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Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:38:37 +0100

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[SE1 Discussion] Re: Garden Bridge

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:38:37 +0100

Just out of idle curiosity where exactly did the £50 million contribution of public money come from? Will the public, IE you and I ever get a refund of a project that was doomed from the start. Will the investors get the £70 million back with interest. If they wanted to help London life a pedestrian bridge going to Canary Wharf would have been a godsend , or dig another tunnel under the Thames.

Just wondering...

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Charles Dickens Primary Expansion

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:42:16 +0100

I have also been here for over 10 years now.

You must look onto the part that used to be Lant Street. This was closed 8-9 years ago, and residents were promised at that time a nice garden area to use...never happened. It sat derelict for a number of years.

Before any of this building, there were Saturday and Sunday groups using the School to sing, play music and use loudspeakers and make general noise - every weekend! from 9am until 2/3pm. SUNDAY!!!!!

The kitchen of the school would leave their extractor fan on 24hrs, keeping us awake with its humming (oddly loud, like a generator), this has stopped since i emailed them. Admittedly they were really good and sorted it out for me.

The noise you are experiencing directly now, we had for a year and a half, overlooking the main new structure, you must have heard some of first i found it interesting to watch the works and i have documented daily photos of the progress. 6 months ago my interest stopped - i got fed up with the straw. It is summer and we cant leave windows open because of the constant noise. I cant work, socialize, relax at home anymore.

Last sunday was a silent rest day....and it really struck home how amazing i found the silence. I sat on my balcony and just enjoyed it! This has made me complain today, as ive finally had enough.

I am wondering if we cant get a few people together on here that suffer from the noise and we email the school. I know my neighbour called them but got quite a negative deffensive response.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Charles Dickens Primary Expansion

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:05:36 +0100

Thank you Surfcaz - I do agree with you - wholeheartedly. I vowed never to post again on this forum because their are too many people lurking on it who seem to suffer quite badly from the Stockholm Syndrome. However I have had to vent my anger once more as the noise coming from the school has been absolutely excruciating since early July when the school broke up. Some kind of grinding that is almost unbearable and is going more or less constantly. It is absolutely deafening and horrifically grating. It is going on now as I write. We have lived here since 2004 and each and every school holiday (winter/spring/summer breaks) we have had this noise and disturbance from the school. I wish the head teachers could live where we do and just witness it for one day. But I don't honestly think they care. I agree this is really ruining our quality of life here. What I don't understand is when you look through the gates they only seem to making a small play area on what was the public highway known for years as Lant Street so why this absolutely constant and deafening noise - which by the way really does start at 6.30 am - and which sounds more like the noise of a major major building site.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Mini-bus hire

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:53:55 +0100

Thanks Gavin,
I've used [url=]LTV[/url] for vans before - a 'no nonsense' company, worth recommending, but they don't have minibuses.
They were the first company I phoned.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Stray black cat

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:51 +0100

Once you're sure he's a stray... Worth considering calling Celia Hammond...

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Mini-bus hire

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:31:54 +0100

The London Transit Van Centre on the Old Kent Road (might be SE15 - just - though) are very good. I've only ever rented vans, but they do have a minibus or two. Vehicles can be on the older side - in fact always have been whenever I've rented - but always reliable and well maintained. No affiliation etc...

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Stray black cat

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:30:30 +0100

Better to ask a no kill shelter to help - "catcuddles" for example...altho i know they are struggling with the number of cats they help.

The first thing to find out is if it is stray.....the collar idea is a good one, and checking the microchip. Does tha cat seem human friendly, fed, condition?

[SE1 Discussion] Mini-bus hire

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:14:19 +0100

I need to rent a [b]mini-bus[/b] for a long weekend in September...
Any recommendations for local firms please?
Thanks SE1ers.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Charles Dickens Primary Expansion

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:24:53 +0100

The noise is every day, Monday to Saturday has been going on almost consistently for a year and a half, if not almost two years. I directly overlook the main playground and am woken every morning with shouting, and lorries and clattering and then works noise at 8am sharp. 6 days a week! there were some times when workmen were hammering and drilling on a sunday and bank holiday also. I have not complained until now.

How can this possibly take so long. Is anyone else quite stressed by constant noise? I own my flat but am considering moving out due to the noise.

The playground is now raised and therefore closer to the flats. The headteacher promised us at the consultation in 2014 the area would be for quite study and allotments - it is not, make no mistake - it is a playground. This is fair, but not when we were told otherwise. My complaint is mainly about the construction works however.

I have not complained once to the school or any forum until now. I have had enough of all the noise, our quality of life is suffering. I work from home a fair bit and have to wear noise cancelling headphones, and take work calls in the hallway outside my flat when the construction noise has been too loud. I understand building will be done, it is central london, but for almost two years - what is going on here?

Another point to make is on parking - the road at the front entrace has been blocked off, and the resident parking bays have been out of use for two years, making parking quite hard. They were blocked off even for the period of quiet, when the works took a 3-4 month break a year or so ago.


Appologies if people dont agree with what ive said.


