Tea Factory gets makeover

The Tea Factory is one of Brockley's most important developments and was meant to herald the rebirth of Brockley Cross. Despite providing a home for Brockley's community art gallery and securing an architecture practice and a new cafe, it has been let down by the pavement outside, which is in very poor condition and regularly used as a car park.

However, one of the positive consequences of work being "finished" at Brockley Station is that it will enable work to begin on fixing the Tea Factory's front garden.

Lewisham Council confirmed in a letter to Cllr Dean Walton that:

Planning permission for the Tea Factory development was granted subject to a S106 Agreement. The Council will carry out a complete reconstruction of the footway outside the Tea Factory, using funding from the Section 106 agreement, after the footbridge accessing Brockley Station has been re-opened.

When the footway is reconstructed we will remove the existing vehicular crossovers and also resurface the forecourt area. We intend to use a high kerb face and bollards at either end of the new footway to prevent drivers accessing the area for parking.


This is great news and will hopefully be followed by more extensive work to improve the roads and pavements in the immediate area. At long last, we may see the transformation of Brockley Cross.

12 comments:

Michael said...

This is good news, let's just hope they don't find anything unexpected under the pavement. We might just be left with a dirt track for a pavement.

I really feel as though it's going to happen at Brockley Cross. What with the new cafe, the development on Mantle Road, the Italian Bistro on Endwell Rd and now this, things are looking up for those of us who live in that part of Brockley.

Is there a schedule for the work, or a start date?

Anonymous said...

Lets just hope Its not another Brockley Station Fiasco.

Brockley Hamster said...

What will the businesses do about deliveries and what about people moving in and out? That busy road will be blocked completely in one direction. There simply aren't enough vehicle crossings over/under this stretch of railway. The whole of Brockley Cross and local traffic routing need a revamp. Cue a stream of abuse aimed at those who use a car...

The Cat Man said...

Why are they using s106 monies for path maintainence? Surely having a flat path isn't a luxuary is it?

It better be something fancy..!

fabhat said...

Brockley Hamster - there is a pull in next to the tea factory to the tyre suppliers. And if that's not available they'll probably do what is generally done when you can't pull onto the pavement - stop on the road, or round the corner...

Earl Grey said...

Aluminium venting pilled up outside the Cafe this morning ready for installation...

El Haj Diouf said...

Traffic warden ticketing cars parked on the pavement this morning. That is all.

Brockley Nick said...

Boo-yah! That is great news.

Cllr Walton's been persuing this and a related issue on our behalf lately. Planning an article about it soon.

Wonder if they will saunter down the hill to the area around the roundabout?

Well done Council - BCers please keep an eye out for other sightings of the yellow-striped warriors for truth and justice.

Anonymous said...

They're an inconvenience.

dedkat said...

Is there any truth to the rumour that Dukes is to be demolished to make way for something worthwhile?

Anonymous said...

Dukes is obviously vital to the Brockley Cross area as there is a constant stream of custom late into the night at weekends with many non-locals parking on the pavement to visit; whatever they are selling it must be good to draw in all this non-local custom.

Anonymous said...

Do locals not have cars then? I know I do, and I know what I prefer to use late at night.

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