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Joined 08-01-2003
Posted on Friday, 04 March, 2005 - 07:07 pm:   

Taken from the South London Press


TOWN centre street and railway station could be transformed under plans drawn up by the community.

Members of the Sydenham Society hope to transform the area between Cobb's Corner and Venner Road to make it more pedestrian friendly.

Their ideas include public spaces, wider pavements and a modern transport interchange linked to a new station.

Pat Trembath, the society's chairwoman, said: "We have got 1,100 members including people with all sorts of experience and expertise and they have got together and bounced ideas around for this scheme.

"What we feel is needed is an overall look as oppose to a piecemeal approach. We would like a master plan for the area."

She said in Cobb's Corner cars had priority over pedestrians, which was wrong.

The society decided to present its document called Sydenham Gateway: An Urban Design Initiative to the council late last year.

The society wants people to comment on its proposals. The plans include: * the construction of a new rail station building with a high street entrance and bridge links to the London platform, to include new retail, toilet and staff facilities and access for disabled people * works to Cobb's Corner giving greater priority to pedestrians * the creation of a south-facing pedestrian space at Spring Hill * defined areas for waste storage and recycling *a new public space at Venner Road and provision of bus stops either side of the road outside the station.

Pat Hayes, Lewisham's director of regeneration, has commissioned consultants to cost the society's ideas for a new station.

He said: "Broadly speaking, we support Sydenham Society's aims to improve the general environment, provide better space for pedestrians and improve the station ahead of the East London Line extension [in 2010].

"We are exploring funding sources and expect to bid for Transport for London funding in the next year or so. But this may not be enough for all the work proposed."
Joined 16-11-2004
Posted on Saturday, 05 March, 2005 - 11:09 am:   

Cobb's Corner could certainly do with a makeover. I've read this story before - they are basically looking to revamp the area in line with the East London Line extension. Hopefully this would shame the powers that be in to doing something about the station area in FH as well. Whilst I thought that Les was a bit OTT in his comments on another thread, the FH station area is a mess and it's a joke that one of South London's busiest stations has been left in such poor condition for so long.
Joined 28-01-2004
Posted on Sunday, 06 March, 2005 - 09:08 pm:   

Hey! I don't have a total downer on the place. That note was written after fairly depressing trip to the post office depot off Perry Vale, and the East side of the station I thought looked a real mess. The car park off PV was also looking sorry for itself because of fly-tipping and collapsed lamp columns. Some TLC and attention to detail is needed is needed from Lewisham.

Generally, I think FH is a great place to live.
Joined 08-01-2003
Posted on Monday, 07 March, 2005 - 09:24 am:   

Perry Vale carpark does need some attention Les, your right. The lamp post you refer to was attacked because of the CCTV cameras on the column according to one of the people on the industrial estate. Whether they saw a crime/fly tipping being committed or they were attacked because of their high value I don't know! I know it has been reported to Enviro Call and action is being taken.

Praise also to the FH Royal Mail depot, one of the only ones I know who actually ask to see your ID when you collect a package and actually check it. Polite as well! A rarity!
Joined 16-11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 08 March, 2005 - 09:39 am:   

Shame about the walk through the car park to get to the depot though - it's looking very sorry for itself thanks to fly tipping and those ugly blue boards that have been put up.

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