The locations for the first Bus Countdown signs, which tell you how long you have to wait until the next bus will arrive and if there are any problems on the route, have been revealed.
Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of Arsenal, England and Brockley legend David Rocastle, a great footballer and one of life's good guys.
The Albany theatre in Deptford has been awarded funding from the Arts Council England which should help to secure its future for the next four years.
The renovation of the Holistic Centre on the corner of Cranfield and Brockley Roads has begun. Even boarded up, it already looks better than it did a week ago, when it was a mess of twisted metal and broken glass, that somehow managed to house a temporary junk shop.
Another of the most important aspects of Lewisham Council's long-term plans for Lewisham town centre is the creation of a new mixed development on a large chunk of land called Loampit Vale North, including the Thurston Road industrial estate, the strip of evangelical churches along Brookmill Road and the area currently occupied by the likes of Matalan. The plan envisages a counterpart to the Loampit Vale scheme currently shooting up.
Here's what the draft Area Action Plan says about the Thurston plan - click for details of the rest:
The Thurston Industrial Estate is allocated for mixed use town centre development. The Council will encourage development of this prominent and important site. Proposals should incorporate the following principles:
- Create an active building frontage to Loampit Vale and Jerrard Street of a scale appropriate to this town centre location. New development should prepare the visitor for the scale of the development they will encounter in the Lewisham Gateway to the west;
- Ground and possibly first floor uses should ideally be retail, business and community spaces with flatted accommodation above, taking account of the southerly aspect available and the amenity provided by the new publicly accessible open space being created to the south of Loampit Vale;
- The use and design of any new building needs to take account of the impact of shadows cast from buildings on the south side of Loampit Vale on this site and the microclimatic impact of any proposals on Thurston Road;
- Support the improvement of the public realm adjoining the railway line and facing the Thurston Road Industrial Estate, in order to enhance amenity for residents on surrounding development sites;
- Enhancement of public realm on Thurston Road;
- Creation of generous tree lined pavements with a coordinated approach to public realm material treatment (width of 6-8m);
- Jerrard Street and Thurston Road will take on more importance as new low car-parking schemes encourage walking and cycling and the quality and width of the footways require improvement;
- The site is situated within Flood Zone 3a High Probability. Developers will be expected to work closely with the Environment Agency to ensure that appropriate flood mitigation measures are incorporated.
Here are a load of Lewisham Labourites in their civvies joining Saturday's march against public sector cuts. Given the intensive debate there has been on BC about how much the cuts in Lewisham are the responsibility of those in charge at the Council, we thought this might be of interest...
The Brockley Cross Action Group has written to Lewisham Council requesting that trees should be inserted in to the lovely new pavement that's emerging on Brockley Road. BC is not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and we're delighted with the work that's being done. Although we can see the BXAG's point, we'd be happy for that to be done at a later point - what do you think?
Lewisham's TRYangle centre, which offers counselling and advice to families experiencing domestic abuse, is closing.
The South London Art Map and Last Fridays present 'Live Window Dressing' at the Tea Leaf Arts gallery, 110 Endwell Road: Which is the most provocative: the curiosity to look into a neighbour's window, or the window which lures us to look in? See for yourself..... Friday 25th March, 18:30-20.00 Tea Leaf Arts, 110 Endwell Rd, SE4 2LS In conjunction with the south london arts map we inviting all comers to dress three live manikins and some dummies....ready for a short window display.
The South London Art Map and Last Fridays present 'Live Window Dressing' at the Tea Leaf Arts gallery, 110 Endwell Road:
Which is the most provocative: the curiosity to look into a neighbour's window, or the window which lures us to look in? See for yourself.....
Friday 25th March, 18:30-20.00
Tea Leaf Arts, 110 Endwell Rd, SE4 2LS
In conjunction with the south london arts map we inviting all comers to dress three live manikins and some dummies....ready for a short window display.
The kerb just outside Pinnacle estate agents, on the corner of Cranfield and Brockley Roads is being built out as the next stage of the redevelopment of the Brockley Road pavement.
Delroy Grant, of Honor Oak, has been convicted of 29 separate offences, including rape, in a series of attacks between 1992 and 2009 that earned him the nickname "The Night Stalker". The Southwark man was found guilty of crimes across the capital and the south east, including Croydon, West Dulwich and Forest Hill.
'You have been convicted of 29 offences of the utmost gravity. I am not going to sentence you today because there are various matters that the barristers want to put before me. 'You should appreciate the sentence you receive will be what is called an indeterminate sentence. The term will be 'very long indeed'.
Boy, I'll tell you. They only come out at night. Or, in this case, uh, the daytime.
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.
None of you will be able to read this, but the News Shopper reports that the problems many of you are having connecting to the internet are the result of severed cables in Deptford, which may take until the 28th to repair fully.
Posted by Nick Barron on 23.3.11
Brockley Jon spotted this clever widget which maps an area based on the geotags assigned to photographs by users of Flickr. In other words, when someone takes uploads a photograph and labels it "Brockley" it maps it. The result is this map, which shows some photographers think St John's stretches to Hilly Fields.
Posted by Nick Barron on 22.3.11
Martin's Yard, the Brockley Cross regeneration scheme from MacDonald Egan, gets underway this month. Formerly a scaffolding yard, it will be turned in to a mixed-use development, providing new homes and studio spaces and creating a new street in the middle of Brockley.
Tormenting Kid: Hey look, it's Clean Shirt!
Mark Corrigan: Clean Shirt? What does that mean? Isn't that good?
Tormenting Kid: How do you get that shirt so clean, mate?
Mark Corrigan: Look, I know it must be difficult being a kid, not a lot of... schemes, but, y'know, I'm not the borough. I wish I was, but...
Tormenting Kid: Fuck off, Clean Shirt!
