The Streatham Roundup - Issue 36

The Streatham Police Base update – We attended the public meeting on the future of the Police Base and learned some very interesting detail. Firstly the Police Base will not be closed but will remain a base for neighbourhood police to use for shift work. This is because the lease signed 8 years ago has 7 years left to run thus the base will remain used until at least 2024. The front counter, however, requires staffing. We pointed out to the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) representative there that opening from 5-10pm evenings would cost far less and receive far more footfall (the key usage measurement, as we’ve reported previously) because more people would be back home and off work to be able to report in person. They have promised to take this information back to The Met for review. We also spoke to the BID and others who might be persuaded to contribute to the cost of front counter staff for reporting. Watch this space.

Speaking of the BID (the inStreatham Business Improvement District), they have launched their 5-yearly campaign to re-ballot all businesses next February. You’ve seen the banners, the hanging flower baskets, the new indie cafés and the two (2!) Marks and Spencers arriving any day, much of this is the coordinated effort by the BID to make Streatham a welcoming place to new businesses. Jake, who owns Brickwood Coffee, said at a recent BID networking event “the BID has provided outstanding service and help with us getting up and running.” Afterwards the owner of Exhibit said “Streatham has seen visible changes and improvements in the last few years. The obvious investment in the area, the community focus and the ongoing commitment from the BID to improve the area contributed towards our decision to expand to Streatham. We are very happy to be here.” It’s critically important that residents make clear to business owners who are unsure that they must vote YES next February.

The Little Big Peace event took place over three days in September to mark International Day of Peace. Several schools in the area held simultaneous assemblies for peace and Hideaway hosted a free evening of film and music whilst White Lion Stables  and the Gracefield Gardens Health centre hosted drop-in events for the public.

Finally we were dazzled by the glitter of the Streatham Free Film Festival showing of Moulin Rouge at Hideaway then swept up to St Margaret’s lovely new facilities in Streatham Hill for The Princess Bride. Apologies to any who overhead us quoting along to the films as they’re two of our faves!