It's out! The final draft of Network Rail's Route Utilisation Strategy for London and the South East is out! The document is a capacity plan for all routes in to London over the next 20 years and includes support for a southern extension to the Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle, with the most likely route passing through New Cross Gate, Lewisham, Ladywell, Catford and on to Hayes:
Common Growth is a gardening project on Sandbourne Road that has restored an unloved patch of land to create a community space. They are holding an art event between 2pm-5pm today and would welcome visitors who fancy learning more about the project or want to get involved.
Growing up in South East London, little traces of Squeeze were scattered about over the decades: a friend's house used to belong to one of them, a local restaurant was the 'favourite' of another, members performed a benefit concert for a local school here, and composed a tribute to a Blackheath alleyway there. They are to South East London as Joy Division is to Manchester. If you don't like Squeeze, you have no business being here. Or anywhere.
Ross Lydall has a copy of a map showing how the TfL London cycle hire scheme will be expanded in to the East End and further in to West and South West London early next year. In addition to creating new docking stations, the project will involve more bikes being added to the most popular docking stations.
[everyone gives him a strange look]
Dwight: What? Not mixed together.
TfL's own Monkeyboy reports via the South East London Forum that the improved Jubilee Line timetable comes into effect this weekend, meaning we'll get 27 trains per hour serving the station and slightly quicker journey times.
We're indebted to Transpontine, whose fantastic account of the history of Laurie Grove Baths in New Cross also mentions its possible future use as a gallery for Goldsmiths exhibitions.
The News Shopper reports that two men have been charged with the murder of Matthew Clement, who was found dead on Howson Road in May last year. One of the men charged lives on Foxberry Road, Brockley.
The Deptford Dame reports that the developers of the Seager Distillery are planning to substitute the planned office space for a 4-star hotel, shifting the proposed gallery round the corner and installing a restaurant.
But now they are claiming that they've had no interest in the office space, but have been approached by a hotel chain wanting space for a four star hotel with 90 rooms.
Posted by Nick Barron on 25.7.11
Mo Pho, the new Vietnamese restaurant on Coulgate Street that replaced Long Time Cafe, has opened. More than just a rebrand, the place is under new ownership (after the previous team lost its way in recent years) and is now focused on Vietnamese food, rather than Asian fusion. They've also reinstated the small dining area, which gives the place back its friendly ambience.
New music festival 'On Blackheath' will go ahead next year after an appeal by the Blackheath Society was thrown out by Bromley magistrates.
There's been another salvo fired in the local supermarket war. This time, by the Co-Op.
With a press release which makes it sound a little like impoverished South East Londoners should be impressed by a number with so many noughts in it, the Co-Op has announced its new "£350,000" food store in West Brockley:
On Thursday 28 July, a £350,000 Co-operative Food store will open on St Norbert’s Road in Brockley. The investment underlines The Co-operative’s commitment to serving local communities and has created 16 new jobs.
To mark the occasion artists from Lewisham Art House will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at the store at 10am. A fellow co-operative organisation, the Lewisham Art House was formed over fifteen years ago and is dedicated to fostering artistic endeavour within the local area. The artists will receive a donation of £200 towards group funds.
Ken Tyler, manager of the new store said: “The Co-operative is a community retailer and we are committed to playing a real role in local life. It is fantastic that members of the Lewisham Art House can join us on our special day.
“Our store will operate in the heart of Brockley, providing an ideal location for people to shop locally. It is important to all the members of staff here that we meet people’s needs and we are all looking forward to welcoming our new customers.”
The bright and spacious store will be open 7am – 10pm, Monday to Saturday and 8am – 10pm on Sundays. Extensive ranges of fresh fruit and vegetables will be available, as well as higher welfare meat and fish. Seasonal products will be introduced throughout the year and The Co-operative bakery will provide a selection of breads and pastries baked fresh in store.
As the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade foods, The Co-operative’s extensive Fairtrade range will also be offered, encompassing everything from chocolate, fruit and nuts, to cereals, cakes and a market-leading wine range.
To celebrate the opening of the store, The Co-operative will be staging a series of events and promotions from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 30 July. Rather than the traditional red carpet, shoppers will be able to enter the store via a green carpet that emphasises The Co-operative’s ethical credentials. Shoppers can also try their luck on fun scratch cards for a chance to win prizes from The Co-operative’s family of businesses, including a holiday worth £1000, electrical items and food vouchers.
