links for 2008-05-21

  • “charlie – jon, i think it was lewisham who found some of their poorest communities were most adept at internet cafes and mobile phones. should we worry about it? should tackling the digital divide be one of your key goals?”
  • “A few days back I had a good old moan about the NF winning thousands of votes in Lewisham.”
  • “Lewisham Council are looking for a name for the people’s park – if your suggestion wins you’ll get a Nintendo Wii! Contact Gareth Schweitzer, People’s Park Project Officer, on 020 8314 2071 or email Suggestions

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 links for 2008-05-21

  1. ross says:

    “Labour turn eyesore into People’s Park”

    given that the money is coming from the lottery fund (i.e. taxpayers), the project itself is described as a ‘community led’ one, it’s in a ward where two out of three councilors are socialist party members and the press release on the labour site refers to the hard work of local people prior to that of labour councilors, i’m left thinking it’s rather disingenuous for this story to carry the title ‘labour turn eyesore into People’s Park’

    (ps it would also help labour’s case in trying to take all the credit for this if they could actually spell the name of the place correctly, misspelling the name of the place they have apparently saved twice in such a short article doesn’t show of any great signs of a person who has been that closely involved with the project)

  2. Lone Ranger says:

    “From Eyesore to People’s Park” was the title of the original council press release, it doesn’t mention involvement of councillors.

    “Over the years, open land near Pincott Place, in the London Borough of Lewisham, has fallen into misuse. Currently a wasteland, it has become densely overgrown, been blighted by fly-tipping and attracted anti-social behaviour, making the area an unattractive eyesore for local people.”

    So a group of politicians create a bad environment and then praise themselves for getting the public and others to clean up the mess.

  3. ross says:

    welcome to 21st century ‘politics’

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