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by bensonby
17 Jun 2015 06:26
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Hyde Housing are awful
Replies: 30
Views: 16940

Re: Hyde Housing are awful

It's not up to me to take them to court, it's up to them to pay. Er, isn't that what small claims courts are for? Forcing people to pay for things that they otherwise fail to pay for? The process is pretty straightforward and you can do it yourself. See here: https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for...
by bensonby
16 Jun 2015 15:39
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Hyde Housing are awful
Replies: 30
Views: 16940

Re: Hyde Housing are awful

Why have you waited so long to take them to court? It's a relatively straightforward process to file a small claims court claim.
by bensonby
12 Jun 2015 11:01
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham High St Stabbing
Replies: 69
Views: 41315

Re: Sydenham High St Stabbing

Yes. It is illegal at all times but are you seriously suggesting it's worth precipitating a riot for the sake of a bit of cannabis?

Police have discretion when it comes to executing their duties: it is neither feasible nor desirable to enforce all laws all of the time.
by bensonby
12 Jun 2015 09:00
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Mounted police
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Mounted police

When I lived in Sydenham I used to quite often see their horse box parked on Mayow Road whilst they exercised the horses in the park. They are based at Lewisham and I believe they rotate where they take the across the local area. They may also be specifically tasked too - so it could be linked to th...
by bensonby
12 Jun 2015 08:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Another violent incident on Sydenham high street
Replies: 32
Views: 18633

Re: Another violent incident on Sydenham high street

I never see beat bobbies walking around. not enough police presence. You could increase the numbers of foot-patrolling officers tenfold and there wouldn't be "enough". Officers on foot patrol rarely actually come across or are near to a crime in progress. It has its place: and there are l...
by bensonby
12 Jun 2015 08:37
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham High St Stabbing
Replies: 69
Views: 41315

Re: Sydenham High St Stabbing

It would hardly be proportionate and would probably be counter-productive to have numerous police officers wading into a crowd of mourners to make arrests for cannabis possession: you'd probably start a riot and have more issues on your hands.
by bensonby
9 May 2015 09:15
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Whose heritage, whose future?
Replies: 2
Views: 1854

Re: Whose heritage, whose future?

More pertinently: are the 15k new dwellings (with circa 30k more people) going to be accompanied by a corresponding increase in infrastructure? Trains are already heaving, hospital queues are already too long, you can't get children into primary schools and good luck getting a GP appointment this we...
by bensonby
6 May 2015 08:35
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: From Police Station to Crime Hotspot?
Replies: 16
Views: 9192

Re: From Police Station to Crime Hotspot?

Crime hotspot? Not according to the Met Police crime map Police statistics? And interesting that the very place where people might go to report the crime is closed. Sydenham Police Station front office was virtually unused in the final couple of years of its life. The proportion of crimes reported ...
by bensonby
26 Apr 2015 10:51
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Yet another bad smash in Lawrie Park Road
Replies: 17
Views: 7652

Re: Yet another bad smash in Lawrie Park Road

There used to be a rule of not parking within a certain distance of a junction. I've forgotten it. I guess few now learn it. No one enforces it. I've given tickets for it before. Funnily enough police can't enforce double-yellow lines but the only parking ticket they can give out is one for "u...
by bensonby
2 Mar 2015 11:57
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Fire at Copperfield on Catford Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 5792

Re: Fire at Copperfield on Catford Bridge

Round about then....

The news shopper is saying it is thought to be "non suspicious". Looks like it might have been lightening after all...
by bensonby
2 Mar 2015 00:01
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Fire at Copperfield on Catford Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 5792

Re: Fire at Copperfield on Catford Bridge

I've heard on the rumour mill that the fire brigade's initial belief is that it was caused by a lightening strike. I have no idea if that will bear out to be correct...
by bensonby
24 Feb 2015 21:08
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Talma (9-May-1958)
Replies: 8
Views: 15482

Re: The Talma (9-May-1958)

I was at Brookwood Cemetery today and came across the memorial and mass grave for this crash, along with two others of the same era. It was a pretty sorry sight: a neglected, forgotten and falling apart set of memorials. I decided to research each of the crashes to find out what happened.
by bensonby
24 Feb 2015 16:02
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Talma (9-May-1958)
Replies: 8
Views: 15482

Re: The Talma (9-May-1958)

Sorry to resurrect a really old thread but I found the following extract from the Daily Mirror on the 5th of June 1967 when I was doing some research on another website. I then wondered if there was any reference to it on this forum which lead me to this thread: _____________________________________...
by bensonby
1 Feb 2015 12:51
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Dangerous Dog Baxter's Field
Replies: 6
Views: 3707

Re: Dangerous Dog Baxter's Field

Under s.10 of the same act the meaning of "dangerously out of control" has to include some element that the behaviour is directed at a person. It need not injure the person but a person must reasonably apprehend that the dog is going to cause them harm. So as I said, if the behaviour is pu...
by bensonby
1 Feb 2015 12:44
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Dangerous dog - Venner Road
Replies: 9
Views: 5560

Re: Dangerous dog - Venner Road

If it is indeed a pit bull then it is a dangerous dog within the meaning of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. As it seems you can identify an address the police can gain a warrant under that act and enter the property to inspect the dog and seize as necessary. Call sydenham SNT on 0208 649 3598 or call 1...
by bensonby
31 Jan 2015 15:28
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Dangerous Dog Baxter's Field
Replies: 6
Views: 3707

Re: Dangerous Dog Baxter's Field

If the dogs aggression is purely directed at another dog or cat then it would be pretty hard to prove it is a "dangerous dog" within the meaning of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. It has been previously accepted by the courts that dogs can and do attack other dogs and it can be inherent in th...
by bensonby
31 Jan 2015 15:26
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Uninhibited parking Cobbs and Lawrie park rd
Replies: 75
Views: 28406

Re: Uninhibited parking Cobbs and Lawrie park rd

That being said, do I expect a club to manage where people park? No. That is wholly the responsibility of the local council and authorities. The club staff have no right to prevent people parking where they should not and we should not be holding them accountable for such. If anything we should be ...
by bensonby
21 Dec 2014 01:06
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: STOP PRESS: 100,000 POSTS & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Replies: 5
Views: 4066

Re: STOP PRESS: 100,000 POSTS & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

So, in comparison to your "top ten" posters 5 years ago what does the ranking look like now?
by bensonby
9 Dec 2014 13:13
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Ali B makes a brief return to STF
Replies: 2
Views: 2390

Re: Ali B makes a brief return to STF

I did move to kent, but I still work locally and still have family locally. I don't comment as much as a did though.