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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:38:01 +0100

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Re: Small electrical device disposal

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:38:01 +0100

As a small update, I discovered that the City of London has some pink electrical recycling bins on their estates... so if anyone's passing though they may be worth looking up!

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/household-waste-and-recycling/Pages/household-recycling.aspx

I've just seen the bulky waste collection cost is now £16 for Southwark - last time I looked it was £8! I'm not surprised everyone is fly-tipping their old furniture etc outside my block now!

Marge



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:53:26 +0100

Totally Failing London sounds about right, Tom!



Re: The Fire

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:27:57 +0100

Strange then Paramount that sprinklers are routinely fitted in the investment properties all around us. These cannot be for "vulnerable residents" but for vulnerable investments.
"Because they are worth it" perhaps?



Re: Coliving

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:07:09 +0100

Maybe it helps to produce effective planning objections (I got answers for my questions / concerns): http://www.hampdenfieldsactiongroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/HowtoobjecttoaplanningapplicationEbook.pdf

http://www.iobject.co.uk/

http://www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid/neighbourhood-planning/

Please, bear in mind try to be less emotional and more practical your objection... like:

2., Travel plan - RESIDENTAL TRAVEL PLAN, page 1, 1.3 point: "The site is in a highly accessible area and the development does not provide any car parking."

(How about this part of the development, think about disabled persons, offices, sub contractors...)

The travel plan of the development listing the public transport and car clubs opportunities as a main travel solution to the coliving residents but as a local resident I know how weak the capacity of those services.
The C10 bus route are constantly need improvements because one of the worst bus route of London, 2009: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4221 2014: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/7438
The Borough Tube Station also has weak access / service and no step free access from to the South platform: https://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/borough-tube-station-london

Page 11, 3.21 point, Table 3.3 The cited car club opportunities are only existing on papers, 1-2 cars / locations. If you check the availability of the cars in the peak times than only vans will be available.

Page 9, Table 3.1 the cited Tesco Express is still overcrowded in the peak times and not suitable for decent shopping. The closest supermarkets on the Old Kent Rd 20-30 mins far.

(need more works on the above text...)



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:19:49 +0100

[quote Gavin Smith]Transport for London is, steadily, ruining London's roads. It's happening everywhere. Too many traffic lights and not enough time for traffic of any description to progress through. The new configuration at the Elephant has been tweaked but the fact remains that it's rubbish. Certain junctions just need a roundabout. The Elephant is one and Waterloo Bridge south-side is another.[/quote]

Just one of the reasons why London's finest, (black cab drivers), say that T.F.L. stands for Totally Failing London.



Re: The Fire

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:10:33 +0100

Southwark council say sprinklers only to befitted in care homes for vulnerable residents but there are vulnerable residents in regular social and private housing etc



Any unwanted trees or large shrubs - I'd collect

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:30:29 +0100

I've decided to sort out my old yard, and what it could really do with is some trees and shrubs.
I'd love any unwanted trees or large shrubs you might not want or need to clear away?
The yard does not get much direct sunlight, but anything would be considered.
More than happy to remove and take-way.
I am off Long Lane, SE1, so ideally that area but have transport.
Please let me know if you have anything you don't want.



Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:08:05 +0100

[quote MarcoC][quote John C]A friend was reminiscing recently about the good old days, when you could walk the whole length of Bermondsey Street and not find anywhere you could buy a cup of real coffee. Now, as they say, 'Wake up and smell the coffee'.

Personally all I want in a coffee shop is a double espresso - no froth, no whipped cream, no cinnamon flavouring, no coconut sprinkles - and NO INTERNET. Why should I pay for my coffee and then find nowhere to be sit down because every table is

occupied by someone working on






their laptop? (Starbucks take note.)




Have they got no office to go to? Are




they too mean to pay for their own

broadband?



Costa cafe bar The Cut is usually full of business meetings laptops etc. Quite correct. They should go rent an office space somewhere. And if you are in n out as I usually am these people the gall to stare at you as if you have grown horns etc. Perhaps they want an autograph!


