RECYCLING: MANY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS “UNSURE ABOUT BEST PRACTICE” Findings follow major consultation with 5,000 residents responding

A major recycling survey by Lewisham council has found almost one in five local residents and business owners are unsure about best practice when it comes to recycling. When asked how confident they were in knowing what can and can’t be recycled, 18.2pc of respondents said that they were either not confident or not confident … Continue reading RECYCLING: MANY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS “UNSURE ABOUT BEST PRACTICE” Findings follow major consultation with 5,000 residents responding

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BECKENHAM PLACE PARK RE-OPENS – BUT LAKE REMAINS CLOSED

Beckenham Place Park has re-opened, say Lewisham council. "But the wild swimming lake remains closed as we continue to put measures in place to ensure people can enjoy themselves safely. "To manage the number of swimmers and lake users safely: We are introducing some temporary fencing around the edge of the lake. You will need … Continue reading BECKENHAM PLACE PARK RE-OPENS – BUT LAKE REMAINS CLOSED

BECKENHAM PLACE PARK RELAUNCHED

Beckenham Place park officially relaunched on Saturday (20 July) following a £6.8 million redevelopment programme funded by the council, Mayor of London and the National Lottery. Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, marked the opening by cutting the ribbon on the capital’s first purpose-built wild swimming lake and cheering on … Continue reading BECKENHAM PLACE PARK RELAUNCHED

Age Against the Machine Festival of Creative Ageing launches

A ground-breaking, radical arts festival happening this autumn that will showcase and support the creative talents of older people has officially launched. From 13 September to 6 October 2019, the borough of Lewisham will become a hive of creative activity as we celebrate the positive power of the arts in our lives as we age. … Continue reading Age Against the Machine Festival of Creative Ageing launches

LEWISHAM – CONSULTATION ON NEW WARD BOUNDARIES

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Lewisham. The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough. The Commission has also announced that Lewisham should have 54 councillors … Continue reading LEWISHAM – CONSULTATION ON NEW WARD BOUNDARIES

COUNCIL TO LOAN UP TO £5 MILLION TO BUY HOMES ON LOCAL HOUSING MARKET – Properties will be used as temporary accommodation and refugee resettlement housing

Lewisham council have agreed to loan up to £5 million to Lewisham Homes to buy properties on the local housing market "to help alleviate the pressures of homelessness and lack of affordable social housing." "The properties will be used as temporary accommodation and refugee resettlement housing, and will be let at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) … Continue reading COUNCIL TO LOAN UP TO £5 MILLION TO BUY HOMES ON LOCAL HOUSING MARKET – Properties will be used as temporary accommodation and refugee resettlement housing

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: “A request to Lewisham was unanswered after 231 working days” / “A request to Southwark had not been answered after 121 working days”

The Campaign for Freedom of Information's comments on Lewisham contained in the report are as follows: Page 8 of report A request to Lewisham was unanswered after 231 working days (more than 11 calendar months). The request asked for policies on the provision of accommodation and financial support to families whose immigration status barred them … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: “A request to Lewisham was unanswered after 231 working days” / “A request to Southwark had not been answered after 121 working days”

LEWISHAM CONSULT ON INTRODUCING LICENSING FOR ALL PRIVATE RENTED HOMES IN THE BOROUGH

Proposals to introduce licensing for all private rented homes in the borough are the subject of a consultation exercise being run by Lewisham council. There are two licensing schemes already operating in the borough for homes in multiple occupation (HMOs): Mandatory licensing: This scheme applies to the whole of England and requires landlords to license HMOs … Continue reading LEWISHAM CONSULT ON INTRODUCING LICENSING FOR ALL PRIVATE RENTED HOMES IN THE BOROUGH

CROYDON AWARDED ‘BEST SMALL BUSINESS-FRIENDLY BOROUGH’ IN CAPITAL  

From left; Economic Development Manager (Business Growth) Carol Squires; Director of Economic Growth Emma Lindsell and cabinet member for Economy and Jobs Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed collecting the Best All-Round Small Business Friendly Borough award at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards. Photo: London Councils The support they have offered to get hundreds of residents into … Continue reading CROYDON AWARDED ‘BEST SMALL BUSINESS-FRIENDLY BOROUGH’ IN CAPITAL  

LANDLORD ORDERED TO PAY BACK £1.1 MILLION IN NEXT THREE MONTHS – OR FACE SEVEN YEAR PRISON SENTENCE “Hope this serves as a warning” – Councillor

An "unscrupulous" landlord who chopped three flats in London Bridge into around 20 cramped studios and bedsits - "putting profits before the quality of life of his tenants" has been told to pay back £1,118,601 criminal benefit under Proceeds of Crime confiscation orders within the next three months from his company or face a seven year … Continue reading LANDLORD ORDERED TO PAY BACK £1.1 MILLION IN NEXT THREE MONTHS – OR FACE SEVEN YEAR PRISON SENTENCE “Hope this serves as a warning” – Councillor