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Brockley residents petition on HGVs after accidents

Brockley residents petition on HGVs after accidents

CLM-809393 Brockley residents have petitioned for heavy goods vehicles to be banned on a local residential road following a “nearly fatal” accident. Members of Drakefell Road Action Group are preparing to give a presentation to Lewisham Council on November 26 after submitting a petition. The road has been the scene of…

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six more schools in Lewisham are due to be turned into academies, a meeting of the local National Union of Teachers last night was told. The meeting was organised to set in motion a campaign to defend Lewisham’s primary and secondary schools from privatisation. Rob Johnson, a driving force of the…

Bullock speaks out with UN gender violence campaign

Bullock speaks out with UN gender violence campaign

The Mayor of Lewisham has spoken out against gender-based violence as part of a project run by a women’s welfare group. Sir Steve Bullock is one of six men who took part in “The Voice of Male Allies”, a series of audio recordings in which men talk about their experience and knowledge…

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

A teacher who had three proposals for a free school rejected by the Department for Education last year has acquired premises for an independent, fee paying school. Kay Johnston, a literacy and special education needs teacher decided there was “too much politics” with free schools. The independent school will focus…

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

The Trussell Trust is opening a new foodbank centre in St James Church in New Cross next week. The past 12 months have seen a record number of clients over the organisation’s 14-year history. From November 17, the new centre will be open between midday and 2pm every Monday. This will be…

London Overground launches first ever five-carriage train

London Overground launches first ever five-carriage train

London Overground has launched its first five-carriage train to be used by the public between Highbury and Islington and West Croydon next week, as part of Transport for London’s planned £320 million improvements to the rail network. Isabel Dedring, the Deputy Mayor for Transport, unveiled the train in New Cross…

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

A victory rally replaced St Mungo’s Broadway’s planned strike action today, after executives agreed to meet union demands. Workers at the homeless charity, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, were set to strike for ten days as bosses announced a £5,000, or 19 per cent, pay cut for new…

Teachers vote to strike despite new Ofsted report

Teachers vote to strike despite new Ofsted report

Teachers in Lewisham have voted for further strike action despite the release of a report from education secretary, Nicky Morgan that was sympathetic to teacher’s workloads. The document aimed to “dispel myths” about teaching requirements. It clarified that teachers don’t have to submit lesson plans, self-evaluations or “excessive collections” of pupils’ work to Ofsted…

“Divisive” clean-up results in immigration arrests

“Divisive” clean-up results in immigration arrests

A “clean-up” operation in Catford last week has been called “divisive” by the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network after it resulted in the arrests and reporting of six individuals for immigration offences. There were 14 premises visited on October 28 resulting in three arrests for immigration offences, three reports for immigration…

Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Health care for Lewisham patients with mental health problems has improved, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Lewisham’s Healthier Communities Select Committee, said that since April all patients who have been in hospitals run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) have received physical…