The BXAG reaction to the Brockley Cross tour

One quick follow-up to our report of the tour of Brockley Cross with Cllr Alexander. Des Kirkland, of the Brockley Cross Action Group (BXAG) wrote to us with his verdict:

"From the perspective of the Brockley Cross Action Group the visit by the Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander is an indication that the council is taking seriously the concerns of the local community that Brockley has a range of issues which require resolution. These include public safety and traffic regulation.

"Heidi appeared genuinely interested in the points raised during the walkabout and the unfortunate accident of one of her officers brought home clearly the problems we had raised about poor pavements. We reiterated outstanding concerns that Heidi was already aware of, like shop signage, Speedicars is a case in point. The longstanding safety concerns with the double roundabout at the Cross. Improving the area around the station, both in terms of public safety and the traffic issue.

"We also flagged up issues that the BXAG and local residents are familiar with but she would not necessarily have been previously aware of, like the wish to improve the range of retail outlets in the locality, a clampdown on illegal and anti-social activities including drug dealing. It was made very clear to Heidi that the both residents and groups like the BXAG are committed to the long term improvement of Brockley and with the coming of the East London line this is the best area of the Borough for the council to invest in."

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please no more about the sign.

Headhunter said...

Well everyone's all very positive about the visit from Cllr Heidi, fingers crossed it all leads somewhere.

On the subject of signs, I saw that enormous Wates sign on UBR last weekend. My god it's massive, it makes the Speedicars sign pale into insignificance. As someone else said here, you could probably see it from space.

Surely we should have a bit of a campaign to get rid of that. If the Speedicars sign contravened conservation area regs, then the Wates sign positively sticks to fingers up at them and farts in their face! You can barely see the large Victorian building behind it!

Tom says he's contacted the council about it several times, but as usual, nothing...

Anonymous said...

it wasn't the only area the HA visited by any means, she's getting around...

And the very least you can expect is an 'appearance' of being genuinely interested

really, don't put too much faith in this visit

Headhunter said...

Well if Cllr Heidi really is taking localities seriously then she can't just visit Brockley. She would have to visit various areas and prioritise which get a crack at the limited funding.

I wouldn't necessarily take the fact that she has visited a few areas as an indicator that she is merely putting in an appearance. I live in hope that this is just the start and that we may see things happen.

It's at least positive that she is touring the area and that the council hasn't farmed out this duty to work "in partnership" with a ptofit making private company

Brockley Nick said...

During the tour, she explained that she had recently done something similar in Ladywell. Good.

Do dah said...

Any word on whether the bridge might get a lick of pastel paint?

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain the problem with the Speedicars sign, I've passed both offices many times and can't seem to see any signs that jump out as a problem?

Is it the old office near the station that has no cover on?

Anonymous said...

Its the fact that the new one is made out of plastic and illuminated. Yes folks, that really is it. This is what a diet of mung bean does to your brain.

Do dah said...

Context is everything, look at all the commercial premises on that little stretch of road.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to put this here but there seems to be a problem putting comments on the 'alienate' thread.

Re transfer of social housing stock. Last week the go ahead for 133 homes was agreed and over 30 years a Housing Association will spend £7.3m on the properties.

Initial £4.6m will be spent under the decent homes scheme. Assuming the same is spent on each property that is £35,000 within 2-3 years. Hope the 47 leaseholders are braced for a hefty bill at a time of economic downturn.

The remaining money to be spent over 30 years works out for each flat as £675 per year and that includes the cost of a warden.

No one Decent Homes and Building Schools for the Future are called once in a lifetime opportunity.

Brockley Nick said...

It's precisely because it is a small, easily-fixed issue that it is important.

It's also emblamatic of a wider issue about planning enforcement of commercial businesses in the area.

Anyway, Des made a passing comment about it - hardly the focus of his quote.

patrick1971 said...

Nick is exactly right. It's precisely because it's a small issue that the sign is so important. Why is it even still there? It's very easily fixed; all the council needs to do is just send a man round to take it down, and charge the owner for the privilege. It's classic broken widows theory, again. Let the small things fester, and you open the way to larger antisocial/crime issues.

Anonymous said...

I think that's the first time someone's drawn a line between signage design and social disorder.

patrick1971 said...

It's not as odd as it seems. Putting up a sign which directly flouts the conservation area regs is anti-social, surely? And the fact that nothing's been done about it sends out the message that nothing will be done about other forms of anti-social behaviour. Elementary, my dear anonymous.

sign of the times said...

'first they put up signs, and i did not speak out.......'

Anonymous said...

"...then they used non-fairtrade milk in their slim latte, and I didn't say owt then either..."

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, I don't quite understand why you keep on equating this issue with "green", "fairtrade" or anything else.

Personally speaking, I own nothing made from hemp, I don't buy organic and I can't remember the last time I ate a mung bean. Though I cycle to work, I own a car.

On the other hand, I don't like ugly signs that break conservation area rules and spoil the look of our one nice bit of high street, simply because the company couldn't be arsed to do things properly.

Anonymous said...

I must take a proper look at this sign to see what all the fuss is about and judge for myself.

Hope its worthy of all the comments that have been posted about it.

Anonymous said...

the real question is, when will the council fix the pigeon-proofing spikes under the brockley-cross railbridge? i posted this to love lewisham, ages ago, no response. How i hate trudging through crap twice a day.

Anonymous said...

The pidgeons were canvassed on the idea and it was found to contravene their own guidelines as well as cause them considerable offense.

Headhunter said...

I'm afraid, anonymous, the council never responds to anything sent to the Love Lewisham site. That's just the way it is...

Anonymous said...

Could we have a local version? Bugger Brockley, perhaps?

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