Published May 31st, 2011
The National lottery awarded £600,000 to get this bridge into use as a cycle path, and pedestrian crossing.
It would mean residents of Stubbs Drive, and Rossetti Road would not have to walk for 20 minutes, and cross the Main Road to get to the station
It would also open up the planned Millwall development to cyclists, and local residents.
I got an email today saying the scheme was having problems:
“in particular over the last 12 months” since Labour took control.
It needs to be finished by March 2012, or no funding is available.
The council and Network Rail need to sort this out, or we lose the money!
The unused bridge could become a massive boost to the area, but can Southwark Council and Network Rail sort out the details?
Published May 28th, 2011
Published May 25th, 2011
Last night at the Town hall in Peckham, Labour made two things clear:
1. They control the budget:
They voted three of their councillors brand new posts of ‘Deputy Cabinet Members’
(Hands up for a hand-out)
It’s £2,700 a year each – about nine grand in total – the Labour finance spokesman described this as ‘peanuts’.
It’s enough to pay to fit new toilets throughout Wessex House on the Old Kent Road, or Stansfeld House on the Longfield Estate, or Pope House on the Manor Estate,
or Donkin, Barlow and Barry on The Galleywall Estate.
I don’t mind councilors getting an allowance – I get about £10k a year before tax, but I’ve got an issue with creating new paid posts when they’re making cuts.
Does it just turn people off from voting ?
2. They don’t know Bermondsey:
One of the newer Labour councillors told us that the areas represented by Liberals were wealthier than the wards in Peckham.
That’s quite a scarey prospect for those of us living in the north of the borough.
They control the budget, and think we are all well off in the north . . . . .
Published May 24th, 2011
Councils officers are recommending these two old boys should be cut down.
Tragic, they are 120 year old London Plane trees,
They are in the wrong place, the pavement on the other side of the road is about 10 yards wide.
These trees are pushing pedestrians into the road.
There is no room for buggies, prams, or wheel chairs. If you have a better idea, please let me know.
buying the land next them to widen the pavement is a non starter, extending the pavement around them,
and narrowing the road won’t happen either.
Published May 24th, 2011
Lovely, what a lovely place. The gate was open, so I just slipped in.
Ssw this mallard hen with her chick – what a picture, understandably she was very protective.
Click here for their website
Published May 22nd, 2011
I was on the Longfield Estate today, when the Fire Brigade had to attend to put out a bin fire.
It’s really dangerous, as aerosols can explode when heated
I am trying to get provision for children and young people organised, but setting fire to bins is really bad.
Parents, please explain to your children that firemen should be out saving lives, not running around putting out bin fires.
and if it was an adult who set the bin alight – grow up!
Published May 22nd, 2011
Regular visitors to this blog will have seen the photo of Southwark New’s photographer taking a picture
of local resident Pat Wentworth handing me a petition outside the Lib Dem offices in The Blue taken on 19th April.
I’m not sure why Southwark News didn’t publish it for two weeks.
I thought that maybe Pat & I are simply not good looking enough for today’s media (no offense Mr W).
Perhaps the 6th May was a ‘slow news week’, and they dug out an old photo – who knows?
Anyway, last week they published this letter from local resident Ken Stannard:
Leaving aside that Southwark News appear to have printed the wrong photo:
Ken asks in the letter, if the photo of Pat & I was taken after my pleasant afternoon drinking tea with Ken,
and watching him collect signatures in South Bermondsey,
during which I asked him if would like to pose for a photo to publicise his petition.
(Southwark News could simply have phoned him, and told him when their photographer took the photo.)
Now that they have printed Ken’s letter questioning whether I fabricated a story to gain press attention:
I have written a letter for Southwark News, explaining there was a 16 day time lapse in the publication,
I wonder if they will print it, or explain the delay between them taking the photo and publishing it.
I can understand Ken’s suspicion of politicians, but no mate, no conspiracy….
just a local paper not printing a photograph for two weeks.
The X files it aint!
Published May 21st, 2011
NOTE: Southwark Council staff have asked me to make it clear the figures in this post reflects a draft report, and is yet to be formally endorsed by the Council’s executive.
The people have decided
total asked to respond 4,812
total replies 715 (15%)
No to controlled parking 580 (81%)
Yes to controlled parking 102 (14%)
undecided but still replied 33 (5%)
I have written to the head of parking management to make sure this scheme doesn’t go ahead.