Rob: You gotta get on with your life. You gotta let go of the past. And Mikey, when you do, I'm telling you: the future is beautiful, alright? Look out the window. It's sunny every day here. It's like manifest destiny. Don't tell me we didn't make it. We made it! We are here. And everything that is past is prologued to this. All of the shit that didn't kill us is only - you know, all that shit. You're gonna get over it.
Mike: How did you get over it? I mean, how long did it take?
This is it. All our hopes and fears. All the struggle and pain. Everything has brought us to this moment. More than a year after the surveyors visited the site, the plans for the long-awaited Brockley Cross makeover are here.
Lewisham Council is holding a public consultation on its proposals for the area between Malpas Road and Endwell Road. The plans are modest - the stupid twin roundabout system remains - but still could be transformative. Lord help us, even a proper pavement would be a major step in the right direction.
If this proposal goes ahead, islands will be widened, trees planted, cobbled surfaces introduced, traffic calmed, ramps added and crossings improved. While it falls far short of the original ideas proposed by the Brockley Cross Action Group, we've known for a while that there would not be a lot of money to spend to improve matters, so this is actually slightly more ambitious a proposal than we expected.
We'll be canvassing opinion from the Brockley Cross Action Group in the coming days.