August events At Ruskin House
- FOLK & BLUES EVENINGS £2 at 8pm every Sun
6th – Singers’ Night
13th – Molly and the Blackbriar Band and Singers’ Night
20th – Andy Smythe and Singers’ Night
27th – Singers’ Night
3rd Sept – Singers’ Night
10th – John & Di Cullen and Singers’ Night
Sat 19th – Cinema Ruskin – £2 at 8pm. Third Saturday in the month. ‘Johnny Concho’ (Frank Sinatra) 1956 and comedy shorts
Thurs 31st – Jazz Night 8.30pm – ‘Jazz with Soft Winds’ – playing standards, Latin, ballads and be-bop on sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and bass. Free.
Council starts action against illegal smoking in shisha cafes
Developers want to build 68 storey tower block
Stuart King criticises TfL plans to reduce bus services
Planning to open up Norbury Brook and improving Norbury Park
The Environment Agency is studying the options and costs on opening up Norbury Brook through Norbury Park as part of an exercise to reduce the risk of flooding along the Brook as it flows from Thornton Heath to Streatham Vale.
I have summarised a 2008 consultants report for the Agency as background on my Norbury Watch blog site. The first part can be seen at
Clicking on an arrow allows you to move into the other three parts.
The Agency work is linked in with the Council’s master planning exercise on Norbury Park. The consultants have organised a community day on 19 August to ask residents and users their views. See
Local Plan – Ecological Studies
As a result of representations made at the Local Plan Examination Hearings in May the Council commissioned Thomson Ecological to undertake two ecological surveys:
- Addiscombe, Woodside and Shirley Leisure Gardens
- Land at Kent Gate Way
Indigo justify Green Belt development at Coombe Farm
Following the discussion at the Local Plan Hearings about the potential development of the Coombe Fram site owned by Croydon based developer AA Homes Ltd, Indigo Planning has submitted a note to the Inspector. It argues that ‘The Coombe Farm site is available and deliverable now to provide much needed housing to assist Croydon with meeting its identified OAN. It therefore is capable of being taken out of the Green Belt due to the exceptional circumstance, namely the failure of the Council to meet the OAN. Should the site need to be retained as Green Belt, the enclosed documentation shows two options as to how development can be delivered whilst having regard to the openness of the Green Belt.’ The OAN is the objectively assessed housing needs. The document can be seen at
Sarah Jones to meet with local anti-knives campaigners
When I worked for it (1984-9) the Community/Police Consultative Group for Lambeth supported a pilot scheme re-carrying knives led by the Chief Superintendent of Kennington Division. We persuaded the makers of East Enders to run the issue as a powerful story line. Unfortunately the Met did not pick up the conclusions of the pilot after it ended.
In 2009 when I was working for Riverside Community Development Trust an innovative project was created at Stockwell Park High School as I reported in the first issue of RCDT Kennington Alliance Enews (June)
‘COMBATING YOUTH VIOLENCE LAUNCH OF BLACK ROSE FOUNDATION
Over the last three to four years there has been a lot of concern about young violence and death in the area. On 3 March the Stockwell Park High School launched the Black Rose Foundation an idea devised and developed by a team of pupils to harness children’s creativity in developing their potential. The pupils were conducting research in response to the national Make Your Mark Challenge during Enterprise week. They aimed to devise a product or service based on the Olympic values of determination, excellence, friendship, courage, respect, inspiration and equality. The team decided to develop a product that would recognise children’s concerns about street safety and crime, but would also emphasis young people’s creativity in finding positive solutions to problems. Inspired by the Poppy Day Appeal, the team came up with the idea of designing a pin badge which could be worn as an emblem in a similar way to the poppy. The Black Rose Badge would commemorate young people who had been victims of knife and gun crime. Wearing the badge would symbolise a commitment to opposing violence. Black Rose Month will be celebrated annually and The Black Rose Foundation will be established to promote the creativity of other pupils in London. The funds raised will help to develop sustainable projects for young people who will be able to apply for scholarships and bursaries to develop creative and enterprising pupils in their schools and communities. Pupils involved in Black Rose also plan to give advice to children at other schools about how to set up and run a campaign and business.’
The School gave permission to the Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group to use the Black Rose logo in the report of its Special Conference ‘A Community Call to Action’ Working together for solutions on gun, knife, gang and drug related crime’ held that year.