Why it's easy to park in Brockley...

Because, despite their affectations, middle class people love cars and the rate of car ownership is much higher than among them than among the less well off.

So wanting rid of a few of the many garages and car show rooms in the middle of our community isn't wishing social cleansing on Brockley.

In fact, the Council's view is that Brockley Road's facilities should be primarily for those without cars, so it would be nice to see them encouraging a few car-based businesses to relocate.

14 comments:

Brockley lass said...

Hear, hear!!

Anonymous said...

I think most of the car lots were WW2 bomb sites. It is about time they were rebuilt to develop and improve the area rather than remaining as ugly scars. Hopefully whatever is built will be in keeping with the area. We have plenty of examples from the 60s and 70s of how not to do it.

Monkeyboy said...

Just been flicking through Down and Out in Paris and London (George Orwell - read it you chattering classes) I'm sure he says something about how the posh type love to tell the 'working classes' how they should spend their money and how feckless they are.

..anyway couldn't find anything but did notice this little jem on bedbugs...

"It is a curious but well-known fact that bugs are much commoner
in south than north London. For some reason they have not yet crossed
the river in any great numbers"

Thanks George.

Monkeyboy said...

....that as supposed to be in the Homeview gambling thread thing...

Monkeyboy said...

...although we do know one blood sucking parasite that is looking to move north of the river??

Tamsin said...

Unless it is within the actual conservation area you are going to have a tough fight ensuring that any replacement buildings are in keeping with the area if the experience of Telegraph Hill is anything to go by. Aesthetics is not a planning criterion generlly and even in a conservation area there is a let-out clause in that the new development must either "preserve" or "enhance" the area and there are certain planning officers who denigrate attemps to meld with existing architectural styles as "pastiche" and find some extraordinary modern developments enhancing.

But then de gustibus....

Danja said...

there are certain planning officers who denigrate attemps to meld with existing architectural styles as "pastiche" and find some extraordinary modern developments enhancing.

They have a point. There's little worse than cod Victoriana, like that awful terrace on Kitto Road.

Tamsin said...

There is! What was originally planned for that terrace was much worse by any standards. It neither preserved nor enhanced the area. Likewise the various submissions so far for the reservoir site.

Give the Kitto Road terrace a few more years and it will weather a bit and meld in quite well.

But then, as I said, aesthetics are an endless argument.

Anonymous said...

It is a shame they dont knock down the old factory on the west side just up from the Railway Station and shove a car park in. (could be a temporary thing before someone finally puts their hand in their pocket to develop the site)

People will complain about access issues, but would be a perfect location for a farmers market at the weekend and would also encourage people to park up and go and spend some wedge in the local shops.

Anonymous said...

I think that if you live in Brockley, a car is pretty much unnecessary. (I will add a caveat: if you don't look after any children, as that could, one imagines, change things). is that a controversial statement?

I'd be curious to know how many of the enthusiastic cyclists on here also have a car. My (child-less/child-free) household functions swimmingly without a car, & while we live here, owning one would only be a drain on our pockets.

Tamsin said...

Does anyone use Streetcar? We are members (although I have not had cause to use it yet - since it is only a standby for when we both want the car at the same time) but friends without a car of their own swear by it. And more and more locations are popping up all the time.

spincat said...

The things I would most like to get rid of in Brockley are Estate Agents.

I find car places quite interesting compared to Estate Agents.

I find Bookies preferable (though agree we don't need more) and at least you can have a nice time in one.

I like sorting offices and they are useful.

Any time a new business opens in Crofton Park nine times out of ten it seems to be an Estate Agent.

Could it be a car, a cafe, a bookshop, a baker, a greengrocer, a fishmonger, a shoeshop, an ironmonger, a bric a brac shop - no it is another damn estate agent.

You can't do anything in an Estate Agent's except buy a house - a tedious and overrated activity as far as I can see.

They are not attractive or interesting in any way unless you are into obsequiousness and suits.

Anonymous said...

I almost feel sorry for those poor be-suited, hair-gelled Darrens and Damiens after that one sided diatribe. At least their offices are clean and tidy.

I do agree that it would be nice to have some useful shops rather than so many devoted to catching commissions and fees on the back of a febrile property market.

Rest assured market forces will cull them efficiently as the property business slows down.

Sorting offices? I thought they had been relegated to huge sheds on on business parks. Maybe they could save the little office for collecting parcels and flog the rest it off to some more useful business. I bet it becomes a supermarket (can't have too many of them) or something to do with the motor trade. Though the current trend seems to be to turn everything into flats. I have low expectations.

spincat said...

I am not sure that market forces will cull them as I have noticed this tendency in Crofton Park since 1990 - and shortly after that the property market went into recession for a bit.
Some went out of business for a short while only to be replaced by others.
Though someone recently said on Brockley Central that Crofton Park would go into decline - apparently because it wasn't getting an underground station. So we shall all be getting pound shops down here, of course, instead.

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