'Sorry' is the hardest word

As some eagle-eyed readers have already spotted, Lewisham Council has posted two small (A4-sized) notices on the Brockley Station fencing, offering an apology and an explanation.



There's a certain grudging tone to the announcement, which doesn't exactly go to the trouble of making itself obvious to station users: Brockley Kate only spotted it because someone had already told her it was there.

Lewisham Council must not think that two sheets of A4 paper comprise the beginning and the end of its attempt to explain itself: a proper account must be given of the problems in procuring and completing this project, and that includes taking responsibility for these failings.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, lets give them another kicking

kpkpkp said...

Interesting that the council is placing the blame for the delay on "procurement of specialist materials" it appears to be a thinly veiled attack on BXAG.

Brockley Kate said...

It has always seemed that way, at every point the council has emphasised the use of 'specialist' materials.
Yet the steps are closed because of the handrail which I don't think BXAG had any role in procuring ...

Anonymous said...

This should really go in Brockley Station works - Update 2 - two posts ago.
I think it is a poor show to infer any blame for delay on BXAG for their choice of paving material. Stone companies place firm orders with their suppliers when deposits are lodged. I bet the council or Conway waited and waited until the programme was as tight as a gnats ass then waited some more till August came around when the stone supply world closes down before placing any order for the stone. So it's disingenuous to even infer that the choice of stone is a contributing factor to the delay.
This is my opinion only but I've seen similar situations where the contractor doesn't place the order until it's too late to satisfy the programme then blames the exotic choice of the designer for the delay.

Anonymous said...

And another thing Anonymous 22.42...in the procurement schedule, it will always have been known that handrailing would be required. So why is the handrailing delayed? Because the order was placed too late to hit the programmed dates.
Who places the orders...Conway. Why do they have a fat excuse to do Eff all.. Because the programme was thrown out of the window when asbestos was found. They aren't going to spend any money keeping residents or users happy because it's not commercially viable.

Anonymous said...

Wow anon 23.19 take it easy on the Jacobs Creek.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like buck passing again to me.

Anonymous said...

Back in the day when I had a shop in New Cross, Conway’s were despised for constantly digging up our pavements, often few days after relaying them, traders knew the company locally as ‘Conmen’s’.

Headhunter said...

Where on earth is this apology? I walked by the station to have a look for it over the weekend. It certainly must be well hidden...

Anonymous said...

And I'm sure that font isn't in keeping with Conservation Zone guidelines.

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