Back the bid for #Lewisham to be Borough of Culture #LoveItLewisham

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.

http://loveitlewisham.co.uk/tell-us-your-ideas/

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Supersets coming to #Catford

Have you backed the crowdfunding campaign to get a new business and community facilities into #Catford?

Watch video: https://vimeo.com/234304149

Donate here: https://www.spacehive.com/creative-community-space-for-catford

Supersets have been chosen by Lewisham Council as the preferred tenant to take over the derelict Thomas Lane Depot in Catford. We want to turn the space into a contemporary creative hub with our state-of-the-art scenery construction workshop at its core.

They are looking to create spaces that are of benefit to the wider Catford community, including: a community beach, a community mural, and a drive-in movie night.

Supersets also want to provide evening classes, apprenticeships and other training opportunities from our workshop space.

Supersets is a truly local business and we passionately believe in collaborating with and supporting the local community. This is why we want to ensure that our workshop can provide something for everybody; from open-air film screening and a skate park, to apprenticeships and educational partnerships, we want to place our workshop at the heart of Catford.

What we’ll deliver:

• Restore the derelict building

• Paint a series of community murals

• Create a skate ramp

• Offer creative workspace to the community

• Offer training and education opportunities

• Create a community beach

• Create drive-in cinema

Why it’s a great idea:

On the Catford “Commonplace Map”, the the most frequent comments about Thomas Lane were: ‘run down’, ‘dull/boring’, ‘feels unsafe’.

We believe that our project could change all of this.

We want to create a space that the community can be proud of.

By opening up the depot as a busy working building, and with the introduction of our training programmes and community initiatives, we will create a sense of community in the area and also help improve perceived safety.

When we put out a survey to Lewisham residents, it showed that 98% of them would like to see an increase in community based initiatives in Catford, and that over 96% think that is is important for local businesses to offer training and skills development.

There is clearly local appetite for what we are offering, and we have many of the skills needed to get this project off the ground within our workshop, but an injection of funding will be invaluable in helping us to reach our goals and create all of these initiatives.

Steps to get it done:

• Begin building restoration

• Purchase training equipment

• Recruit apprentices and trainees

• Build community beach

• Build skate ramp

• Establish drive-in cinema

• Paint murals

Catford’s Road Realignment moves forward

Major changes to the South Circular in Catford, which will improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the area, have been agreed at a meeting of Lewisham Council’s Mayor and Cabinet which was held on 19 July 2017.

From 2020/21 the South Circular will be moved to the south of Laurence House on Catford Road (through the car and lorry park). The gyratory will also be removed to create a simpler road layout at the junction of the A21 and A205.

The benefits of moving the South Circular include:

  • Wider pavements and new road crossings to create safer space for people to walk around the town centre.
  • Safer spaces for cyclists with a fully segregated cycleway on the South Circular road and new cycle lanes on A21.
  • Major improvements to Catford town centre with the creation of new pedestrianised public spaces and business space. 
  • A simplified junction for cars and buses with two way traffic reinstated on the A205 and the A21.

The decision to change layout of the South Circular means the start of a major programme of development in Catford which will create new homes, new jobs and new open spaces.
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said:

‘Moving the South Circular road will transform Catford and make the town centre a better place to live, work and visit. Our decision ends 50 years of uncertainty over the route of the South Circular road and the benefits will be felt for generations. The simplified road layout will make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to travel by removing the gyratory.

‘The future for Catford is bright with hundreds of new homes being built, new businesses opening every month and major improvements planned for the shopping centre alongside the improvements to the route of the South Circular road.’

People who live and work in Catford are invited to have their say about the area and the changes they would like to see. Their comments will help Lewisham Council develop a plan to improve the town centre in 2018.

Lewisham Recycling & Waste Services are changing

Background
Although ‘recycling’ is cited as the key activity in relation to sustainable waste management, Lewisham operates within a broader regulatory framework. The Waste Hierarchy (shown in this diagram) dictates how we should structure our services and focus attention on those activities at the top of the diagram, with the least amount of waste going for disposal at the bottom of the pyramid.
 
 

 
The Government has stretching recycling targets to recycle and compost 50% by 2020.  Further, there is an increasing requirement to improve the quality as well as the quantity of recycling, and this is partly being facilitated through the Waste Regulations 2012. From 1st January 2015, this piece of legislation required local authorities to separately collect paper, glass, plastics and metal unless it is not necessary to do so, or it is technically, environmentally or economically impractical to do so.
 
Resulting from a number of drivers (listed below under ‘Why are we doing this)’ the Council modelled a number of potential service scenarios and the option approved at Mayor & Cabinet in February 2016 were:
 
o Introduction of a subscription garden waste service;
o Introduction of a weekly food waste service;
o Reduction in the collection frequency of residual waste to fortnightly, and;
o Keeping the recycling collections comingled and weekly.
The introduction of the garden waste service was implemented 2016.
 
