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Ex Libraries

Look at these two charts, and tell me when you think our library was destroyed.

Number of books issued in Blackheath Village libraries from April - October 2011

Number of books issued in Blackheath Village libraries from April to October 2011

Visits to Blackheath Libraries between April - October 2011

Visits to Blackheath Libraries between April - October 2011

The Age Exchange Library is a joke.

In May 6,758 items were borrowed from the library in Blackheath Village. Then the library was closed, and replaced with a community library in Age Exchange. In October, after the Age Exchange library had been open for 3 months, only 832 items were borrowed.

“I didn’t come into civic life to close libraries”, I believe is the familiar refrain. So don’t. Re-open the real library. I don’t care how you do it, find a way. Otherwise you’ve just guaranteed the quickest, most efficient way to dumb down an entire generation. Shame on you vandals.

The data comes from questions by councillor David Britton (a Tory with a slightly scary looking union jack on the blog head), made available by Lewisham councillor Christine Best, the cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, at a council meeting on 29th November:

Here are the two google docs: Question Answer

Including an apology for the crappy numbers:

There have been some initial difficulties with data collection from the Community Libraries, and the Service overall has had a difficult year, completing a major staff reorganization and the introduction of new technologies. The implementation of such major change has had a negative impact on performance, but the Service is confident that both issues and visits will now begin to increase.

Yes, a bit. Maybe. Or perhaps it will just be wound down and closed.

See also: The Bookseller: Catastrophic plunge in lending at Lewisham’s community libraries

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What a pane…

Pane of glass, police blocking the traffic on the road, blackheath
Loads of police swarming around Blackheath village at 9am this morning. It seems as though a pane of glass was being unloaded from a truck when something went wrong, and it shattered all over the road and pavement, just next to Tuck’s corner.

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Bright Lights, Big City

39 Tranquil Vale Planning Request

Noticed this planning application for an “externally illuminated fascia” on my travels the other day.

Tuck's Corner, Blackheath, estate agents

It is proposed for the estate agency on the corner of Tranquil Vale and Blackheath Village (the high street), which I think used to be known as Tuck’s Corner. You can see the full proposal here (if the link still works, and if it doesn’t, then do a search here for reference DC/08/69555/FT ).

At least it is externally illuminated, so I guess it won’t look like a Chicken Cottage.

Anyway, if you have strong feelings about this (or any other proposal), you can tell your local planning officer.  The email address is planning@lewisham.gov.uk and quote the reference DC/08/69555/FT.

The Westcombe Society also operates an excellent blog, noting all the latest planning proposals in the area.

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And Blackheath’s Greggs completes the set…

Greggs in Blackheath

Now, here is a treat… The beautiful and picturesque Greggs of Blackheath has been captured for posterity here, and is part of a strangely mesmorising set of photos – watch the slideshow here.

Watching the slide show really paints a strange view of the UK. Many of the shops are almost empty… Lots of them have people wandering past, staring in, contemplating whether to have a pasty or not. Some of them are modern, and look like a branch of Dollond & Aitchison, whilst others look like they are falling to pieces, next to shops that look like squats. They also show just how alike many of the UK’s high streets have become. Not like the old days….

Many thanks to Flickr user blueme for permission to use the photo.

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