Thursday, 16 November 2017

Proposals for the redevelopment of Greenwich Magistrates’ Court, SE10 8PE

London Hotel Group (LHG) is working with Dexter Moren Associates, an award-winning architectural firm, on plans for the future of the former Greenwich Magistrates’ Court site and they are inviting Triangle residents to attend an exhibition preview to see their proposals. The public exhibition will be taking place at the former Greenwich Magistrates’ Court, 9 Blackheath Road, SE10 8PE at the following times:
•          Tuesday 21 November 4.00pm to 8.00pm.
•          Wednesday 22 November from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.
The preview will be an opportunity to meet the project team and discuss the plans ahead of the, wider consultation and prior to the submission of a planning application to the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The proposals are for yet another hotel that which claims to contribute to the area and enhances the site. LHG claim they will sensitively restore the Grade II listed court building, retaining public access to the key historic rooms, and are looking at options for the surrounding buildings. LHG are suggesting that their approach will be heritage led, with appropriate architecture and materials for new buildings on site that enhance the setting of the listed building and the conservation area.
Please find here a copy of the newsletter that has been sent out to Triangle residents, inviting them to the exhibition.

The ATA’s Planning and History Hubs will be closely reviewing the proposals and any application that is made, and we would encourage Triangle residents to attend the previews and voice their concerns - you are obviously also welcome to direct those to Simon Barrs on as well.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Greenwich driverless vehicles survey

MERGE Greenwich is a project designed to simulate how autonomous (driverless) vehicle ride-sharing could integrate with public transport systems in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) offer huge potential to revolutionise the way we perceive and use public transportation. The MERGE Greenwich project will simulate this, showing how passengers can cut travel costs by sharing vehicles with other passengers (ride-sharing) in AVs in real world situations, and help understand the roll out of AVs on UK roads.
A company called DG Cities is working in partnership with the MERGE Greenwich project and is conducting a survey to find out how individuals might respond towards an AV ride-share service. They will use the survey responses to help inform the outcome of the MERGE Greenwich project, and tailor the service design towards individual preferences.
Participants who take part in the survey would have the opportunity to win a £50 Amazon voucher.
Here is the link to the survey, which you are invited to participate in:

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A supper club comes to Greenwich, 18 November

Chef José, who used to live in the Triangle, has brought the supper club idea to Greenwich. Last weekend he held a cocktail event at the El Salvador embassy. This Saturday it's supper at the Trafalgar Café, 98 Trafalgar Road, SE10 9UW, at 7pm.  

José's wife, Anne-Claire, who used to help at our Street Party, says:

'The Trafalgar Café is nice as it looks cosy and peaceful to me.
The concept of a supper club is that everybody starts at the same time and gets the same menu (with exceptions for dietary requirements).
The idea is that you can sit with other people and meet them or have your own table depending on how many tables are available. On Saturday a group of six people have asked to be together.
Tickets are £35 per person bought in advance at the café or through José or myself. 
José provides tasting menus while other supper clubs may be simpler. There will be a Christmas tasting menu in December. 
There will be an option of pairing wines (in co-operation with the Theatre of Wine).
I thought this may be of interest for people in Greenwich as I don't think there is an equivalent in the area.'

Monday, 13 November 2017

Launch of two thrillers in WG Library, 21 November

Irena Hill of In-words says:

'The wonderful, independent publisher Cinnamon Press is returning to Greenwich on November 21st to launch two of their latest works of fiction, linked by one theme: they are both thrillers.

'Cold Crash
 by Jennifer Young is a fast-paced Cold War thriller; and The Kim’s Game by Stephanie Percival is a multi-layered noir (the Kim’s game is a memory game in which items set out on a tray disappear one by one…).
'Intrigued? Do come and hear more about and from them at West Greenwich Library.  

'7pm for a 7.30 start. Drinks and nibbles provided. The event is free.'

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A Vibrant Exhibition of Pastels and Drawings by Local Artists Cristiana Angelini and Irene Butcher at West Greenwich Library until 2nd December 2017.

Come and meet the Artists on Friday 24th November, 3pm - 4pm.
Ravens Manorbier castle gardens
Autumn still life
Sunflowers in charcoal

Still life pastel red grapes

Friday, 3 November 2017

Winter Security Tips and Safer Neighbourhoods Latest News

Hello everyone. We hope you are well now that the nights are drawing in and the days are getting shorter.

There has been another increase in residential burglaries in the Triangle from July - October 2017. Eleven burglaries, many of these in flats in Blackheath Road and Greenwich South Street, were notified to us by the Police at the October Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting.

