£10,000 for Brockley Ward - How should it be spent?

Cllr Dean Walton has been in touch to promote this year's Localities Fund consultation for Brockley Ward. Once the ideas have been submitted, we'll be asking people for feedback on the suggestions, to help feed in to the decision-making process. But just as last year, we need to make it absolutely clear that Brockley Central's moderators and readers will not have the final say on who gets the money - it's just a good way to consult a wider audience.

You might also like to have a look at the Ladywell Village Improvement Group's discussion about that ward's fund. Let us hope that our conversation remains as civil.

Here's the letter from our Councillors:

Brockley Ward has been awarded £10,000 to spend on projects and activities that can improve the local area. Last year the Brockley Councillors allocated under a similar scheme to provide solar panels at Lucas Vale primary school, financial support for the Brockley Max Festival and the Brockley Fun Run and improved gardens on the Wickham Road estate and tree planting in Brockley Ward.

Earlier this year the new Brockley Assembly agreed to adopt four local priorities and so we are now looking for good ideas along the themes of:

- improving our streets, parks & open spaces
- better relations within our communities
- tackling crime & anti-social behaviour
- cleaning up the streets

However we will be more than happy to consider other good projects that will be of direct benefit to local residents. You may also be able to use money from the fund as a contribution to a larger project by putting it together with grants from charities, donations from other community groups or perhaps sponsorship from local people or businesses.

For instance £10,000 for solar panels last year was turned into £60,000 worth of panels on the schools by combining it with funding from other sources. We already have a number of ideas provided by local residents who have participated in the Brockley Assembly and also ideas from previous years.

If you have an idea for an activity or project you would like to receive funding for, please answer the questions on the next page and send them to:

Cllr Dean Walton by Friday 7 November 2008.

E-mail: cllr_dean.walton@lewisham.gov.uk

Write to: Cllr Dean Walton, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford, SE6 4RU

44 comments:

Anon with an opinion said...

Give the 5k to the Brockley Cross Action Group, so they can improve the Max, Fun Run, Fayre, Christmas Market and develope new projects. And pay that Outreach worker more than £10 per hour.

fred vest said...

pills & coke

Anonymous said...

Pump it into the conservation area

Anonymous said...

Improve the area around the bridge at the beginning of Brockley road. Repaint the walls and brighten it up a bit.

Baggy trousers said...

How about resurfacing the paths in Hilly Fields - or does that come under someone else's jurisdiction? They're rotting away and actually getting a bit dangerous.

Bea said...

Improve the paving outside the post office sorting depot (there are currently big dips in it as well as cracked paving stones). This, in my opinion, detracts from those parts that have been tidied up already i.e. the new trees and the bins.

Tressilliana said...

Replace the paving on Tressillian Road which is in a terrible mess since the gas works earlier this year.

lb said...

Hilly Fields is Ladywell Ward, unfortunately, otherwise I'd have agreed about the paths.

Anonymous said...

Is it really!

Can't say I could ever describe anything I've seen on Hilly Fields as dangerous... apart from some particularly rough sessions on the dogging nights of course.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a wall that needs building somewhere?

Anonymous said...

tarting up the high street would go a long way in my opinion

fabhat said...

What about removing the railings, or if they're staying put - attaching some boxes of flowers to them, al la new cross gate? Paying for a pooper scooter person to get rid of the poo?
Putting in zebra crossings for some of the death trap roads that lead into brockley cross?

nobbly brick said...

I'd vote for a few years worth of psychotherapy for Brockley Nick so he can work out his narcissistic tendencies, give up blogging and get on with his life.

Mines helping me...

Anonymous said...

More youth events to keep people off the street.

Targetted competitive programmes of heavy duty exercise for young people in hilly fields. (they hate them at first then get addicted then adore it and for the first time often have purpose and a sense of achievement)

lastly, no no no trendy/fake "green" projects unless it can be shown they produce more energy than they consume in the setting up.

Tamsin said...

Youth work would tie in with the priorities identified in the Telegraph Hill Ward (Honor Oak/Telegraph Hill/Wildgoose-Kender.

Maradoll said...

My vote would be towards making our high street a nicer place to be - invest it in planters and plants and organise volunteers from the community to help implement. We need a high street that everyone can be proud of and respect.

Anonymous said...

A Bootcamp for wayward teenagers?

Tressillian James said...

Agree with Maradoll re Brockley road, buit think £10,000 wouldn't go far. Would also like to see trees - I don't care which street they go on.

Bea said...

Nobly Brick – suggest you do more therapy – obviously not working!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Maradol, in the Leyton area there are raised planters at the ends of the roads running perpendicular to the high street. They are planted simply with what looks like a type of purple periwinkle. The plants are green all year round with an abundance of flowers and trail over the edges of the planters.

They look fantastic, it's a simple way of brightening up an otherwise dull, utilitarian road. I think £10K could certainly provide a few of these at key spots and make a great improvement to our street scape.

Lep Recorn said...

A new sign for speedicabs?

Anonymous said...

Yawn

drakefell debaser said...

I agree with the suggestions to spend it on the high street and cheer it up a bit with trees, flowers and what ever else the money will stretch to. This way it is central and should benefit most people.

Headhunter said...

