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What you can do now
Dulwich Estate and the Dulwich Almshouse Charity are running a consultation process around their plans to move the Almshouse to the playground. We have no objection to Dulwich Estate providing sheltered housing to elderly people but believe they could build this elsewhere on their 1500 acres. They have other vacant areas or spaces which they could use to support the community, or could upgrade the current (and rather beautiful setting). They have chosen to build residential properties on the site of the old Audi garage for example. As the largest landowner and with a responsibility to manage the Estate over the long term we are keen that they show their support for state as well as private schools.
DONATE: You can support us at: https://www.gofundme.com/savethegreenspace
LOOK AT THE PLANS: You can see the plans at: www.dulwichalmshousecharity.org and leave comments through the website.
FOLLOW: Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/savethejudithkerrprimaryschoolgreenspace
LET DULWICH ESTATE HEAR FROM YOU: Make your views known to the Dulwich Estate: www.dulwichestate.co.uk/contact/
Details of the Trustees here: www.dulwichestate.co.uk/about/the-trustees
WRITE TO: Helen Hays MP (Dulwich and West Norwood) and Nicky Morgan, Sectary of State for Education.
Helen Hays can be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post Helen Hayes MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Nicky Morgan can be contacted: email@example.com or by post Department for Education, Ministerial and Public Communications Division, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD
CONTACT - your local councillors here: moderngov.southwark.gov.uk
They said to the Dulwich Society on 15th February 2016 (dulwichsociety.com):
"The Dulwich Estate is the freeholder of the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane, part of which is currently leased to the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) Education Trust for the Judith Kerr Primary School [This is inaccurate - all of the land is currently leased. We are seeking a correction.] .In response to the recent public consultation on the Southwark Plan it has submitted representations to the Council concerning the future of the land at 62-68 Half Moon Lane for possible use as subsidised sheltered housing (almshouses) for elderly people.
Commenting today (15 February), James Williamson (PR and communications adviser to The Dulwich Estate on the project) said “The Dulwich Estate will be engaging with councillors, community leaders and stakeholders to understand their views over the future of 62-68 Half Moon Lane.
After undertaking consultation, The Dulwich Estate will carefully review all the feedback received before deciding how best to move forward.”
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