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Honor Oak Park Residents Open Meeting
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HOPcat


Posts: 40
Joined: Feb 2008
Post: #1
15-07-2013 05:03 PM

Our next Open Meeting is this Wednesday, 17 July, 8pm at the Ackroyd Centre's Small Hall, Ackroyd Road, SE23. You don't have to be a HOPRA member to attend - just as long as you live in the Honor Oak Park area. Come and talk over neighbourhood issues such as the state of the roads, making the neighbourhood look better, the lifts at the station and the latest planning proposals (wanted or otherwise!) and join us for a raffle, glass of wine and nibbles after the official meeting ends at 9.15pm.
We are still only charging an amazing 5 per household per annum to join, so please speak to us at the meeting if you would like to be an official part of HOPRA.

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Sparkles


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Joined: Oct 2012
Post: #2
18-07-2013 09:25 AM

Unfortunately we missed last night's HOPRA meeting. Is there any chance some of the key points could be shared on here please? Thank you!

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HOPcat


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Post: #3
18-07-2013 09:41 AM

Thanks for your interest, Sparkles. Key points from the meeting were:
Concern about traffic problems caused by the Ladywell Road closures and new that they were expected to last through September. MOre information on council;s web page.
Disappointment with Forest Hill baths: new pool not full size and deep end only 6ft 2ins. Sense of a missed opportunity.
14A Gabriel Street (corner of Wyleu Street) major extension: residents signed a letter of complaint to go to Sir Steve Bullock about the way in which the planning process was handled. Residents consider the development ugly, intrusive, and probably in breach of Lewisham's own policies.
Flats/Tesco proposal top of Sevenoaks Road: still going through the appeals process, but site now being used as a dump.
Catford regeneration: Town Hall is being knocked down and the Milford Towers flats are to be demolished, also.
Parking survey: On CPZs, council is sticking to 120 a year but has agreed that new ones can be tailored to local requirements such as only operating for a couple of hours in the day. Surrounding areas to a proposed CPZ are to be consulted in future. Fee of 30 a year for low emission cars in Tax bands A or B. Carers no longer to have to pay in CPZs. More free visitors permits to be given out. Details on council's website.

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Sparkles


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Post: #4
18-07-2013 02:40 PM

Thank you!

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Tersie


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Joined: Feb 2007
Post: #5
05-08-2013 09:27 AM

Just a note on 14a Wyleu. I live right by this development. In fact I overlook it. I think it is a well thought out with high quality materials used. What I find way more offensive is the extension to the back of 12 Gabriel Street with it's UPVC door. UPVC cladding and cheap looking covering on the roof. Just my personal opinion.

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HOPcat


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Post: #6
06-08-2013 08:48 AM

I agree with you about 12A. It appeared out of the blue and had we known in time, we would have asked for better quality materials.
For myself, I don't dispute that good quality materials have been used for 14A Wyleu Street and I'm glad that you, at least, don't find it intrusive. However, I really can't see it as complementing the rest of its immediate neighbourhood, and it is effectively a new building rather than an extension.
HOPRA is concerned that this will mark the start of an influx of people who will then dig out basements or build other intrusive add-ons, causing years of disruption for neighbours here and changing the character of the streets in a messy and unco-ordinated way. A lot of this is now happening in Clapham, for example, and North London is full of stories of neighbourhoods undergoing years of turmoil and uncontrolled alteration to local streetscapes.

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Tersie


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06-08-2013 09:17 AM

I also know 12a did not even have planning, they put in retrospective planning. The development is awful and poor in quality. On the other hand I would rather overlook the lovely grass roof and design of the 14a development. The couple who live there are award winning architects http://www.fra-her.com/ personally I think their project work looks great.

HOPcat I do agree that future local developments need to be challenged if not suitable, this should be done so on a case by case basis.

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