The Co-operative is different because it gives profits back to its members through the Membership dividend scheme. Members can choose to keep the cash from their dividend payment or donate all or part of their share to local good causes.
Membership of The Co-operative, which costs just £1, offers a range of benefits including a say in how stores are run and the opportunity to support The Co-operative’s campaigns on issues such as climate change and social inclusion.
[Full disclosure: my agency does a bit of work for Sainsbury's, yada yada].
Greenwich Summer Sessions is an an open-air concert series set in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.
This is the best Miss Sally ever.
The shop formerly known as The Shop on the Hill on Harefield Road is the new home of architecture practice Gruff.
Tesco has revealed plans to redevelop its central Lewisham supermarket. Presumably mindful of the major influx of potential customers being lured to within walking distance by the Silk Mills and Renaissance developments, the designs place a lot of emphasis on improving pedestrian links to the shop.
- A modernised store offering a first class shopping experience within an improved environment
- A completely redesigned modern entrance opening out onto the Silk Mills path
- Landscape improvements to the walkway alongside the River Quaggy, creating an area of public space
- Enhancing the river with additional planting and gravel to improve its flow
- A completely redesigned car park with improved lighting to provide better security and safety
- Separate dedicated entrances for pedestrians, buses and cars to make access easier and safer
The owners of The Tea Factory have been given permission to change unit 2 (previously known as The Tea Leaf Art Gallery) in to a retail space or office for professional or financial statements.
Goldsmiths outstanding contribution to the local arts scene was underlined today when two of its alumni were nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize.
Lewisham Council say they will introduce smaller recycling bins in an area if more than 300 people ask for them. The smaller bins would not be compulsory, but those who want them would benefit, as would everyone else who will have to navigate fewer of them on their daily walks.
The Council recently introduced smaller black bins which cut waste and reduced pavement clutter without causing any problems, so this petition is designed to show the Council that there is a local demand for smaller bins.
Our idea is to establish a 'work hub' for self employed people, providing flexible desk space and childcare facilities alongside providing some employment and business support, including meeting rooms and events space. Before going ahead with it the Nursery wants to gain an idea of local demand through circulating an online survey to local residents.
Actor: We know you don't have any more money left, but that doesn't matter. Just take
whatever you need from our boutiques until you can get back on your feet.
Bankrupt producer: Thank God we're back in Hollywood, where people treat each other right.
- The Simpsons
Lewisham Council has revamped its website and among the changes is a greater emphasis on showcasing the borough's many charms, which is sensible, since there are relatively few other ways for people to discover the area online.
We were asked to contribute five bullet points about what makes Brockley special. Here's our effort - we tried to think laterally, to come up with a list with something in it to enrage just about every type of BC anonymous. The result is a melange of kids, cafes, community and the East London Line. We hope you approve:
- Hilly Fields - amazing views and a playground sandpit like an urban beach
- The Rivoli Ballroom - a velvety venue that's hosted everyone from Tina Turner to the Kings of Leon.
- The independent businesses - unique places like Mr Lawrence, Degustation, The Orchard and Sounds Around.
- The East London Line - tube-like service, with added air-conditioning.
- The community spirit - free, fun events every week of the year, organised by people who love their home. The only place in London that has a dodgeball team, a Scrabble club and an Indian Orthodox Church.
BCer Monkeyboy has sent us a copy of TFL's draft accessibility plan, which sets a goal of making Brockley Station fully accessible by 'early 2014'. It notes that this work is fully funded.
Supercuts, the Upper Brockley Road off-licence, had its alcohol licence revoked by Lewisham Council this evening.
Brockley Safer Neighbourhood Team
Find out more about what the Brockley Safer Neighbourhood team are doing in the ward. Officers will be on hand to answer questions.
Brockley Assembly Fund Voting Event
Listen to presentations from projects bidding to receive assembly funding and decide which projects you would like to see happen. Pick up your voting pack when you register at the door. Those people wishing to vote must arrive before 11.30am.
Browns of Brockley, the Coulgate Street coffee shop, is now open seven days a week, including on Sundays, between 9am and 3pm.
Friday 15 July 12.30 – 9.30pm
Courtrai Road street party and St Hilda’s Church site, SE23 1PL
Stillness School, steel band
Mambeena Arts, Brazilian drumming and performance 3.30pm
Evening Entertainment on the street stage:
5.30pm acoustic set Sam and Isaac
6.30pm Street Zumba class by Carla Lima
7pm Sarah Rutherford
7.30pm Felix Rock Choir
Bands in the Church Hall 8.15pm onwards..........