Local blogger Bob from Brockley reports the Lewisham Islamic Centre's decision to invite violent anti-semite Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid to speak via satellite link at a recent event. The centre, located between Lewisham and Catford, was one of eight organisations chosen by Lewisham Council to act as community liaison for concerned residents to report hate crimes.
Can Brockley Central come and sleep on your sofa during the Olympics? This modest Brockley home is available for rent during the Games for a mere £3,000 per week.
Posted by Nick Barron on 19.3.11
Air pollution in London is responsible for 4,000 premature deaths a year - the capital has the worst air quality in the UK and among the worst in Europe. Having failed to tackle the problem adequately, the Mayor of London has been given a three-month extension to introduce short-term measures to reduce pollution to avoid a fine of up to £300m from the EU (those meddling Eurocrats with their straight cucumbers and their clean air).
So this is a welcome and important initiative from Lewisham Council:
Lewisham Council is encouraging residents with vehicles to have their exhaust emissions checked in order to help the Council control the air quality of the borough.
The Council is trialling an emissions test event next week. It's taking place in the Council car park in Girton Road, Sydenham SE26 on 29 and 30 March between 10am-4pm. Residents can turn up at any point during the day and have their vehicle emissions tested.
Each test is free and will last approximately 10 minutes. Drivers will have the opportunity to talk to those staff present about their results. There will also be free leaflets available containing eco driving tips and information on air pollution.
We meet once a fortnight on Mondays at the Brockley Jack in Brockley. We aim to arrive at 19:30 and usually get started with the critiques around 20:00. Work for critique is emailed around one week in advance and everyone is expected to have read the work before the meeting and bring notes so that we don't need to spend time reading it out when we could be discussing it.
Typically we provide 2000-4000 words and aim to critique two writer's work each session. Our members write a wide variety of fiction, from historical novels to fantasy and crime so whatever you write, we'll be happy to give constructive advice.
All feedback, positive or negative, is welcome at our meetings, but we always behave in a friendly and positive manner. Don't be shy about presenting your work, the purpose of the group is to help one another improve. Whether you are aiming to get published or just enjoy writing for its own sake, your work will be given an open, honest appraisal.
If you'd like to come along then drop us a line here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the night. Our next session is on Monday 28th of March, so either get in touch to find out more, or we'll see you there!
Local masssuse Reiko will be giving massages at the Sunflower Centre to raise money for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan.
Posted by Nick Barron on 17.3.11
Brockley Central's mum used to work for Help the Aged at a time when they ran a Blue Peter appeal to raise money to help old people cope with problems such as incontinence. Relative to the success of other Blue Peter campaigns on behalf of blind children in Africa or horse riding for people with disabilities, incontinence did not prove to be an issue which caught young people's imaginations. With that in mind, the organisers of this have been in touch:
Introduced by Heidi Alexander MP for Lewisham East, this half day seminar for arts, health and community practitioners and volunteers will introduce intergenerational practice. The session will include presentations by intergenerational specialists including Susan Langford MBE, as well as best practice and current activity in the community and further afield.
Participants will also have the chance to take part in workshops delivered by Age Exchange, Entelechy Arts and Magic Me exploring practical activities and exercises used to create intergenerational work through movement, visual and performance arts and reminiscence.
The whole day is a free event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. The full schedule of events is available here.
In return for initial investment the council could offer a long term lease with
an initial rent free period. This will be advertised in the first period to see if there are any objections. Should the council wish to progress then they will advertise for
expressions on their requirements. We were told there is no council money available for repairs and maintenance of the building or developing a Cafe." Friends of Hilly Fields. Minutes of meeting 8th June 2010].
853Blog reports on an interesting plan to create a summer festival for Greenwich Peninsula, starting this year with a city beach and growing for 2012.
The plans include a beach on the old Delta Wharf site, a music stage, sailing, a marina and camping.
The Crofton Park Transport User's Group is a new organisation that campaigns for better local transport options. The group has decided that their greatest priority should be to address the risible service of two trains per hour to Crofton Park at off-peak times and they believe a window of opportunity has opened for them.
One of the reasons for setting up a Brockley Central Facebook page was that it would provide fairly good insights in to the demographics of the BC audience.
Posted by Nick Barron on 12.3.11
Doggy fashions come and go it seems. Lewisham Council has opted to follow a model employed by Camden to deal with the problem of where dog-walkers can stash their stools.
Last ELL thing for a while, we promise, but we couldn't resist reporting that on Friday it won a couple of civil engineering awards for "Greatest Contribution to London" and "The Community Award." Building reports:
The Evening Standard has marked the ELL extension to Highbury and Islington with an article about the glories to be found along its route. It claims it's known as 'the ginger line', although we don't believe anyone has ever called it that, other than the mobile supper club of the same name operating along the ELL's route.
Lewisham council said since the system went live its spending on street cleansing has been held at 2003-04 levels, complaints about graffiti fell by 30%, and there had been an 87% drop in the time taken to respond.
The web portal also removes the need to set up a separate IT system, it added.
EDIT: Erm, it turns out that Microsoft technology had quite a lot to do with the development of this app, so we suppose we'd better declare an interest - Microsoft is a client of the agency (Edelman) Brockley Nick works for.
Following on from the Brockley Cross Action Group's spring clean on Brockley Common last weekend, the Ladywell Village Improvement Group is organising its own community planting day soon.
Posted by Nick Barron on 9.3.11
Even in our most expansionist moments, we wouldn't try to claim Marylebone for Greater Brockley, but sometimes we like to go to other places and sometimes we write about them. So we've written about Portman Village for Londonist, whose readers are less likely to respond by asking with furious indignation what any of this has to do with Brockley.
Posted by Nick Barron on 9.3.11