Thursday 30 August 2018

Battle of the Hotels?

Whether in retaliation to proposals to redevelop the Magistrates Court into a 300 plus room hotel or just to annoy the neighbours even more, the owners of the now DoubleTree Hilton Hotel (Formerly The Mercure and then The Greenwich) on Catherine Grove in the Triangle have submitted yet another Planning Application to further redevelop the hotel to create an additional 42 rooms over an undercroft car park to the rear of the site.
The proposal (yet again another glass box topped extension) will have a hugely detrimental effect on the neighbouring properties on Burgos Grove whose rights of light will be affected by this development due to the proposed location and height resulting in an over massing of the rear of the site. The applicants Daylight and Sunlight Review prepared by CHP Surveyors supports this view by concluding that reductions in daylight experienced by a number of windows within the neighbouring properties would probably not be acceptable. Whilst CHP have offered alternative designs to mitigate this, these suggestions have not made it into the application.
There is no mention in the application of the need to fill the additional hotel rooms with coach parties and in fact they have submitted historic transport statements and servicing management plans so the flagrant onslaught of unwelcome coaches on Catherine Grove will only continue as the hotel attempts to fill a further 42 rooms.
The Planning Application can be found on the Council’s Planning Portal using the following reference 18/2181/O  - Comments for or against can be made on the portal or in writing using the same reference number (18/2181/O)  on Email to or by post to Andrew Thornley, Development Management, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Woolwich Centre, 5th Floor, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ.  The consultation period will be open until the 26th September 2018.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Amazing prizes at this year's Street Party raffle

We have some truly fantastic raffle prizes on offer this year. For the foodies, we have vouchers for meals out from the Ashburnham Arms, the Guildford Arms, Zeytin, Sticks’n’Sushi, Royal Teas, Richard I, Greenwich Meantime, No. 68 (formerly Buenos Aires cafĂ©), the Hill, the Prince of Greenwich, the Golden Chippy and others.
A lucky winner might win some lovely wines from Davy’s Wine Merchants. Or perhaps you will go home with some lovely flowers from the Flower Hut?
For beauty lovers we have been donated a basket of luxury skin products courtesy of Duncan’s pharmacy and vouchers for skin and hair treatments at Diava’s Studio, the Nova Aesthetic Clinic, Sarah Hair & Beauty and others.
With big thanks to Ellie Brown we also have on offer yoga class vouchers for the Greenwich Pilates Studio. Or perhaps you could try a violin lesson with Triangle resident and professional violinist Teodora Ilieva?
For the adventurous, did you know that London’s best indoor archery club is in the Triangle? Archery Fit, just off Greenwich High Road, has donated a fantastic raffle prize – an archery class for five participants to a value of £150! Or, if flying high above the crowd’s more your thing, we have a Sunday taster session for two at the AirCraft
Circus Academy.
David Lloyd Picture Framing has also offered a £100 voucher towards framing of your choice at
its shop.
Our kids raffle is especially great this year and filled with Smiggle (if you don’t know what Smiggle is, just ask your children) and other wonderful prizes donated by residents. Lucky children can win toys, boxes of sweets or even their own Bluetooth
headphones. Be sure to bring a pound or two to play the ‘Guess How Many Lego Bricks’ game for a chance to win an enormous jar of Lego.

Sunday 26 August 2018

More music at the Street Party

Joining the Street Party again this year is the HAROLD FERGUS BAND. Greenwich locals the Harold Fergus Band are influenced by The Beatles, America, John Martyn and Oasis.
Their music is a blend of melodic pop and folk, with their gentle niche being the way they blend catchy hooks with traditional folk. The music makes for easy listening whether you are being lulled by one of the band’s original songs or by a unique cover of a classic hit.

Saturday 25 August 2018

ATA charities

The ATA are delighted to let you know that we’ve sent donations on your behalf to the four charities that you chose to support through the fundraising activities of the ATA. They are

Tommy's exists to save babies' lives. They do this by funding medical research into the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications and loss, and provide evidence-based pregnancy information to parents-to-be.

Deborah Ubee Trust
The Deborah Ubee Trust aims to promote emotional health by provide counselling to those who are otherwise unable to access it, within the London boroughs of Greenwich

GRACE (Greenwich Refugee Aid & Community Enterprise)
Grace responds to the growing refugee crisis sending aid to those in need. We send clothing donations and essential supplies to (but not limited to) France, Greece and Syria. We also support similar groups and charities with their projects in the UK and beyond.

Water For Kids
In 20 years Water for Kids has transformed the lives of over 390,000 people. Water for Kids has improved health and education, reduced poverty and, above all, saved lives. Children have been able to attend school, because of fewer cases of diarrhoea, cholera and worms. A safe water supply means the community can grow food to eat and sell and can build better homes and new classrooms more easily.

We’ll be holding our annual Street Party this year on Sunday 16th September from 12 noon. Sponsored by Felicity J Lord, we’ll be donating further funds generated on the day to these charities and our projects in the triangle.

Thanks again for all your help and money raised.
Chris Ward

Friday 24 August 2018

Abba Chique at the Street Party

Loved Mama Mia? The most exciting addition to this year’s party is our showcase band ABBA CHIQUE, London’s best-loved ABBA tribute band. Their costumes and sound are fantastic and sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. Since 2009 the band have been performing sell-out ABBA tribute shows all over the UK and at various locations abroad. They recently performed at the popular London Pantomime Horse Race held in Greenwich to a packed crowd at the Prince of Greenwich pub.
We would like to invite all our children to participate in a 1970s ABBA-inspired fancy dress contest. All participants will be awarded a prize and there will be a special prize for the best outfit
and dancing!

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Watch out, summer burglars about!

Opportunist burglar gaining entry via an
open window
I've just been informed by our Safer Neighbourhood Police, that between the 19th and 20th August, there were two burglaries in the Crooms Hill area that occurred overnight. Access for both of these burglaries was gained through open windows; presumably left open due to the hot weather.

If you are going to sleep with windows left open, make sure they cannot be accessed via a wall, rainwater pipe, flat or pitched roof. Better still, fit window locks which allow you to open them a little for ventilation but not wide enough for a person to climb through.

But please remember to close and LOCK all windows and doors before you leave your property. 

Tina Pugh

Monday 20 August 2018

The Master Shipwright's House in Deptford

The Lenox Project is opening the Master Shipwright's House in Deptford for London Open House on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of September. Last year they welcomed more than a thousand people to the Master Shipwright's House during the Open House weekend. Visitors were able to enjoy this hidden gem, formerly part of the Deptford Royal Dockyard, and savour the views of the river.
They will be open again next month so come along to meet people from the Lenox Project, enjoy the house and grounds, and support them by buying refreshments or merchandise.

Saturday 22 September, 10am-5pm
Sunday 23 September, 10am-1pm
Master Shipwrights House, Watergate Street, Deptford SE8 3JF

If you would like to know more or volunteer to help, please visit The Lenox Project website.

Saturday 18 August 2018

Bakers wanted

Calling the great bakers of the Ashburnham Triangle! We need your cakes for the Street Party! Bring on the day between 11-1pm or you can email the ATA to make arrangements to leave beforehand.