8.45pm Rain and on my Parade
Brockley Jack and St Hilda's drinks tent with DJ from 7pm onwards
Hungry Horace Turkish BBQ, 6pm
Nigerian food stall, all day
The News Shopper has run a report about the Supercuts licensing enquiry that follows long-running complaints about associated criminal and anti-social behaviour, most recently during a street party to coincide with the Royal Wedding:
The Brockley Cross Action Group took advantage of the rainy weather to demonstrate the problem of 'ponding' outside Brockley Station ticket office, caused by poor workmanship when the new steps were built.
The water feature has been growing in size in recent months, an unfortunate and unintentional result of works carried out by Lewisham Council two years ago. It was perhaps only a matter of time before pond life began to take full advantage of this new habitat.
We have been developing Brockley Common as as haven for both people & wildlife and with the woodland area we have provided a refuge for many garden birds. But we never expected to see ducks on the Common!
According to ITV News' Keir Simmons on Twitter, his sources tell him Andy Coulson is being held at Lewisham Police Station. Another opportunity to tell the world about the delights of Europe's biggest police station.
The Cycle Team is dead. Long live Brockley Bikes! The Endwell Road bike maintenance company is rebranding to reflect the fact that more and more of their work is local. More importantly, they have announced that they will now be opening on Sundays.
It seems that Jude Court, the new Mantle Road apartment block, will be occupied by BC readers. Over the last few months of construction delays, plenty of BC twitterers have been wondering when their new home will be ready. Now, 'Jude Court Resident To Be' has written to say she can confirm a couple of key details about the project:
The Evening Standard has an encouraging preview of the new Sammy Ofer wing at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, saying:
We are holding a fundraiser at the Brockley Social Club on Friday July 22nd to raise money for the Charities. There is no cover charge for people to come along but we do hope that we can get them to dig deep(ish) on the night.
We are lining up Comedians to perform on the Night and will be having a live band and a raffle.
We have a webpage set up which has all the information of the night and the charities.
We're also looking for a local band who might be interested in performing on the night, so if any BC readers are in a band and want to take part, please get in touch.
It's confirmed: Hilly Fields will get a brand new cafe, opening in spring 2012.
George's, the Crofton Park barbershop, has closed. After 25 years on Brockley Road, George has decided to call time on his shop and we've been contacted by a number of readers saddened by the news, who want to wish him well.
Good luck George.
The owner of a planned new convenience store at Jude Court on Mantle Road has applied for a licence to sell alcohol from the premises. MNM Stores is the applicant.
We’re not so different, you and I.
- Dr Evil
‘To say that Muslims carried out 7/7 - those three guys from Leeds and one from Aylesbury - to say they did it is racist, Jon. It's racist. You're being racist against Muslims.’
There was a short silence.
‘Oh, fuck off,’ I said.
- Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test
Class tensions have been an ever-present in the life of this site. The fear of gentrification is not a new subject for BC debate, but it reached absurd new heights yesterday when our autobiographical reference to eating big macs on buses was interpreted as ‘casual class contempt.’
This thread is an attempt to focus the class debate, so we may be permitted to discuss issues like a new local pizza restaurant in peace.
We are something of a middle class stereotype ourselves – the son of two leftish London academics, we grew up reading the Guardian and going on camping holidays in France.
But perhaps because – unlike some of the class-warriors who frequent this site – we actually went to a local comprehensive and grew up among the south east London working classes, we haven’t developed middle-class man’s burden and we don’t regard working class people as an alien species. Love see no colour.
They, like we, eat Big Macs from time to time. Like BC, they sometimes use the bus. Our understanding of their culture is that they quite like clean streets, green spaces and to be able to cross the road safely. These are not the quaint concerns of the effete middle classes, they are universal aspirations and challenges that we all share. We have not yet become the Morlocks and Eloi.
In fact, it is the better off among us (who can afford to travel more and choose the area in which they live) who are least reliant on our local environment. The rich of Brockley can hide themselves away from van-choked pavements in their large houses and gardens and jump in the car to escape the squalor of the high street. It’s the less well-off who depend most on the social services paid for with the business rates and Council Tax of new shops and residential developments.
Making Brockley nicer – not more deli-laden, just nicer – is not a class issue.
If you disagree, please make your case here. But please, argue with what is said, not with the secret dog-whistle code you think is hidden between the lines.
Posted by Nick Barron on 1.7.11