Saturday, December 30, 2006
RE: CCTV Enforcement, Railton Road (j/w Dulwich Road)
You requested information on the effect of the CCTV installation at the
above location. In particular, you requested information on any
offences including crime related offences, which has been successfully
prosecuted as a result of CCTV footage. This matter has been forwarded
to me to respond to on behalf of the Business Performance Section.
Firstly, I would clarify that CCTV monitoring in relation to traffic
regulations is intended to reduce the level of contraventions and so
reduce delays on the highway network.
The primary purpose of the CCTV camera enforcement system is to ensure
the safe and efficient operation of the road network through the
detection of contraventions of traffic regulations. Lambeth Parking
Services therefore do not use their cameras in association with
However, with regards to enforcement activity, I can confirm that the
number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued by the CCTV camera at
Railton Road, from 1 September 2006, is 3508. These were issued with
a contravention code of 50L, which indicates that the vehicle failed to
comply with a sign indicating a prohibited turn (left turn).
In terms of vehicles that are successfully prosecuted, the only
success measure would be motorists that have paid for the PCNs that have
been issued, which is 2221 paid PCNs out of 3508.
With regards to safety of pedestrians, this is usually assessed by our
Transport and Highways department. However, the issuance of PCNs act
as a deterrent to motorists who contravene the parking regulations at
Railton Road, which should subsequently reduce the contravention levels
and ultimately improve safety at that location. However, this would
have to be measured over a period of 6 months to a year, to verify its
Thursday, December 28, 2006
In the recent review small changes were proposed to route 37 at Clapham Common: eastbound the route will run from Clapham Common north side, via Long Road and Clapham Common south side, to Clapham Park Road. Thus the Pavement would no longer be served, and the 37 would share stops with the 35 and N35.
The changes will be implemented during 2007 but it is possible to raise objections by 26th January.
No changes are proposed to route 40.
I have included both routes 35 and 40 in this communication for information, although these buses do not serve the immediate area of the Herne Hill Forum.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Herne Hill Car Crash
Crash occurred on Herne Hill just by Casino Avenue.
There was a helicopter circling the area from 10am and police closed Herne Hill to traffic from Frankfurt Rd to Poplar Walk for most of sunday morning.
BBC News Reported:
Two women died when their car was involved in a collision with two other vehicles in south east-London.
Their silver Mazda 323 collided with a green VW Passat which was then hit by a Toyota Avensis in Casino Avenue, Herne Hill, in the early hours.
Two other rear seat passengers were cut free from the Mazda and were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police want to trace a man who was in the front passenger seat who left the scene before rescue services arrived.
The drivers of the other two vehicles did not require hospital treatment.
Friday, December 15, 2006
CROSS RIVER TRANSIT
With a Project Team now in place, the long-awaited cross-river tram is moving a big step nearer to reality. During the next weeks consultations about the route options are taking place: in Lambeth the second option terminus at the Effra Road giratory in the heart of Brixton would allow future extensions to Streatham; in Southwark there are two route options at Albany Road / Burgess Park and in Peckham.
Passenger numbers are estimated to be a staggering 60 million per annum, with trams in the central area every two minutes. Journey times from Brixton or Peckham to Euston, Waterloo and Kings Cross are very impressive, the trams are low-boarding wheelchair, pram and push-chair accessible, and can carry up to 300 people. Experience with Croydon Tramlink and other British systems, such as Manchester and Nottingham, have shown that the trams are the one form of transport that really attracts people out of their cars.
Cross River Transit will be built in one go rather than opening in sections but it is not scheduled to open till 2016!! Nonetheless it needs our wholehearted support.
TfL's website or www.lrta.org gives the route map.
42 bus -- in the news again...
The ever-busier 42 will shortly increase Sunday services from 4 an hour to 5 an hour (every 12 minutes) through much of the day. Quite a number of buses are reported to be terminating on Denmark Hill rather than in Sunray Avenue, and this is being addressed.
The route extension is still under review but all indications are that the service will eventually extend via North Dulwich Station to East Dulwich, subject to a suitable turn-round being found.
More news as it becomes available
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
wHERE IS IT
Saturday, December 09, 2006
6TH DECEMBER .
THE X-it PROGRAMME
A Submission to the Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System
Doc page 9 (16)
we understand that Julia Woltonand a team of peer mentors will be appearing before the
Home Affairs Select committee 19th December
Julia Wolton confirm that appearane befpore the Home Affairs Slect Committee will be 19th December to discuss the programme running in Lamebth to help young people at risk from the gang culture. Peer mentors will be explaining their own involvement in the initiative.
NO DEAL - REPORT BASED ON PUBLIC QUESTION.
( drug dealing operation central Brixton)
Docs page 2 ( 8)
note the power of the public question
SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAMS
BRIXTON HILL FERNEDALE
COLDHARBOUR TULSE HILL AND HERNE HILL
( DOC PAGE 23 ( 29)
BROCKWELL PARK ALTERNATIVE SPACE ( DRINKERS) PROJECT
(DOC PAGE 27 (33)
KERB CRAWLING IN BRIXTON
( doC PAGE 33 ( 39)
As of midday today, a chic Oxfam shop has opened in Herne Hill, just along from Mimosa...
