The Future Of Rail Should Be At The ‘Heart Of A Green Transport Revolution’

Lewisham is crisscrossed with railway lines. There are low railway bridges, railway sidings, nature reserves on railway embankments and SE London’s railway junction and transport hub at Lewisham station. Railways are important to Lewisham. The powerful Public Accounts Committee has published a damning critique of the Government’s ability to deliver the reforms needed. The Department …

“Abuse is not Part of the Job” Shop Workers Say

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners including trade unionists and co-operative activists calling on the Government to strengthen legislation for shopworkers. The Co-operative Party have estimated that every day, more than 400 retail workers in the UK are attacked – just for doing their jobs. Bell Green Retail Park is in Bellingham Ward. Nobody should …

Give Schools the Cash For Covid 19 Recovery

Education, education, education was the refrain of the Labour Party at the turn of the century. Now the National Education Union say that education recovery has got to be the top priority again. Despite claims to the contrary, schools have been underfunded for years. The NEU say that Schools have experienced whole school budget reductions, …

Prince Philip’s Favourite Song Revealed

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh revealed that his favourite pop song is ‘Yellow Bird’. He asked The Melody Makers, a West Indian steel band to play the tune as he toured a Lewisham Boys’ Club. Drummer Cecil Mose said: “I asked him if thay was his favourite and he gave a big smile and …

Vote by Post – Elections Thursday 6th May

In Lewisham there are four Council by elections and the London Mayoral Elections. The current advice due to Covid-19 is to apply to vote by post if you can. Firstly, you will need to be registered to vote. This can be done online by visiting the website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Once registered to vote and included in …

Reverse The End Of Remote Meetings

The Minister for Local Government, Luke Hall MP has written to Local Authorities confirming that the Government intends to end the remote meetings by not renewing the emergency legislation that allowed them. The letter explains that extending the regulations to allow virtual meetings beyond May 7th would require primary legislation. Interestingly, in the letter the …

Free School Meals – Leave No Child Behind

Bellingham Cllr Alan Hall joined over 750 local councillors by signing a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson calling for more support with free school meals, so that no child is left behind. The letter, which was coordinated by the NEU’s Councillors’ Network, calls on the Government to ensure children from low-income families have …

Serious Cock Up By Health Secretary

Lewisham residents will know that the Secretary of State for Health can act unlawfully. We remember the Lewisham Hospital closure attempt when Jeremy Hunt’s hospital cuts were ruled illegal. Now we have a serious, costly cock up by the current incumbent. The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock acted unlawfully said Mr Justice Chamberlain …