#Bakernooisham - southern extension consultation launches today

TfL's public consultation on the southern extension of the Bakerloo Line opens later today. The options for the line, include a route via Camberwell and Peckham or a route via the Old Kent Road with both routes converging on New Cross Gate and then on to Ladywell and Catford. Mayorwatch reports:

Michèle Dix, TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, has also said the line could be connected with the rail line to Hayes “which would mean existing rail services would no longer operate on this line, but the Bakerloo line would operate instead.”

A further option allows for the line to be extended to Beckenham Junction to connect with the Tramlink or Bromley town centre.

Lewisham Labour has launched an opportunistic petition, calling for the line to come to Lewisham, which seems a little redundant, other than as a way of getting some reflected glory for the project, when it comes. They're also studiously avoiding mentioning which route they prefer, lest they upset anyone, but it seems fairly obvious that they would favour the New Cross route, on the basis of its regeneration potential.

However, they deserve some credit for making the case for the line over the last few years and for coining the natty name Bakerlooisham (which should of course be #Bakernooisham).

The new line is slated to begin operating in 2040, but the smart money is on this project being brought forward by a decade or so, as South East London transport overheats.

Click here to take part in the consultation.

The Spirit of 78"

The LP Bar in action 
The LP Bar in New Cross is staging a new monthly night for the "spirit and cocktail curious", bringing drinks experts and mixologists in for evenings of "learning, tasting and experimenting"

First up is Whisky - hosted by Mark Jennings of Drinks Galore.

Mark will give a guided tour of the brown stuff with four whisky tastings from Scotland, Ireland, the US and Japan and snacks from The London Particular, created to complement the whiskys.

The event runs from 7.30-9.30pm and tickets cost £25. Click here for details.

Bazooka Joe, October 11th

The Brockley Social Club has changed

This year's model

Lewisham's #Modelmarket celebrated its final weekend with queues that stretched round the block and a deluge of misty-eyed tweets from locals.

Like Brockley Market before it, it has enjoyed a degree of success that undercut the cynics, surprised even the optimists, proved the level of local demand and demonstrated the extraordinary commitment of hipsters, always willing to travel across London to find a new place to eat pulled pork.

Its immediate legacy will be a permanent new roof top venue in Leiwsham, opening next month [EDIT: They've just said on Twitter that it's now not going to open until early next year]. It has also established a precedent, showing that there will be more to post-Gateway Lewisham than simply rabbit hutches for commuters.

With thanks to Karen.

Deptford Fun Palaces, October 4-5

The Deptford Fun Palaces team writes:

The Deptford Fun Palaces will be springing up across the SE8 area on the weekend of 4th & 5th October 2014.

This Fun Palace is a collaborative consortium of a number of creative, cultural and educational organisations, including The Albany, Deptford X, Art Mongers, The Deptford Lounge and many more. We have a shared ambition to get the community of Deptford engaged in a spectrum of fun arts and science activities across the weekend.

- Are you 13-19 years old and a budding performer? Do you want to showcase your skills on the streets of Deptford? Deptford's newest Street Theatre troupe 'The Red Anchors' have arrived and this is your chance to be a founding member.

- Become a mad scientist on the streets of Deptford to celebrate the Fun Palace’s, a national festival of arts and science on the weekend of 4th and 5th October. It’s going to be mad, silly and scientific!

- MakeBelieve Arts will be creating a giant science playground inviting the community to solve a mystery of gigantic proportions. Forensic investigators need the communities help to solve the case of a sick giant; the last place she was seen was in the library and they have marked out her outline on the floor.

For more information click here.

Film and TV studio planned for Greenwich Peninsula

Part of the proposed residential scheme
The Wharf newspaper reports that developers Knight Dragon have revealed plans to build a film and television studio at Greenwich Peninsula.

With the 147 acre site now acquired from cash-strapped Quintain, Knight Dragon can now let their ambition off the leash and - with the UK's film studios running at full capacity and demand for UK-produced content growing, they want to attract production companies to Greenwich, bringing jobs and economic activity with them.

The developers have already signalled their intent by bringing in pop-up bars, restaurants and theatre performances to the Peninsula and opening a new visitors centre, to encourage visitors to North Greenwich to turn right, to explore the location, rather than be immediately swallowed up by The O2. They have also announced their intention to build a 5km running course around Greenwich Peninsula and to create a golf driving range. There is more to come.

With The O2 team developing a hotel at the end of the Peninsula and contracts being awarded for the next phase of residential construction, the promise of the location is finally being realised after a dismal decade, where nothing much happened.

In the new plans, all the social housing is now located at the southern end of the Peninsula and some locals have criticised the level of segregation between communities, but this is a brown-field site that has remained brown-field for far too long. There are no established communities being displaced and rich and poor will never be far apart, especially as there is a mixed community at the southern end of the Peninsula already.

Full disclosure: As part of my day job, I advised Knight Dragon for a short time in relation to this development, but I no-longer work for them.

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