And the gravel path hedging the Lido works has been finished!
All to the good,
Friday, December 08, 2006
TRAMS FOR BRIXTON
Not really sure how some of it is relevant to Herne Hill as a some sections are regarding euston,camden,kings cross.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
consultation on route proposals. The display will be open tomorrow and
Saturday, and includes detailed feedback and comment forms. Route options
include via Stockwell or straight up the A23 to Oval, and terminus options
are Popes Road or St. Matthew's Church triangle.
If you can't make it to Tate Gardens, the same information and feedback is
available on tfl.gov.uk in the Tram section (Cross River Tram). Every
household within a kilometre of the route should have received a notice
about this, but I haven't had one yet.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
SORTING OFFICE CLOSURE- TESSA JOWELL
Letter sent 28th November by TJ to Post Office
Mr Martin Humphries
Royal Mail House
1st Floor, 148 Old Street
London EC1V 9HQ
Dear Mr Humphries,
Re: Closure of the Royal Mail Posting Office at Herne Hill
I note that you have previously answered questions from my office in relation to this matter and I thank you for assistance provided so far.
As you are aware, I have been contacted by my constituents, in particular the Herne Hill Society who are extremely concerned over the closure of this facility. They have also written to raise their concerns in a letter addressed to Ms Mandy Wombwell at Post Office Headquarters.
I am particularly concerned about the increased journey times for my constituents. Currently, the collection office is situated near other services in the Herne Hill centre making it easy to access. It is considerably more difficult to travel 2 miles to another facility which is far from the centre of Camberwell.
The Herne Hill Society has investigated this matter and such a change in arrangements would require my constituents to catch two buses to arrive at either Denmark Hill or Camberwell New Road, after which there is a five minute walk up to Camberwell Station Road which contains a large bus garage, vehicle repair shops and is generally unfriendly to pedestrians. I am very concerned that this would encourage car usage.
In addition to the matter of the length of the journey, difficulties could arise as the opening times are the same in the Camberwell facility as at Herne Hill. Herne Hill residents would have to travel a further distance, however, and this would limit the hours they can collect packages. This would be a considerable inconvenience to local groups who have PO boxes as well as individuals who want to collect undeliverable packages.
The current facility is located in the heart of the local community. This allows deliveries to be made entirely on foot to a wide area – a further environmental benefit that will be lost with a move to Camberwell.
Another concern is the possible loss of a building with significant local history. The pair of buildings (the Post Office and what is now Sainsbury’s) typify the Herne Hill area and make a valuable aesthetic contribution to the locality. There is, further, a strong sentimental bond with the local community, as this historic building has a war memorial within it.
I very much share the concerns of my constituents about the lack of public consultation. Rumour has been rampant about the closure of this resource and even after enquiries by the general public I had to enquire about the situation before a substantive response was received; to date there has been no public announcement.
I am greatly concerned that the loss of this valuable civic amenity would be to the detriment of the local community. I would like you to once again reconsider your decision in light of my representations, and those of the local community. At the very least I believe that the local people deserve to be consulted so that their understandable concerns can be properly aired.
I note that this issue was raised several years ago and the case was then accepted by Rpyal Mail for the retention of this facility. I would urge that a similar approach is taken on this occasion.
I look forward to hearing from you as a matter of urgency.
Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP
cc: Adam Crozier, Chief Executive, Royal Mail, 148 Old Street, London EC1V 9HQSheila Northover, Chair, Herne Hill Society,
Press Release from the Herne Hill Society
Save the Herne Hill Sorting Office
The Herne Hill Society is campaigning to save the Sorting/Delivery Office in Herne Hill that Royal Mail plan to close in Spring 2007. This secretive closure exercise has been characterised by misinformation and rumour. There has been no public consultation or announcement. Only through questions from Tessa Jowell our MP have Royal Mail’s plans been finally confirmed.
We strongly object to this move. It will mean transferring operations two miles away to Station Road, Camberwell; relatively inaccessible, needing two buses and a walk, and causing considerable inconvenience to Herne Hill residents collecting undelivered mail. The present office is in the centre of Herne Hill, close to other businesses and shops and for customers, easily accessible on foot and close to bus and rail services.
There will be the environmental impact of extra vehicles on the roads, both transporting mail to Herne Hill from Camberwell and residents using their cars to get to Camberwell safely and quickly.
We are encouraging members and others to send their objections to: Adam Crozier, Chief Executive, Royal Mail Headquarters, 5th Floor, 148 Old St, London EC1V 9HQ
3rd December 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
VEHICLE ACTIVATED SIGN
This is sited between Hollingbourne Road and Ruskin Walk, just before the road narrows, and is now operational: slow down - too fast will be the message to those speeding.
Thanks to all who pressed for this sign -- persistence has paid off again. Thanks to Lambeth and Southwark Councils also.
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