 
What are the changes?
 
Lewisham currently provide a weekly collection of the 180ltr black refuse bin and the green 240ltr recycling bin. A garden waste collection service is provided on a weekly basis to residents that have subscribed to the service.
 
The new service will take effect on the 2nd October to Lewisham residents that currently have a wheeled bin collection, except high density red routes. Properties will receive a 23 litre outside food bin and a smaller 5 litre indoor kitchen caddy. An initial supply of biodegradable liners will be provided. Thereafter residents will need to purchase liners from supermarkets. The following items can be disposed of in the food caddy:
 
 Meat and fish – raw and cooked including bones
 Fruit and vegetables – raw and cooked
 All dairy products such as eggs and cheese
 Bread, cakes and pastries
 Rice, pasta and beans
 Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
 Tea bags and coffee grounds
 Nut shells
 
The 180ltr Black refuse bin will be collected fortnightly. The Green recycling bin will remain the same with a weekly collection and for residents that have subscribed to the garden waste collection service their brown bin will continue to be collected weekly.
 
Under exceptional circumstances we may consider replacing a standard 180ltr black wheelie bin for a larger 240ltr wheelie bin.
 
Why are we doing this?
 
Our future services need to reflect and respond to present and future waste regulations as well as our citizen’s interest in recycling. As such there are a number of drivers for change, which are detail below
 
Improved Environmental Performance Lewisham’s recycling rate is one of the lowest in the country and by changing the services that are offered could have a significant impact on reducing waste in the first instance, increasing the amount that is recycled or composted and reducing the carbon footprint of waste and recycling collected and disposed of.
 
There are a number of benefits to recycling more than we currently do, including reducing the amount of waste sent to incineration, conserving natural resources such as wood, water and minerals, and preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials. Lewisham does have a good range of materials that can be recycled, however, not all residents are using the services to their full potential. There could also be significant gains both in performance and environmental impact on collecting food waste. By the very nature of collecting food waste people often see how much is being wasted and change their habits to reduce their waste accordingly. Further, collecting food waste produces biogas providing a source of renewable energy that is carbon neutral and a fertiliser rich in nitrogen.
 
Financial – The financial drivers are around the need to make savings in the current budget climate, whilst at the same time running effective and efficient services.
 
Reductions in government funding, combined with increased costs of collection and disposal and a volatile recyclable market has significantly increased pressure on waste budgets in recent years.
 
 
Legislation –   There are two key regulations in the Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, as detailed below:
 
Regulation 12 – places an ongoing requirement for local authorities to apply the waste hierarchy;
 
Regulation 13 – from 1 January 2015, waste collection authorities must collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass separately and imposes a duty on waste collection authorities, from that date, when making arrangements for the collection of such waste, to ensure that those arrangements are by way of separate collection. These duties apply where separate collection is necessary (the Necessity Test) to ensure that waste undergoes recovery operations in accordance with the directive and to facilitate or improve recovery; and where it is technically, environmentally and economically practicable (The TEEP Test).
 
Future waste planning- The SELCHP Energy from Waste (EfW) contract ends in early 2024. The contract prices for EfW tend to be much higher than other forms of waste treatment and with a growing population potentially producing more waste and recycling, it is necessary to explore all options for managing waste and recycling effectively and efficiently.
 
The new services will contribute towards delivering the council’s corporate and sustainable community priorities, especially in respect of ‘clean, green and liveable’ and ‘inspiring efficiency, effectiveness and equity’
 
Who will be affected?
 
The service will be provided to 80,000 kerbside properties who currently receive a wheeled bin collection service. Some parts of the borough will be kept on a weekly refuse service following a review of the streets in the borough and their eligibility for fortnightly refuse.
 
How will residents know about the changes?
 
A comprehensive communication strategy is in place with available resources for communication, community engagement and monitoring activities.
 
• The Lewisham website will be updated informing resident of the change in service plus pop up boxes on all pages.
• Posters will be displayed around the borough on JC Decaux boards, surgeries and libraries.
• Social media will be used to advertise and inform residents of the changes on a weekly basis.
• Information will be published in the Lewisham Life magazine and the press.
• Enewsletters will be sent to over 35,000 residents at different times during the implementation process.
• A letter will be sent to all kerbside properties.
• Postcards will be handed out at the Reuse & Recycling centre.
• Road Shows will be held during September at Deptford, Lewisham, Catford and Sydenham
• Bin tags will be used to inform residents in advance of the start date
• Waste Advisers will engage with residents
• Leaflets to all kerbside properties

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.

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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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