Friday, 17 April 2015

Ladywell fire causes traffic chaos

A fire yesterday afternoon at the disused garages site at the corner of Ladywell Road and Malyons Road was put out by two fire tenders.  Ladywell Road was closed for several hours causing traffic chaos.  Planning permission for a mixed commercial/residential development was given some years ago but has now expired.  In the meantime the site has become a dump, something reported to the Council and posted on this blog in July 2014
Robert Sheppard

The Larder is One Year Old!

The Larder at 71 Ladywell Road is celebrating it's 1st Birthday this weekend!  Katherine & Cynthia say:
"Huge thanks to all our wonderful customers and friends who have supported us over the past 12 months; we couldn't have done it without you! We feel very lucky to be part of such a welcoming community.
We will continue to champion our great local producers such as Brockley Brewery, LKB, Coopers Bakehouse, Blackwoods Cheese, Ladle & Larder and Wild Brockley to name but a few. Big thanks to you all for continuing to deliver such delicious food!
To celebrate, we'll be offering 10% off all purchases on Saturday 18th April and 20% to the first 5 customers who come in and wish us a Happy Birthday!"
Cynthia Lamptey

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Goldcrest outlines modified scheme for 10-14 Mercy Terrace

Daniel Francis of PR Company 'Your Shout' writes:

"As you know Goldcrest Architects propose to redevelop the redundant warehouse building at 10-14 Mercy Terrace. The proposals include flexible office space for small and medium businesses on the ground floor with high quality student accommodation above and will contribute to a wider mix of accommodation that is compatible with and will support local businesses in the existing shopping parade.

"Since last summer’s drop in session, we have carefully analysed all the feedback received, met with council officers and the Council’s Design Review Panel on three occasions. In addition, we have also met with Ladywell Councillors and the Ladywell Society to update them on our emerging proposals. This process has allowed us to amend our proposals and develop the design in line with the feedback we have received.

"As a result, the following changes have been made to the proposals since last summer’s consultation:

  • The scheme is one and a half storeys lower at the bridge end (south of site) and two storeys lower at the Mercy Terrace end (north of site) than the scheme consulted upon last summer. As a result, the scheme now steps down from part five storeys to three storeys.
  • The scheme continues to provide modern flexible B1 space suitable for start-up businesses that will help bring life to Mercy Terrace. We are working with our local commercial agents to ensure that these are as attractive as possible to future occupiers to ensure that they don’t sit empty in the future.
  • The student reception area is located on Mercy Terrace helping to improve safety through passive surveillance of the street.
  • We have identified to the council the potential for creating a greatly improved public realm along Mercy Terrace with a wider footpath, tree planting, hard landscaping, public space and the potential for a level access route to the station through one of the existing council-owned arches.
  • The material palette has been revised to reflect the conservation area context with stock brick used throughout, as opposed to the previously predominately render above ground.
    "We are currently making some minor revisions to the elevations and plan to submit a planning application during March."
    Please contact Daniel on 0800 458 6976 if you have any further queries regarding the application.
    Robert Sheppard, LVIG Secretary

    Friday, 27 February 2015

    A little humanity in a crazy world

    On Monday local resident Cath Miller wrote "Hello. I am currently in a Lewisham Hospital ward overlooking Ladywell Fields and enjoying looking out onto the Park each day. In the bed next to me is a woman who has terminal cancer and keeps looking out for signs of Spring bulbs. I wonder if it might be possible to make her happy and put some e.g. crocuses in pots along the river so they can be seen from the Hospital ward?  She only has a few days left in here and our window is 5 down on the right from the bridge between the Park and the Hospital. Thank you."

    A number of kind residents responded within hours and now there are blooms aplenty visible from the Hospital.  Thank you to all those people, and to Glendale for facilitating this.  See the full story on the Ladywell Fields Facebook page.
    Robert Sheppard

    Friday, 13 February 2015

    New enterprise hub to open on Ladywell Leisure Centre site

    The proposed 'pop-up' development on the Ladywell Leisure Centre site
    One of three new business enterprise hubs will open on the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre (at the junction of Lewisham High Street with Ladywell Road) in October 2015.  The Council website says:
    "The enterprise hubs will “create high quality, fully furnished and serviced co-working spaces in Catford, Deptford and Lewisham town centres”;
    “All three hubs will provide affordable, co-working spaces for rent which will help to create a new vibrancy and buzz for enterprise in the heart of Lewisham’s main town centres”; and
    “Local entrepreneurs and businesses will be able to access space and facilities across the network including advice and support for start-ups; intensive mentoring and practical advice; fixed working for larger organizations; co-working space; events and workshops; meeting rooms; and touchdown working.”
    Robert Sheppard