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messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by gumshoe June 23, 06:50PM

Hey James,

Lots of missed food waste collections as of late - was fine earlier in the pandemic so it’s puzzling that this has become an issue now. As you can well appreciate, it’s a huge hygiene issue. Would you be able to look into this?

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Rockets June 23, 07:08PM

Any second now we will get an update from Cllr McAsh (an update written by the Politburo! winking smiley) on how they have listened to all of the concerns regarding the closure of roads around East Dulwich to through traffic but have ignored them all to pursue this folly.

In two years, during the local councillor elections, we can remind Cllr McAsh of his unwavering support for the party line and how he systematically overlooked his constituents and caused untold misery for the majority of East Dulwich residents. We can also remind him that he, and his party, did nothing to manage traffic challenges as a whole instead focused their attention on the evil folks of "leafy Dulwich" (his words not mine). We can remind him that when called upon he did nothing to support those outside of his own echo chamber.

He will no doubt retort with heroic tales of how he was busy single-handedly defeating the government's plans to re-open schools in June, will send us a few videos of police brutality, tell us that private schools are evil, hand us all socialist worker placards and proudly show us his Order of Karl Marx that Richard Livingstone gave him for his services to Goose Green during his time in office!

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by rahrahrah June 23, 08:47PM

Any chance the bin men could not wake up the entire house at 5:30 by shouting their heads off?

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Posted by Spartacus June 23, 09:00PM

rahrahrah Wrote:
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> Any chance the bin men could not wake up the
> entire house at 5:30 by shouting their heads off?


I should be so lucky, I think they were here before midnight (or was it foxes looking for glacier mints)

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Jakido June 24, 04:39PM

I wish there was some movement in Goose Green ward on reducing traffic flows on solely residential roads. A few planters well placed would make a world of difference. No need for grand schemes, where simple solutions exist to reduce unnecessary rat runs.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Abe_froeman June 24, 05:28PM

lol

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by jamesmcash June 24, 05:36PM

Hi all

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine!

Santander cycles
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.

One Dulwich
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.

Rockets' musings
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.

Planters
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

Best wishes,
James

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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: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Rockets June 24, 08:21PM

James,
Well I thank you for your, one must say rather good, attempt at a back-handed compliment but as someone who has made a living from my vivid imagination and creativity it is something I am more than proud of and glad it wasn't taught out of me during my time at school.

It naturally leads me to muse at how much better you, and your other council colleagues, would be at serving the community if you took a leaf out of my, and you pupils' book, and took a more imaginative approach to solving the complex issues presented to it...but I am sure you were expecting me to say that!

In all seriousness, the pressure is mounting on you, your colleagues and the council to be accountable to more than just a minority of the constituents you represent and, as you can see from OneDulwich, people are mobilising because they feel the council and councillors are not listening to them.

Let's hope you have the imagination, wherewithal and political flexibility to take a different approach during your next two years of office.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by first mate June 25, 08:01AM

James,

Is MG having planters as well as concrete bollards now or just the former? Are the planters easily moved for emergency vehicle access?
Planters
Jakido - there should be planters in the road on Melbourne Grove south very soon! I am chasing up plans for elsewhere in the ward.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Abe_froeman June 25, 03:08PM

"I am chasing up plans for elsewhere in the ward."

FFS!

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Jakido June 26, 01:33PM

With the publication of the latest round of proposals does this mean lordship Lane is getting no new infrastructure / changes?

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Abe_froeman June 29, 08:18PM

Hell James

Do you know when southwark proposes allowing street maintenance to start up again?

On a walk this afternoon I noticed a lawn growing out of the tarmac in one road and on another a tomato vine with four or five actual plum tomatoes growing out of the pavement.

