Streatham roundup - Issue 13
It's been a gorgeously bright Springtime since our last issue came out. We've very much enjoyed bright blooms of picture shares on social media of beautiful flowers on the Common, on window ledges and all across Streatham. Streatham is looking truly spectacular in May and we look forward to a great summer. There is much about to happen just this month but first a few things we've seen over the past few weeks...
Several local boys and girls were selected to run the last 3 miles of the London Marathon route as part of the young peoples' Mini-marathon. All finished in good time and all but one of the U13s beat Romeo Beckham to the finish. Well done! Most are members of our local athletics club Herne Hill Harriers competed at the Herne Hill Open on the first May Bank Holiday then hauled in more gold at the Surrey Championships with one Championship Best Performance (CBP) on the day and several others were just tenths of a second off further CBPs.
From outside sports to inside sports, the news is just out that legendary British Ice Hockey legend Nicky Chinn has signed for the Streatham Redskins for next season and we look forward to silverware coming home to the Ice Arena. We've seen another precious metal haul from our local ice dance couples too, as Natalie Nicoll and Theodore Alexander took golds at Murrayfield then took 1st and 2nd places at Streatham in the Solo and Couples Competition 2015. Well done them!
There were celebrations aplenty in town as local luminary Brian Bloice was greeted by Boris Johnson and Val Shawcross in a reception for the Brixton, Clapham and Streatham Societies amongst other similar groups. Later in the week he and others from the Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society accepted a special award for the society's 50th anniversary (Brian has been a member for all 50 years as well) and they were feted at a supper afterwards organised by the mayors of Lambeth and Southwark that evening.
In a bit of vicarious celebration, we're pleased that Streatham boy-done-good Roger Knight was named President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (Lords) and will take office from 1 October. We think a blue plaque is due on a local house after 1 October as well.
We were at the South London Islamic Centre for the pre-application consultation on re-building the old fire engine station into a four-story mosque able to cater for 1,000 worshippers at a time. The meeting was moderately attended and local residents expressed their opinions and concerns over the building plans. Many of these centred around parking issues and the scale of the building. Woodmansterne Primary School has submitted an application for planning consent to expand its primary school and build a secondary school on the site. Woodmansterne also held a consultation on its grounds where residents were able to see the plans and the sequence of building. If the plans gain consent the new secondary will be the first built in Streatham in decades and address a woeful lack of secondary places.
Along the theme of planning, Streatham Action has responded to residents' reaction to extraordinary planning decisions by creating a Planning Action Group reporting to the main Streatham Action committee. The Planning Action Group is posting every planning application to the Streatham Action website, will scrutinise every application and work out ways of enabling residents to make their voice heard on controversial applications early in the process. See www.streathamaction.org.uk for more.
In a month when a pedestrian was killed and several injured, Lee was attacked and injured by a cyclist when he confronted him over jumping a pedestrian crossing on a green man putting him and his little boy in danger. Extraordinarily, the cyclist seemed to think he wasn't subject to the highway code. We have confirmed that nothing could be further from the truth.
Finally we want to say a word of praise for Frances of Hideaway. We have not only enjoyed blues, soul and some superb swing shows this month, but she has graciously lent the club to hosting the Friends of Streatham Common comedy night and the Streatham Festival fundraiser auction as well. If you missed the Friend comedy night you really missed an amazing show. It was worth it for Bob Mills' MC'ing but the lineup was first class as well. We had a great time with an generous bunch at the Streatham Festival fundraiser too, where donated goods and services were auctioned off to raise money for the festival. This year's take almost doubled last year's and many put their hands up to have an estate agent's board at their house to raise further funds too. Huge thanks to Hideaway for being big supporters of local culture and initiatives!