I was delighted to hear that the following Lewisham-based groups and projects had recently obtained Big Lottery funding. It is particularly difficult for small organisations to secure funding in the current climate of cuts and closures, so I am sure that this money will be extremely welcome.
After years of campaigning for a station to be built on the East London Line extension I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Surrey Canal Road development has been approved in principle by Lewisham Council, along with a commitment by developer Renewal to plug the funding gap for the station.
The plans still need to be signed off by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, but as long as he agrees the financing of the station looks secure.
I have recently received correspondence from Ladywell residents who are angry about the council's consultation on the use of the site of the former Watergate School on Church Grove as a traveller's site.
I am very much aware of the council’s obligation to provide a permanent site for the 100 or so traveller families who live in the borough. However, the Watergate site was not suitable when the council first launched a consultation four years ago, and it is still not suitable now. The only access to the site is down a very narrow road (Church Grove) and at present there is not even enough space for all the residents’ cars, let alone for large vehicles to use it regularly.
I am encouraging constituents to support the local groups who have applied for funding awards worth £6000 as part of the Natwest and RBS CommunityForce initiative.
Almost 7000 projects across the UK are in contention for an award and 12 of those projects are based in Lewisham Deptford.
A constituent recently contacted me expressing her concerns over the RBS Group's decision to to deny its estimated 1 million basic bank account holders access to around 80% of UK cash machines.
These customers will only be able to make withdrawals from NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Tesco branded cash machines or by visiting the Post Office.