Councillor Chris Best has made a short video about Louise House, which has just been listed by English Heritage.
2004 Playtower site, Ladywell dropped as new school site.
2008 In 4 years neither officers or The Mayor have put forward any proposals for it’s future use.
I thought an elected Mayor was supposed to be decisive and move things forward far quicker than under the old system.
And that’s on topic, how?
There are some very exciting potential proposals afoot for Ladywell Playtower. Officers aren’t quite ready to announce or consult on anything yet, but a feasibility study has been carried out and they are looking at bidding for various pots of money from the lottery etc to enable the building to be brought back into community use. I went along to a meeting with Cllr Milton from Lewisham Central ward, representatives from Ladywell Society and the village improvement group to hear from the architects who carried out the feasibility study. I think all present were impressed with their suggestions, but there is a £6-10m price tag that the Council doesn’t currently have, and needs to find funding for.
I was at that meeting too, very good stuff, as Sue said, there’s a funding gap. There’s also people trying to find the money though, so let’s hope.
Interesting video from Cllr Best. Reminds me of Hitchcock’s short intros to his tv series. That ending “…and it may be years” sends a chill down the spine.
As the next mayor Lewsiham picked up…”and it may take years” is one way I was on topic and another is that Cllr. Best is cabinet member for community services.
The playtower (Ladywell Baths) is the sister of Forest Hill pools and 5 years ago was to be site for the new secondary school. The reason being an alternative site at Lewisham Bridge was not allowed to be part of any consultation or consideration.
At Forest Hill, Louise House was excluded from the public consultation in 2005. Ring any bells?
At the same time officers were putting together the local area framework that regarded Louise House, Forset Hill Pools and the Library and open space as one site.
To me it was dumb not to allow debate about Louise House back in 2005 as the matter could have been resolved back then putting the scheme 2-3 years ahead of where it is now.
Like the Playtower, Louise House has been left derelict and betwwen 2005 and 2008 there were no official proposals for its use put forward.
Getting firmly back on topic, a relative appeared in a number of Hitchock films.
As Cllr. Best indicates the Forest Hill scheme is on hold for years to come. Couldn’t the £7m for that scheme be diverted to the Playtower site. So at least one site is re-activated.
Regarding Forest Hill in the present financial climate would the council have been forced to opt for the larger residential scheme to glean any interest from any potential developers.
Could the architects plans for the Playtower be paraphrased here or can someone provide a weblink for the info?
It would be shameful to lose the Playtower through nothing more than Council neglect and disinterest.
Nothing available yet, but hopefully it will be soon. I think there is genuine interest to do something with the building, the Council ‘just’ needs to get the cash to do it.
In March 2006 I was told the council were waiting for the mortuary to move to Lewisham Hospital so a comprehensive development could take place.
Has the mortuary finally moved?
The Playtower Tower could be an opportunity to implement Barry Quirk’s review and demonstrate it works?
Nice idea to make a video, but it would have been a good idea to show a picture of Louise House, I have no idea where or what it is!
The Coroner’s Court was mentioned at the meeting about the Playtower and it was explicitly stated that it won’t be changing hands anytime soon.
Louise House is a former Girls’ Industrial Home in Forest Hill.
Its recent listing has scuppered the Council’s plans to demolish it together with Forest Hill Pools to build a new pool and blocks of flats.
A hugely controversial event and you can read about both sides of the argument here:
Off topic, but re the Mortuary that was supposed have closed by 2004 to make way for the new school. Last year I’m sure I read a report that it might be forced to close due to the working conditions. Goes off to google…
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