Letters to the editor 05/04/18

(05 April, 2018)

This week you wrote to use about Rotherhithe parking changes, Kennington Chartist Project, and Angelica the Rottie


Radical changes in car parking in Rotherhithe

Residents of Rotherhithe may be surprised to learn about the radical changes to the local area now being pushed through by Southwark Council.

Much of the existing parking will be removed from Rotherhithe Street, Railway Avenue and Canon Beck Road, as well as smaller sections of numerous other local roads.  With a loss of around 50 parking spaces this will greatly inconvenience those who park in this area, and residents of nearby streets, such as Isambard Place and Clifton Place, will find their roads become clogged up by cars displaced from other roads.

The end result will be major inconvenience to residents over a wide area, but the current council shows no signs of listening to local residents or taking their views into account, and there is only a short window of time for residents to make their concerns heard.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about the proposals and what they might mean can contact me at rotherhithe.parking@gmail.com

Andy Hind, Rotherhithe 


Celebrating Kennington Park’s historic past

In the spring of 1848, as revolution and unrest consumed Europe, Kennington was at the centre of the fight for social justice in Britain.

Tens of thousands of people gathered on Kennington Common on the 10th of April, demanding the right to vote.

The Chartist movement was a popular campaign that saw working people come together behind the Charter’s six demands for democratic reform, at a time when only those with land and property were allowed to vote.

The story of the Chartists’ fight for justice included dedicated women’s groups, and inspirational figures such as Anne Knight, who produced what is thought to be the earliest leaflet on women’s suffrage, and the radical William Cuffay, son of an emancipated slave.

Fast forward to 2018 — when Brexit, Trump, #Metoo and Black Lives Matter are in the news, amid fears of a breakdown in democratic values — and it’s time to ask – What is the legacy of #Kennington 1848 today?

Join us in Kennington Park to mark the 170th anniversary, and to launch a series of walks, talks, workshops and events for all the community, to celebrate our local park’s dramatic place in the history of protest and democracy.

Commemoration and Project Launch: Tuesday April 10th  2018, Kennington Park

A flag bearer will walk from each of the four meeting points of the Chartists in 1848, representing the four divisions of London Chartists:

Join us in Kennington Park at 10.45 to welcome the arrival of the four flag bearers. Followed by walks at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Kennington Chartist Project, kenningtonchartistproject.org, @kennington1848


Heart heroes search

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is launching their Heart Hero Awards 2018 and asking for people to nominate their heart hero.

The awards, which are now in their 4th year, recognise the different ways people fight heart disease.

This year there are three categories: Healthcare Hero, Young Heart Hero and the Inspiration Award.

The Healthcare Hero award will recognise a doctor, nurse, or person working in a healthcare setting who has made a special effort to make a difference to the life of a heart patient or their family.

The Young Heart Hero award will go to an exceptional person under the age of 18 years who has done something amazing for the BHF and is a source of inspiration to others.

The Inspiration award will recognise a person who inspires others through their determination and dedication. Whether that is through their fundraising efforts, taking part in a physical challenge, organising an event, or volunteering activities.

Nominations are open until the 11 May at 4pm. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner that will take place in London on the 5 October 2018.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive at BHF said: “Heart and circulatory disease impacts on the lives of millions of people across the UK. Yet, there are so many ordinary people who, when confronted with that challenge, are doing extraordinary things.

“The heart hero awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who are working selflessly to make life better for other people.

“So if you know someone who is making a difference then please put their name forward so that their contribution can be recognised and honoured.”

You can nominate someone for a heart hero award at bhf.org.uk/heartheroes


Looking for an angel?       

Angelica is her name, and angelic is her nature!

This gorgeous girl is looking for a more relaxed household where she can settle in her own time.

Angelica can be quite shy at first, therefore new owners should allow her time to settle and get comfortable.

Although she is sensitive around unknown people, she is quick to build a bond and will happily lap up all the attention you can give her.

She is great around other dogs and has previously lived with children.

If you are looking for a squishy Rottie in your life, then Angelica is the girl for you!

To meet Angelica, please contact Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s London centre on 0843 509 4444 .Reference: 362515


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