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Yesterday, we threw off the shackles of Blackberry and finally got a smart phone that can do stuff.

This means today, we celebrate our new Brockley Central Instagram account with a couple of shots from Brockley Road including this one of Gently Elephant's first birthday present to itself, a new awning and one of Patchwork Presents' NHS campaign window on Harefield Road. It's a bit blurry, but we will get better...

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7 comments:

Tim said...

That is a properly classy awning and it looks great. If I had kids, I would go buy some shoes from them, to show my support.


Let me ask a question, and apologies if it's basic. Does Lewisham Council have any policies or initiatives in place to encourage other shops to look equally nice? Being in a conservation zone (I think), doesn't seem to help much.

Matt Holden said...

great shop , hopefully it will act as an anchor for more and better

shopfront said...

There is some co-ordination of sorts - by insurance companies who encourage lock-up shutters in the interests of crime prevention. They changed the face of shopping streets across the nation. Whether they are still a necessary measure now that hooligans seem to vent their frustrations by making a nuisance on the Internet, I am not sure. Things are slow to change.

An attractive shop front makes all the difference and improves a shopping area to everyones benefit.

Aha....the shutters days are numbered.

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/planning/policy/Documents/ShopfrontDesignGuideSPD.pdf

Now other boroughs have Shopfront Improvement Grant schemes. I wonder if Lewisham have such a thing or is up to the efforts of individual businesses?

Ez said...

Interesting pamplet. Have Lewisham planners read it? I always wondered why the High Street looked so classy.

headhunter said...

I think in theory those shops are supposed to be in the conservation area, so no metal shutters, no illuminated plastic signs etc but in reality conservation area rules are blatantly ignored in Lewisham and the council, quick to give areas conservation status, never actually enforces the rules...

Paul Gadd said...

The NIMBYs must be slacking...

shopfront said...

I think the idea is that these planning rules for new developments, they don't apply to pre-existing metal roller blind installations. Given that every other shop in the borough has these ugly blinds, it could be a long while before the owners get around the any substantial redesign that would require planning permission. So that graffiti attracting 'war zone' look could be around for some years yet. Unless there is an improvement scheme with a budget. It has happened in other boroughs.

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