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.
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
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
Have you backed the crowdfunding campaign to get a new business and community facilities into #Catford?
Watch video: https://vimeo.com/234304149
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
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 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.”
Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes have ordered the removal of cladding from two buildings in New Cross following advice from the London Fire Brigade.
· 1–48 Hatfield Close, SE14
· 49–96 Hatfield Close, SE14
Contact details for affected residents
Lewisham Homes has written to all affected residents who live in the buildings about the cladding removal work and has a dedicated team to answer questions by phone: 0800 028 2 028 and email: email@example.com
Additional fire safety measures
Additional fire safety measures are being introduced to the properties this week, including a 24-hour fire warden service.
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham said, ‘Following the results of government fire safety tests, we have ordered the removal of external cladding from two buildings in New Cross. I am satisfied, on the advice of Lewisham Homes and London Fire Brigade, that that there is no need to evacuate any buildings. This will be done with the minimum of inconvenience to residents. Safety is our top priority and we are considering extending Lewisham Home’s sprinkler programme to include our tower blocks, guided by advice from the London Fire Brigade.”
Andrew Potter, Chief Executive at Lewisham Homes said: “We are working closely with the London Fire Brigade to ensure residents are safe in their homes and will put 24 hour fire safety patrols into each of the buildings. While this important work takes place to remove cladding we will work hard to minimise the impact on the lives of people who live in the affected buildings.”
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR RESIDENTS IN THE AFFECTED PROPERTIES
What should residents in the affected properties do?
Lewisham Homes are working with the London Fire Brigade to ensure residents are safe in their homes. 24 hour fire patrols safety wardens will be deployed in each of the properties. If you live in one of the buildings where cladding is being removed and have a question please contact the call: 0800 028 2 028 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewisham Homes has written to every resident in the affected buildings to share fire safety advice and to invite them to a public meeting where they ask questions about the cladding removal cladding.
How can I reduce the risk of a fire in my property?
Please follow the London Fire Brigade advice and install a smoke alarm, try and keep to one plug per socket and don’t leave your mobile phone charging overnight, especially on your bed or under your pillow.
What action has been taken in Lewisham on fire safety since Grenfell Tower fire?
Every Lewisham Home building has been risk assessed by a specialist contractor and as an extra precaution extra fire-safety inspections have been carried out. Lewisham Homes has also written to every resident with safety advice and staff have visited tower blocks to meet residents and answer their questions.
Are the buildings where cladding is being removed safe to live in?
Yes. On the advice of London Fire Brigade and Lewisham Homes there is no need to evacuate any buildings while the external cladding from two buildings is removed. We are working closely with Lewisham Homes and the London Fire Brigade to ensure residents are safe in their homes and will put 24 hour fire safety patrols into each of the buildings.
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.
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.