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James Barber
Posts: 6333
Joined: 22 Oct 2006, 17:34

Hi,

My name is James Barber and I am one of the two Liberal Democrat East Dulwich ward councillors along with Cllr Rosie Shimell. We're Liberal Democrats and part of Southwark Liberal Democrats.

If you have any issues or concerns related to East Dulwich or Southwark Council then please let me or Cllr Rosie Shimell know. I guarantee we will listen and answer all ideas and issues raised and hopefully help you solve them. Normally I will look in two or three times a week to see any new postings. Alternatively you can email me directly on [email protected].

If you'd like to meet for help - then you can arrange a Skype eSurgery or home visit by contacting me or visit our surgery 7-8pm 4th Thursday of every month (except August) at the East Dulwich Community Centre on Darrell Road.

I look forward to hearing from you, James Barber
macroban
Posts: 2115
Joined: 28 Mar 2007, 11:25

How long have you been a councillor?
Jeremy
Posts: 13882
Joined: 01 Feb 2007, 12:20

-Can we have displays in the bus stops telling us when the next bus is coming?
-When is the lowest block of the DKH estate going to get renovated (corner of Grove Vale and Quorn Rd)?
-What's the current status of the Concrete House mandatory purchase and subsequent repairs?
-Why won't the planning dept allow full width dormers on flats, even though lots of houses have them?
-Can we have some local recycling facilities for energy-saving bulbs?
-What's planned for the house in Dulwich Park (currently boarded up, signs indicating a change of use)
computedshorty
Posts: 1615
Joined: 28 Jul 2009, 14:04

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pepsi
Posts: 80
Joined: 14 Feb 2008, 11:57

Nice friendly approach there Jeremy. Give the poor guy a chance!
Peckhamgatecrasher
Posts: 9769
Joined: 17 Jul 2007, 18:12

I'm with you pepsi.

Welcome aboard James, and well done for opening yourself to the cynics of E Dulwich.

I hope your constitution in all senses of the word can handle this!
macroban
Posts: 2115
Joined: 28 Mar 2007, 11:25

JBARBER first post 22/10/2006 19:53
pablogrande
Posts: 785
Joined: 01 Aug 2007, 12:39

Hi James

thanks for the introduction

I live on the entrance to a one way street in a 20mph zone and drivers constantly enter the road at very high speed can anythng be done about this

I find it difficult to get info on keyworker housing near East Dulwich (other than Peckham) are there any schemes available

I have vacancies availble at my company which would ideally suit school leavers or someone who needs carrer change and I have found it difficult getting details of local funding / training I could use.

Can we please have a city farm on Peckham Rye?

When is Wairose opening?
Peckhamgatecrasher
Posts: 9769
Joined: 17 Jul 2007, 18:12

Yes Macroban, but this is the first time he's come on here a la Barry the Station Manager. I think it's a good thing - no need to be rude to the chap.
Peckhampam
Posts: 1110
Joined: 05 Feb 2008, 18:32

Yes-it a really good idea and a great way of furthering local democracy. Well done James and well done EDF for being such a good channel for opinion.
toast
Posts: 306
Joined: 22 Apr 2009, 09:50

I agree, its not often that people get this sort of input from their councillor. He has been a sport and joined the East Dulwich and Peckham Rye Primary school places facebook page too!

Have a look and join if the mood takes you..

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group ... 604&ref=nf
SMBJones
Posts: 367
Joined: 24 Apr 2009, 14:17

Hi James

If I can be of any assistance in relation to the train stations that I manage, then please do not hesitate to contact me. My thread is "Station Manager Corner". Maybe working in partnership can only improve further the ralationships with residents and businesses in the Southwark area

Good luck with this although I have to say they have been very kind to me on here.........and I really do get so much out of the people participating in the forum, albeit they have cost me a fortune!

Kind regards

Barry



JBARBER Wrote:
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> Hi,
>
> My name is James Barber and I am one of the three
> East Dulwich ward councillors. My two colleagues
> are cllrs Richard Thomas and Jonathan Mitchell.
> We're Liberal Democrats and part of Southwark
> Liberal Democrats.
>
> If you have any issues or concerns related to East
> Dulwich or Southwark Council then please let me
> know. I guarantee I will listen and answer all
> ideas and issues raised and hopefully help you
> solve them. Normally I will look in once or twice
> a week to see any new postings. Alternatively you
> can email me directly on
> [email protected] or meet me in person
> at one of our surgeries 2nd and 4th Thursday of
> each month 7-8pm at East Dulwich Community Centre
> on Darrell Road.
>
> I look forward to hearing from you, James Barber
Tobester999
Posts: 50
Joined: 28 Jul 2009, 21:36

HI James,

Can something be done to make the guy from the Hifi store just up Lordship lane from the EDT remove his ropes and chains? They are all over the place, and at worst are a danger, and at best a bloody eyesore. I don't even know why he has them - they serve no point at all, except to annoy me everytime I see them.

