Lewisham Life email service

As part of the Council's cost-cutting plans, its local culture magazine is being cut from ten issues a year to four, a measure expected to save £100,000 a year.


To compensate, they are introducing a free Lewisham Life email service, which you can sign up for here.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Council have taken the decision to cut down on Lewisham Life as part of the savings measures?

It was Central Government that restricted the publication of Local Authority newspapers (see the Coalition Agreement here - http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/coalition-documents).

London Councils disagreed with this decision at the time. See their response to the consultation here - http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/policylobbying/londonmatters/devolution/publicitycodeofconduct.htm

Lou Baker said...

They should cut it completely.

It's crap - basically a taxpayer funded advert for the mayor and local MPs.

Councils should never have been allowed to do this sort of rubbish.

Anonymous said...

But you can now see this rubbish on line Lou.

Bored and tired said...

Maybe I'm naive and yes, I could see that it was an advert for how great the council is, but you can't expect them to produce something miserable and negative about the area. I actually found it quite interesting, informative and upbeat, which can't be a bad thing. I found out about things I wouldn't otherwise have known about, for example the funding available for playgrounds, which kickstarted our petition to improve the Hilly Fields playground, as well as activities and events in the borough. It was also suprisingly well written on the whole. I'm glad they're not ditching it altogether.

Hugh said...

Agree with Lou. Typical Labour council stuff.

Who here wants to admit voting Labour ever?

Ed CPZ said...

It was a hot day in May 1997; I was young and naive. We all did it!

Anonymous said...

I hope they are going to cut funding for those ludicrous Lewisham Council banners on the way down from the Horniman which urge us to enjoy, among other things, the libraries.

Miss L said...

The last issue of Lewisham Life came through the letterbox after many of the events advertised in it had already happened...

I think they could cut it completely but maybe I'm not in their "target market" anyway and just don't appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the whole thing!

Anonymous said...

cut it completely and give the money saved to the library service!

Anonymous said...

Ban It

mb said...

I don't think there's an issue with the council letting people know what it's doing or how to use it's services, not EVERYONE has or can use the internet. In fact those who need services the most may be the ones least likley to be contactable by the interweb. Having said that Lewisham life is not what that's about. It's a glossy bit of binable paper. Not a whole lot more useful than a pizza menu.

A simple, clear, pamphlet a few times a year without the mayorial puff would suffice.

Anonymous said...

get rid of the other 4 and they can save another £100,000.

go on Lewisham - do it.

Anonymous said...

@mb

"I don't think there's an issue with the council letting people know what it's doing or how to use its services, not EVERYONE has or can use the internet."

Perhaps we need some sort of local, easily accessible, community facilities, where people could use shared computers for free. Then add on site training courses and supportive staff for those who do not know how to use them.

Come to think of it, maybe you could put books there, for people to borrow.

A few newspapers and somewhere to sit might be nice too, a sort of local communal information centre. They would become a vital hub for every local community.

Surely, once they were established, no council in its right mind would want to abandon them.

[Cough.]

Anonymous said...

I'd missed this because internet down all week.
It's the worst piece of crap mag ever.
Very depressing that the council thinks this is a good use of public funds. But having watched their video about the march on Sat, it all makes perfect sense.

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