Brockley Common: The community takes over

The Brockley Cross Action Group has sent out an appeal to local people to help it reclaim Brockley Common.

The group of volunteers plans to take the benighted project over now that the council's involvement is completed, and is asking us all to pitch in and help.

Here's the email from vice-chair Rupert King:

"As you will have seen by now the new steps, ramp and paving to Brockley Common have been completed, with only a few bits and pieces to be finished off. This work was overseen by the Lewisham Highways Dept and undertaken by their contractor F.M. Conways.

"Brockley Cross Action Group (BXAG) has been waiting patiently in the wings for the works to be completed, so we can get back on the Common and get stuck in! We want to reclaim the Common as the community-led project it was always meant to be! Now at last we have our chance!

"BXAG has made a successful bid for funding from the Lewisham Mayor's fund. As partial match funding BXAG have contributed money that we have raised from our fundraising activities for the Common. So we now have a fighting fund to start work on the replanting of the new banks on either side of the ramp. Once again we aim to create an exciting, bold and colourful planting scheme for Brockley Common, which is going to need alot of community involvement if we are to succeed. More information about the overall plan will follow.

"But we need to start with the basics. The banks desperately need weeding. Once this work is complete we shall employ a contractor to erect proper temporary fencing around the planting areas, to prevent people walking all over them. then we shall get compost delivered and mixed into the soil to improve it, followed by some surface bark mulch to prevent more weed growth. This will ensure the beds are ready for planting early next year.

"To start this whole process we have arranged a CLEAN UP DAY on SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER, 2.00-4.00. This will be mainly to carry out the weeding and any litter picking. Meet at the Broca Cafe, We will provide all tools, gloves and plastic bags, Just bring warm clothing and some very stout footwear! We will stop at 4.00 so we can get some refreshments at the Broca - BXAG will be buying, so I hope you can stay for coffee, cake and a chat!
"I do hope you can make it - we need a good turn out, which will make the weeding so much easier to sort out."

17 comments:

Matt-Z said...

Good to see the community getting involved again after the drawn out labours of the council and Conway's. Does this mean they have all the money needed to pay for the performance space? What about the promised steps at the far end of the site which were cut when the asbestos bill arrived? Also, regarding the new steps/ramp/etc, what is going to happen to the gaps in the handrails which are currently held together with masking tape?

The Oracle said...

Very good points.

I'll be there.

Anonymous said...

There was some mosaicing going on today it looked like fun. I had just returned from Streatham and there is a s**t hole makes Brockley look really nice! Particularly the station office with it's new carpet!

Hugh said...

Isn't the threshold issue whether the ticket office will be replaced or at least given a new shell?

Bloke said...

Let's see if Hugh does more than snipe and gets involved.

Anonymous said...

where is brockley common? (serious question)

I said...

It's the rather grand name for the few square metres of slope outside the Station on Coulgate Street.

Yep. Hard to believe, I know.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Wouldn't Brockley Green be more appropriate?

quick brown fox said...

Doesn't the common also include some space round the back of the ticket office? Or is it really just the little patch of grass outside the old Speedicars office?

Let's hope any plans they have for the station building itself are a bit more sympathetic to the area than the steps, which seem to have been designed by Vogons.

Hugh said...

My role is to snipe. Sniping is what I do.

I said...

Yes. I believe it includes the vast swathes of grass/mud (presently weeds) behind the ticket office too.

For any students past and present, last time I looked the old Brockley Station sign was lying forlorn on this patch. I'm sure it would look lovely above somebody's fireplace, (surrounded by traffic-cones and empty bottles for the full effect).*

*This is a joke of course. I don't condone theft, and apparently it's illegal.

Brockley Kate said...

Glad someone else has spotted the station sign ...

The common is the land between the station and Coulgate St. It could be really nice, if it was sorted out properly. The station ramp project was supposed to be part of that.

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Tamsin said...

Better above somebody's fireplace than in a skip. (I do condone rescue.)

Andy Endwell said...

How old is this sign is it 50's or older? I have been peering around the area but cant spot it. If it is an old style sign it wold be good to put it up again.

I said...

It is/was contemporary (late 90's onwards?) and frankly, a bit bland. Maybe it's been removed.

The One said...

Have you seen the weather forecast for Sunday? Could be a bit wet....

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