28 November 2013

A day on patrol with Southwark's Community Wardens

Out with the community Wardens on Wednesday

Yesterday I spent the day out and about with Southwark’s Community Wardens.  I think it’s fair to say that lots of people (including many councillors) know little about what our Community Wardens do each day.  I often hear people ask what wardens are doing and speculating whether or not we are getting full value for the money. 
So, as Chair of Southwark Housing and Community Safety Scrutiny Sub-committee, I asked if I could spend the day on patrol with the wardens, talking to them about their role and to the Southwark residents they came into contact with. 
There are 31 patrolling wardens and 6 team leaders, with teams focussing on three town centres Elephant and Castle, Camberwell Green and Peckham.  The teams also regularly patrol other areas, such as Peckham Rye, particularly when there have been reports of anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. 
On the 9.30am to 1pm patrol, I went out with two wardens around Elephant and Castle.  They knew the area extremely well and it quickly became clear that a big part of their job is dealing with issues arising from drug abuse and homelessness.  What impressed me was that the wardens did not simply see their job as ‘moving on’ rough sleepers.  In the subways of Elephant and Castle they did their utmost to make homeless people aware of the support and advice which was available, and to encourage them to attend forthcoming appointments or meetings.   
This is not an easy job. On a daily basis they are interacting with people who often have complex psychological problems and have fallen on the hardest of times.  Most of the people we spoke to had drug and alcohol related issues and the wardens were trying to get them to safer places where they would find it easier to get help. 
During the length of the shift the two person patrol called in around 10 pieces of information ranging from fly-tipping which needed to be cleared and Graffiti which needed to be cleaned.  Quite rightly, they see themselves as the eyes and ears of the council. 
On our way back to the Queens Road Peckham Control Room at 1pm, the wardens helped avert what could have been a violent incident.  One of the wardens spotted that there was a large amount of scrap metal lying in a back alley off a main road.  Three men in a van had just pulled over and another man was standing by the metal gesticulating.  The wardens approached this man and found out that he had collected together the scrap and was intending to sell it at another location.  The men in the van, it turned out, were highly likely to take it away from him in their van, without his permission. 
The wardens handled the situation very well.   They confronted the men in the van and ensured they left the scene, taking a note of their number-plate.  The man who had been threatening violence to defend his scrap metal was calmed down and instructed to remove it within the hour. 
In the afternoon I spent time patrolling with the Camberwell team, who were equally diligent.  One thing to highlight is a visit we made to an elderly resident who had been recently defrauded.  The visit was simply to check he was OK and to reassure him that there were people looking out for him.  He clearly appreciated the visit.  We also visited a local shop which had recently been the victim of shop-lifting. 
Finally, I spent an hour with the warden’s information analyst, who does an excellent job of collating the incident reports from the wardens so that the intelligence can be analysed and so those managing the service can ensure the right areas are being patrolled. 
The wardens patrols are informed by tasking sheets which they are given at their morning briefing.  These come from reports from members of the public, the police and councillors.  This formal system of reporting gave me greater confidence that wardens are responding to concerns from Southwark residents, and not just doing the same patrols day in and day out. 
All in all, a really interesting day which will help inform our Committee’s report on the wardens service.  I picked up a number of small changes which I think could make a difference to improving the service, but my overall impression was that these are dedicated people doing a very good job in often testing circumstances. 
If you want to know more about the service or make a report to them you can find out more here: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200030/community_safety_and_enforcement/431/community_wardens/1

18 November 2013

Great news on Homestall Road Sports Ground

Back in 2010 when we first became Councillors, Southwark Labour committed £2million to build new sports facilities and improve existing ones. We wanted our borough to have a lasting legacy from London 2012 for our young people. 

One of the projects we fought for was £250,000 worth of improvements to the Homestall Road Sports Ground. The first stage was completed over the summer and saw new gates to improve security as well as all the great new grass pitches which reopened at the start of the football season.  

The volunteers who run Athenlay Football Club (who are based at Homestall Road) do a huge amount of work to run the teams for hundreds of kids in our area.  

The next stage is for the old artificial pitch to be brought back into use and work is expected to start in early 2014. Following that we hope that the changing rooms will also be replaced. We think it’s great that local young people will have this great new facility.  

Throughout this process we've kept in mind that the development needs to be sensitive to local residents. We know that some were concerned that increased use will have an impact on their lives. To help make sure this isn’t the case the hours of use on the pitches will be limited and there will be no play after 7pm in the evening.  

