HAPPY NEW YEAR #NYE2017
On this, the last evening of 2017, I look back and I am thankful for all 2017 brought, the laughter, the successes, but also, in hindsight, the challenges too.
As we enter into 2018, I have renewed hope for how I can continue to influence and achieve for Rushey Green and Lewisham, despite what the future holds. I’m looking forward to the challenges of fighting my second Local Election #LewishamElects2018 and bringing Louise Krupski onto the Council as my new co-Councillor alongside John Muldoon; but I also know 2018 will be difficult for many Lewisham Families, but with a renewed vigour, a strong team of Labour Councillors and Activists around me, and working alongside Damien Egan as our new Labour Mayor for Lewisham I know we can come up with the solutions to meet the •absurd• challenges that a Tory Austerity & Brexit Britain is bringing.
If you make one resolution this year let it be this, get involved in the Labour Party, either join or get more active. Britain needs a Labour Government more now than in any other time I can remember.
I fervently believe that together we can put Britain back on track, the damage whilst deep, is not yet permanent, but we can only do it together.
A double win for Lewisham happened yesterday evening when Sir Steve Bullock (Labour), Mayor of Lewisham, chose BAFTA winning, Living-wage Foundation accredited Curzon Cinemas to take forward their proposals to bring back into operation The Ladywell Playtower site.
The proposal which will now be subject to further work, including requiring full planning permission, will see a three screen cinema and café-exhibition space open up on the site, creating over 25 new living-wage jobs and giving Lewisham back a cinema.
I look forward to the proposals being fully worked up and delivered.
Lewisham is amazing – from the beautiful to the bustling, cool and vibrant – it’s a borough enriched by the world. Hundreds of artists, creatives and cultural leaders thrive here. Together, we are ready to be the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture.
Renowned cultural and creative organisations and community groups, from the wondrous Horniman Museum to the transformative Albany, internationally acclaimed Heart n Soul and stereotype-smashing Entelechy Arts, extraordinary Yellow Earth Theatre and vibrant IRIE! Dance Theatre are all backing Lewisham’s bid. So, why not join them?
We want to involve you in our bid, whether you visit our wonderful parks, prosper in the creative industries we host, or because you are active in your community but mostly because what we all do is joyful and life-affirming. What’s your culture and where do you find it?
Lewisham is ready but we need you……tell us about your favourite places, best finds, or your Lewisham secret. How would you like to be involved? We are Lewisham and this is our time to be the London Borough of Culture.