Blackheath Local Assembly

Blackheath assembly

I had a really interesting morning at the Blackheath Local Assembly today at the new St Matthew Academy (if anyone wants an example of how the Labour government has invested in inner city schools, then a trip to St Matthew would be a good place to start).  

I was pleased to be on hand to help out with questions on the regeneration of the Heathside & Lethbridge Estate  and the thorny of issue of whether or not a formal zebra crossing is required on Royal Parade in Blackheath Village. There were also good discussions on the changes proposed by South Eastern at Lewisham Station and the impact of reduced train services from Blackheath to Cannon Street in the morning rush hour (see my other posts on these topics).

The Assembly also allocated its £10,000 locality fund and its remaining Mayor’s Fund. The following groups and projects received funding:

Heathside and Lethbridge Community Hall (£2000 for a TV, Karaoke machine and DVD player for use by both the youth project and elderly people’s group that meet at the centre)

BMX Course as part of the Blackheath Bike & Kite Festival 2010 (c£4000 for a race course to be erected at the Festival and – as I understand it – some work in local schools in the week of the Festival)

Get the Message Murals Project (c£4000 for a group of young people to work on a local graffiti mural and to better understand the rights and wrongs on graffiti in different situations and locations)

Age Exchange (c£2000 for new tables and chairs – most of the current chairs were present at the opening of the charity 22 years ago and have probably come to the end of of their useful life!)

Heathside & Lethbridge Over 50s Christmas Lunch (£850 for a slap up meal and festive entertainment on the estate)

Outdoor Historical Theatre Walk (c£4000 to a local theatre company to work with the community on a historical walk/performance in summer 2010)

New Bench for Blackheath Village (£600 for a new bench outside The Crown in the Village)

Blackheath Village Christmas Lights (£980 for some technical work to make this year’s lights even better)

Learning for Life (a project to raise aspirations in young people)

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