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Steady underfoot: good news and bad news

The eastern path on Hilly Fields is being re-surfaced, which is good news for all the runners and joggers who use the park. This is something that was identified as being necessary on the previous thread about the Hilly Fields users' group, and it's good to see action being taken.

However, the bad news is that some idiot has created massive tyre track indentations into the grass in several parts of the park, in particular by the stone circle. If they're not smoothed over, these will be a real pain underfoot as well as being visually unattractive. Let's hope Glendale are going to fix this.


Mucky business

You can help to cut the amount of waste Brockley generates by turning organic materials into good old muck. Yes, we're talking composting.

Lewisham Council is currently promoting composting through a deal with Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Compost bins are being sold for £17 (220 litre), £20 (330 litre) and £40 for a massive, 4-sided bin.

To order, visit here and quote reference number HCA2 or call 0845 077 0757.


BBC have a CHAT about cats on Lewisham Way

The Celia Hammond Animal Trust (or CHAT) have been in the news recently, not for anything Brockley-related, but for chasing some 80 cats round the Olympic Village building site! The BBC's ultra-slick outside broadcast came to us live from CHAT's Lewisham Way HQ.

Brockley Central was also impressed to find out that Celia Hammond is more famous as a '60s supermodel'. We'll leave the commenters to make the puns about catwalks.

We'd urge any Brockley Central readers who are thinking of getting a pet to consider adopting from CHAT, but you better hurry if you want Dave the Cat, as we've got our eye on him...


Rolling stock revealed

Here's a pic of the design for the trains that will run through Brockley on the London Overground network:




BC likes the orange and blue colour scheme, and the doors look nice and wide which should help prevent those morning wrestling matches as everyone tries to get both on and off the carriage at once.



(with thanks to London Connections for the pic).

42 comments:

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Nick, is the rolling stock model in LU Acton Depot? LU hold an open weekend once a year, it may be possible for brockley readers to go and visit it.

Anonymous said...

Getting off will be far easier as the seats will be arranged longitudinally which is a sensible choice seeing as how busy the service will be and how often people will be getting on and off.

Sue Luxton said...

Minor point, but the park contractor is Glendale, not Groundworks. There is a petition doing the rounds organised by Hilly Fields Users Group asking for the paths to be resurfaced. The bit that has been done has been funded from the cycling budget as a cycle path; money has yet to be found to resurface the rest.

Brockley Kate said...

Oops sorry for the mistake Sue, post corrected now!

patrick1971 said...

I volunteer at Celia Hammond and the Olympic cat rescue has been one of the biggest things we've ever undertaken, not without a great deal of hassle and obstruction from the builders on the site! Many of the Olympic cats aren't suitable for domestic pets as they're not used to human contact, so if you do know anyone who has a farm/factory etc. that would benefit from rodent control, do get in touch.

And please, Kate, do give Stray Dave a home! He's a lovely animal. Julian and Mojo, also featured on the site, are both beauties as well. I would urge anyone considering a cat to please, please give some thought to taking an older cat rather than a kitten; they're much harder to rehome, often have many years of good life left, and are especially loving and caring as their wild youth is behind them!

Brockley Kate said...

Patrick it's wonderful that you volunteer at Celia Hammond. I'd absolutely love to re-home some of their cats but unfortunately I already have a cat at home and she's not up for sharing. (We rescued her from the roof of a shed in a village near Leeds - long story!)

patrick1971 said...

Ah, that's a shame, Kate, but never mind, it just means that Stray Dave's still up for grabs for that perfect home...

creepylesbo said...

Is the composting something they take away? Or is it composting for you to use yourself? Because I don't have a garden but would prefer to compost most of my waste food. I know Greenwich have a scheme at the Sainsburys where you can take leftovers to a local 'compost bin'. I always thought something like that might be useful nearer to Brockley/Telegraph Hill.

fabhat said...

creepylesbo that's what i want/need too. I used to have a colleague with guineapigs who got all the greenstuff, but now I just have to throw it away, and I hate that!

Brockley Kate said...

The composters are for gardens, creepylesbo. I agree that an organic waste scheme would be useful though! Perhaps I should let people come round and use my composter when it's set up?!

Monkeyboy said...

Found these drawings of the New Cross Depot on Lewisham planning application site. Lots of stuff to appease the tree huggers.

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/ACOLLATEDOCS/18870_1.pdf


I find it interesting, but I'm an engineer so slightly odd.

Monkeyboy said...

I'll try that again....


http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/ACOLLATEDOCS/18870_1.pdf

Brockley Nick said...

I have major reservations about an organic waste collection service. Our streets are already overflowing with wheelie bins. Unless there's a way of doing it without adding brown bins to the mix, I'd say no.

Danja said...

Best just give the application number, I think - then it's easily found.

They were getting ready to stick that bridge on some big many-wheeled-roller/trailer thingies this morning.

veggiegirl said...

