East Dulwich children put on the spot by new painted circles in the street

Children in East Dulwich are going dotty over new artwork that has appeared on the road.

Four roads in the area are now sporting spots – some of which are in the Dulwich Hamlet FC colours.

Both adults and children have been enjoying the new murals, using them as stepping stones and for games of twister.

The dots, which are thought to be related to the LTN in Dulwich Village, are located next to planters in Tintagel Crescent, Elsie Road, Derwent Grove, and Melbourne Grove.

Local artist Stephen Wright, who runs the House of Dreams Museum in Melbourne Road said the colourful circles were exciting and could help local businesses.

He said: “It’s great to see children enjoying them as they walk to school, hopping from circle to circle.

“With a bit of vision the streets could look fabulous and have a continental feel, which could help attract customers to support our local businesses.”

Southwark council installed an LTN in Dulwich Village in November 2020, after identifying Dulwich as a priority area.

A ‘permeable filter’ was installed at the junction of Court Lane, Calton Avenue and Dulwich Village.

This means the junction is closed to motor traffic but not to pedestrians, cycles, scooters or wheelchairs.

Other roads in the area have measures installed to restrict traffic travelling northbound or eastbound only from 8-10am and 3-6pm on Mondays to Fridays.

The restrictions reduce pollution in the area which is especially harmful to children – allowing them to play outside safely.

Information from the British Lung Foundation says babies and children are especially vulnerable to air pollution as their lungs are still growing and developing.

Exposure to air pollution can harm normal growth of lung function in the womb, during childhood and right up to the late teens.

 


 

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