Grenfall Tower Tragedy

The tragic events of last Wednesday morning at Grenfall Tower couldn’t fail to move you, and my thoughts and best wishes are with both the victims, and the families of those who were hurt or killed in this national tragedy. Our thanks should also be given to those emergency services and volunteers who witnessed first hand this terrible story unfold, I hope they get all the aftercare and support they need.

As a local councillor, I and the rest of my colleagues in Lewisham Labour Group, are clear that we want to ensure the safety of our residents, either directly in Lewisham Homes or in partner Registered Social Landlords. Sir Steve Bullock – Mayor of Lewisham has been quick to task the relevant Executive Officers to move forward to ensure that we’re doing everything possible to mitigate risks. A letter detailing this actions is laid out below.


I and other councillors will be meeting with key Lewisham Council staff tonight to discuss further our response and to review any learning, as well as consider our political response — the UK needs to ensure that it upholds the highest standards of health and safety and in particular fire safety; there are going to be some serious questions from the public enquiry.

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the Prime Minister Theresa May last week setting out his and the Parliamentary Labour Party initial questions about the Public Enquiry, support for families, and outlining the Labour Party’s gratitude to those Emergency Services who dealt with the aftermath.

How Lewisham is helping

Lewisham Council also hasn’t been inwards looking during this horrific incident, we sent a number of officers to Kensington and Chelsea to help their staff in running rest centres and supporting residents made homeless by the fire, and stand ready to offer further support along with our fellow boroughs across London. 

How you can help

Lewisham Council are also encouraging those residents who want to help to donate to the Grenfell Tower Appeal set up by the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

https://thekandcfoundation.com/donate/
https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/kandcfoundation/grenfell-tower

OPPORTUNITY: Great NEW Meanwhile Use Spaces

As local Councillor for #RusheyGreen in #Catford, I’ve been working with Lewisham Council to look at our high-streets and in particular regenerate Catford Town Centre, that process is now underway. 

As part of this work , The London Borough of Lewisham is inviting meanwhile proposals for a number of properties located in Catford town centre (see below for opportunities)


1) Thomas Lane Depot, Catford, SE6 4RZ

2) 17-18 Catford Broadway, SE6 4SN  

3) The Brookdale Club, Brookdale Road, Catford, SE6

These spaces are located within Catford town centre and offer wide possibilities for diverse, creative, commercial, residential and mixed-used occupation. The hope for these developments is to inject a new burst of life and creativity into some of Catford’s unused spaces, bringing new talent, opportunities & resources to the local area. Developments will help to catalyse the re-invigoration of Catford town centre, and meet Lewisham Council priorities for local regeneration, growth & investment.

A detailed information pack and Expression of Interest (EOI) form is available by request but MUST be returned electronically by the 7th February 2017.

Site visits are available on these dates:

· Friday 13th January: 2pm onwards

· Friday 20th January: all day

· Friday 27th January: all day

 Contact: Jessie Lea MRICS, Senior Programme Manager jessie.lea@lewisham.gov.uk | 0208 314 9256

Grants for community activity in #RusheyGreen, Catford

 Rushey Green Ward – Assembly Fund 2016 -17

On Tuesday evening I had pleasure in launching this years Rushey Green Assembly fund for local community led activities and initiatives, and I’m looking forward to seeing and judging all the applications that come in.

Our funding priorities are:

1. Activities and opportunities for children (under 18) and young people (under 25)

2. Increasing opportunities for older people (55+)

3. Community cohesion – including events, activities and projects designed to create a sense of community in Rushey Green

4. Culture and the arts with particular reference to improving the wellbeing of people in the Rushey Green Area

5. Improving your local area including local ‘streetscape’, environment and ecology

The deadline for completed applications is:

1st September 2016

How to apply:

For an application form and guidance on how to apply, please contact Laura Luckhurst, Community Development Officer:

Email:

laura.luckhurst@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: ​​020 8314 3830

You can also view and download the application forms and guidance at: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/localassemblies

Rushey Green Ward Boundary

London’s toxic air is killing 9,500 people annually

My speech to Lewisham Council calling for a Mayor of London who will sort out the toxic mess left behind by Boris, I know there’s only one mayoral candidate who KHAN, do you?

