"Phase Two" gets a step closer

You may have wandered past the diggers on Coulgate Street and wondered what the construction work is all about. Possibly, you have already shed a tear for the loss of the boarded up old toilets, that served as a lean-to for fly-tippers.

While it may not look like much at the moment, the work is actually an important step for Phase 2 of the Brockley Common project.

Rupert King, the Brockley Cross Action Group's resident landscape architect and the creator of the Brockley Common masterplan, told me:

"The works that are currently on site involve the demolition of the old toilet and shop, plus the retaining walls along Coulgate St. They will regrade the bank, build a (lower) 3 foot retaining wall from sleepers and erect a new boundary fence. The works are being undertaken by Network Rail's contractor and are their contribution in kind to the Common project. The completed works should really open up the site and make quite a difference."

For more information on the Brockley Common project, visit the Brockley Cross Action Group website. http://www.brockley.com/bcag/


Hugh said...

If they demolished the MOT centre in front of Brockley station we'd really have a chance to alter radically the appearance of the neighbourhood. Imagine a little park there instead of all those naff cars and garages.

Anyone fancy campaigning for a compulsory purchase order to be made?

Brockley Nick said...

Don't know if you read the post I wrote about the number of car-related places in Brockley, but I couldn't agree more. I guess a park is a little ambitious, I can't see a compulsory purchase order happening, but I'm hoping pure economics forces those businesses out - if we can create a thriving high street, then they will sell up and we might get something nicer in its place. Bit of a chicken and egg situation though - harder to create a jolly high street when you have so many garages and forecourts...

JonG said...

I think the worst 'garage' is the one at the bottom of Upper Brockley Road / meeting Geoffrey Road - not the cute little one that is open, the big derelict one. Who owns that place? - all it seems good for is people dumping cars and gypsies. Turn that into a park, please!!! I might take that one up with the council...

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