Brixton news, rumour and general chat - January 2016

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by teuchter, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Oh look, it's 2016.

    I'll start the January thread (with title formatted according to relevant regulations) then, as everyone else is probably too drunk, not that I would want to judge them.
  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    that's not news rumour or general chat
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  3. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I too wish you a happy new year Pickman's model and look forward to sharing many happy times with you during 2016.
  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    never happened in the past so see no reason to anticipate change this year.
  5. DrRingDing

    DrRingDing 'anti-human wanker'

  6. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    2016 has got off to a good start, hasn't it? :rolleyes:
  7. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    This is Urban. What do you expect - goodwill unto all men, or somesuch? :D
  8. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  9. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    All computer systems down at the Rec. Not possible to book anything or pay by card.

    Happy new year.
  10. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Travelled through Brixton on 1st Jan at 7am. It looked more like 10pm on a sat night - hordes of young people and the longest queue I've ever seen in McD's. All looking quite sober and well behaved. It felt very odd to be rushing though all the slightly faded party people on my way to work.

    Anyway Happy New Year Brixton.
  11. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    So you weren't out partying then either?
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  12. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Depends on your definition of "out" and "partying".
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  13. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    whats your definitiom?
  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

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    editor hiraethified

  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  17. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

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  18. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

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  19. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Helen Hayes - MP for Dulwich and East Brixton currently speaking against some obscure clause of the Housing and Planning Bill.
    It's past my bed time - so what the hell are the MPs still at it for? Is there a deadline on this bill?
    Helen Hayes says this new bill is rolling back the localism agenda of the last (coalition) government.

    She is also vigorously opposed to the outsourcing of planning. Quite right on this IMHO.

    She worked as a town planner for 18 years she says.

    She is opposed to central authorities offering "permission in principle" for building over the head of local council.

    She also points out that local plans can be erroneous - e.g. zoning area for housing when it turns out there are subsidence issues.

    Quire a good speech actually - although she was reading it, not extemporising.
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  20. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

  21. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    Sort of.

    She was a senior partner at Allies & Morrison – the architectural firm that drew up the Brixton Supplementary Planning Document [pdf].

    That document that her company drew up advised Lambeth Council:

    "In conjunction with Network Rail, more railway arches should be brought into active use and the appearance of existing commercial arches improved."

    The senior partner denies any knowledge of this part of the report.
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  22. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    That's interesting (clutching at any half- hopeful looking straws re Gordon Grove for instance).
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  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

  24. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Found what she said in full here If you scroll down a bit what she says is in writing. You are correct in your summing up. This Bill is attack on planning. Noticed even some Tory MPs express concerns about loss of localism and the neighbourhood planning that the earlier Tory government promoted. This Housing and Planning bill really is all about making life easy for fat cat developers.

    Another issue Helen raises is that the Government will centrally impose on Local Authorities the so called "starter homes" will be main form of "affordable" housing on large developments. As she says this is yet another attack on local democracy to decide on the form affordable housing can take.

    Worth quoting this part of what she said in the debate. She points out there is a lot of land with planning permission to build houses that developers are just sitting on. Its not planning thats holding it up.Good interventions on her part in the debate. She knows her stuff.

  25. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    I am not a fan but I think she makes some good points.
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  26. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Something else Helen Hayes was critical of is the outsourcing of planning. Read this and it means our friends the property developer can take agreeing planning application out of hands of the annoying Local Authority and all those whinging locals.

    One of those in the article asked to comment says the bill is a panic measure to get more housing built. It think not. Its class war by the Tories. I agree with the writer of the article summing up:

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  27. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I don't think it is class war. It is more another absurd extension of worship of "the market" in my view.

    Of course the market no longer exists. The Chinese government is now intervening to prop up its financial markets in exactly the same way as the US, UK and Europe.

    Unless prices are allowed to fall to their natural level - which involves negative equity, bank failures and so on we will be living in a micromanaged goldfish bowl where asset ownership is rationed and all policy will be driven by the needs of large corporations - including ATOS, Maximus, Crapita, Greenwich Leisure and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all.

    Interestingly the US economy is still showing signs of growth, so a gap is opening up between US policy and that of Europe, UK and Japan - all of whom are still on the QE drip.

    The idea of outsourcing planning applications is akin to employing private contractors to run hospitals - which of course dates back to Tony Blair.

    Dr David Owen warned about the current collapse of GP services 18 months ago:

    Frankly I find it nauseating that we have a media system which complacently ignores the complete dismantling of the welfare state whilst obsessing about the fate of a few misguided individuals in the Labour Party.
  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I heard a property developer on the radio a while back contrasting the difference between China and here.

    He said it was much better in China. To get planning permission all one had to do was take the local party bosses out for lunch and decide it all there and then. Unlike this country where people can object to a planning application. All that democracy gets in the way.
  29. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Well, it was livelier than might be expected for a Weds night in the Albert tonight. Good to be reminded what a great pub it is and that Brixton hasn't completely turned into a bland and predictable playground for posh people, tourists and those with more money than sense. I wish we had more actual pubs left.
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  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Didn't Tescos in effect take Ted Knight out to lunch in order to get planning permission for the Acre Lane store back in the 1980s?
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