07 May 2007

07 May 2007

Life is busy, updates have been thin, as always - I apologise.

Residents calling for prefabs to be saved

Eighty-three homeowners and tenants have signed an online petition on the Downing Street website, calling for their prefab estate in Catford, built after the Second World War, to be saved.

Honouring wartime servicemen

An ex-servicemen's club in Catford is organising a memorial event to remember the men killed aboard HMS Hood.

Canal Approach burns!

A fire which broke out in the early hours of this morning at a warehouse on Canal Approach in Deptford. A number of gas cylinders including two acetylene cylinders were reported at the scene of the fire which caused substantial damage to the two storey warehouse. A 200 metre hazard zone was put in place to ensure public safety, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

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Looking at how to combat guns

More than 200 people attended a conference held in Catford looking at what action can be taken to solve the problem of gun and knife crime. The Community Call to Action conference was held to look at the problems of gangs, guns and knives on the streets.

Poll says area is not family-friendly

LEWISHAM and Greenwich are among the worst places in the UK to bring up a family, according to a survey. The borough of Lewisham came 400th out of 408 areas in a Reader's Digest poll. Greenwich borough was ranked 393rd, according to the survey of 1,162 parents.

Council rejects mayoral motion

CALLS for a consultation about holding a referendum on Lewisham's directly-elected mayoral system have been rejected. A joint motion, put forward by Liberal Democrat Councillor Mark Morris and Green Party leader Councillor Darren Johnson, was voted down at full council last week.

Warden takes council to tribunal

A STREET warden has taken a council to a tribunal over allegations of outstanding payments. Mark Whyte, of Sunninghill Road, Lewisham, appeared at an employment tribunal in London Road, Croydon, on January 19 to present his £6,000 payment claim against Lewisham Council.

CCTV misses bus robbery

VITAL CCTV footage of a steaming gang attacking bus passengers cannot be used because the camera failed. The eight-strong gang raided a 188 bus in Surrey Quays.

The thugs, believed to be members of the Lewisham-based SFX Boys gang, cornered their young victims on the top deck before making off with cash and mobile phones.

Terror suspects to face trial

A TERROR suspect from Lewisham was among eight men who appeared in court on Friday. The suspects, who were arrested last year after a series of anti-terror raids across the south east, are expected to stand trial later this year.

They are charged on a 32-count indictment which includes charges of soliciting murder, providing training for terrorists and possessing terror documents between March and June last year.

Rise in number of dumped animals

News Shopper reported in October how the Celia Hammond Animal Trust was in danger of grinding to a halt because too many abandoned cats had been left at its doors.

The situation has not really changed at the centre in Lewisham Way, Lewisham. It currently has 115 cats which need to be rehomed. Tust founder Celia Hammond said: "It is sickening and very upsetting so many cats are still being abandoned.

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