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by John H
19 Aug 2019 07:54
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: NEW: LGBTQIA+ Book Group at Kirkdale Bookshop!
Replies: 27
Views: 5203

Re: NEW: LGBTQIA+ Book Group at Kirkdale Bookshop!

Either come along to the book group and see for yourself what it turns out to be, it could perhaps be quite enlightening. Or, keep posting badly researched jargon that refuses to acknowledge or listen to the actual matter at hand. If you cannot do either, take your comments elsewhere. They do not b...
by John H
18 Aug 2019 22:17
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: NEW: LGBTQIA+ Book Group at Kirkdale Bookshop!
Replies: 27
Views: 5203

Re: NEW: LGBTQIA+ Book Group at Kirkdale Bookshop!

How do you know? Are you suggesting that only white, elderly and straight people participate? Where is your evidence? Could it be that birds of a feather flock together... and tend to have similar interests? Are you proposing the people you do not include in your arguably racist, ageist and homopho...
by John H
18 Aug 2019 08:37
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now
Replies: 17
Views: 2585

Re: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now

I’m still learning about politics but what I’ve noticed is ever other ward has seen major improvements this decade. Some are unrecognisable but Sydenham seems the be struggling and for me it’s the little things like street maintenance and cleaning. The trees on my road were literally hacked to piec...
by John H
16 Aug 2019 14:37
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Planning Watch [w/b 05/08/2019] Site next to Sivyers
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: Planning Watch [w/b 05/08/2019] Site next to Sivyers

SydenhamOwl wrote:
14 Aug 2019 14:46
I thought this had already been approved? It seems to be taken an age for anything to happen.
I think this is a re-application because their prior consent has probably expired.
by John H
14 Aug 2019 10:55
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Are There ANy Good Estate Agents in The Area?
Replies: 1
Views: 568

Re: Are There ANy Good Estate Agents in The Area?

No. There are none. You need to use an estate agent from outside the area. The local ones are just shops and all they are interested in is commission. Avoid Purple Bricks at all costs... The houses in Sydenham that are available are unlikely to appeal to local people largely because of the price pe...
by John H
14 Aug 2019 10:51
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now
Replies: 17
Views: 2585

Re: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now

Over the last half dozen years, cash has been so restricted that it doesn't seem to matter much which party controls a council. I agree though that if a council has a regal head who can determine or override all or even some decisions with the sweep of a pen it does defeat the object. Perhaps a may...
by John H
11 Aug 2019 19:26
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Threats on the forum
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

Re: Threats on the forum

I did a search but could not find the alleged threats. I presume they were removed?
by John H
11 Aug 2019 19:18
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now
Replies: 17
Views: 2585

Re: Petition. Lewisham isn't working: end the directly-elected mayoral system now

The main problem with the present electoral system is the boundaries. I have suggested elsewhere a "proportionate" system of voting should be adopted both for Parliament and for local authorities. Boundaries need to reflect true communities. Elected members have a weighted vote according to the size...
by John H
9 Aug 2019 19:16
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Licensing Lewisham's landlords - have your say
Replies: 7
Views: 1343

Re: Licensing Lewisham's landlords - have your say

The trouble with schemes like this which purport to make things better don't work. For example, the council is fully aware of properties that it controls and yet lack of essential repairs being done is continuously notorious. If they can't or won't police themselves, why would a licence for landlor...
by John H
8 Aug 2019 10:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

The infrastructure for the wet woodland is all there - the outflow from the lake was installed some time ago. So the money has been spent already. I don’t see how there would be any safety issues with the wet woodland - it’s very shallow. It was always going to be formed after the lake was filled a...
by John H
7 Aug 2019 19:34
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

The infrastructure for the wet woodland is all there - the outflow from the lake was installed some time ago. So the money has been spent already. I don’t see how there would be any safety issues with the wet woodland - it’s very shallow. It was always going to be formed after the lake was filled a...
by John H
7 Aug 2019 14:06
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

I asked before but you didn’t answer: why do you say the wetlands are not going ahead? Is this official? It was my understanding that would be the last part of the project to be carried out. As you’ll have noticed, there are still some works going on around the park. I have no doubt they realised t...
by John H
6 Aug 2019 22:50
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Development of Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Development of Beckenham Place Park

Tim Lund wrote:
6 Aug 2019 09:43
It'll be the last census, and it's always worth checking data, but the relative deprivation of Downham, and the pockets round here, are pretty certain.

What was the OU course you did?
It is an experience I prefer to forget. Worthless!
by John H
6 Aug 2019 22:48
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

I grew up close to a river, and I recall summer evenings when the farmer in the village would call round to say he was going for a swim with his family, and would we like to come too. Kids from the nearby city on a hot summer's day will still crowd onto some low bridges, and have similar innocent f...
by John H
6 Aug 2019 08:27
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Development of Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Development of Beckenham Place Park

Not making a comment on BPP / Funding etc. But just thought I’d mention that it appears as if the map has some sort of glitch so hopefully the info you are looking at/talking about is correct for what you want to say rather than deprivations scales being inaccurate! The bit I’m looking at in partic...
by John H
6 Aug 2019 08:22
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

However... it may well be the covenant refers to the people of the district of Catford. It was an urban district by nature so whether or not it was formally governed as a UDC is somewhat irrelevant . Feel free to troll on. The Beckenham Place Friends history does not refer to LCC purchasing the Par...
by John H
5 Aug 2019 12:20
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

However... it may well be the covenant refers to the people of the district of Catford. It was an urban district by nature so whether or not it was formally governed as a UDC is somewhat irrelevant . Feel free to troll on. The Beckenham Place Friends history does not refer to LCC purchasing the Park...
by John H
5 Aug 2019 12:11
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

That's strange, as I'd expect there to be records for it somewhere if it existed other than in a mention in deeds. Regardless, it clearly has nothing to do with Beckenham Place Park as the LCC bought it directly from the Cator family. It was given to the borough. The Cator family disposed of their ...
by John H
5 Aug 2019 10:06
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 88
Views: 16307

Re: The Drowning Place - Beckenham Place Park

That's strange, as I'd expect there to be records for it somewhere if it existed other than in a mention in deeds. Regardless, it clearly has nothing to do with Beckenham Place Park as the LCC bought it directly from the Cator family. It was given to the borough. The Cator family disposed of their ...
by John H
4 Aug 2019 22:16
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Development of Beckenham Place Park
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Development of Beckenham Place Park

If saving lives (especially those of young children) makes me a grumpy old reactionary then I wear the badge with pride. Lewisham has presided over a scandalous waste of public money and the result is a dangerous facility which, in all probability, will have to be filled in. The bulk of the "benefit...