Lifts at Denmark Hill station now fully operational

Just a quick update to bring the good news that as of 5 August 2013 the lifts at Denmark Hill Station are now fully operational. Hurrah! Denmark Hill station is now fully accessible to people in wheelchairs, those with reduced mobility and parents with young children in prams.

The London Overground service is bringing real benefits and at last, it seems, really putting Camberwell on the map. In an ideal world I would like to see Camberwell incorporated into the name of the station somehow — something like ‘Denmark Hill for Camberwell’ or similar to connect the two.

Until the new Camberwell tube station and Camberwell railway station open Denmark Hill is your main option for travelling to Camberwell by train.

A new library for Camberwell in 2014?

Something I missed but which will have a great impact on Camberwell is the new library which finally, it seems, is on track, not without controversy.

On 4 June 2013 the Southwark Council Planning Committee passed the planning application for the construction of a new library on Camberwell Green. Details of the new library are on the Southwark website.

You will recall two years ago in 2011 details were published here of plans for a new library which we were assured by the Council Leader Peter John would be built by “autumn 2012”.

Following the Council Leader’s bold pronouncement problems occured with the scheme and so here we are two years on still with an inadequate library in Camberwell.

This is all set to change with the construction of the new library (artist’s impression of the new library below  taken from architect John McAsclan + Partners website)New Camberwell Library

According to Southwark the new library will be located on Camberwell Green and “will include areas for adult, children and young people libraries as well as public access computers, study area and meeting rooms. The main library areas will be located on the ground floor with meeting rooms and study space located on the first floor. The main entrance will face towards Camberwell Green.”

The library is a key part of the Camberwell regeneration programme which aims to connect the Green with wider Camberwell.

The location has attracted great controversy as the building will be located on the site of Camberwell Orchard on the Green, various other suggestions for a library location have been put forward. Realistically I cannot see Southwark deciding at this late stage to relocate the new library but protestors are urging the council to think again. Let us hope that this will not result in another two year delay to the new Camberwell Library.

Trains, bikes and a tube station for Camberwell?

So continuing on the theme of transport highlighted in the last post there have been several recent developments and announcments on the transport front which will bring benefits to Camberwell.

Denmark Hill Station
The Denmark Hill Station redevelopment is reaching completition with a fancy new footbridge and lifts which, according to the station operator, are set to open in August 2013. You will recall that when the redevelopment started in 2011 we were told it would be completed for Summer 2012 so a year later we are finally nearing the end.

The London Overground services continue to impress and help to put Camberwell on the map. I continue to feel that there has been a missed opportunity to explicitly mention Camberwell in the station signs, the line map or in the title, eg ‘Denmark Hill for Camberwell’ — Denmark Hill is part of Camberwell not a separate place.

Cycle Superhighway 5
Transport for London have published plans for its cycle superhighway 5 which runs from New Cross to Westminster including along Camberwell New Road and Camberwell Church Street. The plans will bring wider benefits to Camberwell with the creation of semi-segregated bus and cycle ways, changes to the junction of Denmark Hill and Camberwell Church Street, widening of pavements and secondary measures such as a 20mph limit. TfL have also pledged to undertake changes to the junctions near Oval tube station and around Vauxhall Cross which will make things safer for cyclists. In its separate cycling strategy TfL have pledged to bring the cycle hire scheme, aka Boris Bikes, Southwards to places like Camberwell.

As I’m sure you are aware our area has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the UK and yet the main roads are dominated by motor vehicles. The beauty of the cycle superhighways is that they can be implemented in a relatively short time — TfL have promised that most of the work will be completed in 2014 and everything will be done by 2015. TfL have ambitious plans to increase cycling across the whole of London: making an area like Camberwell cycle friendly makes it people friendly

And finally a tube station for Camberwell?
Mayor Boris has been busy setting out his vision for transport for the next 20 years in his 2020 Vision document. It includes lots of grand statements about future developments including a pledge to seek funding to extend the Bakerloo Line beyond Elephant to Camberwell, Peckham and further. Whilst only the opening salvo in a bid for Government funding this strategy is an important rallying document- Southwark Council have already pledged £50,000 to carry out a feasibility study for the tube. I dont want to get my hopes up too high ‑they have been talking about Camberwell underground station since the 1930s you will recall–  but I hope this time that funding and political will can be found to make Camberwell tube station a reality.

Come to Camberwell for the Sun

So finally on Friday, 30 November 2012, the Sun and Doves pub on Coldharbour Lane SE5 will reopen.

After over 14 months of closure the much missed pub (pictured as it undergoes transformation) is set to reopen as The Sun of Camberwell.
The Sun Pub, Coldharbour Lane SE5 due to reopen on 30 Nov 2012
According to new tenants Antic the Sun of Camberwell will continue the former pub’s emphasis on food. Improvements to the pub include an “enlarged trading area with a separate function room, a new open kitchen and improved disabled/baby changing facilities.”

Antic have done a great job with the Tiger pub on Camberwell Green and so I have high hopes for the Sun.

What really made a S&D special pub (apart form the art, quiz, music nights, new year celebrations and films) and gave it the edge over Camberwell’s other great pubs ‑the Cambria Arms, Bear, Tiger, Crooked Well, George Canning etc etc- was the garden and I look forward  to sipping beer into the evening outside next summer.

More information on the Antic Pubs website or on the pub’s website

Turkish Food Centre offers Camberwell taste of the Mediterranean

Comments on my previous posting on the new Tesco Express remind me that I had intended to post an article extolling the virtues of the newish Turkish Food Centre (pictured) on Camberwell New Road. So here it is.

 

The new deli opened earlier this summer on Camberwell New Road opposite the Bear Pub in what was a stationery shop.

The TFC offers a fantastic range of bread, cakes, meat, fresh fruit and veg and much much more. It is part of a chain of currently 14 shops around London. This is a very welcome addition to Camberwell.  I thoroughly recommend it!

Turkish Food Centre website