Please point me to some local 'no internet' coffee shops.[/quote]

I don't mind people quietly working on their laptops, but I hate with a passion people having business meetings and job interviews at Coffee shops. Grumpy old men of the world, unite and take over![/quote]



Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:59:58 +0100

[quote SandyPandy]It might take the pressure off queuing for Waitrose's free coffees, although we do have a choice of sitting six abreast by the window, staring out at the traffic and getting an occasional wave, or sitting al fresco on the pavement with the odd whiff of diesel fumes wafting into our lungs. I do love eccentric small cafés, I'll be at the new one, the person with Waitrose bags actually savouring my drink.[/quote] Love it' nice one Sandy Pandy



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:17:59 +0100

The detailed drawing is here: [url=https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/waterloo-roundabout/user_uploads/waterloo-overview-1.pdf]https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/waterloo-roundabout/user_uploads/waterloo-overview-1.pdf[/url]

I wondered about the bus stops too, it appears there will still be a dedicated lane but narrower than the existing. And they're achieving this by taking a big bite out of the pedestrian space the other side of the road, in front of the church. The subway there is being closed as well, so anyone who walks that side of the road will have to wait for the traffic lights.

Don't want to be negative but I don't really see any advantages.



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:27:23 +0100

As a bus user, I'd say that's bad news if true. TfL have already slowed down bus routes across Westminster & Blackfriars bridges, and Tower Bridge is often gridlocked since it's on the edge of the C charge. Waterloo Bridge is the only one that's fairly free flowing.



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:54:26 +0100

I am also disappointed. It is a very easy junction to negotiate for cyclists so I don't know what they're going on about. I think they just want to prettify the area. Another useless piazza again.
Also wondering about bus stops, will the traffic have to wait for every single bus to load/offload their passengers? It is a very busy road so near the ambulance centre, not sure it is a good idea to clog their access.
Not sure what they are currently doing on the South side of Westminster bridge, that roundabout has been changed so many times over the years.



Re: Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:38:36 +0100

Transport for London is, steadily, ruining London's roads. It's happening everywhere. Too many traffic lights and not enough time for traffic of any description to progress through. The new configuration at the Elephant has been tweaked but the fact remains that it's rubbish. Certain junctions just need a roundabout. The Elephant is one and Waterloo Bridge south-side is another.



Waterloo roundabout round the bend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:43 +0100

I see from the news page that TFL are sufficiently pleased with the alterations to Elephant & Castle roundabout that they're going to do the same at Waterloo.

I was surprised to read this passage on the [url=https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/waterloo-roundabout/?cid=waterloo-roundabout]TFL site[/url], talking about removing "some" of the subways: "The subways can be unpleasant and divisive, inaccessible to large sections of the community".

As a cyclist and occasional motorist, I'm disappointed as it's currently a pretty quick junction to negotiate. Especially southbound to get off the bridge and onto Waterloo Road, which can often be done without stopping. The changes will introduce traffic light controls on every road and no doubt each will have pedestrian timings as well. Hence I presume it's going to be a lot slower, as E&C seems to be now for all traffic (including buses and pedestrians).

As a pedestrian, well I've never been to the Imax anyway. When I want somewhere pleasant to walk I take the back streets to the south bank.

Just in general, it seems like a lot of effort and building work and disruption for something that will make transport generally worse and more confusing, but might make a few square yards outside Waterloo station a bit more tourist-friendly.



Re: Cleaner, home or office

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:34:54 +0100

Hello everyone...our cleaner is still looking for some new clients as 2 have gone away on long term travels or employment so he has some gaps to fill.....many thanks...



Re: The Fire

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:01:21 +0100

Just listening to Ben Okri on Channel Four news reading his poem about the Grenfell fire. Very moving.



Re: Gardener

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:57:41 +0100

Hello Pauline80 - yes I did, and I've sent you a private message.



Re: Coliving

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:50:23 +0100

Good afternoon all,

Following last week's extremely tense meeting with the developers (who sneaked in their planning application submission whilst stalling all requests for proper neighbours' consultation) many residents, and in particular those who would be more directly affected by the proposed development, are scrambling to comment on the planning application.

Already 13 comments are visible on Southwark Council planning portal, and they pretty much summarise all the negative feelings aired at the meeting.

One thing that isn't mentioned in any comment as yet (raised earlier in this thread), is that the Victorian centre portion of the existing building complex would be completely demolished - even though the matter was criticised by the Authorities during previous planning application reviews (also visible on the portal).