God is it just me or is everyone completely booooooored by snidey Speedicars comments? It's done and dusted, the chapter is closed, the sign has gone and been replaced. NEXT!

Headhunter said...

I vote the money goes to Brockley Max or as described here, raised planters to replace the nasty railings on Brockley Rd and serve the same purpose

Anonymous said...

Actually I think more money for the Max is a very good idea, spend it on nice things for people to do. I think a lot of the issues in Brockley, the anti -social issues are down to us being a bit of a divided community.

An enhanced Brockley Max with events that got people together, young old , newcomers and longtime residents of the area, black and white if planned thoughtfully could go a long way to address this issue.

Anonymous said...

I know someone who was involved in Brockley Max this year and was incredibly disappointed by the way it was run.

Flyers with information on events were not handed out until right at the last minute, the website did not contain details again until a few days before events.

The less high profile events, workshops and the like were barely attended.

But, as I am informed the person mainly responsible for the Max fest talks a good talk. We rather wondered where all that funding went.

Put the money into tangible, visible streetscape improvements, that everyone in the local community benefits from.

Anonymous said...

The max this year wasn't the best, because of a serious dip in funding and a change of organiser probably didn't help.
Streetscape improvements are fine, I am in favour of them, however I have noticed, even if you do physically enhance, if the people who use that area, don't really care about it. Then you'll find that things revert back to how they were, really fast and what seemed like a tangible benefit, doesn't actually last.

I want the money to go to a cause that will benefit the as many people as possible. A well run Max is giving memories and feel good factor which is intangible but you want people to care about Brockley. To think beyond themselves and think about where they live, so that kid that's about to drop litter. My thinking is that if we get people, across the board kids, older people etc involved and organising the Max. So it's their/our Max.

To celebrate music, dance, where we live the diversity the shared interests. I think it would be such a good thing and more importantly lasting.

nobbly brick said...

bea, sorry for late reply to your comment, but, a few years ago I was like BN ... now I'm better...


few?? many.

Brockley Nick said...

I very much doubt we have ever been that alike ;)

Anonymous said...

I think you'll find that the drop in funding for the B Max and a change of organisers were not unconnected.

Anonymous said...

Well whether you're right or not, the organisation of the Max can improve.

I would hope that we can all agree that we want the money to be used sensibly and to maximise the benefits for as many people who live here.

Putting the money into the Max, can help raise the profile of Brockley, by drawing people from outside to the area. This is fantastic Pr (if done well). Something I would have thought many of those that comment on this blog would be keen on.

I can see the numerous possibilites of putting the money into the max that will help Brockley socially and commercially. Again, getting the groups in Brockley involved in the organising the Max, so we have a central co-ordinator, but various arms. It going to give those people self esteem having achieved something.


I would really hope that people consider this idea.

nobbly brick said...

you never know Nick, you just never know

by the way, your a bit slow on Heidi's announcement that the leisure centre will be two years late - chains of communication strained?

fabhat said...

Some money for the max is a good idea - but I think improvements to Brockley Rd would be the most lasting use of the money. Most residents and visitors to Brockley have to go through it, and it's a grotty road, as most people agree. If the railings are replaced with planters the whole feel of the street would change and hopefully encourage new businesses and get people to want to stop rather than drive through as fast as possible. Look at the White Hart/New Cross Gate triangle which has brightened up ugly railings no end - and they haven't been vandalised either in the 3 years, at least not enough to destroy them.

fabhat said...

Nobbly - you're very niggly...If you have news - why not post it yourself, rather than sniping because Nick hasn't?

Heinz K said...

Those niggles will be the subtle and powerful remnants of rage that the narcissistic self finds it hard to express and work through in therapy.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely right on the New Cross railings Fabhat, 10 grand has got to be enough to do something similar and just as effective in Brockley! Hear hear!

Anonymous said...

- improving our streets, parks & open spaces
- better relations within our communities
- tackling crime & anti-social behaviour
- cleaning up the streets


Planters, well I'm not familiar with the ones on New Cross, but if it's the standard issue from Lewisham that we see on Lewisham Way, those large pine and black boxes. Isn't that what people really want on Brockley Road? Isn't that more of the street culture we want to avoid?

nobbly brick said...

wish I could post the link, seems to be flaky right now (21:09), transference problems, or perhaps counter-transference

hang on

getting though now (21:10)

pause...

(Note to self: attend to Kleinian breast fetish)

damn:

Network Timeout

The server at 172.18.34.81 is taking too long to respond.

fabhat said...

you can see the railings on transpontine's blog - sorry - tried, and failed to attach a picture...

The Cat Man said...

God I'm Bored, Its 3.30pm where I am.

I'm supposed to be going to the Obama rally tomorrow night - if he wins or not.

Grassy Knoll said...

Christ, someone tell the CIA. Do you think The Cat is capable of firing a gun without shooting himself in the foot?

nobbly brick said...

details of announcement from HA:

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/NewsAndEvents/News/LoampitValeSwimmingPool.htm

max said...

I love that announcement, Loampit Vale is "secured"!
Well, at least it's not been securitized.
Reminds me of another time when they announced "Mayor unveils new plans for new school" (read, massive cockup, school three years late at the very least).
And I spot a pattern, these announcements of triumphal achievements are always delivered just after the deadline for questions at next Council has passed.

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