[SE1 Discussion] Re: Lumley's Bridge of Nonsense is dead.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:11:38 +0100

[quote David Hewlett]Thank Heavens the Mayor's office (thanks to Margaret Hodge) has come to its senses. I am all in favour of both private and public works and improving London, but the bridge was always a vanity project and, even if it had been desirable and open to all, the private sector was never going for fund it. It would have been a mill stone of expenditure round the necks of London council tax payers for generations to come. The project should never have been allowed to waste £50m of public funds - the backers should have been required put up or shut up far earlier in the process. Boris Johnson, George Osborn and TfL have much to answer for. I hope the National Audit Office will audit what happened for the public record and as a lesson fir the future.[/quote]

Very true. But what should worry us is that all the efforts of local and other campaigners, who fought long and hard against the proposal on environmental grounds, loss of public space, disruption of riverside views, 'the wrong bridge in the wrong place' etc, had no effect whatsoever on the decision. Money talks - or in this case 'lack of money says "no"'. Who can doubt that if the Mayor had not turned off the public expenditure tap, we would have be lumbered with a bridge too far, whether 'we' wanted it or not. Campaigners against the expansion of Heathrow should take note.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Lumley's Bridge of Nonsense is dead.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:08:40 +0100

Great news. Lumley's vanity project indeed.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Lumley's Bridge of Nonsense is dead.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:11:02 +0100

Me too but I still would not let her run the country or make decisions about public expenditure!

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Cleaner Recommendation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:49:26 +0100

Hi, I also contacted James Restrepo after seeing him recommended on here and he's done a great job. I would happily recommend him to others.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: End of tenancy clean

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:47:48 +0100

Hi Penny.

There is an Eva cleaning company in croydon, is that the same company you have mentioned? If no, can you send your cleaners contact details please.


[SE1 Discussion] Re: Lumley's Bridge of Nonsense is dead.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:37:24 +0100

I like Joanna Lumley. Had a massive teenage crush on Purdey... You never forget your first love.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:24:24 +0100

There was a time when an invitation only opening night would have been seen as an affront to the community.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:27:15 +0100

Last week there were people loitering outside the pub as I passed, and the word was they were having an invitation-only opening on Monday night. Maybe that's when the meals were served.

Doesn't sound like my sort of place from the prices, but then it would need to be something different from the average pub to survive there.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:12:41 +0100

Sorry, Matt, I didn't notice. There was some beer talk between my companion and Mr Pork Pie. I wasn't really paying attention but gathered something wasm't quite ready. Maybe that was the draft ales as I am pretty sure that said companion would have had a pint rather than a bottle.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:59:42 +0100

Thanks for the review! Apart from £5 a bottle - did they have any beers on tap at all?

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:55:34 +0100

[quote mattp85]That is quite odd!

Here is the menu in case anyone's interested. Interestingly it seems to only have soft drinks on it.

Do they still have a license? I imagine they must do if you had a bottle of wine. Strange no alcohol is listed though[/quote]

Decidedly odd, as I walked in at exactly 6.30 last night and was welcomed as their very first customer. No one else came in for at least 15 mins. We left at about 8pm (didn't eat) and there were around three tables seated then. I fail to see how two people could have been served and finished in 30 mins - hmm! Although, to be fair, we were standing outside so can't be catagoric about that.

The menu sounds interesting but it was explained to me that they plan to change chefs every three months, which seems a very strange business model to me but what do I know!

They certainly have a licence for all things alcoholic. Lots and lots of staff and a rather intimidating and disinterested maitre d (manager/owner?) hovering. The chap behind the bar (in a pork pie hat) was somewhat ebullient, shall we say. Tagged himself as the finest mixologist on the planet (or that's what came across).

Oh, and £5 for a bottle of Budvar - blimey! It looks very much more restauranty than bar, as all tables were laid up and there wasn't really much space for just having a drink despite being told with an expansive wave of the arm that there was a "gathering" area.

All in all, I didn't come away with great impressions but I would like to go back and try the food.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Lumley's Bridge of Nonsense is dead.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:36:25 +0100

Hurrah! Now all we need to do is get the air headed luvvie to refund the huge amount wasted on her green elephant.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Railways

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:33:11 +0100

Stop moaning. The work will be finished in a few weeks. St Pancras took years and if you think it happened without disruption then you clearly wern't using it!

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Garden Bridge

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:01:16 +0100

Very happy that this thread (started in Aug 2014) has almost come to an end with news of the demise of this vanity project. The community had really come together to fight the GBT/CSCB/Lambeth from allowing this wasteful vanity project to be built upon a public right of way. We're fed up of being exploited and cheated out of land intended for the community. Of course those responsible for allowing this to happen must be brought to account. TCOS are calling for exactly that

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Garden Bridge

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:18:37 +0100

Walked across Waterloo Bridge tonight, wonderful sunset view, if I knew how to upload a photo I would. And I gave a little prayer of thanks that it will never be spoilt by the toffs idiocy.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:38:17 +0100

the cellar doors were open this lunch time (in pavement) and it looked like booze was being delivered.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:38:49 +0100

That is quite odd!

Here is the menu in case anyone's interested. Interestingly it seems to only have soft drinks on it.

Do they still have a license? I imagine they must do if you had a bottle of wine. Strange no alcohol is listed though

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:23:27 +0100

Bit confused here. 6.42pm menu up, but no sign of being open. 40 mins later someone appears to have eaten the amazing food (two main courses it sounds like) and polished off a bottle of wine! Have I misunderstood / got the wrong end of the stick? (It wouldn't be the first time!!)

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Rats in Emma Cons Gardens

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:49:32 +0100

[quote beetroot]Although I am someone that loves rats I do accept we can't have infestations of wild ones around. Poisoning is cruel and not even very effective. I would say eDWaRD WooDWaRD's method is actually the most humane (and effective) there is.[/quote]Well, it was definitely effective.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: The Goldsmith

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:21:55 +0100

food is amazing, the chef is didn't see him, but i could smell the food down the road. i had the chermoula hake and caramelised chicken and almond pastilla and a bottle of NZ Savignon Blanc, Mohua... staff seemed really nice too. really promising.

[SE1 Discussion] Re: Kwikfit NKR redevelopment

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:07:47 +0100

I've not seen any info about where the nearest one will be once this closes or indeed what the timetable is for this ... if they don't have planning approval yet it must be a while away I guess.