Lewisham Round Up

I’m sure I missed a whole load of stuff while I was away, but here’s what I’ve seen since coming back.

  1. Mayor nods to poor project – Save Ladywell aren’t happy (again). This time they think the new pool in the town centre will be “an undersized pool without deep end in the shady courtyard of a cluster of blocks of flats.”
  2. My imam – Bob takes a look at the Imam of the Lewisham and Kent Mosque and lets us know some of what he has to say for himself.
  3. Isn’t She Talking Yet? – India Knight reproduces a letter from the Forna family about their struggle to get a special educational needs statement for their child.
  4. ‘Racial Harassment And Violence on Lewisham Housing Estates’ -Noam wants to visit Lewisham housing estates.
  5. ka-boom! – Year six at Ashmead Primary School start their blog with a bang.
  6. Scrapping Steve – The Man from Catford notes the first public meeting of the group trying to scrap the mayoral system in Lewisham.
  7. Pay for rubbish – The Do Something Extra site has a complaint about recycling pick-ups.  But they think we should consider paying for our rubish collection.
  8. Gone to the Dogs – Neil wanders round Catford.

Let me know what I’ve missed in the comment box.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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3 Responses to Lewisham Round Up

  1. Lone Ranger says:

    Regarding the elected Mayor, if it so good why have so few authorities wanted to adopt the system? Neighbouring boroughs haven’t given any indication they are eager to go down the same path as Lewisham. Although it looks like it could become a government led change by financial inducements or penalties.

    If we have directly elected mayor’s should not the Prime Minister be directly elected. Can you imagine the outcry from MPs if they had been excluded from the decision regarding the recent Education Bill.

    Back to Lewisham, you pointed to councillors under the old system spending their time manipulating who chaired what committee. Now one individual is able to buy (if they so wish) elected representatives by appointing them as Deputy Mayor (£45K) or as a cabinet member (£25K).

    I feel by financial means or the decision making process the directly elected mayor sytem is open to abuse and corruption.

    If democracy is ignored it is said a directly elected mayor provides strong leadership, decision making, better management improved delivery of services etc.

    A pool promised for 2004 is still being built, the housing service is worse than it was 4 years ago and provision of Decent Homes has had to be delayed by 2 years. After 3 changes of mind a school said to be needed by 2006 won’t be built for some years.

    I’ll stop there. I suppose I am indicating the decision making process is as muddled as before with similar results but with greater risks to the political system.

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    I’ll post a piece about the Mayoralty in a bit, but I’m afraid I’m too busy in the real world to have much time for blogging at the moment.

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