Building Bridges in Catford

A conversation about the future of a footbridge over the Hayes railway line in Catford has been started by Team Catford. Team Catford works for Lewisham Council and they are supporting the Council’s appointed architect team – Studio Egret West and Carl Turner Architects – with public engagement. Studio Egret West were appointed for an …

End Benefit Sanctions Now Say Disability Campaigners

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners, disabled activists, charities and trade unionists calling for an end to benefit sanctions now. Inclusion London who support over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough lead the campaign. They say: “We are calling for sanctions to be abolished for Deaf and Disabled people as a …

Councils should Lead ‘Track and Trace’

Ahead of schools re-opening in September, Cllr Alan Hall has backed calls for local councils including Lewisham, to lead on covid 19 track and trace measures. He has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock. “It’s time for local government lead ‘test and track’ after another Serco failure” say Unite the Union. …

Code of Conduct – whose Conduct?

The Local Government Association is consulting on changes to the Standards regime in local councils. They have drafted a new model Members Code of Conduct. Introducing the model code at this time, the LGA say: “The onset of COVID-19 and the measures that have been introduced to curb its spread have changed the workings of …

Deptford Is Changing – Is it for the Better?

The fact that ‘Deptford is Changing’ is not in dispute. Anita Strasser’s well researched and colourful book looks at today’s Deptford and the people who feel that they are not in control of their own destinies. The people who say that ‘this is not for us’ and feel that the social history, sense of community …

Hither Green Signals a Better Journey through Lewisham

Network Rail report that there has been a 30% reduction in the number of signalling, track and other infrastructure faults in the wider Lewisham area. However, because the area is so busy and congested, with more than half of all Southeastern trains travelling through it, even minor incidents can have a major knock on impact. …

Stop the switch off and Save Over 75s Free TV

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners, trade unionists and pensioners’ activists and written to the Government and BBC to ask them to stop the switch off for the over 75s. The covid lockdown isn’t over and many older people are shielding. How can this cruel decision be taken now? Read the letter: Dear Secretary of …

Man Arrested in Bellingham Road with Two Shot Guns

Metropolitan police officers arrested a man on Bellingham Road, Catford after the stolen vehicle he was in ran a red light, collided with a cyclist and a car, and was found with two sawn-off shotguns inside it. At approximately 4.25pm on Thursday, 23 July, officers from the Met’s Roads Transport and Policing Command were driving …

Clean schools and let’s get them safer for September Say UNISON

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners and trade unionists calling on better terms and conditions in schools particularly for cleaners and catering staff. Now is the time to review pay and conditions and get schools safer for September’s new academic year. In London schools should pay the London Living Wage. He says: “Clean schools are …

NHS Song Of Hope Released in Lewisham

The Lewisham NHS Choir’s ‘I can see clearly now’ is a song of hope. They are known for their emotional rendition of classic songs. The video is a cover of Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. As this was recorded during lockdown the doctors, hospital workers, nurses and community health staff that make up …