Anyway... it would be good if you could also review the planning application and post your views. The deadline is this Sunday 2 July.

http://planbuild.southwark.gov.uk
17/AP/2122
then click "make a public comment"

Regards
Marco



Re: Charge for tennis courts

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:40:08 +0100

I am not opposed to the idea as long as it remains reasonably priced. At least we get a better chance of actually getting a court when we want one.



Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:03:32 +0100

That's a real shame that they're not open at weekends. Would have though there would be demand.



Re: Tanner Street traffic calming measures

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:51:49 +0100

I spoke to Councillor Damien O'Brien from Southwark Council about 2 weeks ago. He told me that the council had agreed a strategy of making Tanner Street 1 way with traffic flow going east and Leathermarket Street also 1 way with traffic going west. This after I asked about the 1 way road change at the south end of Guy's Hospital on Snowsfield between Crosby Row and Kipling Street which they have managed to find time to do. Apparently this will happen towards the end of summer. But still no news on opening up the north end of Weston Street to access St Thomas Street. Has anyone else heard anything as this seems to go on for ever...despite the meeting at Southwark's office last year with all the "interested parties".



Re: Charge for tennis courts

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:33:32 +0100

What ever happened to the plan for tennis court bookings at Tanner Street Park? It would be great to be able to book at least some of the time (maybe 3 evenings and one day on the weekend?) so that those of us who don't have schedules that allow us to queue for hours or to play at less busy times could actually use the courts as well.



Re: Pimlico Plumbers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:52:19 +0100

Terrible story. I had a similar experience with PP. They gave me the same money-grubbing obfuscations about "trying to find parts" - at my expense of course. In the end they never brought the correct part, did a botch job and charged me anyway for something which broke weeks later. I then got onto Darren Hanratty, following a recommendation on here, and he sorted it for me permanently for half their money. Tried taking action with PP but they're obviously well used to complaints and I didn't have the funds to take it further.



Re: New cinema at Borough Market

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:33:14 +0100

Thanks janefs. I'll stay open to the possibilty that they may be able to make something work that's fair. I'll keep watching...



Re: New cinema at Borough Market

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:03:38 +0100

I've been to a couple of Everyman cinemas, I like the idea. Shame about the 0 hour contracts, I wasn't aware of that.



Re: New cinema at Borough Market

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:44:53 +0100

[quote beetroot]I know it looks like a good idea at first but that company are very nasty and treat their staff like crap. Bit of a stain on the area.[/quote]

For a bit of more informative background, the following is from an article about the expansion of the Everyman chain, published last year:

'The appeal of the boutique chains has been tarnished by rows over the use of zero-hours contracts and low pay. All the boutique chains have been criticised and Everyman continues to use zero-hours contracts, which do not promise regular hours to staff. Poor pay and conditions grates when punters are paying as much as £18.50 a pop to watch a film.

Lilly says dropping the flexibility of zero-hours agreements “could seriously compromise the efficiency of the business because of the way admissions come and go”. But the group has been experimenting with guaranteed monthly hours at its Birmingham branch and now plans to roll out the scheme to one or two other cinemas in the near future. “We think we could find a middle ground that will work well,” he says.'

In full: [url=https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/05/everyman-the-chain-pushing-to-bring-home-cinema-to-the-high-street]here[/url]



Re: SE1 website

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:32:11 +0100

I'm adding my thanks and hurrahs for James and his Dad - and if anyone reading this hasn't yet signed up to a monthly standing order/direct debit, please do! For only £5 a month it's great value and I rely on this website - especially the Discussion Forum - to keep me informed about local events, occurrences (and the BBC website for stuff going on elsewhere).



Re: SE1 website

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:04:26 +0100

James for Mayor!!!! Or at least to be given the right to herd llamas over London Bridge on the thirteenth Sunday of the eleventyth month, or something...



Re: Coffee shops in Elephant/Blackfriars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:37:33 +0100

Wandered down to the new one at St George's Circus on Saturday morning and was irked to find them not open at weekends. These trendies haven't got much of a work ethic.



Re: New cinema at Borough Market

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:49:53 +0100

I know it looks like a good idea at first but that company are very nasty and treat their staff like crap. Bit of a stain on the area.