KalimityKel,
I've had residents from several different Chesterfield homes approach me about the car wash and problems it is causing them.
Some of the employee behaviour as described would be beyond what any employer should find acceptable - verbal and physical intimidation of residents.

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07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
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messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by Penguin68 12 April, 2012 08:05

Razors forgive me for sounding rude but who are you (in relation to the local community) that residents of Chesterfield Grove feel it appropriate to address you with the issue of the car wash in the street?


I think you will find that Razors is actually quoting James who was being consulted by residents - the embedded system of 'quoting' content when it has already been quoted can confuse?

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by Razors 12 April, 2012 08:06

KalamityKel Wrote:
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> Razors Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Chesterfield Grove residents.
> > A number of complaints have been made to me
> about
> > the Chesterfield Grove car wash which
> technically
> > is at 94 Lordship lane. I've been surprised how
> > far down Chesterfield Grove residents have been
> so
> > annoyed to complain to me about it.
> >
> > Council Planning enforcement officers have
> > confirmed that its 1999 planning permission
> > allowed for it to operate Mon-Sun 9am-7pm.
> Please
> > see attached.
> >
> > I've asked these officers to ensure the second
> > condition about ensuring spray stays in the
> > premises have been met.
> > I've also noticed what appears a recent new
> > structure on site so have asked officers to
> ensure
> > it has planning permission.
> >
> > I'm sure this car wash can exist causing less
> > nuisance to local residents and be a successful
> > business.
> >
> > If you have any concerns or issues please do
> let
> > me know.
> >
> > - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> -
> > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> > Hi James.
> >
> > Can we have an update on this please?
> (Apologies
> > if I have missed it).
> > Razors
>
> Razors forgive me for sounding rude but who are
> you (in relation to the local community) that
> residents of Chesterfield Grove feel it
> appropriate to address you with the issue of the
> car wash in the street?


No. I wont forgive you, you were rude without reason. Do you know where I live? No. Do you know how long I've lived there? No.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by KalamityKel 12 April, 2012 13:15

oi hang on a moment im not questioning where u do or do not live or for how long i was simply enquiring your connection so there is no need for such comments which ARE rude, agressive and unnecessary.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by trinity 12 April, 2012 16:07

Hi James,

The pelican crossing on Forest Hill Road (half way up outside, near the Turkish Supermarket) is not working properly. The push buttons (on the left hand side if you are facing up the hill) aren't working so you can't stop the traffic on that side. It has been like that for a couple of days.

I couldn't find a link on the southwark website to report it. Can you tell me how to report it?

Thanks
Trinity

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 12 April, 2012 16:54

Hi trinity,
Yes, either email environment@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 2000.
You should highlight this is a road safety issue that needs to be dealt with urgently.
If it isn't dealt with urgently please do let me know via an email right away.

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by mimmcc 14 April, 2012 08:31

Hi James
I was listening to the radio and heard that in future if you want to get your windows replaced or fit a new boiler you will need council permission. They will then send someone around to do a "green" assessment of the house and you will have to do what ever work they recommend. Is this true?

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by Penguin68 14 April, 2012 09:34

I think there has been a proposal that if there is a planning application made 'green' measures could be forced on the applicant - you shouldn't need planning for new windows (unless you are in some types of conservation area or your house is listed) or boilers at all. I don't believe this is yet planning law.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by trinity 14 April, 2012 13:17

Hi James - I sent an email and got one back saying I should report it via the TFL website. I reported it via that website and noticed that my case was immediately marked as closed. I also noticed that the same fault was reported 4 days ago and also marked closed.

So I rang up the tfl website and reported it to them on the phone. A nice lady assured me thatit would be fixed.

The fault is still there today. I have reported it again to the tfl website but it has been immediately been marked closed and the TFL helpdeask is not open at weekends.

How canI get the problem sorted out?

Trinity

James Barber Wrote:
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> Hi trinity,
> Yes, either email environment@southwark.gov.uk or
> call 020 7525 2000.
> You should highlight this is a road safety issue
> that needs to be dealt with urgently.
> If it isn't dealt with urgently please do let me
> know via an email right away.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by showboat 14 April, 2012 19:51

Hi James,

Over on another thread there are suggestions that the food stalls on the North Cross Road market may not be up to EHO standard, and that Southwark Council may look the other way because the stall holders are posh ED folk and not Indian restaurants.

Where might someone gain information on EHO attendance on these traders, as well as figures regarding any allegations of food poisoning or illness made against the traders, and any other relevant data?

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 18 April, 2012 09:07

Hi Showboat,
My understanding is that all stallholders have to meet minimum standards. Insurance for all, food hygiene for food stalls. If you or anyone else feels a stall is not upholding food hygiene standards please contact environment@southwark.gov.uk or 020 7525 2000. If that does'nt go well please escalate to me.

