Above is a map showing the location of all the Greenwich council-owned gritting bins. It’s a great idea, built and conceived by Greenwich.co.uk
and Jo Brodie
. The interesting thing is the lack of bins on the Lewisham side…
“The Council has been advised against providing salt/grit bins. Our experience has been that bins are frequently vandalised and the salt and grit thrown into neighbouring gardens.” Lewisham Council’s website.
Clearly they haven’t been advised by Greenwich Council, who seem to think that gritting bins are a great idea. Maybe when you step across the Great Wall of Blackheath, the locals are suddenly unable to resist flinging handfuls of gravel into gardens!
No, I didn’t think you would.
Is it the Berlin Wall (very topical)?
It’s the boundary line drawn across Blackheath. Hand me the honeycomb.
I sometimes imagine a Great Wall of Blackheath slapped right down the centre of the high street. It’s a really daft border – I only realised how daft it was when I wandered to the wrong polling station at the last local election. Greenwich is the bit on the right. Lewisham’s on the left. You can see the full boundary using this ingenious openstreetmap tool.
I’ve just been trying to find out whether Prime Time could be be turned into a bookies, as suggested in the comments page – so I’ve been to Lewisham Council’s planning pages, and typed in “3 Blackheath Village, London, SE3 9LA”… The cryptic messages suggested that we are actually talking about GreenwichLand, so I hopped over the border (without my passport) and went to the Greenwich Council planning website. Nothing there either. Which either means that
a) it hasn’t been sold yet
b) local council planning websites are hopeless, but planningalerts.com has been shut down
c) As shown below:
“But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”
“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”
“But the plans were on display …”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”
Last year, Blackheath had £10k to spend on useful things in the area.
Not sure how much Boris will be doling out this year (assuming he’s dried himself off), but there is a meeting to decide how to spend the money on Tuesday 9th June 2009 at St Matthew Academy, St Joseph’s Vale off Lee Terrace SE3. 7.30pm. Hopefully the Google map is out of date, otherwise we’ll all be standing in a building site!
More about the assembly on the Lewisham council website.
The Blackheath Society’s page about it.
The I ♥ Blackheath facebook page talking about the assembly.
Godfried Gyechie – a local councillor on the assembly (link seems to have died, and bring your spell checker!).
I swear, if I hear this noise (mp3) one more time this week I’m going to throw myself down behind that dustcart. Has anyone ever been saved from death by that stupid racket? If any of you dear sweet readers has a friend, who knows a friend, who once managed to avoid death as a result of a robot-machine-received-pronunciation-death-bot-voice-from-hell screaming “Stand Well Clear Big Brother Loves You”, then I’ll rethink my argument. Even if you were standing behind the bloody thing you’d hear it without the automatic-shoutbox bolted on to the back of the daft machine. God help anyone who has to do night shifts.
Initially I thought it was a “Do Not Disturb” sign on our wheelie bin. Our flats have been marked out. We are officially warned. Someone has been putting the wrong rubbish in the wrong bins. It wasn’t me or Mrs Bugle, I swear, honest… I’m just wondering if they will start daubing our front doors with paint next.
But the photograph above does throw up an interesting point. Looking at all the blogs around here, you’d think it would be easy to draw a conclusion about how our recycling schemes are going. The Phantom had a great piece about how the Greenwich Recycling plant works, but then I read in The Last Bus Home that it might not be so great after all. They quote another post by a Lib-Dem councillor who makes the point that the government sets recycling targets by the tonne, not by the quality of the recycling.
This means that they don’t really care what happens to our glass and paper waste, so long as it doesn’t go into landfill. So our glass doesn’t get melted down back into glass bottles, it gets turned into road gravel. And our paper doesn’t get turned back into paper, but gets shipped to Malaysia instead?!
I’m still glad that it isn’t ending up as landfill, but the carbon cost must be as much of a concern as the landfill.
Wouldn’t the pollutants involved in shipping all that paper halfway round the world be worse than just burning it in the first place?
The Bugle loves Blackheath. Really it does. But it can’t help feeling that not everything can be perfect in this Tranquil Vale… If something is annoying you in Blackheath, please add it here in the comments, and the Bugle will send a crack team to investigate.
Also, have you tried to fix problems using the fixmystreet.com website? It is a great website, but I’d be interested to know how many successful responses readers have had from Lewisham council in getting faults fixed.