I fear the eventual costs of fixing all the roads and footpaths is going to be phenonemenal if these weeds are allowed to continue rewilding our streets.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Lynne June 30, 10:27AM

Hi
Any plans for the libraries to open? If shops can, I don't see why they can't

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by jamesmcash June 30, 11:46AM

Hi all,

Rockets - keen to hear creative and practical suggestions, with wide support from the local community!

first_mate - not sure of details re emergency services, but as I said before these things do have to be agreed with them

Jakido - there will be another tranche of measures soon but currently unsure what will be included in these.

abe_froeman - hope the tomatoes were tasty! Send me the address (and ideally a photo) of the street and I will get it followed up.

Lynne - yes, soon! Here is an update from the council on libraries

Libraries and Museums in England have been included for re-opening in July as part of the government’s phase 3 re-opening plans. The government have advised that libraries cannot open before this point. Re-opening plans for Southwark libraries are being informed by Southwark’s corporate Covid 19 guidelines and advice and guidance from the government's Libraries Taskforce.

In current plans we are hoping to re-open six of our libraries in the week beginning 13th July using a phased approach in order to ensure a safe environment for staff and library users (Canada Water, Dulwich, Camberwell, Nunhead, Brandon, and Blue Anchor). It must be stressed that the plans depend upon the Covid 19 situation and government advice- if the infection rate increases or government advice changes then plans will need to be adapted in response to this. In the current plan the libraries will re-open on a limited basis offering an order and collect service where books are pre-ordered and collected in the entrance/foyer area. Books can be returned and there will be a 'grab and go' service of pre-selected stock. There will be no general public access to the library beyond this. If the Covd 19 situation continues to stablilise then during August the service will be extended to reinstate limited public access to libraries, with potential full opening currently scheduled for September/October. All of this will be subject to social distancing guidelines and any other measures that the government advise.

Best wishes
James

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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: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by first mate June 30, 12:02PM

Hi James,

The example of the Loughborough Junction fisaco indicates that while agencies are consulted they may not necessarily be across the detail and implications. I wonder if in this case emergency services are across the detail and aware that only a minority of local residents support the measures?

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Abe_froeman June 30, 06:29PM

Hi James

Pretty much every street in the ward is riddled with weeds growing out of the kerb stones and pavements. In some places it's long grass in others nettles, thistles and dandelions.

The tomatoes are in Pellet Road I think.

They were too green to eat but the plant will probably permanently damage the paving.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Rockets June 30, 10:55PM

James,
I note with interest that Rye Lane in Peckham has had significant efforts to aid social distancing for shoppers in place since May 1st - your boss proudly tweeted pictures of the new traffic light contraflow system to allow social distancing on May 1st. Any reason why you haven’t been able to implement any aids to social distancing on Lordship Lane - or could you not get wide community support for anything?

Also, do you have updates on all the great ideas people suggested in response for your request for ideas? An update on progress might be timely.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by northernmonkey June 30, 11:14PM

Rockets - Lordship Lane has pavement widening on the stretch outside Oddonos / Mons / Moxons

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Rockets June 30, 11:17PM

Ah excellent, they finally listened! Better late than never. Anywhere else?

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by tiddles July 01, 02:39AM

James I suggest you visit Dulwich village to see what the new road closures has resulted in - plus east dulwich grove now that Melbourne grove is shut. Please observe and report back to the necessary persons at the council. Whilst there perhaps measure the levels of pollution.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Mrs D July 04, 07:47AM

James, are the surgeries still open at the community centre? Would be great to see all three councillors face to face (with social distancing) to discuss current covid measures in East Dulwich and also the ones in surrounding areas ( and the impact they have on East Dulwich residents) as well as what’s on the councillors agenda for the next few months. I have signed up to the newsletter too. How often do they get published as I haven’t had one yet?

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Sporthuntor July 05, 11:18PM

James can you please urgently look into the huge amount of congestion caused by the closure of roads in Dulwich Village (which as noted above is based on dodgy data...now where did I see that happen before...CPZ you say?). During every afternoon last week congestion stretched down Lordship Lane from the junction with the south circular almost to Townley Road and backed traffic up down Barry Road. I have lived here 15 years and it has never been like this. This is causing significant pollution across a large area of our neighbourhood and wastes huge amounts of time on a cumulative basis. It is also causing additional concerns to local businesses in east Dulwich who fear a further disincentive to potential customers visiting the area on top of the impact of COVID-19 and the CPZ. All for the sake of a 20 square yard space...