The end result of this is going to much improved facilities for a brilliant local sports club. Who says politics can't make a difference? 

24 September 2013

What the Lib Dems really think of free, healthy school meals in Southwark

(Click on the picture above to listen to the Southwark Lib Dem speech on free healthy school meals for primary school children.)

Last week Southwark Liberal Democrats got more than a little unwanted attention. They appeared on national TV a number of times and in pretty much every national newspaper because of their hypocrisy over Free Healthy School Meals.

Labour introduced free healthy school meals for all Primary School children in Southwark when we were elected in 2010, one of a tiny number of local authorities to do so. It has proved to be an incredibly successful policy, ensuring that every child is getting a healthy, hot meal inside them, boosting educational attainment, removing stigma and tackling childhood obesity.

Surprising then that Southwark Lib Dems have opposed it vehemently for the past three and a half years. Then, just before their national conference a few weeks ago they came up against a problem: Their national party was about to back the policy! This was particularly troublesome for them, because they had employed every dirty trick they could think of in order to oppose the policy, including putting out this leaflet, suggesting Labour was giving food to "rich kids" along with a picture of an Eton Schoolboy. (Anyone who knows anything about the socio-economic make-up of our borough and our schools knows this is nonsense.)

One way that they tried to wriggle out of this was by saying that they had only opposed it on the grounds of cost:

There are a multitude of sources showing this is nonsense, not least their infamous leaflet. But I think the starkest example is the speech posted above, which is Southwark Lib Dem Councillor Mark Gettleston, speaking at a council meeting in 2011, in which he claims that the council had lots of money to spend at that time, but his Party still thought spending money on Free Healthy School Meals was a waste of money.

Proof that the only way to safeguard this treasured local policy is to vote for your Southwark Labour candidates in May 2014.

13 September 2013

Talking Free, Healthy School Meals at Francesca Cabrini Primary School

It was great to speak to so many parents at St Francesca Cabrini Primary School today.  We were letting people know about Southwark Labour's hugely successful Free, Healthy School Meals policy.  Since investing in this policy after we took control of the council in 2010, more and more evidence is showing that it is helping kids to concentrate at school and tackle obesity.  Most importantly, it ensures that every primary child at school in Southwark is getting a good quality, cooked meal in the middle of the school day.

This is a great policy which Victoria, Renata and I are very proud our Party has introduced (in the teeth of some vicious and misleading opposition from local Liberal Democrats).

You may also be interested in some national coverage on Southwark's school meals policy in the past week

1 September 2013

Inaugural meeting of the Peckham Rye Responsible Dog Owners Association

On Saturday morning I went along to the first meeting of the Peckham Rye Responsible Dog Owners Association (PRRDOA).  This is a group set up by local dog owners who were concerned that their voice  was not being heard loud and clear.  Local residents Dave Hardy and Nick Simpson in particular have been leading the way in getting this group organised.
In truth, the catalyst for this group hasn’t been a wholly positive issue.  The council recently launched a survey across the borough to collect residents views about dog related issues in parks and green spaces.  I think everyone now accepts that the wording of some of the questions could have been better.  As a result, dog owners in Peckham Rye clearly felt that there was a need to get their views across to the council via a new group.

But positive things often come out of these situations.  There were at least 50 dog owners in the Clock House Pub – an excellent turnout for a Saturday morning.  The meeting was really constructive and lots of good ideas were discussed about how to improve things for local dog walkers and park users more generally.  Nick Simpson set out very clearly the aims of the group and emphasised that they wanted to encourage responsible dog ownership and walking. The PRRDOA is keen to ensure members keep dogs on leads in the designated areas and that people clear up dog mess.  Nick said he wanted the group to be a body that the council could talk to (and vice versa) about dog walking in the park.  He also said that some felt that a small minority of irresponsible owners had given the vast majority an undeserved bad name.  He wanted that to stop and for people to recognise that dog walkers are an important group of park users. 

I spoke briefly to ensure that people knew the position of the Peckham Rye Labour Councillors. On dog control areas in the park, we feel that the balance is currently about right and we don’t think they should be extended.  We also want to ensure that there is proper enforcement regarding keeping dogs on leads and clearing up mess, but that this needs to be done in a polite and respectful manner. There has been some concern about the way dog owners are sometimes spoken to by council staff.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, our excellent Cabinet Member with responsibility for parks, also came along and spoke.  Barrie said that he didn’t think there was a particular problem with dogs in Peckham Rye Park.  Barrie also said that the council took its responsibility to ensure safety and cleanliness in parks (and on streets) very seriously and that the survey was an attempt to gather views on this.  Barrie also said he recognised there might be some issues with the survey and that the results would be looked at with this in mind. 

