Changes to CAMHS Halted 🤚🏼

TONIGHT at #Lewisham Council Mayor & Cabinet: Labour Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock directed Officers to halt planned savings to #CAMHS Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Borough.

Against a background of more than 60% of the Council’s budget being cut by Government, yet soaring needs of children, and a growing national crisis, I’m glad Sir Steve is stopping and looking for alternatives.

Most of CAMHS funding comes from the NHS, but they too have seen growing pressure as a result of the longest squeeze in health spending since the NHS was created

Be under no disillusionment, it’s Tory austerity that has exacerbated the child mental health crisis. Perversely, Tory cuts are also reducing support available to young people. If we are to stop the cuts to local government and the cuts to our NHS, if we are to give young people the support they need, we need a Labour Government🌹



£20Million to move #Catford’s South Circular to rejuvenate town centre & build new homes in Lewisham

We have been awarded £20million by the Government to build new homes in Catford and Lewisham town centres.

The £20 million grant was awarded by the Housing Infrastructure Fund  on 1 February. We will use it to:

  • move the South Circular in Catford, which will provide more land for housing and transform the town centre with new homes, new jobs and new open spaces
  • fund new affordable homes in Lewisham town centre.

James-J Walsh, Local Councilor, said: ‘We have achieved a significant milestone in the development and regeneration for Rushey Green, Catford. For decades the ambition has been to remove the South Circular from dividing the town centre in two and rejuvenate the civic heart of the Borough; we’ve progressed more in the last four year’s of this administration towards that goal, than the last four decades’.

Bloomin’ Marvellous

When GOOD people 👼🏼 have GREAT ideas💡, and a community works TOGETHER ✊🏽, you end up with some •BLOOMIN’• marvellous things.

I’m always happy to play my part for those in #Lewisham & #Catford trying to make things BETTER!

Well done Bloom Bakers very HAPPY for you❗️& very touched to have received such a lovely note 📝

Happy New Year


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.

Mayor chooses Living Wage accredited Cinema for Ladywell Playtower

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.

Catford is changing!

Team Catford asked Theresa what she’d like from a shopping centre.

What do you think?

Tell us what you want at our next consultation event at Little Nan’s Catford on Weds 27th, 1-5pm #CatfordConversation — at Little Nan’s Broadway Theatre Saloon

Lewisham Mayor’s Award

The Mayor’s Award is a new scheme that has been set up to recognise people, community projects and businesses who volunteer in their spare time in Lewisham.

If you know an unsung hero or organisation who are making Lewisham a better place to live, please take a few minutes to nominate them.

To nominate click here by 29th September

Supersets coming to #Catford

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

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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

Cllr Damien Egan selected to be next Lewisham Labour Mayoral Candidate

CONGRATULATIONS to Cllr Damien Egan, who won the Labour nomination to be the next Labour Mayoral Candidate for Lewisham.

The campaign saw five sterling party activists and councillors set out their vision for a Labour Party in Lewisham.

Key topics of discussion were, continued local authority austerity, health and social care, housing and education of Lewisham’s young.

With the selection process now over, as a party we need to build towards the May 2018 election – setting out why the Labour Party is the best choice for Lewisham.

Lewisham Labour calls on Government to “Scrap the cap”

Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that calls for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap.

The motion highlights the fact that in terms of inflation and other economic factors real terms wages have fallen over 21% since 2010 and things will only get worse. This is without even taking into account the drastic austerity based ideological cuts which are already having significant impact on these already stretched public services.

Lewisham Labour backs the claims from the NJC and supported by a multitude of Public Sector Unions including: Unison, GMB and Unite.

Councillor Paul Bell who spoke in favour of the motion said:

“Our staff are our greatest asset. Paying a fair wage for their tremendous hard work and dedication is not simply a good thing to do, it is the morally right thing to do.”