Hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine!
The council is looking to extender the scheme further south but there are no current plans to go further south than Peckham and Camberwell at the moment.
There are two main reasons for this
1) TfL reluctance
TfL would need to agree to fund the running costs. We understand that a challenge here is the cost of reallocating bikes at the end of the day – each evening they have a lorry that picks up bikes from locations where they disproportionately end up at the end of the day to move them to where they are disproportionality needed at the start of the day. The more this happens, the higher the operating cost.
This is complicated in Dulwich with Dog Kennel Hill: the belief is that this is more attractive to cycle down from than to cycle up, and so bikes will have to be replaced at the top of the hill every evening.
This is further complicated by the dire state of TfL funding thanks to the Government's cut of the operating grant and then covid-19.
2) Funding for the docking stations
TfL no longer fund new docking stations as a matter of course. Instead they are mostly funded through the planning process re local developments. Not much of this is happening in Goose Green so this makes it hard to find the funding.
Baseline figures for Our Healthy Streets
Can someone send me the information that shows that the council's initial baseline figures were misleading? It's been said a few times here that the council has admitted its mistake but I've not seen this myself. I'd be keen to find out what happened here.
As I said before, if anyone wants to make a complaint against the council then I am happy to support this.
Regarding the Dulwich Village councillors, it is very hard for me to comment on the tone in their emails as I have not seen them. All I can say is that my experience of working with Margy and Richard has always been positive and that, if you think any councillor has fallen short of the council's Code of Conduct, then you can raise this through the appropriate channels.
Fantastic to see people getting involved in local politics! I would be more than happy to meet their representatives.
Tree on Shawbury Road
I have looked into this amd had it confirmed that the council did not remove any trees in the area on June 17th. Is it possible that the tree was privately owned?
Food waste collections
Thanks for raising this gumshoe. Have you reported it on this form yet? [www.southwark.gov.uk
If not, please do. The Waste Management team are normally very good at rectifying any mistakes. But if there continue to be any issues please let me know by email, specifying your address.
Thanks Rockets for your creative and unorthodox account of my beliefs and actions. As a primary school teacher I am constantly amazed by the vivid imagination harboured by the children I teach, and I often wonder how it is that most of us seem to lose this by adulthood. Your example is a heartening exception to the rule.
Jakido - there should be planters in the road on Melbourne Grove south very soon! I am chasing up plans for elsewhere in the ward.
Thanks a lot everyone
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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