There was then a lively discussion which included suggestions for future activities including meet ups in the park, a “poo pick up” session and the the flagging of dog mess the highlight it and ensure it’s picked up. 

Nick Simpson is going to be circulating the official minutes of the meeting soon and is also in the process of setting up a website.  Nick and others are also going to meet directly with Barrie and council officers to get into the detail of some of the issues discussed.  I’m also going to get hold of some stats on dog related incidents in Peckham Rye and send them to the group.  Victoria, Renata and I look forward to coming along to future meetings and keeping up the dialogue with PRRDOA.

16 July 2013

BIG NEWS for Southwark: Your Labour Council will build 10,000 new homes

Southwark's Labour run Council will be making a really huge announcement at a council Cabinet meeting this afternoon.  Council leader Peter John will set out plans to build 10,000 new council homes over the next thirty years.

This will be one of the biggest home building programmes of its kind in the country and shows how politics really can make a positive difference.  Everyone knows that there is an acute shortage of affordable housing in our borough, and this bold move will make a big difference to the lives of thousands of local families.  Southwark Labour has made a decision to buck the national trend and invest in the most important thing to any family - good quality, affordable housing.  

The decision follows on from the hugely influential Independent Housing Commission Report, chaired by Jan Luba QC. The Commission set out different options for the council which involved maintaining current levels of council housing, or reducing the number of homes.

Having carefully considered its finances and spoken to residents, Southwark has decided to intervene decisively and put an end to the steady, long-term reduction of affordable housing in our borough.  Labour is now committed to increasing the council's housing stock and improving the the quality of all homes in the borough and put more trust in local people to manage their homes and communities.

Southwark has a waiting list of 20,000 for council homes, and Labour has already committed to building 1,000 new council homes by 2020. The announcement reveals an even more ambitious programme of homebuilding to meet demand.

Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr Peter John, said: 

"I'm incredibly proud to announce that Southwark Council will build 10,000 new council homes in the borough over the next thirty years. I can't overstate the significance of this decision, at a time when the trend is for council housing to be sold off more often than it is built, despite huge demand for affordable homes.

"We announced last year that we plan to build 1,000 new council homes in the next few years, and we are well on our way to delivering that plan. But frankly, even that large number of homes will barely scratch the surface of our 20,000-long housing waiting list, and we don't want to sit around waiting for an inevitable crisis to happen - we need to act now.

"We're a relatively small borough in terms of geography but we punch above our weight - people want to live and work here, and with our regeneration of areas like Elephant & Castle, and Peckham, not to mention the London Bridge quarter, demand for homes in the borough will only increase.

"We're working with private developers to bring a range of different types of housing to all parts of Southwark, but as a council we are passionately committed to helping the most vulnerable in society, and that is why we need council housing above all else.

"My own vision for housing in Southwark in 30 years time is of a place where you will not know whether you are visiting an estate in private or council ownership; where the quality of our council homes rivals or exceeds those produced for private sale, and where those properties are managed and maintained either by their residents, or the council, or by a combination of both – but always with the agreement and support of their residents.

"I hope other councils will look at our plans and consider joining Southwark in reversing the trend away from council housing, and start building now for a fairer future for all."

4 July 2013

Cherry Tree on Peckham Rye Park

A message from fellow Peckham Rye Labour Councillor, Renata Hamvas, about the proposed felling of the cherry tree on Peckham Rye Park (pictured above):

"Following this issue being raised by concerned residents, all tree felling has been suspended in Peckham Rye Park. Friends of Peckham Rye Park will be discussing each tree with Council Officers. The magnificent large cherry tree that unfortunately has white rot fungus is to be examined by sonic tomography (sort of tree ultrasound). This will enable the internal structure of the tree to be studied to see if it is possible to save the tree."

3 July 2013

A Community Walking Event - Organised by Nunhead American Radio

An important announcement from American comedian, proud Nunheader and host of Nunhead American Radio ("the only Radio Programme for Americans living in Nunhead"), Lewis Schaffer.  

Lewis and his team are organising "Nunhead Beats the Bounds - A Community Walking Event".  The event details are:

Saturday, 20th July 2013 at 2PM

Meeting Place: Corner Peckham Rye East and East Dulwich Road / Nunhead Lane, the southern side.Ending at: 4PM Nunhead Green.

