Springtime for Brockers

The Brockley Cross Action Group has confirmed that the Brockley Common project, which will create a green public space next to Brockley Station, will be completed in time for summer.

The project has been hit by well-documented construction problems and the common is currently little more than a brown hill, decorated by weeds, fag-ends and construction materials, which the contractors abandoned since work "finished" many months ago. As a result, many have asked whether the money and effort spent has been worthwhile. By summer, we should have the answer.

Speaking at the Brockley Assembly, BXAG member Stuart Woodin revealed that local social enterprise Envirowork will start work shortly on the preparatory work for the land, which has become waterlogged and compacted. This will enable planting to take place over four weekends around Easter.

The planting - all being done by volunteers - will create a meadow effect. The BXAG canvassed opinion from those present about whether they should create some informal steps, running directly up the side of the common to the station entrance or do planting to deter people from using the rat run that appeared in the long, long wait for the steps to open.

20 comments:

TM said...

I rarely use Brockley Station but had cause to this week having been to the sorting office for a parcel.

The quality of materials used for the steps and paving is the cheapest of the cheap and spoils what could have been a reasonable scheme. I thought Brockley Cross AG contributed money to get decent materials. Did this not happen in the end?

Monkeyboy said...

Have to say, wearing my lu hat, I'd be shot if I tried to hand that over. I hope they are still in dispute with the designer and/or builder. Also would like to see if building control approved those rubbish rubber strips that are now either falling off or are crudley screwed to the steps. Will look much better when planted though, are we getting a few shrubs? Do like a shrub.

Mb said...

And yes to the steps.....

Anonymous said...

Voluteers would have finished the ramp to a higher standard and more quickly than CONway's...

Ed said...

I don't want to be negative but that stuff they have used is crap, won't last and looks tacky. Once someone is injured stubling over a losse step strip the powers that be may take an interest but not before. Any chance LU/TFL/anyone will look a this once the ELL is up and running (23rd May no?)

I suspect the meadow volunteers will make things look much nicer (thank you all).

We do need steps (I use the earthern path most days now).

P.S. Like the new Browns signage but still don't like the gold strips.

Mb said...

But who owns the steps? Lewisham or TfL? I'd be surprised if TFL agreed to accept them in that state, I don't think the stair nosings are compliant - I know this because I've been bollocked about this on one of my jobs. A dull but important detail

JAN said...

The remarkable thing about the steps is I saw workers drilling the strips that had fallen off (due to bad workmanship), and then screwing them back in! (You can see the screws in the treads I am talking about.) These screws will rust, and then the whole process will begin again.
Even the handrails look shoddy. Stand back and look at these from a distance. They are all over the place. It is really quite sad.

Anonymous said...

It really is a scandal how long we had to wait for the steps and what poor quality has been delivered. Surely someone should be held to account?

There is also a problem for elderly and disabled people negotiating the final flight. There is no handrail to help steady them. I have seen several elderly people look suddenly flustered when the handrail disappears at the final flight.

Who IS now responsible for them??

Monkeyboy said...

oooohhh... I could give you chapter and verse about stair nosings and handrails but I won't - it's dull.

They should have an accessibility statement that describes and explains any deficiencies. Would love to see it.

Anonymous said...

Its probably because Conway's are employing unskilled labour.

News said...

Police car in crash: at Courthill Road junction with Lewisham Road. Serious incident: someone is being cut out.

Monkeyboy said...

Unskilled? could be any number of reasons. If they built it exactly to a poor design then the blame could be shifted there - unless it was a design & build contract.

Contractors/designers/clients get into these spats all the time. I bet there are lawyers having a feeding frenzy over this one. Has the bill been settled? please tell me the council have withheld some money uintil this sorry saga has been resolved.

By the way, don't think the steps are falling off? the rubish screws are to hold the ill fitting strips in position? Also the handrails look crooked but i think thats to follow the line of the ramp that should have flat parts on the way up for wheel chair users to rest - remember that this was supposed to be a stepping stone toward full step free access, although goodness knows when, or if, the money will be found for that at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Police car probably late for lunch.

Tressilliana said...

Sounds nasty.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8553369.stm

Tressilliana said...

Sounds nasty.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8553369.stm

Headhunter said...

I'm sure that planting a "meadow" will not dissuade people from taking the short cut track down the side of the slope. I think they'll need to planbt something more substantial!

Anonymous said...

Said on the Radio 3 people taken to Hospital with slight Injuries.

Anonymous said...

There's untold police cars with blaring sirens on, since that police station opened,Id hate to live behind It where the cars come out.

Tamsin said...

Meadows can turn to thistle patches unless they are cut before thistles seed...

We had to put in shrubs in the Lower Park by the big slide, but now they are established it seems to work OK as a deterrent.

ppp said...

This situation is where the fourth estate should kick in to zero in upon who's responsible, for the delivery of the steps and hold them to account.

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