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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by pinkladybird April 22, 01:30PM

seenbeen Wrote:

> Yes it has been shown that people who live in
> regions with poor air quality get the virus more
> seriously. Also, as well as the non-essential
> domestic building work we in Crystal Palace Road
> are going to have to suffer resurfacing work. At
> the moment I can go to the back or front of my
> house to avoid the builders' noise but if there is
> road works at the front. Pathetic.

Oh no seenbeen - I live on Crystal Palace Road - is the whole road going to be resurfaced?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by seenbeen April 22, 02:17PM

Starting 4th May it is the section between Whately Road and Goodrich Road - we have had hand delivered letters through the door so you are probably not being done YET!

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Posted by pinkladybird April 22, 06:02PM

I'm glad it's not happening on my section. I'm really sorry to hear it's happening to you. I guess you could try a councillor - but doubt it will change anything. There are so many people going through similar issues. I do wish someone would take it up in parliament. It is a human rights issue to order people to stay indoors 24/7 and then to allow construction companies to release silica dust and use pneumatic drills all day near them - a real conflict. Here is a petition [petition.parliament.uk]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by caz April 23, 11:56AM

Same happening on Overhill Rd from 4th May till September !!

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by seenbeen April 23, 01:55PM

Also I do believe that work has resumed on the Old Sorting Office judging from the direction of the noise this morning!

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Jakido April 24, 10:21AM

Given we will be socially distancing for another 12 months, I wonder what the council can do to make life as good as possible.

Obviously looking after the most vulnerable must be a priority, but what other low cost ideas are there:

- to protect local businesses and create jobs and
- make space for exercise
- maintain community spirit


Seems like having a plan for east Dulwich for the next 12 months would be good thing for councillors and the community to do to ensure limited resources are invested well. And that we can harness the efforts of the community to help implement the plan.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by rahrahrah April 27, 12:47PM

@James - are there any plans for temporary extension to pavements, or pop up bike lanes, so that people can get around whilst socially distancing, without having to walk in the road? Yes, there are fewer cars, but there are also increased speeds.

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Posted by andynic April 28, 12:56PM

[moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk] - Lambeth are making those sorts of changes, haven't seen anything from Southwark yet.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by yorksgirl April 28, 05:19PM

rahrahrah Wrote:
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> @James - are there any plans for temporary
> extension to pavements, or pop up bike lanes, so
> that people can get around whilst socially
> distancing, without having to walk in the road?
> Yes, there are fewer cars, but there are also
> increased speeds.

Or maybe even better, when relaxation starts but distancing still needed, make Lordship Lane totally car free, let the stores and cafes expand onto the pavements and let people walk in the road - so they can actually keep enough distance apart, this being otherwise impossible when there's traffic. Copying this - which looks like a fab idea - see The Guardian 28 April -
- Lithuanian capital to be turned into vast open-air cafe .

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Jakido April 28, 07:21PM


messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Jakido April 28, 07:22PM

Helpfully Southwark already sketches out how they could expand the pavements to offer additional space as part of the (failed) parking proposal I think.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by dbboy April 28, 10:59PM


messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash April 29, 05:11PM

Hi all,

First, a response to a query from a little while back:

Yorksgirl - The vast majority of Southwark's public toilets should be equipped with hot water - including all of those in parks. The only exception I have found so far is in East Street. With regard to pubs and supermarkets this is something we can look at in the longer term.

Second, thanks to everyone who has raised points about pavement-widening and other suggestions for safe active transport. I have been pushing the council on this matter and am happy to say that they are exploring it. I am told there should be an announcement in the near future on our first initiative.

The challenges of council resources, particularly during the lockdown period, mean that we inevitably will not be able to reallocate road space everywhere in the borough, but we will consider carefully where we can do this to ensure safe social distancing where we can.

Third, I have a couple of updates regarding children and young people.

