Cllr Johnson to step down in 2014

Brockley Councillor Darren Johnson this morning announced that he will not seek re-election next year. The London Assembly Chair says:

It’s been a real honour representing Brockley Ward for the Green Party on Lewisham Council since 2002. However, I’ve made the decision to step down and not seek re-election when my current term ends next May. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and worked with some wonderful local residents over the years on a whole range of issues. Twelve years is a long time, though, and I do want to find a bit more time to for some of my other passions in life, such as seeing live music. 

I’ll be enthusiastically supporting our new Green Party candidates for the ward when our team is in place and will be working hard for continued Green success in Brockley Ward in the local elections next May.

Darren has been a truly excellent servant of Brockley over the last decade and his departure is a big loss. It also marks the end of an era for Green Party politics in the area.

14 comments:

Katy said...

Hear hear, Nick. Thanks for the sterling work, Darren.

John Lilburne said...

Can anyone give me details of what Darren has actually achieved as a Brockley Councillor in 11 years? I must admit I am scratching my head a little/lot.

Brockley Nick said...

Individual Cllrs aren't the PM. They don't have access to lots of levers of power. What they can do is represent the views of residents about local issues, work hard to get answers, campaign, lobby, etc. Darren has done a very good job of that on a myriad of issues.

Wild Brockley said...

Thanks Darren, for all your hard work and support for Brockley Max over the years.

John Lilburne said...

Specifics would be good though. I get lost in generalised bland political PR statements about working hard. I could say I work hard at getting my golf handicap down but it doesn't really say how I am doing it. If I added that in the past 5 years I have played 3 times a week against better players and my handicap has gone from 28 to 24, then I would be more interested.


Details are always good.

Brockley Nick said...

Go for it. If you type Darren's name in to our search box you'll find plenty of details.

terrencetrentderby said...

An honest question deserves an honest answer.


Old man Johnson with his finger on the button.

John Lilburne said...

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Thanks!

Tim said...

3 times a week for 5 years, and your handicap is 24! You are truly a terrible and untalented sportsman. And how does playing better player help you?

tarada said...

The powerless that don't do much is going...

Headhunter said...

Shame - I've always found him to be very good. As Nick says, councillors don't exactly have huge power but I often find myself agreeing with his views which seem to be well publicised. I'm always aware of him taking an interest in local issues whereas I have to say I never hear anything about other councillors i the area.


In terms of tangible achievements, he was very helpful in getting the council to replace a street tree on my road. My emails hit the usual council brick wall - no acknowledgement/no answer to my questions so I turned to Darren and he knew exactly who to speak to. Within a matter of a couple of months a new tree appeared and Darren kept me updated through the process... Small victory but a victory nonetheless...

Darren Johnson AM said...

Many thanks for your kind words Nick. In terms of specific things I've achieved (as people have asked) these include:
- working with residents/traders to get an additional crossing on Brockley Road
- securing funding to get solar panels installed at Lucas Vale local primary school (outside sorting office/Gantry)
- getting a motion passed which instigated the Living Wage policy for council workers and contractors (one of the first in London)
- working with Brockley Society and others to get numerous trees planted in the ward
- Successfully moving the motion that led to the Council abandoning the early closure of Ladywell Pool (until the replacement was built)
- Instigating the licensing review at the former Rosemary Branch on Lewisham Way following major anti-social problems (with the changed conditions leading to the present well-run establishment under new management)
- working with residents, police and council officers to tackle anti social behaviour problems on Upper Brockley Road


As Nick points out, individual ward councillors don't have executive power. Sometimes you do feel you are banging your head against a brick wall but there are definite things you can achieve. I'm still remaining a London Assembly Member so any issues relevant to that such as TfL, Network Rail, aircraft noise problems etc. I'll still be there to take up local Brockley concerns. Darren

anon said...

I am supportive, but seen too many trees disappear around Brockley the last few years...

anon said...

...Brockley cross? 1 tree dying in front of us, 1 tree hacked in half, i think original 'plan ' had 3 trees, just to name an example

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