Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Crispy, Sep 30, 2015.
The funding bid was successful
etc. etc. etc.
wow. That's quite a lot of money secured by a bid drawn up in two weeks by (i think he was) a young volunteer.
Full application can be found here:
from the wider benefits' bit:
"Embedding community cohesion through the enhancement of public spaces:
The new places created through this investment and its influence on the evolution of the town centre as a whole, will help embed positive activities delivered in the area over the last 10 years. In particular, this will help support more mixed communities, be that the coming together of different cultural or generational groups or the assimilation of new populations which are already evidenced as moving into the area."
Sounds great. Lets hope it does all that stuff.
Interesting that my GP surgery supports the Farm (with SLAM money I believe) yet it is impossible to get an appointment (at the GP not the Farm!)
The f*cking politicians and accountants running the NHS at the moment need sorting out.
I think LJAG deserve an award for application writing. I've never known anyone else write applications to touch them.
Quite a similar arrangement to Pop Brixton.
Land ringfenced for longer though - 20 years.
No mention of bars or restaurants though - a substantial difference IMO.
What do us local residents think then?
The application is a long document and haven't read it all yet but I reckon it all sounds great it's just a question of how will it actually work, who will run these businesses who will be employed in them, and what exactly is "a peppercorn rent"..
If people perceive this to be all somehow a top down imposition from Anthea then it's a bit doomed from the start which would be a real shame.
It was obviously not going to stay a 'farm' for long. If it hadn't been designated for employment / industrial would surely have become a giant block of flats. My main concern when I heard about the bid was that if it failed soon enough Lambeth would sell the land to a giant corrugated single retail outlet like a pets r us or something.
So on balance I reckon the plan sounds great it's just how that will translate into reality.
The bit above, in the 'community cohesion' statement, the bit which says "the assimilation of new populations which are already evidenced as moving into the area" , that element seems kind of.. more key than the plan wants to admit, because the success of the bid, and all of LJAG's funding bids, rely a lot on ticking all the boxes for deprivation unemployed BME youth etc, which LJ can do better than almost anywhere.
"The Arch Recycling design and build competition will look for ideas to bring some of these back into use by building self-contained, secure structures within up to eight arches."
Cheaper and simpler than re-lining and re-flooring the actual structure (and can be dismantled and taken away when Network Rail decide to do a proper job)
Ah ok, so like sheds or portacabins inside the arches. Not joining together 8 of them just 8 at a time ?
I am intrigued about this part of the plan. If it works then it's quite clever because it gets around the problem of no one wanting to invest the cost of refurbishing up front. Once a permanent tenant is found who is willing to invest, you just move the structure to another empty arch.
In general I think the proposal is very good and hope it can be delivered as described. I feel positive about the partners involved, particularly people like Meanwhile Space and Tree Shepherd who I think genuinely want to involve everyone.
Very curious about what happens next.
I sincerely hope that the whole road closure thing and the divisions and fallout from that bit of trench warfare haven't severely damaged the chances of this living up to its potential.
There are examples of this on Great Arches Road, off Burbage Road, between Herne Hill and Dulwich.
Hello Snowy. Do you know where the 'supporting documents' could be found?
In case anyone wants to "feed in" (is that what they say? I hate myself for even typing it)..
These are the contact details for the man who wrote the successful bid:
What worries me is he pops up on LinkedIn. Would you like to connect with Tom Bridgman and all that.
Does that mean he can monitor my anarchism?
Does it mean you haven't deleted your linked in profile yet, oh anarchist?
No indeed. Not to bore you silly I'm on a post shingles high - which will come under control when my lithium level adjusts.
Meanwhile I was up at 4 am adding pages to it - mainly about events between 1970 and 2010.
This is just a catching up exercise - not to get a job (I hope).
The main weakness is I have no suitable profile picture. The selfie I sent to my Doctor's surgery to show the shingles looks a bit like Shaun of the Dead.
I am reduced to a recently discovered view of me as a three year old.
I had shingles too a couple of years ago, not to worry you unduly but it came a day or two before I got properly ill with meningitis, which is really bad and required hospital really quick: look out for aversion to light and and being really sick.
My eye checkup on Wednesday was OK (King's Ophthalmic - who actually treated the shingles because the GP surgery got it wrong - and held up treatment by a week).
I've had malaria - which was almost fatal, but not meningitis. I think from a Jungian perspective I'm not due that pleasure as yet.
Conscious I'm derailing the thread but I'm so cheesed off with the surgery I decided to review them: Reviews and ratings - The Corner Surgery - NHS Choices
They actually addressed me by name for the first time on my next visit.
Moral seems to be - show them up for what they are.
Oh! A delivery cluster. WTF is that then?
What a load of Council officer jargon.
Quite how this scheme will do what this says in practise is another matter.
I know the residents on the Loughborough Estate have voiced reservations about the scheme at meetings and to me outside meetings. The Farm is not liked. Secondly they do not want this project to turn into another Pop Brixton.
It was pushed through very quickly with no time for proper consultation. I and others raised this as an issue. Particularly as the Ward Cllrs opposed the road closures partly due to what they saw as flawed consultation.
So far this has been happening without engaging the residents of the estate other than getting head of LEMB on board.
Is there a model project which can be held up as having been sufficiently well consulted upon?
I guess not.
It will have no chance of achieving its stated goals if local people don't get behind it.
If I was Anthea I would take Peter Shorinwa out to dinner then.
He is very vocal, and if she persuaded him to back the project it would change sentiment quite a lot I would think.
he's the one who wanted it to be an outdoor gym , right?
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