Laptops and equipment for Southwark children and young people
If a child or young person is unable to access and complete work that has been set online because they do not have access to a laptop (or other essential equipment) then they can apply for an immediate grant from the Newcomen Collett Foundation. Once accepted, the foundation will aim to get the laptop to the student within 4 days.

The fund is only available for Southwark students up to age 25. There are only a limited number of laptops available, so please reach out to those young people and families in most need.

Parents or students have to apply online, and will need access to an internet/broadband service. They will need a school, college or university teacher/lecturer to support their application and to countersign a supporting form that will need to be sent off along with the main application form. To apply, the child/ parent should go to online applications (https://marshalls.flexigrant.com/areadetail.aspx?farea=1121) then follow the link to 'grants to individuals'. Alternatively, the school or university can apply via this link on their behalf.
Free school meals
Schools and families eligible for free school meals have now converted over £20 million worth of vouchers into supermarket gift cards (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance). Vouchers can either be sent directly to the family, or to the school.

The DfE are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.

These groups are:
· children of Zambrano carers
· children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
· children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

The DfE are also temporarily extending eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

The extension, effective immediately and lasting until the schools reopen fully, is temporarily in place to support families facing difficulties due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.

Best wishes,
James

--------------------
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

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messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by yorksgirl May 03, 06:08PM

James thank you for looking into the lack of hot water in parks etc. It is good to know that all the Council public facilities except East Street do have the capacity to provide hot water. If we find that there is only cold water them, we just need to ask for the hot water to be switched on. That's really helpful.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Donna101 May 05, 08:31AM

The noise in Crystal Palace Road from the road works is completely unacceptable. I am working at home and have zoom meetings. It's like living on a building site. The council is completely inconsiderate. Maybe you can help with this. How can you do this to people, why does it need to be done now of all times?

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Posted by Peckhampam May 05, 08:36AM

There must however be a powerful argument that this is the ideal time to undertake roadworks when there is so little traffic on the road. This does not help your individual situation of course. But I have found that zoom meetings are far more effective with headphones on, and good sound cancelling ones will also protect you against the noise.

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Posted by KidKruger May 05, 08:53AM

Road works ARE noisy and they were notified some days in advance by signs on the street lampposts to assure cars didn't park in the way during the road works yesterday. Not sure what else the road team and contractors could have done (or how quiet you expect invasive road works to be). And yes, I live right by one of the junctions worked-on yesterday.
I've been on Zoom meetings yesterday (headphones), no problem at all, especially if working towards back of house.
For a day, FFS.
Expecting silence during road works in not reasonable. Expecting no road works to be done because people are working form home is not reasonable. Expecting road teams to NOT take advantage of quiet roads, to minimise traffic congestion problems, is not reasonable !

Donna101 Wrote:
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> The noise in Crystal Palace Road from the road
> works is completely unacceptable. I am working at
> home and have zoom meetings. It's like living on a
> building site. The council is completely
> inconsiderate. Maybe you can help with this. How
> can you do this to people, why does it need to be
> done now of all times?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by bobbsy May 05, 10:49AM

What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?

I'm sure it's been said already...

Council Tax HOLIDAY.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash May 05, 11:15AM

Hi all

bobbsy - if you have experienced loss of income due to covid19 then you can get money off your council tax bill. Have a look here. [www.southwark.gov.uk]

Separately, the council is looking into widening pavements at particular pinch points. On Lordship Lane the council thinks key spots are junctions with lots of queuing e.g. Post Office / Barclays, M&S, William Rose Butchers. What do you think? Any to add? I've also tweeted about this and there is a conversation going on there: [twitter.com]

Best wishes
James

--------------------
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

Sign up to the Goose Green councillor newsletter: [www.jamesmcash.com]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by Donna101 May 05, 12:19PM

I was talking about the timing however I didn't realise it was only going to be for a day!