Check them out, they're a disgrace.

Thanks,

Toby
Jeremy
Posts: 13882
Joined: 01 Feb 2007, 12:20

pepsi Wrote:
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> Nice friendly approach there Jeremy. Give the poor guy a chance!

I'm sure he won't mind.
Nero
Posts: 1909
Joined: 29 Jan 2007, 15:54

Hello councillor.
One thing that bugs me and is potentially dangerous (though, on the whole, just aggravating) is riding bikes on cycles. Please don't take a laissez-faire attitude with it. I know that parents with children and the elderly, as well as those with disabilities and sight problems, can find people cycling on pavements a real pain. Please do something.
KalamityKel
Posts: 7040
Joined: 19 Sep 2007, 11:02

Am I the only one who doesn't understand what bikes on cycles are?
pablogrande
Posts: 785
Joined: 01 Aug 2007, 12:39

KalamityKel Wrote:
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> Am I the only one who doesn't understand what
> bikes on cycles are?


Tarts on two wheels
PeckhamRose
Posts: 7033
Joined: 04 Aug 2007, 16:37

For the cycling on the pavement issue, come to the Police Ward Panel at harris Girls Academy Thurs evening 7pm. I'll start a thread in What On In East Dulwich. Only part of ED is covered by the area forum though.
gerritsmith
Posts: 86
Joined: 20 Nov 2007, 10:27

I see palm trees and exotic shrubs have sprung up all over Southwark. Whose idea was it to plant palm trees?

May we please have indigenous plants and tree which are beneficial to birds, bees and other insects and wild life. Birds and insects rely on local indigenous plans for their food and well being. Planting these exotic trees would reduce food source for the birds and could result in reduction of bird population.

Local plants are cheaper and beneficial, exotic tropical plants are expensive and environmentally damaging.

On Peckham High Street, outside Peckham Pulse there are six or seven huge pots with large olive trees. What is the point of them and how much did they cost?

Looking forward to your reply.
gerritsmith
Posts: 86
Joined: 20 Nov 2007, 10:27

Why is the award winning Peckham library so noisy?
Peckwich
Posts: 94
Joined: 30 Apr 2009, 21:26

gerritsmith Wrote:
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> Why is the award winning Peckham library so noisy?


I have always thought this too! Not that it is a problem to me - I haven't set foot in it for a few years now. Maybe it is due to its size and, can't quite remember, but are there a good few computers in there?
Administrator
Posts: 2893
Joined: 17 Jul 2006, 13:27

Please can we keep this East Dulwich specific
Judy2
Posts: 173
Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 10:45

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.
gerritsmith
Posts: 86
Joined: 20 Nov 2007, 10:27

Peckwich Wrote:
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> I have always thought this too! Not that it is a
> problem to me - I haven't set foot in it for a few
> years now. Maybe it is due to its size and, can't
> quite remember, but are there a good few computers
> in there?

Award winning library is a bad design I think. Glass walls reflect sound more than the brick walls.

Lending area and reading area are in the same hall. They should be seperated. They have four floors in the building and don't know what they use other floors for? They have enough space there to seperate reading and lending sections.
reggie
Posts: 609
Joined: 11 May 2007, 10:16

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:
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> 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.
Administrator
Posts: 2893
Joined: 17 Jul 2006, 13:27

Please stay on topic
Mick Mac
Posts: 12179
Joined: 18 Nov 2008, 12:55

That was my post Reggie - my wife's login unfortunatley.

I believe there is insufficient quality secondary schooling in the immediate area, forcing people to move out to the Grammar school systems of Kent or stay and pay.
Academies are provided in the area but I believe their mandate is generally focused on education of deprived areas and that is a specialised form of education. In general ED to me is not a deprived area and needs higher geared schooling.
I have had this debate with the people of the forum in general before and don't want to go over old ground - I would however like however to hear the view of James as to how the secondary schooling is being improved to meet the improving demographics of the area.
Gimme
Posts: 516
Joined: 15 Dec 2008, 13:45

There's obviously an election coming up...
Mr Barber said he'd DEFINITELY help me with an issue I spoke to him about last year then ignored the emails I sent describing the problem and never got back to me despite several chasers. Luckily his colleague Richard Thomas seems to be a bit more dilligent and tried very hard to help after I spoke to him.
The moral is.... you can ask but Mr Barber may not bother answering....

Anyone else had good / bad experiences of our local councillors?
TJ
Posts: 545
Joined: 27 Aug 2007, 19:38

Dear James - Pls refer to the thread on the no.63 which I have also emailed you about (without reply).

Can you also advise who the other local councilors are (Labour & Tory).
I would like to see some co-operation between you, the Labour Peckham Rye team and whoever the other boundary Councilors are rather than any petty point scoring.
I am being quite serious.

Many thanks

TJ
SteveT
Posts: 5542
Joined: 22 Nov 2007, 19:36

Edited for being infantile and facetious. My apologies.
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