Composting is obviously an excellent way to use leftovers positively instead of putting them to landfill, but you need a garden for a compost bin and not everyone in Brockley has one. So I would like to see the council find a way of collecting this type of waste ... hasn't Greenwich started a scheme like this?

I'd love a compost bin but the previous occupants of my flat saw fit to lay the whole garden to decking - so I can't use a compost bin. Thinking about a wormery instead but that's a lot more expensive.

max said...

The point of dividing food waste from the rest is not that it prevents it from going into a landfill, here in Lewisham it goes into the incinerator and as food waste is generally very wet it takes a lot of additional energy to burn and it also produces additional noxious gases that then in turn you may end up inhaling.

Clare said...

Nice pick of the train - at the risk of upsetting people, isn't it just a refurbished networker?

Monkeyboy said...

nope it's brand new fleet of trains being built by Bombardier.

Mike said...

They are brand new trains.

They're very very similar to the Class 376 trains which were introduced on South Eastern a couple of years ago.

The major difference is that these trains will have longitudinal seating rather than traditional transverse seating - we will see in time if this is a good thing or not!

More information on the new trains at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_378

NSFR said...

Aye that's right. They are the new Electrostar 378s.

Headhunter said...

"Electrostar 378".... Sounds like a spaceship rather than a train...

The interior shot makes it look like a Japanese subway train. Much larger and wider than the Tube in this country. Will they have open walkways between carriages like in Japan?

Unlike the Tube here, people would walk up and down the length of the train to get to the precise spot they knew the exit would be at for their station as the trains and platforms are much longer than Tube trains here. There are big openings between carriages, like the flexi bit between the 2 sections of a bendy bus.

Brockley Kate said...

Sounds a bit like the DLR, HH.

Monkeyboy said...

Great a geeky thread...

You'll be able to walk down the lenghth of the train I believe. In fact the new sub surface fleet on the tube will have that too.

Assuming Boris dosn't cancel them of course.

Headhunter said...

Yes, like the DLR. It's useful to be able to walk through the train. If it's not too busy of course!

Clare said...

Headhunter - people do that with the tube here, just on the platform before they get on :D

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see that Brockley is one of 13 new stations benefitting from a multi million budget to convert stations into step free, 'access for all', in this mornings metro? Sounds good.

Amanda said...

Step free access is excellent news, however I am of the understanding that these plans will affect the timetabling and plans for the Brockley Common project.

Danja said...

Bridgewatch update: it is now up on its roller-trailers. In place this weekend?

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I notice Brockley station is closed this weekend in order to lift the bridge into place. If anyone sees this being done, please take a picture (the nerd that I am!)

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Tressillian James said...

Agree with Nick about brown bins - streets like Cranfield Road are cluttered with wheelie bins currently - and most house have anything from 2 to 5/6 bins outside.

Is food waste such a landfill problem (this is a genuine question) as it breaks down quickly? or is it an issue of the resources used to take it to the landfill?

Anonymous said...

Cranfield Road is pretty ridiculous and a very good example of why chipping bins would never work. My bin is whichever one happens to be outside my house that particular week.

The problem is though is there isn't really anywhere to put the bins.

mg said...

< whinge> Both the Brockley and Crofton Park lines into town are closed this Sunday. Is it not possible for engineering works to be staggered? I know there's the 171/2 but it can take well over an hour if it hits traffic, which is pretty likely if there are no trains. And I may be hungover and not want to get up extra early. < /whinge>

Headhunter said...

I agree about bin chipping, I regularly have to walk halfway down Manor Ave to reclaim a green bin or 1 of our standard bins, we all seem to do swapsies depending on where the binmen happen to dump them after they've been emptied

Anonymous said...

the bin men down our street are great they put all the bins back into our gardens and close our gates etc I can't believe this does not happen in your street do you live in Lewisham?

Bea said...

Agree Cranfield Road is a nightmare for bins - the problem is lugging them up and down several steps to get them to pavement level for collection on Friday. Then the dustbin men leave them randomly all over the pavement and it become dustbin slalom to get to the station in the morning.

Mandy said...

Electrostars 376/8s are fine trains - nice wide doors and lots of space as you get in which allows you to move out of the way of the idiots who hog the door as if they might need to evacuate any second. When Southeastern adopted them on the metro routes in and out of St Johns/New Cross commuting became so much easier, even if I hardly ever manage to get a seat - at least I can get on the train!

The only problem (in this weather) is that they're not air conditioned, but that wouldn't have been environmentally-friendly as the doors open wide (and they do open very wide) ever few minutes on these routes.

Monkeyboy said...

...the version being built for the ELL will have aircon. No more sweaty back for me.

Anonymous said...

Sod the environment - this is the 21st century. Cool air on trains, now.

Monkeyboy said...

Rather interesting video of the bridge being installed here almost looking forward to the trip in tomorrow so I can have a look....almost.

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You have quickly thought up such matchless phrase?

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