Archive for March, 2010

Food not bombs

March 24, 2010

Lewisham now has its own Food not Bombs group, (if you’ve not heard of them, they take food that would otherwise go to waste, cook it up into delicious meals and give them away to people in need). They distribute their meals every monday at St Mungo’s hostel in Exeter Way, New Cross and, as always would appreciate more volunteers.
Bexley/Lewisham/Dartford Food Not Bombs website
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Tower Block Development Delayed By Direct Action

March 22, 2010

Work on the Loampit Vale development was disrupted today by a small group of protesters who locked the gates and prevented work until the police were called and workers cut a chain with bolt croppers. They had a number of banners including one that read “Build for need not greed”.

The development is due to build 15 tower blocks over 3 sites in the town centre up to a height of 24 storeys, but with only a tiny proportion of social rented housing – the majority will be sold to people who can afford to buy. There are more than 17,000 families waiting for council housing in Lewisham and nearly 900 are accepted by the council as homeless.

The development is only going ahead now due to a ‘sweetner’ of £20.5m from central government, but if this kind of money is available surely it should all be spent on a 100% social rented housing, rather than subsidising a development which itself is supposed to subsidise local community benefit.

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Culnane is BNP mayoral candidate

March 15, 2010

Right-wing BNP grandmother to run for mayor. A “VILE” and racist party has announced its candidate for Lewisham borough’s mayoral election. Tess Culnane, who previously ran unsuccessfully for the far-right National Front at the London Assembly, has now been named as the British National Party (BNP) candidate for Mayor of Lewisham. From News Shopper

Cameron booed by lewisham college students

March 15, 2010

Cameron faces ‘hostile’ audience during college visit
David Cameron faced a hostile audience of students and job seekers during a visit to a college today. The Tory leader was booed as he spoke to around 100 people gathered at Lewisham College in south-east London. By 24dash.com

Catford dog track development stopped

March 10, 2010

While the Loampit Vale development gets bailed out by the government, the plans for Catford stadium aren’t.
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More housing sell-offs

March 7, 2010

70 odd homes are in danger of being sold off in Lee, but this time it’s not the council but the crown. The flats are owned by the crown estate and residents are worried that a housing association would give them a worse deal. I’m tempted to suggest that residents themselves should consider buying and operating the estate themselves, i’m sure they’d do a much better job than either the Crown or a Housing Association.

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Central Govt to prop up loampit development?

March 7, 2010

Loampit Vale rescued by £20.5m of Goverment’s cash « .
By Max
The Mercury reports an incredible turn of events for Lewisham Town Centre, the Housing Minister has in fact announced that the Government will give £20.5m to Barratt Homes to allow the development at Loampit Vale to
proceed. …Full story on Maxink

New Cross family have to share bedroom

March 4, 2010

Recent article from the South London Press showing the crisis in Housing in Lewisham