Loampit Vale mural launch, Fri 5 Oct 2018

*Cough* Is this thing on? *tap*

If someone sending me a press release about something I like centred right in the heart of Lewisham isn’t a reason to dust off my dormant blog momentarily, I don’t know what is.

The TL;DR version of the press release is: this Friday, 5 October 2018, from 16.30 to 18.30, there’ll be a grand opening event for the lovely new mural on Loampit Vale under the railway bridge next to Lewisham DLR station.

Round About Now mural opening event, Fri 5 Oct 16.30-18.30, meeting outside Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, London SE13 7RZ

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, will be attending, and everyone’s welcome. The meeting point is across the road from the mural outside Glass Mill Leisure Centre.

Whether all in attendance will end up holding hands, forming three circles and dancing across the A20 remains to be seen.

That press release in full:

A new mural has appeared on Loampit Vale depicting people dancing on Circles – nothing more removed from the hustle of traffic and commuting. It’s the work of Artmongers, responsible for a few other landmark artworks in the borough.

The plaque reads:

Unity, Harmony and Togetherness are ideas that sometimes seem very far away from our lives, especially when we are running to catch a train.

Although we might find it natural to look after ourselves and our families we also need to look beyond this and remember that we are one human race, a magnificently diverse species that is united by the desire to enjoy life and overcome adversity through meaningful relations with others.

While inspired in the Lewisham Logo, which depicts people forming a crown with their hands up in celebration, the mural turns the image into a dynamic dance between diverse people having a great time. At one point we will have to stop and think about where are we going as race and that time is ‘Round about Now’.

Artmongers has been commissioned by Greening Lewisham, through Lewisham Central Assembly to create a new piece of art that reflects positively on the area.

The Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan will be at the opening event which will be held outside the Glass Mill Leisure Centre this coming Friday 5th of October from 16.30 to 18.30 pm. Everyone Welcomed.

Full disclosure: they got the road wrong in the opening line and I corrected it to reduce reader rage

Lewisham Gateway: more bus changes from 28 October 2014

The e-mail that was sent from the Lewisham Gateway developers to their mailing list this evening was exemplary!

Their e-mail clearly sets out exactly what changes are coming up to bus stops from 28 October, in far more understandable a format than has been seen previously, especially when it was left to TfL’s inadequate attempts to communicate complex information about the overall area using confusing, often truncated notices attached to individual stops and/or routes.

The only problem with the info is some confusion around east and west – these directions are switched throughout, as far as I can judge.

So, because the e-mail was so clear, I’m not going to duplicate the effort by writing about the changes myself. I hope they won’t mind me instead reproducing much of their e-mail here (with east and west corrected):


Lewisham Gateway Update

We’re making good progress in creating Lewisham Gateway, a stunning new development that will deliver hundreds of much-needed new homes, new jobs and a better connected town centre.

We are now entering the next phase in creating the new highways network, meaning we will re-open the Lewisham Police Station bus stop (stop E), but will need to suspend the stop closest to the Glass Mill Leisure Centre (stop F). More details are below, including a link to the map above.

We will also be holding our next ‘Meet the Contractor’ drop in event in a few weeks time, on 13 November from 17:30-19:30 in the foyer of the Glass Mill Leisure Centre.

Changes to buses – from 28 October to December 2014

From Tuesday 28 October changes to bus stops will affect routes 21, 47, 136, 225, 321, 436 and the N47 heading west and northwest.

From 28 October Bus Stop E (the Lewisham Police Station stop) next to Rennell Street, will re-open and bus stop F (Lewisham Station) located next to Loampit Vale will be suspended.

If you’re taking any of these services running north or westbound and usually use bus stop F (Lewisham Station) you will need to use one of the alternative nearby stops:

•    Bus stop E (Lewisham Police Station) for routes 21, 47, 136, 225, 321, 436 and the N47

•    Bus stop SG (Jerrard Street, Loampit Vale) for routes 21, 136, 321 and 436

•    Bus stop on Thurston Road for routes 47, 225 and N47

We anticipate that Bus Stop F is scheduled re-open in December 2014 and will be in touch again ahead of this with any further updates to bus stops.

Click here for a map showing where the alternative bus stops are and the bus routes affected.

South and eastbound services (i.e. those using bus stop FF) will not be affected.

Meet the Contractor drop in – 13 November

Want to find out more about what’s happening on our site, meet the team building Lewisham Gateway and let them know your thoughts on how the construction is going? Then please come to our next ‘Meet the Contractor’ drop in event.

