Love Ladywell

Last October, we aged several years in a matter of days as Brockley Central was besieged by angry people, irate that we - and many readers - had the temerity to question the wisdom of their plan to use the Brockley Ward Localities Fund to pay for free mobile phones for young volunteers with the Love Lewisham programme.

The Localities Fund is £10,000 of public money allocated to each ward, ring fenced by the Council to be spent on good causes chosen by local people. The debate made a powerful case for representative democracy. Or benign dictatorship. Or even malevolent dictatorship.

Cllr Dean Walton made the pioneering decision to use this website as a vehicle to canvass a wider set of opinion than is possible via the traditional channels. It worked. Too well for some. The final decision on how to divide the money was made at a local meeting, but even so, some people didn't feel their ideas should have to be exposed to public scrutiny and a few days of furious debate (and attempts to have the article pulled from the site) followed.

We're not sure if Cllr Walton will go as far as to actively encourage the discussion again, but we certainly plan to canvass people's views this year and send them to him ahead of the decision. Meanwhile, the Ladywell Village Improvement Group is trying to encourage a similar debate about how to spend Ladywell's pot of money. Last year's cash went on projects including the new table tennis table in Hilly Fields and they are looking for new ideas ahead of the Ladywell Assembly on October 8th.

So if you have an idea, let them have it. And not the way the Love Lewisham Lobby let us have it last year.

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Aah to to this day, I don
't know how that digicams project turned out. I was supporter of the scheme as outlined, but heard nothing. A question to raise tonight at the Brockley assembly methinks.

Brockley Nick said...

At least we can see the trees...

Pete said...

Thanks for putting this up for us Nick.

Anyone with some good ideas for Ladywell please post them up so we can debate them.

Sue Luxton said...

Yes, thanks for the plug for the assembly Nick. A quick reminder to readers that Ladywell ward includes lots of bits of geographical Brockley eg Chalsey Rd, St Margaret's Road, bottom half of Tressillian Rd, Hilly Fields Crescent, Crescent Way, one half of Tyrwhitt Road, Braxfield, Arabin, Kneller, part of Howson and Comerford, part of Brockley Road and even a little bit of Breakspears - so do come along and have your say! You should get a flyer through your door soon, but just in case it's at Prendergast School lower site, Wed 8th Oct, 7pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

Tamsin said...

Love Telegraph Hill - for those bits of Brockley in this ward. Assembly next Saturday, 1pm in the Telegraph Hill Centre.

Anonymous said...

wheres the tanners hill trees?

2 years running and still no trees!!

Pete said...

We've got a poll running on the blog at the moment of the more popular ideas if anyone would like to vote on them? Also there is still time to suggest other ideas.

Also don't forget the assembly meeting is tonight.

Anonymous said...

what happened to the money raised from the fun run ?

Is the profit going back into the fund to help other good causes?

and exactly how much was raised ?

Is there details posted anywhere to inform people of the outcome of these events ?
As I would really like to see how much was raised and where this money went.

Bea said...

If you want to know more speak to Erin at Broca or the BXAG as they were the ones to organise it. There's a link to the BXAG website on this site with their contact details.

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