It’s Clare from the Bermondsey Street Area Partnership, here again. I was last in touch a few months ago about our Then and Now Photo Competition leading to an exhibition in Bermondsey Village Hall in June. It was a happy event, with some very happy winners and helped remind us about the strengths of community after the terrible events at London Bridge and Borough Market. Many thanks for your help in making people aware of the competition.
We’re still on the same track, wanting to find out what people feel contributes to the character of our area so that we can protect those things in the Neighbourhood Plan and celebrate them. The things people like most could be street furniture or trees, open spaces or views, public art or buildings, anything. With some Community Council funding and working with Team London Bridge and STAMP (Shad Thames), we’ve set up a website with a map of our area where anyone can click on the map and leave a comment, the more comments the better.
If it’s possible for you to publicise this in your area, that would be amazing, thank you. There is a jpeg of the leaflet below and I’ve left a stack of paper copies at the JMB offices. If you would like some leaflets I can deliver them to you this weekend. If you’d like me to come and talk at a meeting in September, I’ll happily do that, just let me know.
Meeting with proposed Developers of 74-84 Long Lane Thursday 15 June, 7:30pm at The Boot and Flogger pub 10-20 Redcross Way, SE1 1TA
One of the few remaining buildings of character on Long Lane has been the subject of a ‘consultation’ in relation to a proposal for a ‘co-living’ tower.
At a public exhibition on their proposals at the end of January the developers (or rather their PR team) were less than transparent about their plans. It was far from clear what treatment they were proposing for the existing Rug Co. building (pictured below).
We don’t know whether this is the same prospective developers or whether they will be any more forthcoming but anyone concerned to keep anything of the history of Long Lane intact may be interested in attending.
As the terrible news has emerged overnight from West London, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the fire at Grenfell House. It is particularly raw for us in Southwark, bringing back dreadful memories of the Lakanal fire in 2009 in which 6 people tragically lost their lives.
I understand that many residents living in high-rise blocks in Southwark will be concerned, and I wanted to write to you straight away to reassure you that Southwark has carried out a huge programme of works in recent years to improve the safety of our tower blocks.
Following the fire the council began an ongoing programme to ensure all its properties received a regular full fire risk assessment, beginning with those deemed to be high risk.
Since 2009 the council has spent £62 million on its fire risk assessment programme and associated fire safety works for all its council housing in the borough.
We continue to invest as necessary as part of the ongoing major works programme.
The council works closely with London Fire Brigade (LFB) and meets regularly with them, both on an operational and fire safety level, informing them of progress on the risk profile of the borough and other issues.
LFB assists the council in advising residents on fire safety and fitting smoke alarms inside their homes.
In February 2015, all fire risk works to all high rise and lower/more complex housing were complete.
Since then the council has completed a programme to fit state of the art smoke detection systems to the dwellings in these blocks, and has a rolling programme underway to introduce a similar system in all remaining blocks.
As a council, we are doing all that we can to keep our residents safe from the devastating consequences of a major fire, but you can help too by following this advice:
Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
Keep balconies free from clutter
Please don’t leave rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstruct escape routes
Make sure you know where your nearest fire exit is
If you are a smoker please do not smoke in common areas of the block
Always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely
We have been in contact with Kensington and Chelsea council to offer any help and assistance we can at this difficult time.
Thank you and best wishes,
Councillor Stephanie Cryan
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing