‘BACK THE BAKERLOO EXTENSION’ CALL BY LEWISHAM AND SOUTHWARK COUNCILS – Line could be extended to Lower Sydenham

  Lewisham and Southwark councils are asking people to back the planned extension of the Bakerloo line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. A further extension of the Bakerloo line beyond Lewisham has also been proposed, which could potentially bring the tube to Ladywell, Catford and Lower … Continue reading ‘BACK THE BAKERLOO EXTENSION’ CALL BY LEWISHAM AND SOUTHWARK COUNCILS – Line could be extended to Lower Sydenham

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LEWISHAM COUNCIL IN ‘RANSOMWARE’ ATTACK Blackmailing hacker demands payment in Bitcoin – No monies paid

Lewisham council have been the target of a 'ransomware' attack by a blackmailing hacker. The council say they paid no money to the hacker who had demanded payment in Bitcoin - but without specifying an actual amount. Details of the incident made public on lewisham.gov news initially make no mention of the ransomware demand. The … Continue reading LEWISHAM COUNCIL IN ‘RANSOMWARE’ ATTACK Blackmailing hacker demands payment in Bitcoin – No monies paid

GET IN THE SWIM! / CLEAN AIR VILLAGES PROJECT LAUNCHED

Online registration has now opened for Croydon’s young people aged 16 years old and under, to sign up for free swimming sessions at one of the borough’s five leisure centres. The free swimming offer runs to Sunday 2 September. People are now able to complete an application form online through the Better website: https://www.better.org.uk/freeswimcroydon, or … Continue reading GET IN THE SWIM! / CLEAN AIR VILLAGES PROJECT LAUNCHED

AND FINALLY….BROMLEYWATCH / CROYDONWATCH / LEWISHAMWATCH / SOUTHWARKWATCH  

News From Crystal Palace took a look at Freedom of Information requests made to the other four boroughs covering the Crystal Palace area to see what people there were asking and how they contrasted with FOI questions put to Lambeth. Here are the results:: BROMLEYWATCH BROMLEY LOST £1 MILLION IN PARKING FINES - AND SPENT … Continue reading AND FINALLY….BROMLEYWATCH / CROYDONWATCH / LEWISHAMWATCH / SOUTHWARKWATCH  

CRYSTAL PALACE PARADE: YOUR VIEWS SOUGHT

Live, work or travel on Crystal Palace Parade? Take Southwark's survey and help us plan for healthier streets http://bit.ly/2tZPnTL Southwark council are asking for peoples views on Crystal Palace Parade following changes to pedestrian and cycling routes by the junctions with Fountain Drive and Sydenham Hill. "We are conducting this survey to find how people … Continue reading CRYSTAL PALACE PARADE: YOUR VIEWS SOUGHT

LEWISHAM LIBRARIES WIN WORLDWIDE AWARD

Pictured left to right: Josephine Grant (senior library assistant), Katrina Blench (librarian – reader services), Morgan Fuller (senior library assistant) and Suzanne Scheibe (senior library assistant). Lewisham  library service has won the CollectionHQ Biggest Improver Challenge 2018. The award recognises library services that make it easier for book lovers to get the book they want, … Continue reading LEWISHAM LIBRARIES WIN WORLDWIDE AWARD

LEWISHAM AIM TO SETTLE MORE REFUGEES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN LONDON / VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE

Pictured above are Damien Egan (far left), Cllr Kevin Bonavia (second from right) with a group of refugees. From Lewisham council: We are set to help a record number of refugees rebuild their lives. We are set to resettle more refugees than anywhere else in London. Some 100 families will benefit from our refugee resettlement … Continue reading LEWISHAM AIM TO SETTLE MORE REFUGEES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN LONDON / VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE

CALLING ALL RESIDENTS OF BROMLEY, CROYDON, LEWISHAM AND SOUTHWARK – YOUR CHANCE TO INSPECT YOUR COUNCIL’S BOOKS!!!!!!!…..and here’s how to do it:

From Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit For the next few weeks, many Councils (& other orgs like @TfL) must open their books to public inspection. Public rights are here: https://www.nao.org.uk/code-audit-practice/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/03/Council-accounts-a-guide-to-your-rights.pdf  Our audit guide is here: http://www.thepeoplesaudit.info/guide-to-audit-rights/ … Don't miss this important chance for a #peoplesaudit. #transparency From: National Audit Office: 2014 Local Audit and Accountability Act (Words in … Continue reading CALLING ALL RESIDENTS OF BROMLEY, CROYDON, LEWISHAM AND SOUTHWARK – YOUR CHANCE TO INSPECT YOUR COUNCIL’S BOOKS!!!!!!!…..and here’s how to do it:

MET ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO LOCAL POLICING – NEW COMMAND UNITS TO REPLACE ’32 BOROUGHS’ MODEL…..

The Metropolitan Police Service has announced changes to the way local policing is delivered in London through the introduction of Basic Command Units (BCUs).   A BCU is a larger police command unit which will replace the Met's current 32 borough model, by merging local policing in boroughs to form 12 BCUs. In the current … Continue reading MET ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO LOCAL POLICING – NEW COMMAND UNITS TO REPLACE ’32 BOROUGHS’ MODEL…..

“COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

The headline above comes from a Department  of Communities and Local Government booklet dated June 2014 which News From Crystal Palace found while trawling the Internet looking for previous examples of council meetings being held behind closed doors. For those of you who have missed it, there were two meetings held by Lambeth council at … Continue reading “COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”