Torches on the heath for the Queen’s Jubilee


Local councillor Kevin Bonvia has emailed to say that plans are afoot in Lewisham to host two beacons in honour of the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. One is likely to be on the heath. See the PDF file here, and google map above, based on the grid coordinates TQ39501 76629 in the doc. More info on Liz’s homepage.

There’s also an excellent article here, with a foreword by Jeremy Hunt, explaining exactly how best to light a fire. Which could come in handy if the government’s austerity measures get any worse.

In the course of 2012, I’m also hopeful that our local councils (Lewisham and Greenwich) will manage to cook up a few high profile schemes that don’t involve the Olympics or the Monarchy, and will have a legacy longer than that of a few weeks.

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8 responses to “Torches on the heath for the Queen’s Jubilee

  1. Michelle O'Brien

    Who is it on Lewisham Council – Council member or Council official, perhaps – who keeps coming up with these bright ideas for things to do on the Heath in 2012?

    A Council official was asked from the floor at the last Blackheath Assembly last month who on or in the Council had dreamed up the plan for the giant tv screen on the Heath during the Olympics.

    Surprisingly, she said she couldn’t remember. This seems a pity as I’m sure there are a lot of local people would like to express their gratitude to whoever it is for his/her efforts to liven up our lives in Blackheath.

  2. Kevin Bonavia

    The proposal for the beacon came from the organisers of the Diamond Jubilee programme, who have written to land owners and custodians setting out sites they would like to use for beacons. The Council has so far in agreed in principle and is awaiting assurances from the organisers as to security and clean up work.

    The Olympic Live Site proposal came out of a general invitation to local authorities from the organisers of the Olympic Games to have big screens in suitable public areas. I don’t know how that first came to be adapted in Lewisham’s case to include the tent and community events, but I think event organisers have so far done a good job in consulting with residents and adapting elements of the event to reduce disturbance to those who live closest.

    With the right amount of preparation, I think these two public events can be a great success and make this summer one to remember – for the right reasons!

    • Anonymous

      Strange form of “consultation” that does not involve people living around the site. [Yet to receive a single sliver of dead tree through my letter box]. But as long as Mr Chives can have lotsa playtime and then swan off for some peace in his quiet abode well away from the Heath, everything is OK.

  3. Michelle O'Brien

    @Kevin Bonavia
    “…The Olympic Live Site proposal came out of a general invitation to local authorities from the organisers of the Olympic Games to have big screens in suitable public areas. I don’t know how that first came to be adapted in Lewisham’s case to include the tent and community events …”

    > > > > > > >

    Somebody at Lewisham Council must have decided to take up that general invitation from the Olympics organizers and have a giant Olympics tv screen at Blackheath. And they must have decided where on the Heath to put it.

    And that same person or somebody else at the Council must have decided to expand that idea to include a big tent, community events, sale of booze etc. And they must have decided where on the Heath all that is to go, too.

    One might have thought, Councillor, that as one of the elected Council representative for Blackheath you’d know who these Council decision-takers are. But you say you don’t. So I suppose they must remain anonymous.

    Bit of a shame, that! Local people don’t know who to thank for all these good things, which I am sure will be a rip-roaring success.

    • Kevin Bonavia

      Ideas for activities come from all quarters – from the council itself, residents, businesses, charities etc. I don’t mind who first came up with the plans; what matters is whether on balance they will be good for our area, and even if they are, what steps can be taken to minimise any downsides. That means I want to know who to go to for dealing with those issues, and in this case, it’s Lewisham Council’s Events Team. More information and contact details are here:
      http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/olympics/celebrate-arts-and-culture/Pages/The-Lewisham-Big-Screen-FAQs.aspx

      So far, I have found it quite easy to find out more from them as to why this or that and discuss changes. They’ve also been to at least 5 public meetings that I can think of and held a number of meetings with councillors, residents’ associations and amenity groups. More to come I’m sure.

  4. scared of chives

    To save time, sign-off as one of the following, as appropriate: [Mr Roy Al Parade] [mum with kids who must be asleep by 7pm] [person with nice garden near Heath] [Miss Ann Noyed from near the Hare and Billet] [Blackheath Society member]

    Dear Diamond Jubilee person

    It’s an absolute disgrace this is going ahead. Think of all that smoke and noise and people needing the toilet?

    Yours sincerely
    [..............]

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