You can take these extra steps to remain safe in and around your home and when out and about:
  • When walking alone at night stick to main well lit routes.
  • Be vigilant when using your phone when walking alone at night.
  • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically.
  • If you go out after dark, draw the curtains and leave some lights on.
  • Fit robust locks on windows and doors.  And remember to use them.
  • Never leave a spare key concealed near the front door (burglars know all the hiding places).
  • Stop letterbox burglaries by storing keys away from the front door.
  • Don't label house keys, in case you lose them.
  • If you live in a flat don't let strangers in via the entry phone system.
  • Try and keep valuables out of sight from windows.  
At the Neighbourhood Watch meeting, also held last month, Tina Gibbons of Trading Standards gave a short talk on doorstep crime, scams and bogus callers.
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There have been some worrying incidents where bogus callers have targeted and then charged elderly or vulnerable people for unnecessary repairs on guttering, leaking drains, missing roof tiles etc. Please look out for your neighbours particularly if they are elderly, be vigilant and report any bogus callers or rogue traders to the Police or Trading Standards on 020 8921 8223. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 for information about fraud and financially motivated crime.

Sadly our local West Greenwich police station in Burney Street has closed for good. The West Greenwich Safer Neighbourhoods Police team are now located in the Greenwich Park office by the Blackheath entrance gate. This is not a public office but they can be contacted in the following ways:

Phone: 020 8284 5494
E-mail: (PCSO Henry Lawton)

By mail: Greenwich Park Police Station, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Gate, Greenwich, SE10 8QY

David Scales/Tina Pugh
Security Hub

Monday, 30 October 2017

Probably last pix of the 2017 street party

Peter, Caroline and Alison look happy running the plant stall, as they usually do

Time for a pint: the young woman in the hat, then (from left) Tom, Nick and Julian

Ash Arms cricket captain Richard looks pensive over his pint

Tom, infrastructure king; Lee, face painting and children's crafts
(Infrastructure = positioning and putting-up of street party structures and electricals) 

Three generations veering towards the cakes: Susan (left) with little Elsie and her auntie Harriet
Another three generations: ATA vice-chair Robin with Martha and Eleni,
 while their mother, Andry, comes out of the pub gate 

Bobby with a bike: PC John Moody with ATA security rep and dog show organiser, Tina 

Clare Portman and Jo Honey, in splendid voice as ever

We loved the Harold Fergus Band singing us out: Lucy on harp, and Harold

Friday, 27 October 2017

Graham Fawcett's WH Auden night, November 1st

Irena Hill says: 
Graham Fawcett's Auden lecture/performance is next Wednesday, November 1st at 7pm (please arrive at 6.45) at the lovely Crypt of St Margaret's Church in Lee Terrace (entrance on Brandram Road)
Tickets (£12.50) on and at the door on the night.

Graham Fawcett says:

Dear Friends
Our 2017-2018 season of poetry nights launches again with Auden Night on the first of November. 

W H Auden was a giant among poets of his generation, a master-craftsman of metrical rhythms you can feel running like Swiss clockwork through his verse lines, and a wonderfully adventurous organist of the English language. Nourished by his Pennines childhood and the treasures of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, traveller to Iceland, China, Spain and Berlin, close-quarters commentator on politics, religion, philosophy, art and human relations, Auden translated his gifted perceptions into some of the finest and most substantial poems England and the world have ever seen.

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but
among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh”. 
“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” 
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about”.  
“When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes”. 

I saw Auden read four times; went, like most of the rest of his Oxford Union audience, to the pub with him after his reading that night; and will tell you more about those occasions when we meet.

Do come if you can ! It is recommended that tickets be booked in advance.

All best wishes

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Trick or treating in the Ashburnham Triangle

Tuesday 31st October, 6pm - 8pm
Following the great success of the last eight years we are once again organising for our children to be able to safely celebrate Halloween by trick or treating in the Ashburnham Triangle.
Participation is of course absolutely voluntary. If you are interested, on Halloween night please place the image above on your front door or window so that the children know at which houses to stop, and so that anyone not interested in participating is not inconvenienced. Or of course a jack-o-lantern would be even better!
For safety and hygiene may we kindly request that you please only give out wrapped or packaged sweets.
Happy Halloween!
posted by Tara MacNeil Veitch on the ATA Facebook page

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Saxon Wharf, Norman Road Public Exhibition

ATA members are invited to a public exhibition on developer proposals for 46 - 52 Norman Road - one of the existing sites on Norman Road which is currently occupied by a skip company. Two exhibitions are being held between 4pm and 8pm on Monday 30th October and Tuesday 31st October at the Gallery, West Greenwich Community & Arts Centre, Lovibond Lane, SE10 8JA.

Members are encouraged to attend to view the proposals and comment on the changing landscape, albeit outside of the Triangle.