In characteristically modest style, Lewis states that "Just as Americans discovered the Moon on July 20, 1969, so to Americans will discover Nunhead on July 20th, 2013." Although, you'll be pleased to hear the event is not limited to Americans only. 

According to Lewis "'Beating the bounds' is an ancient British tradition where the local people would come together to celebrate and demarcate the boundary of their parish."

He goes on "This day-long event will promote cohesion, show that all of Nunhead is in walking distance, and to define the shape of Nunhead for future generations."

And on "We will march from Peckham Rye to One Tree Hill, down Ivydale Road to Queens Road back up to Peckham Rye and around to Nunhead Green. Nunheaders young and old will pound the pavements, roads, trees and buildings with sticks. We will sing of Angels, William Blake, Queen Elizabeth, and Dr. Harold Moody, and the other residents and visitors of Nunhead."

And on "The procession will be headed by Lewis Schaffer, host of Nunhead American Radio, Richard Guard, Anna Crockatt and the Dulwich Ukulele Club with community representatives and religious organisations, non-religious and atheist community, the Gay and Lesbian communities, representatives of the many immigrant groups, and the constituent areas of Nunhead: Nunhead Village, Olde Nunhead, Nunhead Rye and Nunhead Heights.

And on "It is estimated it will take 2 hours to do the 4.5 miles culminating in an 'Event of Nunhead Unity' with music and comedy, picnics and food, on Nunhead Green. Nunhead Beats the Bounds will be inclusive, interfaith, multicultural yet very, very British."
I'm sure this will be a great community event which will get lots of local people together and, of course, solidify our special relationship with our American cousins.

29 June 2013

New burial area at Camberwell Old Cemetery

As residents will be aware, Southwark is short of space within its cemeteries. In April 2011 the Council decided to undertake a programme of works in the borough’s existing cemeteries to ensure that it could continue to provide a burial space for residents. It also under took a large consultation of residents about longer term options for burials. This consultation included identifying and prioritising plots in our cemeteries that could be brought back in to use.

Two parts of Camberwell Old Cemetery were identified in the initial programme to provide 'immediate' new burial provision. The first was a small area by the entrance to the cemetery (Site E) which is already back in use and the second area was a large area of common public burials along the cemetery's border with Wood Vale (Site F).

Earlier this week I went to visit the completed works at Site F. The old common graves (which were unmarked) have been topped up with extra soil and the area has been landscaped. New paths have also been put in. This picture hopefully gives a flavour of the quality of the work that has been done.
Like many residents I was unhappy about some of the proposals made for our cemeteries and I campaigned against the use of Honor Oak Rec for burials and helped to ensure that the area of Camberwell Old behind Ryedale was protected (Ryedale is Site H1 on the map and is no longer considered a 'short term option for burial'. It will only be considered again once all the medium term options at Camberwell Old and Camberwell New have been exhausted). However, I was supportive of the Council reusing some of the areas of common graves in Camberwell Old and think the work I saw this week is of high quality and is sympathetic to the character of Camberwell Old.

This second picture shows a glade in the new area that will not be reused and will instead have a memorial to those buried in the old common graves on the site. Again an example of the Council being sensible and working hard to retain the character of Camberwell Old.
I'll keep residents updated as further developments take place at both Camberwell Old and New.

21 June 2013

Love Nunhead Website

As many local residents will know, Southwark's Labour Council has got on with securing the funding and coordinating a number of projects to improve the central area of Nunhead since 2010.  Though the focus is just outside our ward, there will be many Peckham Rye residents who will benefit from this scheme.

At our Community Council meeting earlier this week we saw a presentation from council officers which included information on a new website which has been set up to promote Nunhead.  You can see it at www.lovenunhead.co.uk

The council has secured funding from the Mayor's "Outer London Fund" and the "Pocket Parks Fund" which aims to improve high streets and parks across London by 2015.  This funding will help to deliver a programme of physical improvements, business support, community engagement and build upon the rich mix of festivals already taking place.

The programme has been running since 2012  and will bring more than £1m of investment into the Nunhead area. The regeneration is guided by the Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan.

Specific projects include:

- Shop front improvements

- Improvements to Nunhead Green

- Festivals programme

- Lighting upgrades

- Pop up shops

- Community website

A huge amout of credit should go to local residents and Southwark Labour's Cabinet Member for Regeneration (and Nunhead Ward Councillor) Fiona Colley, for driving this work forward.

