Crofton Park Spring


Reader Anna sent us some photos she'd taken from her flat to celebrate the first day of spring in Brockley. Here's one.

Now Brockley Central doesn't need any excuse to publish a picture of blossom, but there are a couple of other things to be said about this photo. Note how the pavement is smooth and flat, how the tree helps to break up the monotony of the streetscape and how handsome the bench is. Note also how uncluttered this scene is by signs, paint markings or other assorted civic bumf. The businesses don't block their windows with security shutters and the cars don't hump the pavement.

It is no coincidence that Crofton Park is the most successful stretch of Brockley Road - it is a great environment for people and for businesses which depend on people wanting to spend time there.

One day, all of Brockley will have public spaces like this. Then spring will truly have sprung.


With thanks to Anna.

21 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Now we know where Anna lives... :-)

Brockley Nick said...

But what you don't know is that "Anna" is actually a 30-year old male survivalist with two rottweilers.

Comment said...

Crofton Park area has all the essential amenities I'd want, a post office, a bank, a dentist, bars, a theatre, a train service that goes to London, lots of buses, two good local supermarkets, a library and some lovely extras like the ballroom even, independent well seller, a very served served.

Anonymous said...

Car parking's a nightmare though.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, perhaps that's part of its success!

Comment said...

oops I meant to write a very well served area.

Tressilliana said...

That is a lovely picture and there is a lot to be said for Crofton Park. However, the crossing from north to south from Brockley Road over Brockley Grove (just out of shot) is an absolute nightmare, as pedestrians can't see the traffic shooting round the roundabout opposite the optician - the former lavatory, now estate agency, obscures the lines of sight. Can't be safe.

Tressillian James said...

I think Crofton Park and Honor Oak High streets should be the model for Brockley - but apart from encouraging the council to make the physical environment condusive to attracting new business, I'm not sure how it can be done.

Comment said...

I think Brockley'll come good. The place just needs a coherent and sustainable strategy, at the moment things appear to be a bit too higgely-piggeldy re: shop front enforcement, street planning.

The BXAG is doing good stuff so I am hopeful.

Bea said...

Yes – Crofton Park is only a 5 minute walk from Moonbow Jakes and yet gives a totally different impression.

Their pavements are halfway decent and the majority of the shop fronts have retained their Victorian / Edwardian charm.

Also love visiting the little library with is attractive courtyard followed by a coffee in Jam Circus to read my books.

Anonymous said...

Crofton Park rocks.

Anna said...

Thanks for the tip Bea - I've been meaning to join the library since I moved in but something always seems to get in the way! That will be on the agenda for this weekend for sure :-)

And thanks for the kind comments about the photograph!

Anna (and the rottweilers)

Brockley Jon said...

I remember shortly after I moved to North Brockley, about 3 or 4 years ago, Croften Park suddenly started to blossom. All these new things sprung up, and the streetscape looked just right. Not sure whether it was a coincidence of things happening at once, or whether it was a planned thing, but I began to wish I'd bought down that way! It certainly beats Lewisham Way.

patrick1971 said...

Crofton Park is very nice, it has to be said. What we are missing IMHO is a good bakery. That one next to Maclarens is a little bit too far, and also IMHO doesn't sell really nice bread. We have a butcher and a greengrocer, so come on, bakery!

One thing that is encouraging for Crofton Park is that empty shops seem to be kept to a minimum. When King Sturge and half of Acorn shut down, both shops were almost immediately filled. Although I think White's is still empty.

peasoup said...

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Brockley Grover said...

Note the space with the missing tree. I reported that on Love Lewisham in July, asking for a replacement. But nothing happened.

After a subsequent e-mail chasing this up in December, I'm told that "this has now been added to the tree rota to be considered for next season."

Graeme said...

I agree with Tressilliana in that one should never pass up an opportunity to remind people that Acorn occupies a former public lavatory.

Anonymous said...

Have just bought in Crofton Park after stumbling across the area by accident and falling in love - one of the things to love most is the actual real-live old-fashioned proper butcher's. Which it turns out a couple of friends living in Brockley for years did not know about so I here pass on info to others. It's tucked away off Brockley Road - you walk down Sevenoaks Road and just into Ewurst, and there it is on the left. Been there since 1920s apparently. Sells veg as well. Yay!

By the way thanks to all on this blog - as newcomer to area it's been a wonderful way of getting to know everything.

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