Want to know what's happening to Speedicars' old building?

Nothing.

It's always a bad sign when people who were once happy to chat with us no longer return our calls. The developer behind plans to redevelop the small brick building by the station that once housed Speedicars has been 'busy' whenever we've called recently. But sadly, not busy redeveloping the site.

During our interview with Cllr Alexander about the future of Brockley (which we are currently writing up) we asked her about plans for that site. She looked in to it for us and this is what she says...

The former Speedicars premises beside Brockley Station is 16 Coulgate Street. One of our Planning Committees resolved to grant permission in August 2006 for a building up to 5 storeys (7 flats and commercial ground floor), subject to a S106 Agreement regarding landscaping of area at the front and financial contribution to environmental improvements in the Brockley Cross area. The agreement was not completed and so permission has not been issued. There have been no further planning applications.

This isn't the biggest disaster in Brockley's history, but the current building is not pretty and the prospect of a new commercial unit, adjacent to Dandelion Blue, The Broca, Magi and Degustation could have led to another high-quality business moving in to Brockley's fashion district.

Oh well.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brockley is going to be continually taking one step forward, one back etc, i.e be in a state of flux, until we (the people that live here) can manage our own affairs. We need an executive mayor, someone who has power over planning and has direction over funding who has vision and really wants this area to improve for all.

Brockley Kate said...

I bet Speedicars will be pissed off to have been forced to move into smaller offices for no real reason ...

Anonymous said...

I'd imagine the lack of return calls is to do with a lot of the CAVE people's comments around the bloody sign.

I mean Jesus, a sign.

Brockley Nick said...

@anon

Nope. Speedicars are not the developers, so the issue is completely unrelated. And the enquiries I've been making pre-date that story in any case.

If you don't understand why these things matter then you don't understand how local regeneration works.

fabhat said...

what does CAVE stand for - conservation area vigilant enviromentalists?

Anonymous said...

I just find the amount of rubbish around, the grafitti, the cramped conditions on trains etc. to be more important than the style of signage. Some perspective is nice.

Brockley Nick said...

Well, I don't know if you're new to the site but if you look through it, you'll find loads of discussion about all three of those issues.

Use the keywords at the bottom of the homepage or the search engine at the side.

fabhat said...

Anon (same anon as the CAVE comment?)
But isn't it important to try and improve the whole area. Speedicars sign contravenes specific guidelines that are set up to keep the area looking attractive. Firing off an email to the coucil takes two minutes - if that. That doesn't stop you (or the rest of the council) from then getting on with picking up rubbish when you see it or reporting grafitti ...I don't think that Brockley residents can sort out the cramped trains on their own though! You haven't expalined what CAVE means yet either...

The Cat Man said...

we've discussed the sign at great lengths already. Nothing has changed since they moved, they previously were in a conservation area then too.

In the grand scheme of things there are much more important things to talk about, but on a local scale this is important too.

I was certain the council gave permission according to their planning website, oh well.

At least us west eiders have another development to look forward too, the maypole inn site seems to be progressing.

Anonymous said...

CAVE = Citizens Against Virtually Everything

I think all of us know the type.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I think anon is implying we're All neanderthals.... not just Dave....

Cave ....Cavemen......

Dave the Cave..... Caveman Dave

Oh dear I think I've lost it for today

The Cat Man said...

CAVE = Conservation Area Vigilanty Enthusiast.

I prefer NIMBY, or NIMBYIST. Doesn't have to have a negative connotation.

tyrwhitt michael said...

Oh well so much for my theory!

Has Neanderthal Dave posted recently?

I've not seen anything from him.

Paddyom said...

They not only have put a hideous sign on what was once a beautiful row of shops, but they have left us an ugly building with horrific ripped apart signage with exposed bulbs at the end of the street. As i said before on this website, boycott Speedicars. They have rude staff, and obviously couldnt give a stuff about the area it earns from.

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Anonymous said...

Just out of interset do Speedicars contribute anything to local events, projects tc?

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Bea said...

With regard to the signage, I have just checked with the enforcement officer and he told me that Speedicars have responded to his enquiry and apparently they were at 5 and 6 Coulgate Street originally – then moved into the now derelict building opposite and then moved back again into 6 Coulgate Street. However, they stated they will only be there for 18 months when they plan on moving back again into the old site.

Regardless of these moves, they will now have to fill in a planning application form for the new signage. The signs showing that they have applied need to go up within the next two weeks. It will then be possible for the general public to make a response to the application. If the signs do not go up within that time frame the enforcement office will have to take the next step – no idea what that is though!

Brockley Kate said...

Please note that any posts resulting in this comment thread being de-railed by Andy will be deleted. Nick already read the Riot Act yesterday, please don't make him any madder or the BrockleyCentral Secret BatCave Headquarters won't be a happy place ...

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do dah said...

well done Andy, keep it up. It's appreciated. Hope the cat is doing well after her little dificulty this week.

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The Cat Man said...

yes cat doing well Do Dah, thanks for asking.

It was so funny when she saw me come to collect her, she was purring instantly and her tail went straight up!

Anonymous said...

Human rights are being infringed - light a candle for Brockley!

Anonymous said...

Jesus that was quick. I shall return during the night while you're asleep.

lb said...

I've always found Speedicars' staff very pleasant by taxi firm standards.

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