10 March 2013

Homestall Road Sports Ground Olympic Legacy Project - Consultation meeting on 14th March

Here's a quick update on the Olympic Legacy Project to improve the sports facilities at Homestall Road Sports Ground, including news of a consultation meeting this Thursday.  This is a project aimed at improving facilities for kids wanting to get involved in football in the local area.  The funding has been arranged and allocated by Southwark's Labour Council, in consultation with Athenlay Football Club and the local community.

With regard to the grass pitches, the works to improve the drainage and quality of the grass pitches were completed in August 2012. The new grass has established well and which means that in September 2013 footballers will have a safe and level playing field. The upgrade of the grass pitches will mean that a much wider area can be used for football. 

One of the concerns raised with us by local residents was the closeness of one of the pitches to their garden fences.  To address this the pitches will be re-configured to ensure that they are marked out as far away from neighbouring fence lines as possible.  The aim is to minimise noise and disturbance.

As part of the improvements to Homestall Road Sports Ground, a proposal for an artificial pitch is being developed.  This will be a great facility for local kids. A smaller sized floodlit artificial pitch to the original plans is being proposed which would not go as near to perimeter fences as previous options may have. Again, this will help to minimise any disturbance resulting from activities.

Council officers working on the project and Athenlay FC will be holding a consultation evening on Thursday 14th March in the club house at the Sports Ground. If you would like to discuss the proposal in more detail, come along any time between 5pm and 7pm.

7 January 2013

Southwark's social housing - time for a 30 year plan

Southwark’s Housing Commission Report is that rarest of things – a report about local government housing policy which you will find readable and interesting.  The report, published back in October 2012, is a razor–sharp analysis of problems afflicting one of Britain’s largest social landlords.  It also offers up options (none of them painless) for how Southwark can confront these problems.

The fact that the report had to be commissioned at all* tells you something about the level of importance placed on this issue by Southwark’s ruling Labour administration.  Sadly, it also tells you something about the scale of the challenge facing the council. 

Southwark has 39,000 tenanted properties and 16,700 leasehold properties and far too many of these homes are in poor condition. This is in part the legacy of the council (and the old GLC) building homes on the cheap in the 1960s and 1970s. These problems have been compounded by decades of poor repairs and maintenance and long-term underinvestment.  For many, many years Southwark has been avoiding the difficult questions about how to secure the long-term future of good quality affordable housing in the borough.      

Southwark’s Labour councillors commissioned the report because we knew that lack of investment and failure to properly manage the housing stock would, in the long-term, lead to a reduction in the number of affordable homes in the borough.  That is not something that a progressive, socially responsible Labour council is prepared to let happen. The Commission was asked to do two things: explore options for the financing, ownership and operation of Southwark’s housing stock beyond 2015** and make recommendations for a sustainable investment strategy over a 30 year period. 

The conclusions of the report are fascinating.  It does not make pleasant reading for anyone seeking to defend the Southwark’s housing management record over the last 50 years.  In short, the Commission concludes that the council has built poor quality estates on the cheap, failed to invest in maintaining them, consistently delivered a poor quality repairs service and failed to effectively engage with tenants. The long-term solutions identified by the Commission boil down to three main areas: 
  1. A sustained, long-term investment programme in the fabric of social housing
  2. Radically improved standards and structures for Southwark’s housing management
  3. A significant improvement in (and intensification of) tenant engagement
I won’t go into detail regarding the changes the Commission suggests with regard to 2 and 3, otherwise this post is at risk of being longer than the report itself.  But if you’re interested, take a look at the sections on “Housing Management Options (pages 63-65) and “Support for council housing” (page 67-72)

As you would expect, the headline issue which the report gives most attention to is the level of good quality council housing which Southwark can seek to sustain over the next 30 years.  It also examines how this balances with the provision of other forms of affordable housing. 

The three options for council housing proposed are:

Option 1: “The council could manage a slow but steady decline in its stock to around 30,000 homes. This would release extra funds to improve the retained stock and enable major restructuring of estates but do nothing to address the shortage of affordable low-rent housing. Over time the council would gain a relatively large financial surplus from its rents, which it could reinvest.”

Option 2: “Maintaining the stock at around the current level of 39,000 homes over 30 years would necessitate a substantial and sustained refurbishment and new-build programme. This more ambitious scenario would help ease the borough’s housing problems, but it requires the council to undertake a higher level of borrowing against the value of its larger stock to cover the funding gap. It also requires a step change in the quality of strategic and project management.”