For once can you please look past the desires of Richard Livingstone and the politburo in Tooley Street and do something to help the community you purportedly represent.

And yes, before you point me there, I have responded to the feedback site which asks as loaded questions as I would expect from the Southwark council traffic department.

Really hope you can do the right thing here and get this reversed as quickly as possible.

Thanks.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Wil72 July 06, 07:02AM

Very pleased to have found the One Dulwich website- I have just signed up and would encourage anyone that lives in East Dulwich to sign up for news too.

Make no mistake- you will be adversely affected by these road closures. Either by having to sit in traffic to get anywhere west of SE22 or by having to breath in the fumes of the traffic that is queuing to get onto the South Circular or East Dulwich Grove if they can no longer drive through Dulwich Village.

Show your support by signing up too- www.onedulwich.uk

Its a shame that there are two threads on here about the same thing as I think the call to action is a bit diluted...

Has anyone been able to erect banners with the One Dulwich website details anywhere yet, as I think that will encourage people to sign up too...?

We need to make this visible whilst people are furloughed/schools are closed as the full horrors of this traffic displacement won't be clear until September.

At which point I am sure Southwark will have claimed it as a victory & it will become permanent

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by KidKruger July 06, 09:10AM

Just a thought, any case being made that the traffic is a problem now, had perhaps best capture evidence on film/photos.
The council will require evidence if they are even to discuss the situation with protestors, even though they themselves have no useful empirical evidence that there was a case in the first place for commissioning the works in DV which have caused the problems.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by jamesmcash July 06, 11:21AM

Hi all

Yes - great news about the pavement widening. This is something we pushed for right at the beginning of the lockdown. Not sure why it took so long but better late than never!

I'm afraid surgeries are not going ahead at the moment but one of us could give you a call if that would suit you?

Thanks for the useful feedback on the works in Dulwich Village. As KidKruger says, photos are very useful!

Best wishes
James

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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: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Mabaker July 06, 06:33PM

James. Can you please look into none collection of garden waste due to not getting stickers. The environmental dept don't answer the phones. The refuse collectors have told me that I'm not on their list for collection and they are not allowed to empty the bin. I have paid £30 for a service that I'm not getting.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Nigello July 06, 08:43PM

Where’s the pavement being widened?

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Posted by Mrs D July 06, 09:38PM

James

I attach photos - last Wednesday at 6pm.



jamesmcash Wrote:
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> Hi all
>
> Yes - great news about the pavement widening. This
> is something we pushed for right at the beginning
> of the lockdown. Not sure why it took so long but
> better late than never!
>
> I'm afraid surgeries are not going ahead at the
> moment but one of us could give you a call if that
> would suit you?
>
> Thanks for the useful feedback on the works in
> Dulwich Village. As KidKruger says, photos are
> very useful!
>
> Best wishes
> James

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Posted by Rockets July 06, 10:06PM

Nigello Wrote:
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> Where’s the pavement being widened?


I think James is referring to the one section outside of Oddonos and Moxons where the council put some temporary widening measures in place a week or so ago. There doesn’t seem to be any anywhere else as far as I am aware.

James, are there any plans for any other measures to assist on Lordship Lane? As I am sure you are aware there are many more choke points along the road and given traffic seems much heavier along Lordship Lane since the street closures the council has implemented across the area it will be interesting how the council plans to further aid social distancing.

messageRe: Goose Green councillors - how can we help?
Posted by Dulres3 July 06, 10:14PM

Hi James. The road closures that have been put in place are causing significant disruption to myself and, judging by the congestion I’ve observed, a very large number of other people in the area. What is going to be done to address this situation?

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