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I want to start this evening by thanking colleagues for prioritising this motion in council; as I know we are pressed for time and have many contemporaneous motions to consider. I know that the vast majority of you in this chamber are keen to send a clear signal that we, and our constituents, no longer want to live in a city where noxious pollutants are a perpetual element of our life, that must be tolerated. Boris Johnson as Mayor of London has consistently failed to adequately deal with London’s illegal level of air quality; the situation is so dire now that London breached its annual air pollution limits within the first week of 2016.

And what is being done… Well we’ll be getting an ultra low emission zone, 5 years too late and with more caveats than I can count, the biggest one being privately owned passenger cars being exempt, and all of this additional time is costing the lives of over 47,000 Londoners. But this malaise, from a now part time Mayor, who’s more puff than substance is thankfully almost over — but let’s be clear, undoing this mess is going to take time but for every year it takes nine & a half thousands lives will be lost in London. Sadly those lives will be disproportionately from the less socio-economically mobile and Black and Asian communities. Members of Sustainable Development Committee will remember the expert evidence that we received last year on the latest science of ‘vehicle pollution’, and how now instead of carbon dioxide and monoxide emissions, the latest research shows that diesel engines, and in particular the particulates released from them, are by far the biggest causes of damage to health and loss of life.

So what do we do? Sit on the side lines and wring our hands, or do we as a Council look at how we can take matters into our own hands and help save Lewisham lives? I know what I want to do, and I hope that members will join me.

This motion empowers this Council to bring forward an action plan that looks at how we as a Local Authority can use the instruments at our disposal to reduce these emissions locally, researching and publishing a broad spectrum of proposals that includes, but isn’t limited to, incentivising drivers to make the shift to greener and cleaner modes of transport.

Council I move.

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The BIG Dig is coming to @MountsfieldPark Catford! Come & join in #thebigdig on 15th November

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> Are you a green fingered guru or a horticultural novice?
> Have you never had dirt under your fingernails but would love to learn more?
> Would you love your kids to see things grow, but don’t know one end of a spade to the other?
> Or are you a committed composter, an enthusiastic digger, and an expert planter?

Come and help launch the brand new Community Garden at Mountsfield Park on Saturday 15 November 2014! There’s lots to do and they need your help.

There’s pizza for everyone who contributes (from our new pizza oven), and fun activities for the kids.

Partnerships against crime

Lewisham Council’s Multi-Agency Operation on Catford Broadway

Following concerns I have raised on behalf of local residence about the The Broadway in Catford I’m pleased to announce Council Officers organised a targeted multi-agency operation to clean up the main market street in our Ward, this work formed part of a day of action across the borough.

Officers from the Police, UK Border Agency, Council Crime Reduction Service, Environmental Enforcement, Food Safety, Trading Standards and Parking, visited the Broadway from 9:30am to undertake visits to premises and deal with any ‘on the street issues’ as they were identified. There was a very strong visible presence on the Broadway which was recognised by the local businesses and visitors to the area.

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Trading places flyers

Are you living in the right size of social housing for you?

LEWISHAM Council is organising a home swapper event, helping Lewisham’s residents move to the right kind of property for them. Since this Tory-Liberal coalition government introduced the Bedroom Tax many people have been moved into rent poverty, as there aren’t enough properties to meet the changing needs of those already housed in social housing, forcing many – often on low incomes – stuck paying out for “spare bedrooms” when they have nowhere else to go. At the same time we have lots of families that are simply too big for the houses that they are in, living in over-crowded conditions, reducing their health and well being.

As such the Council in Lewisham is being proactive and helping organise a FREE event where you can get help to:

> sign up to mutual exchange sites
> look for matches online
> browse details of desirable properties within Lewisham

Download the flyer: Trading Places Flyer

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