Option 3: “A carefully managed reduction to 20,000 homes should cut management and maintenance costs and release more resources for improving the existing stock. Fewer council homes would mean more pressure on other social and private housing providers, as well as probably many more leaseholders as a result of tenants exercising their Right to Buy. But this option would also generate a larger financial surplus for reinvestment, which could be used in partnership with other providers.”

What is clear from these three proposals, is that there are no easy answers.  The options involve either looking at managing down the number of council homes and doing more partnership work to deliver affordable housing OR maintaining more of the housing stock via increased borrowing, paid for through other sources.  The report’s authors make it clear that the different options are not mutually exclusive and Southwark may wish to pursue a mixture

That said, I think it’s clear that a Labour Council will not be seeking to make dramatic reductions in the housing stock, when what we need is more affordable housing, not less.  As the Labour Leader of the Council recently said: “At a time when Southwark Labour has pledged to build 1,000 new council homes by 2020, it would go against all our beliefs to reduce our stock by 20,000 in the 20 years after that.”

My personal view is that we should be looking to be as ambitious as possible with regard to funding good quality social housing.  I’m not interested in condemning people to sub-standard council housing based on ideological dogma. But neither do I think we can even begin to address these issues without a big role for the Council as a social landlord.  Getting the funding model right is going to be difficult, but crucial to the success of this policy.  The money has to be there to maintain the properties and regenerate those homes which are beyond repair.  A key line in the report regarding the council's ability to borrow to invest in housing states: "The council has £126 million of headroom borrowing for investment in existing stock and new homes. This places Southwark in an extremely favourable position compared with other landlord authorities." 

The council will soon be carrying out a full consultation on the 30 year strategy.  I'd encourage as many Southwark residents as possible to get involved and contribute. The availability of good quality, affordable homes in an inner borough like Southwark is an issue which touches the lives of a huge number of people. This is about the kind of place we want to live in: One that accommodates only those on higher incomes who can afford to live in inner London or a mixed community where people of varied economic means can live and work together.  Southwark Councillors are not yet at the point of decision on Southwark’s affordable housing policy for the next 30 years, but the time for decisions is getting close.  At least now we have the information we need to make our choice. 

 * You won’t be surprised to hear that Simon Hughes and his Southwark Liberal Democrat colleagues have refused to engage in a serious debate how to secure the long-term future of affordable housing in the borough.  Instead they have attacked Southwark Labour for “hiring an overpaid lawyer and a bunch of so-called experts to tell us what we already know”.  This is, of course, childish and puerile nonsense

** Up to 2015/16 Labour has already put in place a fully investment plan with the aim of making all council housing in the borough “Warm, safe and Dry”

4 January 2013

Peckham Rye (West) / East Dulwich Road / Nunhead Lane road works

This post is something of a public information notice about road works which are taking place in Peckham Rye very shortly.

Work will begin on Monday 7th January at the junction of Peckham Rye (West) and East Dulwich Road.  As many of you will know, this junction has been the scene of numerous road traffic accidents over the years and the council recently consulted on making changes which will improve safety and traffic flow. Works will also be taking place at the junction of Peckham Rye (East) and Nunhead Lane on the opposite side of the Common. 

During the works, which will be completed by 29th February, there will be four-way traffic lights with a "pedestrian phase" in operation. Clearly, it is likely that during the works there will be traffic disruption at the junctions and the surrounding area.

The main features of the works are:

- The introduction of a new right turn filter for eastbound traffic on East Dulwich Road

- Improving both junctions by linking them together with SCOOT

- The introduction of new advance stop lines on all arms of the junction to improve safety for cyclists

- The reduction of crossing distance for pedestrians at Peckham Rye / East Dulwich Road junction

- New audible feature for the visually impaired at Peckham Rye / East Dulwich Road junction

- The remarking of the box junction at Peckham Rye/East Dulwich road to make it enforceable under road traffic law

A notification letter is going out to all residents affected by this works, and who live close to the junctions.

The schedule for the works is as follows. 

Week 1
Remove central refuge island
Remove existing traffic signals

Week 2-4
Footway buildout works
Building pit boxes

Week 5-6
Reinstate new signals
Nunhaed Lane/Peckham Rye Junction

Week 7
Ducting work on footway

Week 8
Commissioning new controller, road marking works at Peckham Rye /East Dulwich Road junction