Mud, glorious mud

The area outside the Barge, which BC complained about recently, has turned into the Somme.

All the paving has been taken up, leaving the phone box stranded in a sea of mud, and next to it lies a giant hole (dug to Australia?).

BC hopes this is a prelude to glorious restoration, but with council contractor Conways in charge, who can be sure?

In the meantime Brockley Rd pedestrians are left dodging the traffic as the plastic barriers are frequently blown into the road.

And the baffled drinkers in the Barge are barricaded into the pub ...

25 comments:

Tamsin said...

I was once walking in Petts Wood - really muddy and we met a cheerfully rotund, bald-headed chap and commented on how muddy it was - "Not as bad as Passchendaele" came the cheery reply. Nearly thirty years ago now, but I've never forgotten it.

Anonymous said...

Also noticed that they have removed the Victorian York stone slabs and have stacked up concret ones on the side ready for laying!

The other brockley nick said...

Conways are unbelievable aren't they!? Do you think we just got a bad lot, or the whole company is broken?

I still can't believe the cock up they've made of the station - wobbly hand rails, steps that are already falling apart, bits where water collects, poorly poured concrete, tarmac instead of flagstones, that weird double fence made out of an old fence at the top where the ticket office is... etc.

Why do Lewisham Council put up with it? And why do we? Is there anything we can do to get our station looking and working properly? Is anyone in the Council interested in getting this sorted? Dean?

The Cat Man said...

On that note, I was sitting in the Broca cafe and witnessed a mother with two young chldren and a pushchair rush up the side of the muddy bank to get to the station. It would appear that even people who are the said users of the station ramp arn't using it!!

Anonymous said...

Surely the station itself is inadequate, I really don't see how a couple of ticket barriers can cope with the number of people.

Anonymous said...

The station job should not be signed off. I just wish our (Brockley local councillors) were more on the case. They should be leading on this.
That station is the hub of a lot of local life. In that so many locals use it. But is a ghastly place to be a lot of the time.
That heavens for matchbox. They should sell umbrellas, distribute the evening standard.
Also I think cars should be restricted from Coulgate street and the 484 should take in the street as part of it's route. I see many people risk life running the gauntlet of Brockley Road the scene of recent tragic fatality.
Come on the powers that be, make Brockley better!

Anonymous said...

Use Ladywell, much nicer.

Bank CD Rates said...

I am also amazed by the fact that how couple of tickets could manage the crowd.

Tressilliana said...

Ladywell may be nicer but is the service any better? And more pertinently, it's in Zone 3 and Brockley is in Zone 2, so it's more expensive if you're going into town.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the glorious hole is prelude to a new tree being planted on that corner. I can almost imagine if there was a huge plane tree or oak tree there. Fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Brockley Kate, what planet are you on? Similar to the Somme...barricaded into the pub... would you like me to collect for you on the street?

Quality assurance said...

Forget Kate's language, the villain of this piece is Conway.
FM Conway website

Some choice cuts, pasted here from their website

"Because we listen carefully to what our customers need, we are able to achieve our aim of getting any job right first time and with the minimum of disruption."

As local residents and station users not to mention council tax payers many of us make up a part of your customer base, we pay the body (the council) that awards you these jobs, and frankly the work done by Conway at Brockley station is inadequate. And if you, Conway have any substance behind the words on your site you will come back to Brockley to complete that job, to reasonable specifications along the lines of what 'The other brockley nick' has highlighted in his comment.

The Cat Man said...

Speaking of Conways, for some reason I have had a new tree (planted 3 yrs ago approx) uprooted and the hole filled in with tarmac. What is odd is that the tree was not damaged and was in perfectly good health. It was not even in front of a house so there is no issue re. subsidence or heave.

Conways - please, can you replace me tree instead of filling it in with tarmac??

Anonymous said...

They would be better off getting Russ Conway, to do the job.

Matt-Z said...

Conway's are getting a reputation for this sort of thing. They had the contract for resurfacing and repaving Great Dover Street in Borough, which also included some enhancements and improvements(new benches, trees, flowerbeds, cycle paths etc etc.)

Admittedly a bigger job than Brockley station, it's been going on for what seems like two years. At one point there were scores of men on the job, but the past few months there have been a handful, stringin it out and taking for ever to get the cycle lanes open, pavements finished, barriers down etc. Sounding familiar yet?

Even before completion the work they have done is starting to deteriorate. The tarmac has cracked and is coming away around the ironworks in the road. In a few places it's been badly patched up with the obligatory blob of tarmac.

It must be a contract running into seven figures. How are they allowed to get away with it?

Headhunter said...

Cat Man - I hassled my councillor endlessly to get a tree, which had been uprooted but the council and the spot filled wuith tarmac, replaced. Eventually after almost 3 years we got a new tree!

Anan 19.11.09 12:52 - I can well believe that they are replacing the Victorian slabs with concrete! They probably know full well they can make a tidy profit selling the Victorian slabs on the open market. Even original Victorian bricks are quite valuable, we had a wall alongside our house replaced a while back, in the end we used "aged" modern bricks, the original Victorian ones would have cost almost £5 per brick!

Anonymous said...

Cat Man, we had a letter from the Council that we are getting an extra tree in Geoffrey Road and what type did we want - so we are probably getting yours!

Danja said...

the original Victorian ones would have cost almost £5 per brick!

Someone was trying to take you for a ride if these were just yellow stocks or multi-stocks - £1 and 75p each respectively is more the mark for smallish quantities, bit less in bulk.

Still more than a modern brick, though.

Anonymous said...

Ratbag says:
They appear to have started laying ?granite setts in front of the pub. If the whole area is done like that it may look quite nice. Would it be too much to hope for that it is done by Christmas?

Brockley Kate said...

I think a minority of readers have failed to appreciate the gentle touch of humour in my post ... I also doubt that the Barge regulars are particularly bothered about being barricaded into the pub ...

I noted with joy this morning that Conways are laying stone cobbles/setts, by the looks of things, so this little story of local refurbishment may turn out to have a very happy ending.

Anonymous said...

Yep - sorry - they are laying sets not large grey slabs. In the gloom, rain and early morning rush for the station didn't spot the size.

Although they look good it's a shame they haven't retained the original Yorksone

(Anon 19 November 2009 12:52)

Anonymous said...

£5 a brick ? who you buying them off Del Boy.

Headhunter said...

OK, OK perhaps I exaggerated at a fiver a brick, I just remember that it literally tripled or quadrupled the price of the wall to use Victorian stock. All I'm saying is that Conway can make a tidy profit flogging off publically owned Victorian stock paving slabs...

Anonymous said...

Well If they are old York Stone slabs,Then they really are expensive.

Tamsin said...

Walls can be worth stealing. A few years back now but one on the corner of Pepys and, I think Ommaney, was knocked down and nicked.

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