East v West v North

During this fight, I've seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that's better than twenty million. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

- Rocky, Rocky IV

Following on from the news that a new sandwich shop is opening on Mantle Road, we decided it’s time to ask the BC readers which side of Brockley Station they think is going to change most for the better over the next few years.

On the West side, work is underway on new housing next to the railway track, while next to the station, Jude Court is crawling to completion, bringing with it several large new retail units. On the opposite side of the street, Bohemia Hair took the plunge a few months ago, showing some confidence in the west side, while the Broca Food Market has done for the west what the Broca did for the east, pioneering the new wave of businesses moving in to the area.
The East side, is the most developed and, when the removal vans aren’t in the way, Coulgate Street is gem. But Brockley Road continues to serve up a series of false dawns, with La Lanterna being the most obvious and ugly example. The redevelopment of the Holistic Centre and the Essence of India could improve the condition of the strip and attract another good business, but only if the job is done right. Experience teaches us to be cautious. At the moment, the windows lie broken and the shop front is a travesty. Despite the Orchard’s success and rumours of new tenants, Harefield Road’s other two units lie empty.
On the North side, it remains to be seen whether the investment in Brockley Cross will yield any significant improvements, while plans for the redevelopment of the car yard are in their infancy. Martin’s Yard could be transformative, but the project timeline has slipped back and there is no definite date for work to begin. Meanwhile, many of the Brockley Cross units lie empty or unloved, not helped by chaotic parking and occasional gang-related incidents.
Of course, the East v West v North question underlines one of the challenges facing the development of Brockley as a cohesive and vibrant town centre – it is divided by two sets of railway tracks, carving the “centre” in to three elements.
So which side are you most optimistic about? Vote on the new BC poll.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't Sainsburys opening under Jude court on the Westside. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pro-supermarket but anything is better that the sour faces in Costcutter.

Anonymous said...

In relative terms i think there will be more improvement west side. But lets remember that until about a year ago there was nothing.

Also i think you've confused you east and west in the article when talking about the broca food market...

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon 1326 - whoops, and yes, important to stress that this is all relative. East will clearly always have the greatest concentration of shops, etc.

Anonymous said...

Cheyenne: Harmonica, a town built around a railroad.
[laughs]
Cheyenne: You could make a fortune. Hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hey, more than that. Thousands of thousands.
Harmonica: They call them "millions."
Cheyenne: "Millions." Hmm.

Anonymous said...

once upon a time in the west (of brockey)

Molewife said...

Why no mention of the Crofton Park end, or "historic central Brockley" as it's known? ;-)

Brockley Nick said...

Well of course there are many other wonderful parts of Brockley / Greater Brockley - CP, Lewisham Way, Midtown, Ladywell - but this is specifically in relation to the development taking place around Brockley Station.

Brockley Jon said...

Ha, Midtown, love it!

Ed CPZ said...

East has the brighter future generally (because of coulgate street, the shops, access to hilly fields, the station office, postboffice etc.) but in terms of relative gain East and North are clearly going to win.

Does anyone else think that all three have far too much advertising?

Is 'South' Brockley Crofton Park btw?

Ed CPZ said...

I can tell you first hand that there are few comparisons to be made between Brockley and Midtown Manhattan...

Anonymous said...

Having been here so long - I don't think of Brockley in terms of Central, East, West or North. Or of Brockley being based around the station - Access and being in zone 2 is great but some rarely use the station except to go to Gatwick. In my mind Brockley is firmly south-east.

Anonymous said...

For me, Brockley is exclusively around the station despite historically being elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting, but may depend whether your first experience of Brockley was by arriving at the station or not.

I'd be interested to know if the houses to the Mantle Rd side of the station identify more with nunhead, peckham and east dulwich for their facilities and parks etc.

The railway is quite a divider but the footcrossing where Turnham and Chelwood Schools/Dalyrmple Rd is fairly busy.

Other popular shops near the station to mention - The Doorstep Bakery and Tomboys.

Matt-Z said...

The area on the east side has changed dramatically in the last 10-15 years. I reckon the pace will slow a bit while the west side catches up, unless that is something amazing happens at La Lanterna or the Holistic Centre.

@ Ed 14.02 - Hang around in the Barge for long enough and you'll get plenty of Bronx cheer.

The Cat Man said...

West side is best - yes, we're getting a sainsburies there! Also having new paving and trees.

Cassandra said...

The east side is in real danger of losing at least two established shops. It is really important to try and shop local if you can. It is a case of use it or lose it.

Anonymous said...

@Catman: "Sainsburies"? It's a good job you make a living out of numbers. You'd be a poor church mouse if you had to rely on your spelling!

Osh said...

Depends on what shops i spose

Anonymous said...

Has anyone asked a Green councillor?

Aricana said...

Is Sainsbury's offically opening on the west side - or is this just speculation?

Anonymous said...

it's officially speculation.

drakefell debaser said...

I keep hearing about Sainsbury’s opening under Jude Crt and apparently this has been verified by the builders office on Mantle Rd. I expect we will know in a month or two.

Anonymous said...

I'd take it with a pinch of salt until Sainsbury's either confirm it officially or you you see them moving in.

Cafe Nero was nailed on according to Catman once upon a time ago.

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