GoodGym Lewisham

BCer Adele wants to tell you about her running group GoodGym, a real-life version of Zombies Run - only instead of rebuilding your base in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you do odd-jobs around Lewisham. She writes:

There's now a whole new way of getting fit while doing good in the borough of Lewisham, with GoodGym. We run in groups to help out local community groups, charities and public spaces, with our weekly run meeting at Glass Mill at 6:45pm on a Monday evening.

We started our group runs in Lewisham on January 18th and have had lots of interest, both from participants and organisations. Anyone can come along and you can sign up on our website here.

If you are part of a community group who might need our help, here are some examples of tasks we complete:

- Gardening, weeding and clearing parks or open spaces
- Moving heavy furniture or items
- Painting, sanding or decorating
- Tidying communal areas
- Setting up for events

The Phantom Phonebooth: Mystery Micro Library for Kids

Another Brockley phone box has been converted into a micro library. This one is on the corner of Wickham Road and Lewisham Way and is specifically for children's books.

Given the success of the first one, which regularly overflows with donations and the lack of any better ideas for what to do with these boxes, this is a brilliant idea.

Thank you to Jeff for the photo. If you know more about its origins, please post the details below.

180 Brockley Road revealed

The wrapping has now come off 180 Brockley Road to the extent that we can see what impact it will have on the streetscape from both Coulgate Street and Brockley Road. 

I like the massing and mix of materials, especially the metallic roof. I'm not sure how much fun it would be to have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the main entrance to a busy station, but the proportions look good from street level. Likewise, it's hard to tell whether the courtyard will work for residents, but the angles conspire to make the narrow Coulgate Street cottages look like Brockley's answer to the Thin House.

Coming soon: The Habit

Another new local dining option is looming on the horizon. The Habit is a "modern British bistro" aiming to open next month, adding to Nunhead's small but pleasingly formed high street. A short walk there and back again may be in order.

Deptford High Street pilots money-back app for parking

Deptford High Street is piloting a new app called MoreForMe that allows people to get money off their shopping in return for a minimum spend in local shops, offsetting local parking charges. Lewisham Council says:

"The free MoreForMe app, developed by Better Cities, can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet and works once an activation QR code has been scanned at stickers on the parking meters in Frankham Street or in participating stores. Shoppers can then shop at their favourite participating retailer, make the minimum purchase and scan the store QR code in the shop.

"The retailer will then give a discount off the purchase price to the shopper. Shoppers can continue the process in other participating stores on Deptford High Street, effectively wiping out their parking fee, with the added benefit of saving even more money, the more they spend.

"Current Deptford High Street retailers signed up to the initiative include: A.J. Goddards, Agege Bread & Bakers, Amber Tree Cafe, CakesNMore, Central Vape, Curtains by Iris - Textiles, Danny’s Pound Shop Plus, Debonaire Designer Couture, Deli X, Ebis Collections, Jenny’s Cafe, Johnny’s DIY & Building Supplies, Kims Newsagent, Lewisham & Deptford Sewing Machines, London Velo, Manze’s, Red Carpet Boutique, rhubarb&CUSTARD Cafe, Swag City, Terry’s Discount Store, The Albany Cafe, The Birds Nest Pub, The Lounge Café, Wünderlust at The Big Red."

"Cllr Rachel Onikosi, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: ‘We want to support our traders and encourage more people to shop locally. We have collaborated with local retailers and Better Cities on this initiative, which we think is a win-win all round. The shopper benefits by saving money on their parking fee from their purchases and retailers benefit by having customers who visit, dwell and spend more.’"

While it's good to explore ways in which technology can improve our high streets, using public funds to encourage people to drive to a local high street feels like a retrograde step in many ways. But it will be interesting to see whether the app gets used and the model pays dividends for local retailers.

Thanks to Brockley Kate for the heads-up.

Lewisham Way crossings live to fight another day

Don't cross the people of Brockley. TfL have responded to the public consultation about the fate of traffic crossings on the A20 - the Algernon Road crossing at the foot of Loampit Hill will go but those on Lewisham Way will stay. They say:

Last year we held a consultation on a number of changes to the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham. We had nearly 200 responses.

We wanted to merge and relocate some of the crossings along this stretch of the road, and 63% of responses opposed these proposals. When we analysed the comments, most people expressed a need to keep the crossings by Lewisham Southwark College, Tressillian Road, St John’s station and St John’s Medical Centre. Due to the low use of the crossing by Algernon Road, and the new signalised crossing nearby at Jerrard Street we have decided the Algernon Road crossing can be removed. 

All the other crossings will remain in where they are and they will be upgraded over the next year (2015-16). This means all pedestrian crossings will be a common crossing type, and we will be able to link the signals with SCOOT control to ensure a smoother traffic flow. This will provide some benefits along this road for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Our proposals also included changes to the bus and cycle lanes, and changes to the side road junctions. The majority of people supported these proposals, so we will continue with these.

Thanks to everyone who sent this to me.

Breddos Tacos confirms Lewisham London Union plans

#ModelMarket street foodies Breddos Tacos have revealed that they will be joining Polpo at the new London Union restaurant complex that is coming to Lewisham soon.

In an interview with Big Hospitality, founder Jonathan Downey revealed that Lewisham's Riverdale Hall will be the setting for their first ever permanent restaurant. Called Pocho, it will be "a large Californian/Mexican influenced diner."

For the full interview, click here.

This is going to be awesome! Thanks to LittleJungleMan for the tip off.

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