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by rupert james May 05, 04:24PM

jamesmcash Wrote:
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> Hi all
>
> bobbsy - if you have experienced loss of income
> due to covid19 then you can get money off your
> council tax bill. Have a look here.
> [www.southwark.gov.uk]-
> help-and-advice
>
> Separately, the council is looking into widening
> pavements at particular pinch points. On Lordship
> Lane the council thinks key spots are junctions
> with lots of queuing e.g. Post Office / Barclays,
> M&S, William Rose Butchers. What do you think? Any
> to add? I've also tweeted about this and there is
> a conversation going on there:
> [twitter.com]
> 79
>
> Best wishes
> James


Re widening if this is being considered will it not slow and stop traffic at shops that are already packed with people lining up.

If you really believe that Southwark have a clue regarding traffic and pavements I would think again.

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Posted by dbboy May 05, 05:35PM

See what Lambeth did at Herne Hill station/Brockwell Park junction. Won't be going anywhere near there with the extended traffic queues that will create.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by KidKruger May 05, 06:41PM

dbboy - why what’s happened at that junction ?!
I use it a lot (pre-‘lockdown’).

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by dbboy May 05, 07:08PM

They've widened the pavement leading up too Herne Hill from Dulwich, hence reducing the road width which in turn will create longer traffic waiting at the lights.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by TE44 May 05, 08:09PM

rupert james Wrote:
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> jamesmcash Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Hi all
> >
> > bobbsy - if you have experienced loss of income
> > due to covid19 then you can get money off your
> > council tax bill. Have a look here.
> >
> [www.southwark.gov.uk]-
>
> > help-and-advice
> >
> > Separately, the council is looking into
> widening
> > pavements at particular pinch points. On
> Lordship
> > Lane the council thinks key spots are junctions
> > with lots of queuing e.g. Post Office /
> Barclays,
> > M&S, William Rose Butchers. What do you think?
> Any
> > to add? I've also tweeted about this and there
> is
> > a conversation going on there:
> >
> [twitter.com]
>
> > 79
> >
> > Best wishes
> > James
>
>
> Re widening if this is being considered will it
> not slow and stop traffic at shops that are
> already packed with people lining up.
>
> If you really believe that Southwark have a clue
> regarding traffic and pavements I would think
> again.


James, Considering you have mentioned the widening of the pavements in relation to key points where there are lots of
queuing, do you envision social distancing becoming long term.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate May 06, 07:08AM

Also potentially weeks and months of non- essential, disruptive roadworks, whereas poor, uneven paving (a significant trip hazard) is left untouched for years, despite requests to have it mended...not a political priority.

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by TE44 May 06, 08:14AM

It is ridiculous people are having to deal with this noise, I do not live on the high street but sympathise for those who do. It is hard enough queuing without having to be bombarded with noise. my friend lives on sea front and from day 2 of lockdown everyday including weekend there has been workmen digging up right outside her 3rd floor flat. no social distancing. it has been torture for her. On one hand there is concern of the impact lockdown is having on people , what is so important that this work needs done at the expense of putting people through this disruption.

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Posted by TE44 May 06, 08:25AM

James. Do you think the council would agree if I asked people while waiting in queue, if I could play music on my speaker. I would do requests and it would bring some social contact through music?

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by jamesmcash May 06, 12:06PM

Hi all

TE44 - depends what you mean by long-term. It could definitely be in place in some form for quite a while. The pavement widening would be through barriers and cones though, not digging up the road.

As for the music - I guess it depends on how people react to your taste in music!

Best wishes
James

--------------------
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
James.McAsh@Southwark.gov.uk
[www.jamesmcash.com] [twitter.com]

Surgeries: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7pm, East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road

Sign up to the Goose Green councillor newsletter: [www.jamesmcash.com]

messageRe: What can the council do to make things easier during COVID-19?
Posted by first mate May 06, 12:17PM

Ah, complete misunderstanding on my part...apologies. In that case would support temporary pavement widening.

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