Lewisham business asked if they value Town Centre Managers

Lewisham Council is asking local businesses to respond to a survey about the value they attach to the role played by Town Centre Managers. Based on the conversations we've had with local businesses over the years, our guess is the answer is not a lot.

We're mindful of the fact that people's jobs are at stake, so we won't say anything other than that over the years, we've tried and failed to get a sense of a proactive strategy to improve Brockley's town centre from the TCMs in place, which is a shame, because our high-streets could really do with one.

The survey begins:

One of the options that has been put forward is for the Council to reduce the level of support available to businesses, including closing the town centre management and tourism services. (At present, the Business Advisory Service will stay open, as long as the Council can continue to access sufficient funding).

This survey is aimed at businesses and individuals using these services. We want to hear from you about how this proposal might affect you.

Click here to complete the survey - you have until September 24th.

With thanks to Bill for the story.

23 comments:

Oaksys said...

Is this same Lewisham Council that has been busy the public toilets and selling off the sites around the borough?

I certainly don't want politically correct advice from an overpaid junior official on how to run my internationally based company.

Brockley Nick said...

Did anyone ever give you "politically correct" advice? I'm not sure that's their remit.

Oaksys said...

Yep, There were a couple of different local agencies sending me junk and invitations to "thrilling" events. After a while I diverted their emails to the junk queue. It is just sad they were wasting public money.

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Sue said...

My experience as a cllr was that some TCMs were much more proactive and better than others, and that after a reshuffle of staff, Brockley, to be blunt, drew the short straw.

LVIG campaigned hard to get a bit of TCM support for Ladywell Road, and it would be a shame to lose her before she's had time to achieve much. If cut backs are made, personally I would rather they were from the bigger town centres, such as Lewisham and Catford, where there are big chains that can cough up and support events, ratehr than the smaller shopping parades, such as Brockley, Ladywell, Hither Green etc, where small businesses need all the support they can get.

I would like to see evidence of the Council's legal team, planning and environmental health enforcement officers, working much more closely with TCMs, the empty homes officer and local businesses and potential businesses to get empty units back into use. We thought we had finally got somewhere with the old Nightwatch shop at 46 Ladywell Road, but it seems to have stalled again - the new owners need prodding again with the threat of an environmental health enforcement notice, I think. Likewise, the legal team need to crack on with getting back the 20k+ LBL spent on 63a Loampit Hill and force a sale to bring that back into use. 4 years of my best efforts via casework enquiries, questions to cabinet members, scrutiny reports, and persistant nagging on my part failed to yield results on that front.

Brockley Nick said...

@Sue - that's interesting and sounds like a very sensible approach.

Using more of the Council's leverage to effect change would be good. For example, the owners of the Holistic Centre on Brockley Road are seeking planning permission to renovate that shop. Currently, it has godawful security shutters, which are against planning rules and bent out of shape, completely ruining the look of a shop front, which was doing perfectly well without shutters, previously. It drags down an already shabby parade.

Why not gently suggest to the developers that they should remove them if they want to be taken seriously as a responsible developer?

Anonymous said...

still Sue, on your 'watch' you managed to get the adhesives factory saved!


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Andy Endwell said...

"Tourisim" Did I read that right Lewisham Council has people employed to deal with tourisim - and lo the air was black with the wings of chickens coming home to roost.

Anonymous said...

Anon @15:14, you clearly have no idea how planning law works. It's private land, if a developer puts forward an idea that complies with the regs and there are no reasonable grounds for objection it goes ahead. "ooohhh it's a nice building" is not a reason. Blaming sue is brainless.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you need knowledge of the Planning process to have a little dig at an ex green councillor who left an exciting legacy of a CPZ behind . . .

Anonymous said...

So nothing to do with the adhesive factory. Just a random I'll informed whine. Well done you.

Sue said...

@anon 15:14

a) the Adhesives Building was actually in Lewisham Central ward, not Ladywell (the boundary is the bridge). LBL's planning committee turned down the application (before I was even elected, I think), but the applicant won on appeal, so blame national planning legislation if you must blame smthg.

b) The CPZ zone was introduced based on the results of the consultation - the majority of respondents in the zone wanted it. It was also ultimately a mayoral decision and as with many (most?) things, ward cllrs had no more say in the matter than residents.

I don't have strong views either way on CPZs, but I know a lot of residents on Marsala Rd and Malyons Road will welcome it when it is finally introduced. My road, Adelaide Ave, is probably going to bear the brunt of the displaced commuter parking, along with Phoebeth Road, but people in both roads were against the CPZ at the time of the consultation.

So if you're going to take a pop, at least get your facts right!

Anonymous said...

yeah, i knew all that Sue, I just thought it was worth a tug

Anonymous said...

Sue, what is a CPZ?

Anonymous said...

Sue, what is a CPZ?

Sue said...

CPZ = controlled parking zone. Part of Ladywell is about to become one.

Andy Endwell said...

Boy will they live to regret it!

Anonymous said...

Indeed. The simple notion that you can drive somewhere else - or have people come and visit you, without needing special permits, will soon be but a memory.

Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Soon the notion that you can park near where you live without commuter traffic using the space will be a reality and busses will be able to move. Thanks a lot

max said...

In Chester it was legal to shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside city walls after midnight, that's also a notion people had to abandon.

When on every road cars were few and far between it was ok to park everywhere, things change. Some roads are now blighted by cars, the road where I live being one of those cases, before CPZ it was just awful, now it's ok.

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