There are four new stations along the new route, which connects the Olympic Park to five arenas in east London.
The extension completes a £500m upgrade of the Docklands Light Railway, which Transport for London (TfL) says will improve capacity by 50%.
BCers always say they'd love a local bookshop. Well now you're going to get one... Book Bloc promises to open London's first radical bookshop in 20 years in New Cross. Here's what they say:
A workers co-operative, Book Bloc will be the first radical bookshop to open in London for 20 years. It will exist to provide material from the struggles of the past to aid those of the present, to disseminate the best of contemporary thought forged in the fire of events which have only just begun. Book Bloc will disappear at the end of this four day event, waiting to appear again where you least expect it.
Only Joking. It will be in New Cross. Sometime soon.
The redevelopment of Brockley Cross continues with the proposed construction of two new houses on the land between Geoffrey Road and Upper Brockley Road. The land sits in a disused garden on what is effectively a large traffic island and close to the car lot, which is also targeted for redevelopment. We quite like the design and small two-bed houses are in short supply in the area.
Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West gave a TED talk earlier this year in which he presented evidence that simple mathematical laws govern the development of cities, from Bogota to Birmingham. Like biological organisms and systems, cities always demonstrate economies of scale. He says:
“The reason for this is because of networks. All of life is controlled by networks. From the intracellular, through the multi-cellular to the ecosystem level. The question is any of this true for cities? Cities are just physical manifestations of your interactions and the clustering and grouping of individuals…
“Cities deliver economies of scale. Fewer petrol stations per capita the bigger your city is. Not surprising… This is true of any infrastructure you look at in any city around the world.
“But even more surprising is if you look at socio-economic quantities. Wages, wealth, patents, crime, AIDS cases, flu cases.”
Double the size of the city and any of these factors goes up by 15% per capita.
“Anything you can think of goes up by 15%... This is a universal phenomenon.”
The bigger the city, the more efficient it is, the more of everything there is, per capita. Whatever it is.
“The reason for this is us. Our interactions and networks. The bigger you are, life gets faster. Even the speed of walking gets faster as your city gets bigger.”
Now, Brockley Central is no theoretical physicist, but if the cause of these efficiencies is the networking effect of cities, then the implication would be that if the networks are more intricate, the scaling effect should be greater. Instead of getting 15% efficiency – a super-connected community should achieve a higher number.
It’s a hypothesis, but one we’re trying to prove with Brockley Central. Making SE4 and its surrounds the best-connected community in the world via the web, Twitter, Facebook, the forum and more Twitter ought to make us more efficient.
In other words, we won’t rest until you’re all rich. And have the clap. Join us!
Posted by Nick Barron on 27.8.11
The owners of Convoys Wharf in Deptford have submitted the latest revisions to their planning application for a huge masterplan that will create thousands of new homes, hundreds of new jobs, a primary school and a new district for South East London.
Ross from Brown's of Brockley has written on this thread about his plans for the basement, following his successful application for an alcohol licence. It's worth it's own thread, so here's what he says:
We ran the ad called "The Date" a while back, which showed the Rivoli off at its finest. Here's 'the making of'.
The Rivoli also stars in the latest Anne Hathaway vehicle, One Day, which is based on a book which apparently lots of people like and they are angry because, instead of a frumpy northerner, the producers cast Anne Hathaway, almost as though they were trying to score a commercial hit.
Despite the rain we still manage to raise enough money and quality children's books to send two barrels to Jamaica.
Posted by Nick Barron on 25.8.11
We tried to go for dinner in The Orchard last night. At 8pm on a Wednesday, the place was absolutely packed, with a few tables reserved and a queue of people waiting at the bar for a table. Now The Orchard is an outstanding place that gets the mix of dining and drinking just right, but if you needed any evidence that the market in Brockley has changed, that was it. There are now lots of people in the area who want to drink and eat locally and have the means to do it fairly regularly.
The Barge was pretty full too and thwarted in our efforts to get a table at the Orchard, we went to Smiles. Despite being a little off the beaten track, they were doing a decent trade and we didn’t check Mo Pho’s but we’ll wager it was full too. There is clear demand in the area for another evening venue near Brockley Station.
Meanwhile, La Lanterna sits and rots, Gulen’s does its best to hide its existence from all but the most savvy Brockleyites and Essence of India somehow contrives to be empty most of the time.
Could new owners of Toads Mouth too crack the evening market? It will be fun finding out.
Posted by Nick Barron on 25.8.11
Secondly, I don’t think far-right racism and violence should be swept under the carpet. Let’s have it out in the open. Let ordinary people see that racist thugs still do exist in Britain...
The third point is key. Civil liberties aren’t important just as a matter of principle – they ethnic impact minorities a lot. Remember how people forgot about them post 9/11?
Posted by Nick Barron on 24.8.11
'The Oracle' has tipped us off that Lewisham Council is seeking to introduce new parking restrictions on a number of roads across the area. The restrictions would mean that no waiting (parking) would be allowed at specific points, including:
The full programme for the Lewisham Literary Festival is now live. Even without the children's events it's a big deal, with events ranging from performance poetry to talks by authors including crime writers Oliver Harris and Samuel Bonner and Booker long-listed Samantha Harvey.
