Predictions for 2010

Let us start by looking back at last year's predictions, which look less like guesswork and more like cosmic ordering.

We give ourselves five out of five:

1. "One of Brockley's existing retailers will take the plunge and spread their wings on to Brockley Road." (Magi)

2. "2009 will see the rebirth of The Talbot." (Check)

3. "Coulgate Street will have a full complement of shops and cafes open for business by the end of the year." (Thank you Browns of Brockley)

4. "The East London Line will remain on course for summer 2010 and the government will eventually cough up the funds necessary for the extension to Clapham Junction." (Yes and yes)

5. "We're going to bet that the developers decide to press on with Martin's Yard by the end of 2009." (Just about)

So what's left for 2010? This is the year that everything is supposed to change. That's what every property supplement of the last four years has predicted and we've been arguing for years that the ELL project is driving long-term, fundamental change in Brockley, increasing business confidence and footfall around Brockley Station. However, our predictions for 2010 are fairly modest - we think the trends we've seen in 2009 will continue, but there will be no dramatic change.

Most of the action will take place around Brockley Station, we'll see more young people and families living and playing locally, creating more a lively "town centre" and Brockley Road will very slowly improve, until the north end gradually approaches the standards of the Crofton Park stretch. Lewisham Way will remain largely unchanged, despite the best efforts of the Big Yellow storage company.

The East London Line will change the way in which we feel about our neighbouring areas - although places like Honor Oak, Forest Hill and New Cross Gate won't be any quicker to reach, the ability to turn up at the station and confidently expect that a train will be along at any moment will encourage greater travel along the route - like a monorail between two airport terminals. But in terms of specifics, here our best five guesses:

1. The campaign to secure a station at Surrey Canal along the second phase of the East London Line will be successful. That will be the only positive bit of news about local public transport infrastructure in 2010, although of course the Jubilee upgrade which will benefit both London Bridge and ELL users should be finished early this year and the DLR's expansion to three carriages should be finished by the end of the year.

2. Brockley will attract at least one new business which caters specifically for the young family market - whether that be a new nursery, a shop or something else entirely.

3. The final unit on Harefield Road will be occupied.

4. At least one of the existing businesses along the Brockley Barge stretch of Brockley Road will decide it needs to raise its game in the same way that La Lanterna appears to have. This will mean a refit, a reimagining or selling-up to another business.

5. Through the hard work of local people, the Brockley Common project will at last fulfil its potential, flowers and shrubs will replace fag ends and discarded building materials, greenery will hide unsympathetic concrete walls and people will enjoy the meandering walk up the ramp, rather than endure its unremitting brownness.

What do you think 2010 holds in store for us?


The Cat Man said...

I think we should expect more than one new business in the area - for instance, the cafe in the tea factory is supposed to be oopening. We have a new residential/commercial block on mantle road that will be completed in 2010 - i'm sure that will attract at least one new retailer.

Bridge House, on Mantle road is nearing its refurb. The local supplier for coffee to Browns of Brockley is supposed to be moving in there in 2010.

Lets also not forget the Brocley Cross public consultation, maybe that would bare fruit in 2010.

barry milton said...

'Fraid that your prediction that "the Jubilee upgrade which will benefit both London Bridge and ELL users should be finished early this year" is incorrect - the project has fallen further and further behind schedule; September 2010 is now the expected completion date.

Cuts in our services to and from LB in May were predicated on the arrival of the ELL and the completion of the JL upgrade. Without the JL upgrade,the new ELL line will function, at least for the first few months of its life, with considerable overcrowding for those wishing to use it to transfer to the JL during rush hours.

Brockley Nick said...

@Barry - yes, thanks for clarifying that - disruption to weekend services should end early 2010, upgraded service starts late 2010.

With ongoing overcrowing, even more reason to go via ELL, getting on before the crush at London Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Hasn't one proposal of a nursery already been scuppered this, sorry last year.

Hugh said...

Tesco opens a branch on the Brockley Road.

Doubt it will happen really but it seems more likely than Brockley becoming the new Clapham (which according to best estimates has a nil chance of happening).

Anonymous said...

Hugh moves to Blackheath, Ealing.....or stays in Brockley.

Hugh said...

Anon gets over being sacked but continues sniping.

Anonymous said...


Lou Baker said...

We get a non-Labour MP?

brockleybiker said...

"We get a non-Labour MP?"

Hah, not a chance in merry hell. It'll be Joan Ruddock yet-a-bloody-gain.

Though interestingly all the big three are feilding women candidates.

aunty kate said...

Looks like the ELL is only weeks away now according to to this headline:

Anonymous said...

..subscription only.

patrick1971 said...

I would like to amend item (1), the transport prediction, to be that the Bellingham-Victoria service is introduced. That would be much better for me than a Surrey Canal Road station. I wonder if, just maybe, both will happen.

Rosalind Parker - The Bedlam Bunch said...

Prediction number 2 taken care of!

I'm Ros Parker, a local actress who's lived in Brockley for the last 10 years. In March 2010 I launched a children's entertainment business, called The Bedlam Bunch and it's been going really well ever since!

We cater for children's birthday parties (aged 1 - 11 years) and family days. I'm very keen to establish more local contacts, with families, schools, festival organisers and the like and I'd love to develop the services we offer.

Here's a brief description of what we do:

The Bedlam Bunch Children's Entertainment, SE4

Theatrical, interactive adventure stories to keep kids on their feet and let them make as much noise as they need to! Choose your favourite Bedlam Bunch character to come to your children's party or family day and let them take you off on a journey to remember! Expect crazy games, dancing, magic, music, balloon modelling, dressing up, treasure hunts and totally unapologetic fun!!

You can check out The Bedlam Bunch here:

I'm really proud to be a part of the Brockley community and I hope that this business will be welcomed as much as I love running it! :)

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