More street art from the Wickham Mews menagerie.
|Hello fellow bees, how's the abdomen? Swollen with nectar, I trust?|
|Beautiful feathered tyrant|
|The Court of Owls|
"Old Man Coyote took this dirt and blew on it. He made the earth. It was fine and he was pleased. The ducks returned and were amazed."
- Old Man Coyote Creation Myth
|Beautiful Animals this way|
|New Cross Gate 1865|
Luckily, Lewisham has loads of primary school places to spare! Eh? Oh.Prendergast Primary School won’t be finished for the start of term. Now over a year late. @brockleycentral pic.twitter.com/nauEQ2mIVE— Kenny Tinsel (@KennyTinsel) August 27, 2015
Thanks to AB for the nudge!Very, very strong start from new local butcher @heckandsmith. This chop was the business. pic.twitter.com/Yoha7jaKYb— Matt Bright (@jimmynutmeg) August 26, 2015
Lewisham Council has launched a consultation to reduce the cost of its waste collection and increase recycling rates - while adding to the number of bins on our pavements and in our front gardens. They write:
Lewisham Council has launched a consultation on changes to waste and recycling services that would affect around 80,000 properties across the borough (all those that typically have collections from a wheelie bin).
Under the title Let’s Talk Rubbish! the Council is asking people to say what they think about potential changes to the service that could see:
- separate collections of paper
- the introduction of a food waste collection
- a paid-for garden waste collection
- changes to the frequency of some collections.
The Council has to make changes to comply with new regulations introduced on 1 January 2015 and to make sure it can meet a target of 50% of all waste either recycled, reused or composted by 2020 – failure to do so may mean big fines for the Council.
Councillor Rachel Onikosi, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: “We have done really well in Lewisham over the years to avoid sending waste to landfill. We sent just 0.3% to landfill last year saving millions of pounds in taxes and charges and avoiding the most environmentally damaging way of disposing of waste.
“But we could be recycling a lot more. Most of our waste – about 80% – is incinerated to generate electricity. But in the future it will save money if we are able to recycle more and it will be better for the environment.
“That’s why we are consulting on changes that will help us recycle and compost more and produce better quality materials that we could sell on for a good price.”
The consultation lasts until 18 October 2015. To find out more and have your say go to www.lewisham.gov.uk/letstalkrubbish.
It wouldn't be a political farce without some involvement from Lewisham People Before Profit.
The Telegraph has found a connection between our own mischief-making political troupe, LPBP, and the entryist row that has panicked the Parliamentary Labour Party and triggered the ridiculous #LabourPurge of leadership election voters. The Telegraph reports:
The Telegraph can disclose that Unite, the biggest trade union, has been encouraging its members to sign up to vote for Mr Corbyn in order to “wrest control of the Labour party” out of the hands of the “Blairite elite”.
A local Unite branch secretary in south London, also urged backers of the Lewisham People Before Profit Party – a rival political party - to join Labour and vote for Mr Corbyn...
Nick Long, an official from the Lewisham branch of Unite, said his branch has called for members to take part in Labour’s leadership election and vote for Mr Corbyn “as his politics are the most closely in line with Unite’s anti-austerity and socialist views”.
“If Corbyn wins the leadership race and other progressive MPs join him, a battle royal will ensue to wrest control of the Labour party out of the hands of the Blarite and Progress [a centre-Left think-tank] elite and the adoption of an anti-austerity agenda.
“My local political party, Lewisham People Before Profit, which gained 15 per cent in council elections in 2014, have also made a call for our supporters to take part in Labour’s election.”
However, in a letter to his local newspaper, Mr Long warned that “years of fractional battles will be needed” to win the “fight” for Labour’s soul [And if any party knows about years of internal squabbling, it's LPBP - Ed]...
John Hamilton, campaigns coordinator for Lewisham People Before Profit party, said a representative from the Corbyn campaign came to a meeting to urge his party’s supporters to join Labour and vote for Mr Corbyn.
Shifting allegiances and schisms are very much a way of life for LPBP, so if their members do sign-up to the Labour Party, this is less a fresh twist in the Corbyn saga than it is the latest chapter in LPBP's glorious history. It's good to see Lewisham exporting political theatre to the national scene.
With thanks to Monkeyboy for the heads-up.
Posted by Nick Barron on 22.8.15
|Photo courtesy of Alexandra King-Lyle|
The first of Loampit Vale's two new supermarkets is taking shape. Across the way, a new Asda will be opening soon.
New Sainsburys gathering momentum in Loampit Vale #brockley #lewisham @BrockleyCentral pic.twitter.com/CLkklHHgFx— Marc Lantrok (@MarcLantrok) August 20, 2015
As part of its campaign to increase cycling in British cities The Times has worked with Esri UK to produce an interactive map, which documents each incident in which a cyclist was injured or killed in 2014. With 75% of incidents taking place at a junction, they have listed the eight most dangerous junctions in Britain - and Deptford features.