When: Thursday 13 November from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: Foyer of the Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, London, SE13 7FT. Click here for map

We’ll be further publicising the event closer to the time.

…And if the quality of that publicity sustains this standard, I look forward to that!

Lewisham Central Assembly, 5 February 2013

  1. We’re at the Leemore Centre in Lewisham town centre for the #LewishamCentral Assembly, which I’ll be tweeting updates from on that hashtag…
  2. “After talking about Lewisham Gateway for years,” says Cllr @JeffreyStella, “it looks like it’s finally going to happen!” #LewishamCentral
  3. Lewisham Gateway’s big highway network changes were to be funded by LDA, but Boris axing that meant yrs of delay to funding #LewishamCentral
  4. The bus station (just for vehicle breaks, not passenger use) will move alongside Lewisham station Platform 1 this June/July #LewishamCentral
  5. Presentation is by the developers by the way – part of an inspiringly described “corporate vehicle”, gateway development co #LewishamCentral
  6. Vastly altered road network should be finished in a couple of years, at which point the roundabout can be decommissioned! #LewishamCentral
  7. “Our highways engineer is not here yet – must’ve been caught in traffic!” #LewishamCentral
  8. Some tweaks’ve been made since outline planning application was approved in ’09, allowing ppl to “interface with” the river #LewishamCentral
  9. @bitoclass will there be provision kept for DLR extension in future?
  10. Someone asks about plans for redeveloping Tesco. Council officer confirms mooted plans now aren’t being done any time soon #LewishamCentral
  11. There’s a large circulating area at the front of the DLR station, to accommodate big pedestrian flows. (But not DLR ext’n?) #LewishamCentral
  12. All in favour of Lewisham Gateway scheme until I heard they want to call new shopping street Lewisham Galleria! *snigger* #lewishamcentral
  13. Apparently what Lewisham needs more of is “an international coffee chain – it’s way behind”?! Everyone plugs Maggie’s 😀 #LewishamCentral
  14. @bitoclass because the more it looks like any other high street, the more likely you are to attract people from identical high streets? Grr.
  15. There’s outline planning permission for a cinema, but existing shopping centre may do one instead; should get one somewhere #LewishamCentral
  16. Eventually got an answer of sorts about DLR extension potential. I’d say this makes it *slightly* easier, but not simple #LewishamCentral
  17. http://twitpic.com/c16yyu Gateway plan close-up – DLR looks *slightly* more extensible, with work to Molesworth Street…? #LewishamCentral
  18. Only up to 20% affordable housing coming later in scheme; blaming huge upfront infrastructure costs moving roads. #lewishamcentral
  19. Council officer says Gateway’s guaranteed to have retail etc on ground floor – “it’s about extending improving town centre” #LewishamCentral
  20. Really different (pro) attitude to development and new housing at the #lewisham local assembly
  21. That section’s run over a bit so we’re moving on to the next presentation now – this is from Glass Mill, new leisure centre #LewishamCentral
  22. I reckon Glass Mill’s exterior and Deptford Lounge’s contents would be my favourite local building 🙂 #LewishamCentral
  23. Facilities will include regional std pool, teaching pool, studios, spa, 100 bits of fitness equipment etc etc! #LewishamCentral
  24. Glass Mill leisure centre nearly finished. It’s even got a climbing wall… #lewishamcentral
  25. The beautiful façade is made of nearly 2k squares of coloured glass & is an artwork that interacts with nearby sounds! #LewishamCentral
  26. @blogmywiki Might’ve been more to do with lighting/darkening or similar – sounded cool!
  27. This presenter’s more in tune with Lewisham than Gateway developers. Ambient sound example: “When a police car goes past…” #LewishamCentral
  28. Pool has a special magical moving floor for disability access (instead of hoist) – sounded innovative and clever! #LewishamCentral
  29. ‘Grand entrance’ certainly lives up to its billing in artist’s impression – “looks like a concert hall!” comments someone #LewishamCentral
  30. When Glass Mill opens – by Easter – Ladywell leisure centre will shut. Annoying for locals to that, but this looks amazing #LewishamCentral
  31. Glass Mill opening hours: 06.30-22.00 Mon-Fri; 07.00-18.00 Sat-Sun #LewishamCentral
  32. Talking us through all the activities on offer. They all seem to involve exercise. Café sounds good though 😉 #LewishamCentral
  33. Members of Ladywell leisure centre (who number about 600) will transfer to Glass Mill automatically. Same price. #LewishamCentral
  34. Speaking of the café, more details: will be run by local firm Rhubarb & Custard, chosen for their menu quality apparently #LewishamCentral
  35. First Q about this amazing new exercise facility: how many parking spaces? Hm. #LewishamCentral (51, btw…)
  36. Someone’s worried that the facility is so amazing that it will be “swamped by outsiders” travelling from miles around! #LewishamCentral
  37. Well, that looked brilliant – might actually do some exercise when that opens! #LewishamCentral
  38. Ha, @wiilassie & I comparing presentations’ grasp of audience. “Interface” with river? Seen a few Tesco trollies doing that #LewishamCentral
  39. Fellow attendee from our flats brought this, 2009 plan for bus stops once Gateway’s finished: http://twitpic.com/c16ps5 #LewishamCentral
  40. Pages and pages of phased changes in that document too – you may struggle to find your bus over the next couple of years! #LewishamCentral
  41. Updates on the Green Deal and community safety now – resting my fingers unless anything exciting comes up 😉 #LewishamCentral
  42. Now a presentation about a parking consultation carried out recently. Glad to hear pedestrians cyclists were stuck up for #LewishamCentral
  43. Cllr @mjrharris now has the pleasure – “no, this is definitely not a pleasure” – of giving us an overview of council budget #LewishamCentral
  44. Council expected maybe £60m of cuts; actual government cuts now about £100m. Intakes of breath from audience #LewishamCentral
  45. #LewishamCentral @mjrharris says it’s getting to the point now where gov’t could cut so much, council can only provide statutory services 😦
  46. #LewishamCentral @mjrharris explains recent big parking permit cost rises – “we’d’ve had to cut rd maintenance budget, costing drivers more”
  47. Open session at the end of #LewishamCentral Assembly starts with “the hospital: is the battle lost?” “No!” say councillors. #SaveLewishamAE
  48. #LewishamCentral @JeffreyStella says the #SaveLewishamAE campaign is meeting tonight about next steps. “I’d’ve been there if I wasn’t here!”
  49. #LewishamCentral @mjrharris speaking well on #SaveLewishamAE. Furious, and summarising locals’ fury well. This is very far from over.
  50. Next, Courthill Rd pedestrian crossing plans. Dangerous junction for pedestrians. TfL’s plan messy, but better than nothing #LewishamCentral
  51. Someone begs for a zebra crossing or something in the meantime. TfL would never sanction that 😦 #LewishamCentral
  52. (Warning signs for drivers sound a more feasible, if unorthodox and perhaps tricky to word, suggestion.) #LewishamCentral
  53. Fair bit of consternation about TfL’s convoluted plan; it’s unfortunately driven by Mayor’s “smoothing traffic flow” agenda #LewishamCentral
  54. The next Lewisham Central Assembly will apparently be during the day on Saturday 10 June 2013.

