New blogs

Local favourite Jam Circus has recently a new blog, to let people know what they're up to.

Brockley's new film club at the Brockley Jack is improving its website, now that they are actually showing films.

And Honor Oak has a newish website after our own hearts. "Let's improve Honor Oak Park" is a website dedicated to making little improvements to the area and holds up Brockley as an example of what can be achieved. This is a little surprising, since whenever we go past Honor Oak station, we wonder why Brockley Road can't look as good. But it serves as a useful reminder of how much progress Brockley has made in the last couple of years, even if there is still much to do...

Like us, they think that better street furniture, better waste management, a few more splodges of greenery and even better signs can help to transform an area. We want to be friends with these people.

If you know of a relevant blog we haven't linked to, please let us know.

32 comments:

tj said...

Seeing the Honour Oak Blog vindicates our insistence that Speedicabs changes their signs - it's nice to see that others think Brockley is looking nice - because, like Nick, I thought Honour Oak high Street was heads above Brockers.

What is also great to see is the activity on the Honor Oak site - they don't just talk about things - but raise the money and get them done. They've had South Eastern chip into some station refurb and repiant their railings, had Joan Ruddock down to walk the streets, and even raised money on the website for a proper cow artmongers recycling bin.

Brockley Nick said...

Re: fund raising, don't forget that that website is essentially the official website of the local action group, a little like our own BXAG, which of course does its own fundraising.

But if people thought that an online donation facility would be worthwhile, we could identify a project to fund and then set up a donation system on the site. I say "we" - what I actually mean is Jon could, if we ask him nicely.

It's something we've been debating for a while and it was an idea we were planning to bring to the table for the planned "how to improve Brockley Road" meeting (more on that soon).

But since you've raised the topic - what do people think please?

tj said...

I like the idea - it would also show the Brockley Society (who I am fond of, but who have been a bbit scathing of this blog) that we can act.

It would be great to target an issue and solve it ourselves

drakefell debaser said...

I think fund raising is a great idea but then surely it would have to be set up as a charity to take advantage of gift aid etc?

Brockley Nick said...

People keep saying that BrocSoc has been critical of the blog, but all I can say is that they invited Jon and I to present the blog at a recent meeting and were very cordial hosts. They also offered to support any campaign we try to organise to improve the high street and they were also more than happy to come along on the recent visit with Cllr Alexander.

They're a broad(ish) church, so I guess some are more supportive than others.

So long as people keep reading and responding to the blog, then I'm happy.

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - yes. Maybe we could work with a group like BXAG, so that the money raised could go in to an account held by them, to be ringfenced for a particular cause. I wouldn't expect anyone to hand me their cash ;)

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - yes. Maybe we could work with a group like BXAG, so that the money raised could go in to an account held by them, to be ringfenced for a particular cause. I wouldn't expect anyone to hand me their cash ;)

Anonymous said...

The Honor Oak people look like they have a demonstrable willingness to get things done and work with the Council to achieve things.

Brockley Jon said...

TJ, funny you should mention the Speedicars sign - a little bird tells me that things are about to change!

Brockley Nick said...

The old sign's been torn down already.

Headhunter said...

Yeah they've taken down both the illuminated sign and the big piece of plastic that was removed from their old premises. Now all we need is someone to redevelop the site of the old premises which looks a bit tatty at the moment

Paddyom said...

I really like the HOP website - its bright, modern and shows how proactive some of its residents are. It actually makes Brockley look like a quaint 1950's village! Is there anywhere Brockley residents can donate money towards new street furniture etc... like the funky seats on the HOP website? If not i think its a good idea and i for one would donate if the causes were worthy? Well done to all at HOP!

Paddyom said...

Sorry Nick i hadnt read the responses above when typing my message. Yes, an online donation facility for specific improvements to the Brockley area would be of huge interest to me and i for one would donate if the cause was one of interest.

As a side note, I once read about a street where all of the residents recognized that by spending £500 each on the appearance of their street they would add £10,000 to the value of their houses. They chipped in the cash and worked together as a community to paint, clean, plant and present their street in the best possible way. It looked so nice at the end nobody wanted to move but the valuers all added £15-£20k to the property valuations after the project. I know this has nothing to do with Brockleys improvements but i thought it was an interesting story.

Moira said...

The BXAG does have a system already if you would like to donate. Its on the left hand side of their website "donations"

brockley mutha said...

@ paddydom - sarah beeny has a whole series - can't remember what it's called, but its about the residents of tatty uninspiring streets joining together to make their street look more cohesive and inspiring. Yes it does add value, but as you say they key point is that people are happier with their environment, have better relationships with their neighbours (having spoken and worked with them) and don't want to move. I get more upset over dog poo on the pavement than i did over the speedicars sign, but I also recognise that it was an eyesore, and whole heartedly applaud everyone who got behind it and made the change happen.

Of course an ugly sign is not a big deal, but changing it for the better is a simple and relatively inexpensive thing to do. And more importantly - it's a positive step.
So well done speedicars.

brockley mutha said...

Honor oak blog makes brockley look very desirable.

Anonymous said...