Anyone who's brought up kids in London will have had the lecture at least once: Someone holding forth about how awful it must be to grow up in the capital - that failure to move out when your kids hit primary school is tantamount to child abuse.
Top of the list of London's imagined failings, neck-and-neck with a lack of ready access to farm animals, is usually the state of London's schools. Well, here's a map (courtesy of the excellent CityMetric) of UK cities based on results from last year's GCSE results.
Time Out's survey of the lives of 10,000 Londoners has found that people in Brockley are among the most likely to have got drunk in the last 7 days.
This is a terribly sad reflection on local life, or brilliant, depending on your point of view. Either way, it reinforces our argument that the Brockley market remains under-served by local bars.
Clapton finished top of the table, with Dalston, Brixton and St Johns Wood among the postcodes keeping us company in the runners up group. Hail fellows, well met.
Thanks to Jenny for the (liver) spot.
I'm a local resident and I'm going to be offering Bike Doctor maintenance and advice workshops on Hilly Fields, every Saturday (weather permits) during warm months.
The proposed time of the session is between 11am and 3pm. The workshop will run as a one-to-one "Fix Your Bike" session where you'll have a chance to offer your bike TLC and fix most common bike problems under guidance of a experienced bike mechanic.
Bike safety and maintenance advice will be provided, and if the job is bigger than what "Dr Bike" can offer, you'll be given a scope and advice on what needs to be done. The bike stand, a set of tools, disposable materials and some spare parts will be provided. The sessions are free. No booking is required, just turn up at the park with your bike at the said time and look for a bike stand and sign for "Fix Your Bike".
The location is likely to be near the Tresillian Road. entrance to the park.
I'm an avid cyclist and cycling enthusiast and I like to promote cycling and help the community. I have been involved in a similar scheme while living in Edinburgh and that was one of the most rewarding things I've done in my life. Being a qualified bike mechanic and having a couple of hours of free time a week I could not have thought of a better pastime.
Stay safe and happy riding!
The Friends of Hilly Fields need your help to keep the park tidy. Chris writes:
Morning park users will have seen rubbish strewn by foxes who pull bagged waste from open bins in search for food scraps. The first volunteers have begun emptying the bins just before dark to try to prevent this. More volunteers are needed.
Saturday 15 August was the first night. Two volunteers started at the Bowling Green and cleared the bins up all the way along Cliffview and Vicars Hill to the café and the play area. On the first night we managed to empty 12 bins.
On the second night, taking a trolley and some bungees to enable us to carry more bags, we managed 15 bins.
What we really need is more volunteers. Ideally we need volunteers who can come in and empty the bins on the way up from
On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, from 11am to 4pm each day, homes across Brockley will be taking part in a neighbourhood front garden sale, with BrocSoc co-ordinating the marketing, to maximise the number of potential customers. BrocSoc says:
Sellers can take part on one or both days. It definitely works best when there is a cluster of sales in or near your street, so talk to neighbours about participating as well and display the poster (still to come) outside your house.
To take part, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name + house no. + street + postcode and email, stating Saturday, Sunday or both.
A list will go on the Brockley Society website stating only street, house no. + postcode and day(s).
Joe sent us this link to Lewisham Council's photographic archive, which has more than 2,000 historic shots, covering every part of the borough. These images were taken from a collection of more than 50 Brockley photographs.
Jones of Brockley, the Crofton Park deli, opens on August 21st. They say:
"Jones of Brockley is a family run food shop in SE4, opposite Crofton Park station. We stock a broad range of delicious and well made products including bread, cheese, vegetables, refrigerated and dry goods, wine, beer and more."
They will be open 11am-8pm, Wednesday - Saturday and 11am - 6pm Sunday.
Check out their new website here.
Earlier this evening, a man fell from a bridge at Brockley Station and was killed by a train. The incident forced the temporary closure of the station and major disruption to services from London Bridge.
An eyewitness who asked not to be named said:
I was on the platform at the time, very close to the impact. I suddenly heard a loud bang - looking up I saw a body in the air, having just been hit by one of the fast trains passing southwards through the station.
For a few seconds everyone was in shock - nobody really knew what to do. But the station staff acted pretty swiftly to call the police and clear the station. I commend them for doing as good a job as they could have done under those circumstances.
Reports suggest that the incident was a suicide, but this is unconfirmed. In any case, it is a tragedy.
FE Week reports that a plan by Southwark Council to take the Southwark portion of LeSoCo under local authority control has been blocked by the government's FE Commissioner. The site says:
The college announced today that commissioner Dr David Collins had thrown out a proposal from Southwark Borough Council last month to de-merge the college.
The council suggestion included taking on the Southwark provision and contracting it out.
It comes amid an area-based assessment of South East London’s FE and skills provision, consisting of two structure and prospects appraisals at Greenwich Community College and Lewisham Southwark after they were both served with inadequate Ofted ratings — the second in a row for Lewisham Southwark, which is currently in administered status.
Thanks to Daniel for the tip-off.
|A copy of the stakeholder consultation document. Thanks to We Are SE3.|