7 March 2009

Report back from Third Brockley Assembly

Very pleased with the progress of today's Assembly. After a nervous wait whilst people came into the hall it was clear at just gone two that turnout was good, there was a good mix, and we were ready to go.

The meeting kicked off with a brief introduction by Cllr Johnson, a short presentation on planning policy by me, and then breakout groups around the topics of "Crime", "Green Spaces", "Dirty Streets", "Planning" and "Community Cohesion". Attendees were also invited to mark where they would like to see a tree planted in Brockley Ward. This was followed by a feedback session and the selection of a new co-ordinating group for the following year. Four people volunteered and approved by the Assembly.

Some of the ideas discussed were:

CRIME
* CCTV - possible mobile unit, but need to ensure does not simply displace
* better and more activities/youth clubs for young people
* support for the further establishment of Neighbourhood Watch schemes

GREEN SPACES
* more information about their location - a map, advert in newsletter
* community days/more events to encourage local people to make more use of the parks (A bat & wildlife walk around Brookmill Park?)
* linking up with the Art House for an Open Studios event that goes out into Luxmore Garden
* work to recover Lucas Street tennis courts/make them nice!

DIRTY STREETS
* action on flytipping/garffiti
* clean up of the bridge over Brockley Station
* street trees

COMMUNITY COHESION
* need to reach out to marginalised groups
* create opportunities for intergenerational work

PLANNING
* more support for local shops - business rate reduction
* pedestrianisation of Coulgate Street
* need to ensure the master plan for Brockley Cross is incorporated into Lewisham formal planning documents

The above list is NOT comprehensive - but is based on my memory. Full details of all the projects considered have been kept and the co-ordinating group will now be finalising ideas of what needs to be done to implement the ideas for future approval by the Assembly.

I sensed a truly positive vibe from today's Assembly and look forward to seeing the proposals put by local people come to fruition.

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