OK, having been pretty scathing of the Brockley PFI in the previous post, I just wanted to touch upon a couple of positive things that have happened recently and are planned over the forthcoming weeks.
Back in June, I posted about a petition organised by residents of Foxborough Gardens, calling for a playground on the estate, which I presented to the Mayor. Since then, rather than sitting back on their laurels, residents have formally established a tenants and residents association (TRA) and are planning a fun day on Saturday 30th August. The purpose of the event is two-fold. Firstly, and obviously, for the community to have fun, but secondly, they are also hoping to raise money to put towards a playground on the estate. A bouncy castle, magician, face-painting and BBQ are just a few of the many attractions planned for the day.
Foxborough Gardens TRA are also bidding for some of the £1m that Lewisham has got to improve play areas in the borough. Along with other organisations and communities, they will be giving a presentation to the Mayor at an event on Saturday 13th September. The Mayor will then decide which 6 projects will get funding in the first year, and years 2 and 3 of the funding.
Pinnacle's tenant and residents' participation officer, Jim, has been supporting residents in getting this off the ground and I've been very impressed in how the community is working together on this.
So why the picture of Punch and Judy? Well, residents are keen to have a Punch and Judy show at the Fun Day, but are struggling to find someone to do this. So if you know anyone who does Punch and Judy (you know, lots of domestic violence, police brutality, dog stealing sausages etc), let me know and I will pass it on to the residents.
And don't forget to come along on the day - Saturday 30th August, 12-6pm - fun and for a good cause!