Hi mimmcc,
The Green Deal was passed into law last year but the regulations are still being finalised.
The idea is that homes should be insulated to reduce CO2 and energy costs. If someone chooses to replace a boiler in a home with no loft insultation they will need to buy a much more powerful boiler to cope with all the heat loss. So the idea is that insisting on loft insulation and any other practicable and reasonable insulation measures should more than pay for itself in a smaller cheaper boiler. Boilers are expensive but the enrgy consumed over its lifetime even more so. So the concept is to look at the lifetime costs of new boilers, etc. IF his needs a larger upfront cost and home owners can't make that upfront cost they can borrow, the Green Deal, against reduced future energy bills.
The other opportunity is when people decide to add space to their homes. The idea for that situation is that overall after such changes the home should be more energy efficient than before.
Hope this explains how I understand the coalition govt. is moving towards CO2 reductions.
The only problem I forsee is that UK buiders vary hugely in their quality of work and attention to detail. Research I've read is that UK builders on average don't attain levels of insulation required. Scotland insist on a smoke test (sure it has a proper better name than that) where you close all the doors and windows and then build up a positive pressure and release non noxious smoke. You soon see where the leaks of the smoke go and what hasn't been finished correctly.
Getting air tightness right is great for energy efficiency but also excellent for noise attenuation.
Hope this answers your question?

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 18 April, 2012 09:27

Hi trinity,
I've been away for a few days. I've just reported the Pelican crossing on forest Hill Road for not working.
Weird that TfL should blank you. Can you please email me your experiences and I'll then forward that to my TfL contact asking how they'll improve things for future helpful citizens.

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by mimmcc 19 April, 2012 08:31

Hi James
thanks for answering my question. I am still unclear. If I want to get a new boiler do i need to apply/inform the
council?

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - can I help?
Posted by charliemcveigh 21 April, 2012 09:14

Hi all, after two nights of trials THE DRAFT HOUSE is opening at Noon today (though in the future we will open from 10am on Saturdays).

Spring Opening Hours (to be reviewed in June when we will decide whether to open Mon-Thu lunch):

Mon - Wed 5pm - 11pm
Thu 5pm - Midnight
Fri Noon - 1am
Sat 10am - 1am
Sunday Noon - 10.30pm

Website with menus, beer & wine lists etc is [drafthouse.co.uk]. Contact us at 020 8299 3511 or via lordship@drafthouseteam.com.

Looking forward to feedback.

One point, we have lots of beautiful pictures which we have not yet had time to hang...they'll go up early next week so bear with us!

All the best

Charlie

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - can I help?
Posted by the-e-dealer 21 April, 2012 11:05

Where is it?

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Nor do I

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - can I help?
Posted by charliemcveigh 21 April, 2012 11:11

Er, good point.

21 Lordship Lane

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 21 April, 2012 13:34

Hi mimmic,
The new regs are not currently in place. But it makes good sense to ensure you have loft insulation and if you have cavity walls fill them with insulation. Doing this will reduce the size of any new boiler. But money is no object then you could just install a new boiler and not insulate your home.

Hi charliemcveigh,
Good luck with te new business. Closing at midnight on Thursdays is helpful to tte local community. Thank you.

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 25 April, 2012 11:56

Landcroft residents.
The removal of the reserved parking behind the Police station for horszes boxes - which last visited over a decade ago - have been removed allowing parking. Apologies this took so long to make happen.
Apparently cars turning into Landcroft Road from Whateley Road are now an issue as northbound Landcroft Road cars are further into the middle of the road due to the newly allowed parking.
New road marking have been orders to make the junction clearer and hopefully resolve the problem. These new refrshed road marking have been delayed due to the inclement weather. Any day now...

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - can I help?
Posted by esme 25 April, 2012 12:38

reggie Wrote:
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> Judy
> You are interested in "approrpiate schooling for
> middle income professional families"
> Are you aware how bad that reads...I mean
> ...really bad.
> What kind of school do you think non professional
> families on low or high income want?
>
>
>
> Judy2 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > James
> >
> > I have two girls aged 6 and 4 - I'm very
> concerned
> > about what schooling will be available to them
> at
> > secondary level.
> >
> > The demographics of ED seem to be changing
> quite
> > rapidly and better schooling is needed. This
> > process needs to start immediatley.
> >
> > I'm would not be interested in more Academies.
> I'm
> > interested in approrpiate schooling for middle
> > income professional families.
> >
> > I look forward to hearing from you.
> >
> > Michael.

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I would like to second the need for a good secondary school in East Dulwich. I believe there are consultations going on around proposed uses for the old Dulwich Hospital site, perhaps you could make it one of your goals to petition for a new secondary school on these grounds?