Oh god. The opening paragraph on that site:

"Brockley has 2 coffee shops, 3 delis and a wonderful health food shop all within metres of Brockley station."

Excuse me, I appear to have vomited a little in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

What a ridiculous reaction, grow up.

Headhunter said...

What's to vomit about? Nothing wrong with a little light gentrification.

Moira said...

I love the seat designs on the Honor Oak blog. Could we raise some money to replace the seat on Hilly Fields which looked towards Crystal Palace? It was the best seat in the park. I contacted the Hilly Fields User Group about its demise and possible replacement, but no one got back to me.

Richard said...

I all but live on Honor Oak Park and the Honor Oak people have made the area around the station so much nicer with the simplest of touches - a new street bin, painted station railings & a general tidy of the station greenery. Even the street welcome signs add something.

It's a shame the street itself is still pretty shabby - a few shops have closed without being replaced. The deli isn't all that great, but there are whispers of a new owner (with a decent track record). The lady who ran Bar Equal wasn't everybody's favourite person but she apparently campaigned relentlessly to have the street tidied by the council - new bins, flowers, etc. I'm not sure if it was her or the Honor Oak people who put on the most pressure for the resiting of the zebra crossing, but it's now safer to cross and looks much smarter.

There's plenty left to do but the Honor Oak Blog seems to have done a good job so far - absolutely 100% a good idea to add a fundraising arm to BC, with contributors having a say on where the money is spent.

Our blog is in its infancy, but has plenty of threads but we'd love some feedback & comments. Thanks to Nick for highlighting it.

tj said...

Moira - BXAG may have a donation page - but I would like to donate behind a specific project rather than into a fund. The HO people have named what they want, the cost, and then raised the money to get it - I think that is very cool. If the coucil would sponser trees in that way for Brockley Road, I'd chip in.

Interesting also to see how much the artmongers bins cost - I couldn't help thinking that ours in front of the post office must have cost..HOW MUCH?!

HH - a bit of light gentrification never comes amiss...

Anonymous said...

I imagine the bins at the post office would cost the same as the cow bins given that they are identical bins just with a different design. They may have been even cheaper as the design came from a school girl and not Artmongers?

Tamsin said...

Off topic, but a message for Paddyom before the Brockley Communtes discussion drops off the bottom of the page - cycle to Waterloo (two stage journey rather than four and you avoid the horrors of the underground). More detail in the other discussion.

T said...

Oh dear - is "communtes" a combination of commuting and grunting as you try to push onto a train?

South Safe n Sorted said...

I would definitely be up for putting down some cash into local improvements.

Putting your money where you mouth is, so to speak.

Headhunter said...

I guess paying out of our own pockets for improvements and putting our money where our mouths are is an option, but I am slightly loathe to do so when I already pay enormous sums of council tax every month supposedly for this very purpose (among others).

drakefell debaser said...

T - There was a lot of grunting on the way in this morning as the Southern service, and most other services from what I gather, were affected by the torrential spitting overnight. The usual wheeze of breath as the train doors tried to close signalled everyone to settle down into each others armpit for the first leg. A welcome gasp of air greeted us at New Cross Gate before more grunting, pushing, stabbing of toes with stiletto heels and being crushed by people with ridiculously sized rucksacks for an office worker who HAVE to wear it at all times whilst in ‘communt mode’ in case they are called upon to invade the enemy at any minute, in their suit. I think communt is good word for it.

HH – the problem I find with council tax is that your direct debit gets diluted across the borough and I think unless you have children or rely on the council for more than just to have your bins emptied, like I and probably you do, then you don’t get to see what difference it is making. I also think the kitty for area beautification is probably tiny and not that high on the council agenda. Donating money to get a bench etc or have something painted, cleaned etc specifically in your area is a way to make small improvements that benefit most people in the area directly. It is a visual thing but still creates a sense of well being and pride in the area which I think Brockley needs more of. My Great Grandfather bought and put a bench outside his front wall on a steep hill in his village in Cornwall so that people could rest there on the way up from the shops, it is still there today albeit it could do with some paint but any addition or improvement can last a long time. Brockley already has this, the colourful murals by the station are a brilliant example and had that not been there the whole wall would have graffiti tags on it and it would look pants and intimidating and although someone has popped a small tag on Jimi round the side it seems even tag artists respect it. Who knows, the council may notice the effort and reward us with sufficient funds to complete the landscaping of the Brockley Common.

Tamsin said...

Yes, one used to be able to take a breath at New Cross Gate when people got out to move over to the East London Line. We told, and told, and told the rail company there would be major issues as New Cross Gate communters need to get onto already over-full trains without the space made by people getting off, but it was not their problem... They would not even temporarily re-timetable things for the couple of years so that presently half empty fast trains make that one extra stop.

Paddyom said...

Thanks Tasmin

Tamsin said...

;o)
Hope it works OK. Could be quite a nice journey if you establish yourself in a corner seat by a window. Let us know how it works out. But I agree with Nick your employers are the pits to make you (and everyone else working for them) do it.

john said...

Hi everyone. Went to the Jack theatre last night and found myself amazed at the space and great show called Wild East its part of a season and only on till Saturday its a real damn good show... go see it

John new to the area

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