Friday, July 16, 2010

Council's plans to cut £2.75m in services and spend zillions on Catford redevelopment

What is going on?

On Wednesday evening protesters attended the Mayor and Cabinet meeting at Lewisham Town Hall. Campaigners protesting over cuts to their jobs and services were branded "fucking idiots" and told to "get real" by Mayor Steve Bullock, who went on to approve £2.75m in cuts, with further cuts to come that would include closure of five libraries and an early learning centre...See report by Mark Chandler in NewShopper.

Meanwhile, Lewisham just spent £11.5m buying Catford shopping centre in order to redevelop the area around Rushey Green. Phase two of the plans includes knocking down Lewisham Town Hall (including the wonderful 60s Civic Suite and Council Chambers) and Laurence House...Michael Stringer reports in the South London Press: "A timescale for the town hall demolition and the development of a new "public services hub" has not been given at this stage...How the council plans to finance the scheme is currently blocked from public viewing." See South London Press.

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