As a lesser point the junction of Barry Road and Lordship Lane traffic light system is awful, the lights are phased to allow equal time for those wishing to drive across to Barry Road and vice versa as those travelling down Lordship Lane (obviously a far busier road with heavy traffic). I have written to TFL to ask that they monitor the lights here and allow less time for those driving across Lordship Lane to try and speed traffic flow up but they say there is no issue. In winter and worse weather this problem clearly worsens, with severe delays due to heavy traffic made worse by the unnecessary wait at the traffic lights (quite often for few or no cars to drive across to Barry Rd or vice versa). Pedestrians of course need a slot to cross but again this is not a well used crossing aside from at weekends or at school closing times.

The junction and traffic light system is also a problem at Lordship Lane and Dulwich Common - this is highly dangerous as there is no safe way to cross from Lordship Lane over Dulwich Common to the Harvester (without crossing the road twice) as the traffic lights for those turning left on to Dulwich Common is always on green. This has been raised for years by local councillors and I have also written to TFL who did an assessment and said because there weren't any fatalities (tho admittedly lots of accidents) they were unwilling to change the traffic light system. There is a blind shelter close to this spot on Underhill Road so this is clearly a consideration which makes this an even more pressing issue to be tackled.

I hope this is helpful and welcome to the neighbourhood!!

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - can I help?
Posted by James Barber 25 April, 2012 13:54

Hi esme,
Thanks for this feedback.

Junction of lordship Lane with Dulwich Common. For many years TfL have been promising to add a pedestrian phase to this TfL controlled red route junction. Even with a Tory London Mayor and tory local councillors (College ward) it never happened - and the local tories really campaigned for it. With now 2 Labour cllrs and 1 Tory cllr it stands even less chance!
What's so particualrly sad abotu this is a house with local blind people. How on earth they're meant to get about safely when it feels like you're taking you'r life in your hand fully sighted and mobile is beyond me.

Junction of Lordship Lane with Barry Road. This relatively recently had a major refit to make it safer! Plans are afoot that a new Cycle Superhighway will pass through. If it does then this junctiopn and many others will be calmed. We await the London Mayoral elections to see how that pans out.

New secondary school. So far I've been able to get confirmed pupils numbers and forecasts to show a sdhortage of local primary school places. So currently that's my priority. Having ensured a new secondary school (Harris Boys) in theory we shouldnt need another. BUT I've been unable to get pupil predictions for our local area. Council officials only do the figures borough wide. So I have the borough wide figures. I'm now in a long ping pong with the same officers to find out how many Southwark children are aschooled outside the borough and vice versa. MY hunch is many children are schooled elsewhere BUT as Southwark secondary schools improved parents are increasingly seeking school places in southwark. So although it appears the same number of children and school palces the press is rapidly rising. It's a really good problem in theory to have but so far the administration appears to be hiding from the impact.
What makes it worse is the stupid Gove academy policies copunding the stupid Blair education bill - this makes it really hard to local authorities to just decide to build a new school and the money be made available for them to do this.

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Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 26 April, 2012 09:39

JFYI - Sainsbury's on Dog Kennel Hill have a 'bring site; for small eletrical items to be recycled.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by Cora 26 April, 2012 12:49

My concern about focusing on new primary schools only is that we are continually encouraging more and more new families to the area without being able to provide the eduction at secondary level - therefore people either have to move out of the area or be schooled elsewhere which can be detrimental to the kids relationships and the sense of community built up. We don't have a co-ed secondary at the heart of East Dulwich.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 26 April, 2012 14:48

Hi Cora,
I share your concerns. I also think we possibly have a hidden number of secondary school demand fulfilled by accessing non Southwark better schools. Clearly with increasing primary schools numbers they need to move onto increasing secondary school places!

as soon as I have any data I'll share it here.

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Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 26 April, 2012 20:27

Draft date for resurfacing all of North Cross Road is w/c Monday 21 May.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by gedwina 30 April, 2012 23:07

Hi James,

Not sure if you are the person to contact but there is a leaking and overflowing manhole draining into the street at the end of Ryedale at the turn into Forest hill. Seems a bit criminal to let this water go to waste when we are in drought.

Thanks

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by mynamehere 01 May, 2012 09:12

Thames water has contact for exactly this

thames water leaks reporting

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by gedwina 01 May, 2012 09:27

Thanks mynamehere - just reported it.

messageRe: East Dulwich councillor - how can I help?
Posted by James Barber 01 May, 2012 09:47

Many thanks mynamehere.

Different issue but well done the whole school community and indeed supporting federation for the East Dulwich Harris Girls Academy for achieving an outstanding Ofsted inspection. What is so especially remarkable is the inspection regime is getting tougher but that Ofsted thought it was outstanding throughout all the categories they assessed.

--------------------
Regards james.barber@southwark.gov.uk
07900 227366
Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward
Skype cllrjamesbarber
[www.jamesbarber.org.uk]
[twitter.com]

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