It's a rare idea that generates near unanimous support from the broad church of Brockley Central, but the proposal to create a Brockley Market, held on weekends in the Lewisham College car park on Lewisham Way, was a resounding hit when it was floated back in May.
It's been a while since we updated our list of recommended places. So here's who's out and who's in:
Posted by Nick Barron on 22.8.11
We're continuing to tweak South East Central, which has now passed 500 registered members. This weekend, we introduced two key changes:
Location agency Shoot Factory has just taken a house in Brockley on to its books. The stunning Stone House on Lewisham Way, opposite Lewisham College is easily missed from the road but is a 1770s masterpiece, as these publicity shots (reproduced with permission) reveal.
The Albertines pub on the corner of Lewisham Way and Friendly Street is on the market. Its lease is for sale at £35,000 via Enterprise Inns. This isn't new news, it's been on the market a while, but it's worth noting that if you're up for a challenge, there it is.
Filming has been taking place in Brockley for a BBC Films production called 'Now is Good'. The film stars Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, Twilight saga) as a girl with leukemia who's determined to lose her virginity before she dies - a mission shared by some Brockley Central readers.
Our wife's donating books to underpriviledged children in the Caribbean. Jamaica? No, she's doing it of her own accord.
The Jamaica Jumble to raise funds to send books to children in Jamaica takes place this Saturday, from noon-5pm at 38 Breakspears Road.
As well as the jumble itself, there will be food, drink and reggae. Organiser Venice says:
With thanks to Julene for the story.
Posted by Nick Barron on 17.8.11
Green Councillors Darren Johnson has written to the Lewisham Planning Service to oppose the application to convert Avalon House from a care home to a hostel. His letter says:
The Crofton Park assembly has ring-fenced £10,000 of Local Assemblies funding as a small grants community fund to support local community projects in Crofton Park. For an application form please contact Sarah Eaglestone the Local Assemblies Coordinator at email@example.com
Amy is trying to create some songs in the key of BC. She explains:
I'm a resident of Brockley, also a student of Goldsmiths. I'm currently doing a music collaboration project with Kat Drake, a local musician - on crowdsourcing stories, themes, inspirations from the public to write new songs. It is an experiment, but also a project to create songs which we could then give back to the community (through free downloads). The website is: http://happywhenshesings.com/ and here's the video shot on Telegraph Hill:
Homemade London, Brockley Central's small business, now appears in a series of Blue Peteresque short films on Videojug - a website that makes it its mission to provide a how-to guide to lots of common questions and plenty of uncommon ones - in this case, how to make a paper rose.
Posted by Nick Barron on 14.8.11
Shaun sent us six extraordinary eyewitness videos that show how rapidly the Lewisham riots grew up on Monday night, beginning with a sudden surge of people on to the streets and ending with smoke and fire. He writes: I am a resident of Lewisham, right near to Albion Way where some of the clashes with police occurred on Monday night. I was present, it happened around me as I was trying to navigate a friend around the high street when it was cut off and filmed what I could. I've got these videos online, I thought they wouldn't be much help as you were putting things out live as they were happening, but they might be insightful if you are building up a complete picture.
Shaun sent us six extraordinary eyewitness videos that show how rapidly the Lewisham riots grew up on Monday night, beginning with a sudden surge of people on to the streets and ending with smoke and fire. He writes:
I am a resident of Lewisham, right near to Albion Way where some of the clashes with police occurred on Monday night.
I was present, it happened around me as I was trying to navigate a friend around the high street when it was cut off and filmed what I could. I've got these videos online, I thought they wouldn't be much help as you were putting things out live as they were happening, but they might be insightful if you are building up a complete picture.The causes and meaning of the riots will be debated for months and weeks to come. If Transpontine is still blogging in 20 years time, we'd be very surprised if he isn't writing retrospectives on the topic. The nature of the riots may be new, but the nature of the people doing the rioting wasn't. Watching the interviews with young people involved, we were reminded of some of the people we went to school with and people we read about in English history.
A quick plug for Lifetime Barbers in Brockley Cross who, as other places boarded themselves up and fights broke out on Tuesday, carried on applying coats of bright orange paint to their spiffy new store front.
Half price tickets for BC readers for the launch of Cabaret at The Jack on Sunday August 14th at 7.30pm with Have You Met Miss Jones?
Leanne will be performing musical theatre classics, pop ballads and songs from Hairspray.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, amount of tickets and pay just £5 on the door. (Tickets subject to availability)
We're bounded by Frendsbury Road in the East, Pincott Place in the West, Honor Oak Estate in the South and the Crofton Park-Nunhead trainline in the North.
Just to show that the war on illegally and inconsiderately parked vans is not really a war on vans but on inconsiderate people, here's an example of a cyclist parking where they shouldn't near Brockley Station too.
Barry Naine, 42, of Foxberry Road, Brockley, who works for a St Mungo's homeless hostel in Lewisham, is alleged to have burgled the Primark store on Rye Lane on Monday.
I've called it for 12 noon on Saturday. If people can turn up we could also take a photo to send a clear signal out that we're determined to help those in our community affected by this senseless violence.
I spoke to a trader today who was really upset by what happened. This is a nice way of showing our support.