Lewisham Central Assembly, 6 Sep 2011

I’m experimenting with Storify as a simple way of preserving my live Twitter reporting of local events I’ve been to, on my blog.

Unlike Twitter (but like a blog post or other normal bit of writing), you can read the below in standard top-to-bottom order to follow last night as it unfolded.

Last night saw the latest Lewisham Central ward assembly meeting, including the latest chance for locals to vote on which community proposals should receive money from the assembly’s allocated fund from the Mayor of Lewisham.

β€œ First talk at #lewishamcentral assembly is about sport in the area – all facilities just outside this specific ward, but nearby nonetheless.
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Council are continuing free swimming for young people, and new leisure contract requires London Living Wage for all staff #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Loampit Vale leisure centre opens in 2013 (as, of course, does the currently shut Bus Stop F πŸ˜‰ ) #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Wavelengths’ library facilities will move into Deptford Lounge; a fitness suite or something (I’m no expert) will replace. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Onto 2012 talk now – lots of sporty spin-off stuff happening in the borough #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Torch relay route through borough being drafted atm. Good news! It *will* pass Lewisham Bus Station! πŸ˜‰ #lewishamcentral
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β€œ Money’s coming from Olympics for “look and feel” – making the place look nice for the cameras, esp along relay route! #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ “Legacy” being defined (better than in Twenty Twelve πŸ˜‰ ) – more sport participation, volunteering, local sport awareness… #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Community Safety update now from the local sergeant, first reading a statement from @ALewishamCop about the local riots #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Police confirm no EDL-related groups have entered Lewisham borough at any point. Some mistook anti-cuts protestors for EDL. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Police: an EDLy group did march to Lewisham borough but “were stopped at the border & escorted back into Greenwich borough” #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
I do love the image of a border patrol to keep the undesirables of Greenwich borough out of paradisical Lewisham πŸ™‚
β€œ The statement from @ALewishamCop touched on the misinformation spreading around social networks too, esp EDL march rumours. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Police ‘normality’ will resume from approximately next week, apparently. Maybe don’t make too big a thing of that, eh? πŸ™‚ #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Apparently 20-odd ppl came at 9am post-riot to help clean up but had nothing to do: cllr pays tribute to the cleaning staff #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Up next, groups seeking assembly funding will present their proposals, and then we’ll vote on who gets money. 8 proposals! #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ First, Mercator Estate October half-term programme; assembly gave money for a summer version last mtg, which was successful #lewishamcentral
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β€œ Next, Leadership, Citizenship & Community Cohesion Youth Project. Gives teenagers confidence & leadership qualifications. #lewishamcentral
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β€œ Third, Spot The Fun, a sports programme in local parks – Ladywell Fields, if they get the funding in this case. #lewishamcentral
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β€œ Fourth proposal is to bring to #lewishamcentral a Mobile DJ & MC Van, teaching presenting, lyrics and arts skills, with qualifications!
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β€œ Fifth, a Youth Village spanning #lewishamcentral, Ladywell & Rushey Grn, whose presenter’s brought lots of Youth with him, many on skates πŸ™‚
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β€œ Sixth, a proposal for a weekly day-club for older people at St Swithun’s church hall, to reduce isolation/build community. #lewishamcentral
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β€œ On a locationally related note, the seventh proposal is for acoustic improvements to St Swithun’s church hall to boost use. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Final proposal is to put Heritage Interpretation Boards in St Mary’s churchyard. Church is oldest bldg in Lewisham borough! #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ If you wonder what a Heritage Interpretation Board is, presenter shows a pic of one elsewhere: http://t.co/dYRCcUG #lewishamcentral
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β€œ Voting now! We’re ranking the eight proposals in order but the count is not like AV, which the borough narrowly rejected πŸ˜‰ #lewishamcentral
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β€œ In fact, count method is a source of controversy, with the end result that all proposals must be ranked for a valid ballot! #lewishamcentral
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(To expand on that outside the confines of 140 characters, having handed out papers that said to rank the proposals from 1 to 8 with 1 as best and 8 as worst, which many people had already been filling in by this point, an attempt was made to reverse the order, to make the count easier. Basically the count consisted of adding up the score and the lower the score the better, but this would only work if all ballots ranked all proposals (since blank amounts to ‘0’, which is better than ‘1’ in that counting method!). They instead wanted people to rank with 8 as best but it was too late and so they had instead to insist on fully ranked lists. Voting systems, eh! Don’t you just love them?)
β€œ Not sure about crowd of Youth Village youths who turned up to see presentations and vote, then left. Feels like cheating πŸ™‚ #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Some new people have just been elected to the #lewishamcentral Assembly coordination group – all who volunteered, en masse πŸ™‚
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Aha, the @LewishamLitFest update now, reminding those present to come to the events we voted to fund at the last #lewishamcentral assembly!
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September 6, 2011
β€œ If anyone in #lewishamcentral has any public transport gripe, however minor, let Cllr Stella Jeffrey know: transport liaison ctte imminent!
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September 6, 2011
β€œ AOB while we await vote results. Resident expresses concerns about planned expansion of the Tesco next to our flats. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Cllr Jeffrey asks if the man’s fed his views into the Tesco consultation process. “No,” he admits. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ Someone else claims that the best place to shop for groceries is Lewisham Market – much better value than Tesco, he says! #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
β€œ #lewishamcentral vote results: No funding for DJ/MC van, Spot The Fun or Mercator Estate. Part-funding for leadership/citizenship project.>>
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September 6, 2011
β€œ << #lewishamcentral vote winners: 1 elderly day club; 2 Youth Village; 3 St Swithun’s Hall acoustic improvement; 4 St Mary’s heritage boards
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The results were that the four numbered above won the most votes, in the order listed, so all received all the funding requested, then there was still a small amount of money left in the pot, so that went to the project that came fifth, which was the leadership/citizenship project.

That was the end of the money so the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-ranked proposals received nothing (and the order in which they came was not announced).

β€œ Surprised by some of those results, I must admit, and obviously sad for those who missed out. Meeting over; next on 29 Nov. #lewishamcentral
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And that’s it! I hope this format of coverage works for you, dear readers. You’ll have noticed traditional blogging doesn’t always work for me, but I do like a good live-tweet so expect similar future Storified tweet compilations when I go to local events. Such as, of course, the imminent Lewisham Literary Festival – see you there!

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