Brockley Station - The Badish News

Following the confirmation that Brockley Station will be made fully wheelchair accessible comes the news that, although the Brockley Common project now has planning permission and a £70,000 access grant, a further allocation of £112,000 from TfL (which would allow the project to be completed as planned), is still in doubt.

Problems in getting access to the site mean that it is unlikely that the Brockley Common project leaders will be able to spend the TfL money by the deadline of March 31st, 2008. This could result in big delays to the project although it is hoped that the situation could be rescued with a co-ordinated response by Lewisham Council and other local groups.

To find out what you can do to help, please come to the Broca Cafe, Coulgate Street at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th of February.

14 comments:

JPM said...

See what you mean by 'goodish' and badish' news. In fact that's pretty bad as it goes.

We have to target some of the regeneration funding that has gone to Lewisham and New Cross. (Brockley was overlooked.)

Failing that, I'm still doing the lottery.

Brockley Nick said...

Well there is still hope of sorting the problem out. I will move to DEFCON 3 if it can't be resolved.

Anonymous said...

What a surprise - NOT.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

How about we all donate some money for the common? I mean, £500 quid each would go along way...

I dont mind donating a high amount, but only if others did.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

This may be a stupid question, but isnt there a technicality that the brockley common organisers could explit?

I.e. for a building to have been declared started, a developer only needs to have dug a hole in the ground. Normally there is only a 3yr period of planing permission attached before it is withdrawn.

Could a similar thing be applied for the common? I.e. start the project (thereby becoming eligible for the funds) but completing it when they can.

Anonymous said...

let cafe nero pay for it...

Monkeyboy said...

Nothing to do with me personally you understand but TfL are still working out how much the Metronet mess is going to cost so projects like these which, in the big scheme of things are not top of the list, may suffer?

No idea if that's the reason but the impression I get from talking to LUL is that the piggy bang is stretched.

Either that or Ken has ordered a new carpet for his office.

JPM said...

I'll follow AP&P and make a similar donation, but an appeal needs to be spread out across all of the users of Brockley Station.

Anonymous said...

Asking people to pay £500 is not going to work if it's an "i'll do it if you do it' thing - I welcome anyone who wants to give their money, v. generous, but I won't be parting with any because i can't afford to - I use the station, and will use the common but I think only a 'no strings attached' true philanthropic approach will work if that's the road you wish to go down.

JPM said...

No one is asking that everyone give £500. AP&P offered that amount, and I said I would match it. Give what you can afford. If that's nothing then give some advice or offer some free labour.

Why not lend the money? That way TfL can't wriggle out of making its later payment.

Amanda said...

Andy that seems like a good idea. There are lots of mechanisms to generate money (the Fun run) Straight out asking for donations is certainly one. Personally I'm thinking corporate sponsorship for a set period.

Or maybe we have some local individuals of high net worth, for instance if you were feeling particularly generous, the common could be renamed as the Andy Pandy Common. (I jest)

Anonymous said...

you make me feel, mighty real.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

@amanda, it could become a cat walking zone - a 'dog on lead' area :o) - I like it!!

Amanda said...

Indeed bwhaha!

Edit: to Nick, (I suspect you have a bazillion other things to do, so sorry to add to the load, but) it would be cool, if you could add tonight's meeting details and the 'Teal-leaf Arts' meeting next week to the Brockley events diary below, as we can have it as a handy reference on visiting the blog.

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