Today there were some confused and upset dog walkers in Hilly Fields as fines of £75 were being handed out for dogs being walked off their leads. The fines were being handed out by an agency used by Lewisham Council. The issuers were claiming that it is illegal to walk a dog off its lead in all open spaces in Lewisham and had been so since 2005.
It has since been confirmed by the council that an error had been made by the agency and all fines are to be cancelled. It was also confirmed by the council that dogs are of course allowed off their leads in Hilly Fields.
I have sent this in to notify to all dog walkers that there is nothing to worry about - as I believe word has spread like wildfire, and not to add in any way to the recent BC debate.
Council cuts mean that the service is now under threat and they have launched a petition to demonstrate the scale of public support for their service. They say:
We think that the Lewisham Toy Library is worth saving. After dealing with many years of Lewisham Council’s cuts to our core funding (which are continuing), we are now being asked by the Council to pay commercial-level rent, thereby increasing our cost base.
We have lost enough already – chilcare services, the playbus and many other services that help with the development of children in the Borough. Join us in telling London Borough of Lewisham that we think they could offer more support – either by giving us lower rent, or maintaining funding, or both.
Show your support here.
Broc Soc writes:
The fayre is our biggest event, run entirely by volunteers, always a great community day. We run the fayre through separate (though cooperating) Teams. This is an urgent appeal:
We print 8,000 Programmes and distribute them FREE far and wide in the week before the Fayre. We need 2 volunteers as soon as possible to assist team captain Emma and programme designer Fatima: you would approach local businesses to sign up sponsors, book the advertisements and collect prizes to be raffled in the prize draw on the day.
Please email Clare if you are interested in helping.
Katherine & Cynthia, the team behind The Larder deli in Ladywell, say:
We are celebrating The Larder's 1st Birthday this weekend!
Huge thanks to all our wonderful customers and friends who have supported us over the past 12 months; we couldn't have done it without you! We feel very lucky to be part of such a welcoming community.
To celebrate, we'll be offering 10% off all purchases on Saturday 18th April April plus 20% off to the first 5 customers who come in and wish us a Happy Birthday!".