Ten years of the Brockley Cross Action Group

Annual Open Meeting
Monday 24th May 7.30 - 9.00pm
St.Peter's Church
Wickham Rd
SE4 1LT

If you want to know how great Brockley is, the annual open meeting of the Brockley Cross Action group is a good place to start. Nice people with good ideas working hard on our behalf. The BXAG is now ten years old, as Chairman Des Kirkland explains:

A small group of local residents formed the Brockley Cross Action Group in 2000 to combat the steady deterioration of the area. At the first meeting over 90 people turned up and agreed that Brockley needed improving. They had a list of issues they felt the council had not dealt with. Many of those present had similar concerns, pedestrian safety, traffic, the double roundabout at Brockley Cross, litter and graffiti, abandoned vehicles, the high level rail link to Victoria; to name a just a few.

Though the double roundabout remains (apparently it would cost over a quarter of a million pounds to change the junction) the group has made a number of significant improvements to the area during its first 10 years, both physical and cultural. We now have the longest poem in Europe, in four feet high stainless steel lettering -in Shardeloes Rd. Trees planted in a number of major roads in the area. Much improved streetlighting in previous crime hot-spots near the station. The Brockley Common, which used to be an eyesore piece of land in Coulgate Street is being transformed into an attractive space that everyone can enjoy. The annual Christmas market and the Summer Fun Run, the list goes on and on.

Our guest speaker at the meeting is Camilla Goddard. Camilla is a local Bee Keeper and maintains the hives at the side of St.Peter's Church (you can buy the honey they make in The Shop on the Hill in Harefield Rd), she will be talking about the benefits of bees in the urban environment and giving a demonstration of what is involved in maintaining a beehive - using a spare hive, minus bees, just in case you are concerned.

The work of the Brockley Cross Action Group is still ongoing, though much has been done there is still more to achieve. Why not come along and let us know what you think our priorities should be for the next few years.

At the end of the meeting, I will be standing down as Chairman - a role I have had since 2007. As a founder member, I will remain a part of the group and continue to act as a spokesperson for the group in his role as a member of the Brockley Assembly Steering Group. Rupert King who is currently the vice-chair will step up to the plate.

As a small community group the Brockley Cross Action Group has always acted to translate the aspirations of local residents and traders into reality. We can only continue to achieve these ambitions with the support of local people and your active involvement. So come along, get involved and be a part of making Brockley even better.

14 comments:

thanks said...

Round of applause here for this group: they seem to actually DO stuff while the rest of us just moan. Thank you guys!

Anonymous said...

Is/was there a fun run this year?

Anonymous said...

... and they've managed not to take anyone to court as yet ...

Anonymous said...

They don't mind about sky dishes either.
Three cheers for them! :-)

Anonymous said...

Actually they support Broc Soc in both things. You gonna hate them too cause you can't have Living TV?

name said...

They had a list of issues they felt the council had not dealt with.

name said...

With Brock Soc, BXAG, LVIG etc its a given that people organise themselves to affect change. The fact that these groupings exist, is a comment on the council in an of itself.


Brockley Nick said...

@name -

"With Brock Soc, BXAG, LVIG etc its a given that people organise themselves to affect change. The fact that these groupings exist, is a comment on the council in an of itself."

No it isn't, they might have formed because or in spite of a collaborative Council.

Brockley Nick said...

Name, those various quotes are entirely consistent. My original point was that the fact they existed proved nothing either way and that additional info was needed. This article has provided additional info.

name said...

Nick, you made a clear statement that my comment was wrong. It was not. As the quotes show

I was taken aback by your approach at the time but decided I didn't want to get into an argument (because I knew I was right) and it wasn't worth it.

The Antepenultimate word said...

Oh Puh...lease. You came out with some veritable Tosh. It was quickly refuted and you've now just restated the case, How dispiriting to see this rise up again like an insistent clothes moth. The existence of voluntary groups does not not not provide any insight on a council. Big up to BXAG

name said...

In this case it does.

Brockley Nick said...

@Name

You said the existence of community groups spoke volumes about whether the council was good or bad.

My point was that that info alone does not tell you whether they are good or bad.

A good council encourages lots of community groups.

A bad council requires lots of community groups.

Therefore, you need more information to determine whether a council is good or bad.

name said...

"You said the existence of community groups spoke volumes about whether the council was good or bad."

I didn't say that, my comments are above.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for off topic, but 2012 is close, is this really matter?

Anonymous said...

Sorry for off topic, but 2012 is close, is this really matter?

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