Free cash for Brockley

At long last, the Brockley Station end of Brockley Road has a free cash machine. A lifelong dream of Brockley Central's realised, courtesy of the Post Office, next to Costcutter.

A cash machine has been installed on the exterior of the shop and will not charge its customers for use, which will be a boon for local customers and businesses alike.

As of this afternoon, it didn't actually have any cash in it, but you can't have everything.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness.

A bit of a shot in the arm for the "this machine will charge you £1.75" newsagents - who's looking after local bijou businesses there, then? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I actually saw someone taking money out of it on Monday but assumed (wrongly!) that it was yet another Brockers £1.75 rip off! Woo hoo!!

Anonymous' said...

Central Brockley finally joins the C20th! Hurrah! We'll be getting those recognisable high street names (not including 'Spoons and Corals) that I've seen up in London next.

Anonymous said...

And here she is, in all her glory (click)

Tressillian James said...

Perhaps it shouldn't, but this really pleases me. I think 'link' style chargeable cash machines usually are taking from those who can't afford it most.

expat said...

yay & on behalf of brockley's reluctant expats, thank you for the photo, anonymous.

Now, if someone could just snap one of the broca shop...

Nadine said...

Brilliant! Now I can get money out to go and eat @ smiles without having to pay a fee. It is outrageous to be charged 1.75 to have access to your own cash!

Hugh said...

Good news. Add that to the two free machines next to the Tesco outlets on Lewisham Way and Loampit Vale and we're flirting dangerously here with entering the 20th century.

Any bike heads going pedalling at weekends these days? Now the weather's improving we should probably get a ride together. Where's Headhunter?

Wild Bill said...

Fantastic news!

Brockley Kate said...

Woohoo!

[ticks ambition off list]

Now, about that wall on Wickham Road ...

patrick1971 said...

Good to see the Brockley station area catching up with Crofton Park (which is, of course, the REAL Brockley) at last :-)

brockley mutha said...

@ kate - the wickham road wall - what looks like a temporary wall has been put up, which would seem to me to be a baby step in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Most welcome, but expect the local beggars to be hoovering around, whilst using it.

Brockley Nick said...

That will be jolly kind of them.

Wild Bill said...

I've never understood why beggars hang around cash machines. I'm going there because I've got no change, begggar! I'm not going to give you a tenner when I get it out am I? Beggar.

There's already that one guy who asks for change outside costcutters. He'll be able to spot you getting money out, then going into costcutters, He'll know if you're lying about not having any change.

Anonymous said...

Fixing the Wickham Wall won't benefit anyone, so I'm happy for that to stay as it is for a bit.

Headhunter said...

Hugh - Here I am. Not out this weekend, off to Barcelona til Wed. You around the weekend after? I hope to get out then...

I doubt the wall on Wickham will change for a long, long time. Look how long it took just to get that "temporary" thing put up? I should think that whoever (housing association?) put that up has ticked that box as done.

I notice that, as a large, prominent, white space, it's already attracting graffiti. I for one, believe it would of benefit to actually replace it with a proper wall, as conservation are rules dictate (once again flouted under the noses of the council who actually set the rules up). At the moment it sticks out like a sore thumb on a very prominent corner in the conservation area.

I never give to beggars. Surely it's discriminatory to give to able bodied beggars who are able to get around and ask for money? What about impoverished disabled people or those who are otherwise unable to get around easily who have to rely on charities? And surely giving money to a charity such as Shelter is a more efficient way for the homeless to benefit from economies of scale and get together to make their voice heard as 1? Also ensures that the money you had over isn't spent on booze, drugs and fags.

Anonymous said...

It's vacuuming Nick.

Tressillian James said...

The owner of the wall is Lewisham council - and that means it is under management of Regenter B3 - who are contracted for 20 years to keep things in order.

The way to get it fixed to conservation standards as it must be? Bring it to the attention of Broc Soc (the whole society is only a couple of people, so it may have slipped there notice); but,more importantly, complain to Regenter B3 (I think Pinnacle is the arm that manages the housing) that it is an eyesore and is attracting gaffitti. If enough people do, they will react:

Regenter contact details can be found on the Brockley PFI leasholders website:

http://www.brockleypfileaseholdersassoc.org/

Brockley Kate said...

I sometimes wonder if I am invisible on here.

Headhunter said...

I always forget, is the "temporary" wall on the corner of Wickham and Harefield or Wickham and Cranfield?

Brockley Nick said...

It's hovvering anon.

You can google it (or do a "non-brand-specific internet search" if you prefer). ;)

Tressillian James said...

Why Kate?

HH - it's on Wickham and Cranfield

Anonymous said...

Dysoning Nick

Headhunter said...

Cheers. Emailed the B3 and Pinnacle contacts on the PFI website and the Lewisham council repairs address. Everyone else who cares should do it to! Let's bludgeon them with emails to get them to do things properly. Brockley won't stand for crap repairs.

Anonymous said...

I love you Headhunter

Headhunter said...

And I love you too Anonymous.

Tamsin said...

And nice of someone to kodak the machine for us. (Actual usage for a very brief period - see "The Light that Failed" Kipling. Read it years and years ago but this stuck in my memory as sounding so odd...)

Tressillian James said...

I'll mail in too - keep us updated on any response HH.

Headhunter said...

The only response so far is an "out of office" mail from Steve Bonvini. Got his mobile number though (07767-434-588), fancy giving him a ring?!

Headhunter said...

TJ - Got a couple of responses (from the council and Pinnacle), sent them to your email...

Monkeyboy said...

HH, if you meet Hugh make sure you get a photo. I want to see if he looks like a toff.

Headhunter said...

Well he probably won't turn up for a bike ride in a top hat and monocle, but I'll do my best.

I doubt it'll happen though, we've been trying to sort out a ride for aeons now and it never works. I've given up hope...

Hugh said...

The machine is getting a Stage 2 at Evans as we speak. Looking forward to seeing Monkeyboy pull stunts on his BMX.

Headhunter said...

So Hugh, will the machine be out of Evans and ready for a ride on the weekend of the 28th Feb?

Monkeyboy said...

Bikes are stupid, I'll mainly be drinking tea and loafing.

Headhunter said...

Monkeyboy - I thought you'd started jogging/running?

The only thing about riding in this weather is that the bike gets covered in crap from the wet roads and there's still salt and grit around from the cold weather so you have to carefully clean it all off as soon as you get back.

BTW did anyone hear that Greenwich Council mixed grit with tiny shards of glass to lay on the roads when it was cold and snowy. Then they wondered why bikers moaned in their droves after getting hundreds of punctures and pedestrians moaned that the tiny flecks of glass got all over their homes. Councils make some seriously brainless decisions.

Dumbed Down said...

A stage 2 Hugh? Is that what Evans call unscrewing bits, cleaning them, replacing a couple of cables, and then screwing said bits back on?

(It's a phrase lifted from race-engine prepping - generally involving changing the main jets in the carburettors and skimming the engine head to increase compression)

Hugh said...

Zzz.

Dumbed Down said...

I take it you ride a Specialized.

Hugh said...

Why?

Anonymous said...

Was out of order today. Already. Bad sign for the future. Typical.

Anonymous said...

It could be awaiting its full initial setup rather than being completely out of order.

drakefell debaser said...

It was out of order yesterday too when I went to try it. I had to use Costcutter and was charged £1.80 for pressing 6 buttons.

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