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.

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
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
Loampit Vale leisure centre opens in 2013 (as, of course, does the currently shut Bus Stop F 😉 ) #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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
Onto 2012 talk now – lots of sporty spin-off stuff happening in the borough #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
Torch relay route through borough being drafted atm. Good news! It *will* pass Lewisham Bus Station! 😉 #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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
“Legacy” being defined (better than in Twenty Twelve 😉 ) – more sport participation, volunteering, local sport awareness… #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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
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
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 🙂
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
Police ‘normality’ will resume from approximately next week, apparently. Maybe don’t make too big a thing of that, eh? 🙂 #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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
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
First, Mercator Estate October half-term programme; assembly gave money for a summer version last mtg, which was successful #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
Next, Leadership, Citizenship & Community Cohesion Youth Project. Gives teenagers confidence & leadership qualifications. #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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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September 6, 2011
Fourth proposal is to bring to #lewishamcentral a Mobile DJ & MC Van, teaching presenting, lyrics and arts skills, with qualifications!
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September 6, 2011
Fifth, a Youth Village spanning #lewishamcentral, Ladywell & Rushey Grn, whose presenter’s brought lots of Youth with him, many on skates 🙂
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September 6, 2011
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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September 6, 2011
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
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
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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September 6, 2011
Voting now! We’re ranking the eight proposals in order but the count is not like AV, which the borough narrowly rejected 😉 #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
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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September 6, 2011
(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?)
Not sure about crowd of Youth Village youths who turned up to see presentations and vote, then left. Feels like cheating 🙂 #lewishamcentral
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September 6, 2011
Some new people have just been elected to the #lewishamcentral Assembly coordination group – all who volunteered, en masse 🙂
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September 6, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
#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
<< #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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September 6, 2011

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).

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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September 6, 2011

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!