Ladywell CPZ to get bigger

Ladywell will get an expanded Controlled Parking Zone, following a public consultation by Lewisham Council, which concluded recently.

The zone will be expanded to Algiers Road, Ermine Road, Ladycroft Road, Shell Road, Veda Road and Vicars Hill, after a majority of respondents (63%) living on those streets said yes. A second consultation about the creation of an even bigger Ladywell CPZ produced a majority no (59%) vote.

Lewisham Council says:

Overall, the introduction of a new parking zone across the whole study area is not supported. However, we have analysed the data in greater detail which shows that there is clear support from streets to the west of the existing Ladywell (T) parking zone and therefore a CPZ extension has been approved for that area.

The voting results mean that those adversely affected by the creation of the original Ladywell CPZ have chosen to opt in, rather than put up with the overflow of cars that resulted from the introduction of parking controls on neighbouring streets. Those unaffected by these problems would rather have no CPZ at all, which suggests if the first one hadn't been created in the first place, gross local happiness would have been higher.

In a few years time, if the streets that voted no find themselves having to put up with problems created by the larger CPZ, Lewisham can just put it to another vote. So it goes.

The new CPZ will come into effect in the autumn. Thanks to Glenn for the info.

Beecroft jumble, February 7th

The Rose Pub & Kitchen, opening today

The Rose Pub in New Cross is opening tonight. The venue replaces the Hobgoblin. Here are the full details, courtesy of Transpontine:

The Rose Pub & Kitchen (to give it its full name) opens on Thursday 29 January 2015 at 6 pm, complete with 'pizza from the wood burning oven'. They're also advertising for kitchen porters. 

It's under the new management of Urban Pubs and Bars, a company set up in 2013 by the founders of Realpubs, Malcolm Heap and Nick Pring. They also run the Whippet Inn in Kensal Rise and the Old Ship Inn in Hackney. 

Bid to turn Lewisham House into 230 new homes

Photo courtesy of Geograph
A planning application has been submitted to convert Lewisham House (25 Molesworth Street) for residential use, with the aim of creating 230 apartments.

The building was once the main UK office for Citi, but the international bank outgrew its Lewisham home and decamped to Canary Wharf decades ago. What's left is a useless eyesore that Citi has been holding on to as a contingency plan in the event of an emergency.

Details are sketchy at this stage and ideally this project would involve a full re-skin or something more dramatic than simply installing new windows, but it would be nice for something to be done with this lump.

A credible plan for some sort of incubator space might be better for the future of the area, but this plan would help Lewisham meet its new homes-target and put more life in to the town centre, boosting its chances of building a viable "night time economy."

Bazooka Joe, February 7th

Brockley Social Club, 240 Brockley Road, SE4 2SU.
Bazooka Joe's Discotastic fun, 8pm until late
Tunes by Dino Collective, Fun and frolics by number82. Dance to 70s music. Bingo! Disco! Flares! Only £3 entry.

Coming soon: South [UPDATED]

South is the name of the new restaurant being created on Brockley's West Side, next to Brockley Station, in central Brockley.

The restaurant will replace Broca Food Market on Mantle Road. Work began on the refurbishment this weekend and they hope to be open by April.

The name reflects the fact that the chefs are antipodean and will be bringing influences from their homelands to SE4. Emma from the team says:

It will be a café by day and, you know, a really good neighborhood restaurant by night. We'll be serving proper weekend brunch, befitting the antipode training and sensibilities of the kitchen.

We're totally delighted with the location and site and really can't wait to get started. The chef is a New Zealander trained at some staggeringly good places in Melbourne (which might give some inkling of the high coffee/brunch/produce standards going on), and the founding front-of-house staff include an Aussie barista and a couple of (Southern) European managers/wine dudes. Me, I'm originally from Boston, MA, but proud to live South of the Thames! 

Looking forward to keeping everybody up to date and of course, to welcoming you in the spring. We'd like all of you to be regular guests and our menus, hours, and prices will reflect this.

Save Southwark Woods from the walking dead

Death's march upon the realms of the living continues. First Southwark Council tried to turn playing fields into graveyard. Now, after that plan fell through, they're eyeing up the woodlands of Camberwell Cemeteries as a possible resting place for more dead people.

A group called Save Southwark Woods is campaigning against the plans and will meet the Council on February 11th to discuss it. They write:

This is your chance to tell the council what you think of their plans to destroy the woods, fell more than 30 mature trees and make way for more than 2000 new burial plots. Come and protest the destruction of Camberwell Old and New Cemetery Woods to Southwark council and demand they are made into Nature Reserves, like Nunhead. View the council's plans from 2.00pm and Public Meeting from 7.00pm-8.30pm - see you there!

Like Thomas Wilson's dream of a Pyramid of Death at the summit of Primrose Hill, this scheme is a bad idea. The dead will have to head out of inner London or do the decent thing and get cremated.

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