Sorry for radio silence over the summer break. A combination of things (a family emergency, a holiday, preparation for schools reopening under covid) meant that I had very little time.
Please bear in mind that I always prioritise my council emails over this forum (as this is where most casework comes in) so please do contact me there is you need a quick response. James.McAsh@southwark.gov.uk
To respond to the issues raised here:
- Conway made an error when working on this and therefore had to come back to rectify it (at their expense).
Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTN)s
I have received very mixed responses to the LTNs. Some residents have been in touch to express their support for the scheme while others have complained about the clear, and sometimes unmanageable, increase in various on nearby roads - like Grove Vale, East Dulwich Grove and Lordship Lane.
The goal of the LTN is not to displace traffic but to reduce it overall, thus making the neighbourhood safer and more pleasant for walking and cycling.
The increase in traffic on nearby roads will be down to a combination of the following factors
- a general increase in traffic across London post-lockdown due to reduced availability of public transport (this applies to both bikes and cars)
- a temporary increase in traffic due to road users being unaccustomed to the new road layout
- a permanent increase in traffic on some roads due to displacement from closed roads.
When the dust settles it will be possible to tell how much of the increased traffic is caused by each factor. I am hopeful that most of the problems will prove to be temporary. However, if it transpires that the LTNs have not reduced traffic but just created chaos on roads nearby, then I will make sure that they are amended or removed outright.
- I am in conversations with local businesses to identify hotspots for where CCTV should be installed. If you have any suggestions, then please email me!
Events off Calton Avenue
Sorry I missed this. This in Dulwich Village ward. You're right that the councillors there, Cllr Margy Newens and Cllr Richard Leeming, do not use this forum much but they are very easily accessible by email. I appreciate it's probably too late for this now, but in future I'd recommend emailing them directly because it's not really appropriate for me to get involved in such matters in neighbouring wards.
School Streets at Heber
Heber School did indeed submit an application for School Streets but then decided not to pursue it for the time being. I've told Ms Rosenberg that I will support the school with this if they decide to pick it up again.
As noted already, the CPZ is going live on the 14th September.
If you are having continuing problems with noise and the Noise and Nusiance Team are not able to help then please let me know by email so I can look into it. The team was understandably restricted due to covid but we've nonetheless been able to deal with most issues submitted to the councillors.
The council has begun a phased reopening of libraries. Details here: [www.southwark.gov.uk
I hope everyone is in good health and that you have had an enjoyable summer.
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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