British Legion Club - residents call for action against anti-social behaviour

Some residents of Buckthorne Road have been in touch concerning problems with the British Legion Club, which you can see here:

A group of Brockley residents are campaigning for improvements to the British Legion club on Buckthorne Road - a quiet residential road in Crofton Park.

We are looking for support from other SE4 residents who may be affected by the many issues relating to this establishment. Recently the club's management resigned because they felt the club was no longer representative of the spirit of the British Legion and this absence management has created a vacuum which has allowed the existing anti-social elements to continue unchecked.

It is not uncommon now to find groups of teenagers drinking outside on the street at 11am and local residents are frequently having to deal with young lads shouting and swearing, bottles being smashed, rubbish being dumped on the walk ways and cars racing along a road frequently used by cyclists and mums taking their kids to and from school.

Residents now feel that without any formal management to complain to, they have no alternative but to contact the headquarters of the British Legion and to this aim have begun a petition asking for something to be done.

As the venue resides over a main cycle route and short-cut to a park, a cemetery and a primary school on what would be an extremely quiet road we were wondering if anybody has had any negative experiences that we could forward to the Legion management or in fact if anybody would be willing to sign a petition to call for a drastic improvement.

We have created an online petition for people to sign in addition to our traditional hard copy one; residents can sign here.

We have also created a communal email address should anyone wish to contact us or provide details of negative experiences they have experienced as a result of the issues raised.

buckthornes@gmail.com

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Send in Corporal Jones: "they don't like it up 'em Mr Mainwaring!!"

patrick1971 said...

Weird - there must be someone managing it, if only to open and shut the place, organise cash floats, staffings rotas, deliveries, etc.

Bearded Socialist said...

and what about the important bit, the anti-social behaviour?
Police?

Anonymous said...

Surely this is more Brockley than Crofton Park...

Anonymous said...

...well at least we don't live in Upton Park!

drakefell debaser said...

True but then half of last nights problem happen live around here.

Anonymous said...

I've walked past this place and it's always got w***ers hanging around it..if their ex-servicemen than I'm the popes live in lover.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see a community pulling together. the email address is a cool idea. good luck.

Anonymous said...

It's an age old trick. Run the club into the ground. Get rid of old committed members. Introduce a troublesome element. Cause the council to close the establishment. The owners (? as in the Manor Avenue USC, recently sold) then claim they must sell due to its 'commercial unviability'. LOSS TO THE COMMUNITY. GAIN TO GREED.

Tam Langley said...

One of the volunteers who delivers Focus leaflets told me about this -sorry to hear other people have had even more issues - anti-social behaviour etc., I'm writing to the Council and local police to see what they have to say.

Anonymous said...

According to the Land Registry the Freehold for 39-43 Eddystone Road is owned by the British Legion.

Draw attention to any problems with the Legions property manager?

On the Google photo there appears to be the names of the Licensees on a sign?

Anonymous said...

The club has been a source of noise pollution through regular discos into the early hours of the morning and a gathering place for young drinkers who act in an anti social way for the last year. The residents have had enough of the place. The club has been there for 50 odd years and the current management have run it into the ground in one year. What a waste. It shoul dbe closed on the 12th October hopefully to be re-opened and better run in a way that can serve the local community (which is incredibly strong on Buckthorne Road) rather than alienate them.

Long live the Legion. The Legion is dead.

Anonymous said...

Just down from the corner of Buckthorne Rd and Bartram Rd is another "bit of a problem" location. We are a tolerant road (halfway house for ex-prisoners, halfway house for teenagers leaving care, etc, so definitely not a case of NIMBY-ism)with lots of us living here for 12+ years, but the behaviour of a few of the kids is attracting a really difficult element to hang around the area. It's getting to be intimidating to return home, finding groups on your front wall, swearing, yelling abuse + threats at each other, sitting inside people's front garden on their bins, loads of late night disturbances, police cars back and forth - no solutions, I guess, but any suggestions welcome...And no, I don't want to move, I love being in Crofton Park!

Anonymous said...

Since 2009, when these comments were posted, there have been many changes. For those of you who don't already know, the club, as it was, did close. It was later re-opened under new management and with a new clientelle. Anti-social behaviour is a thing of the past and now is the time to look to the future. It is now a place for the community, and the local community are taking full advantage of this. I think it is now time for one of the moderators to delete all previous comments from this blog, enabling this facility to continue it's good work without the negativity of the past.

Anonymous said...

Since 2009, when these comments were posted, there have been many changes. For those of you who don't already know, the club, as it was, did close. It was later re-opened under new management and with a new clientelle. Anti-social behaviour is a thing of the past and now is the time to look to the future. It is now a place for the community, and the local community are taking full advantage of this. I think it is now time for one of the moderators to delete all previous comments from this blog, enabling this facility to continue it's good work without the negativity of the past.

Mondee said...

I knew nothing of this post until you moved it back to the top by commenting on it...

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