I’m not as patient as I’d like to be. Rather than wait for announcements as to what is going to replace Catford Mews I went digging. Brace yourselves.

Poundland has applied for planning permission for “the display of two internally illuminated signs and a projecting sign at Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, SE6.”

You can check out the photos to see what we can expect.

The planning application can be found on the Council’s website.

Note at the bottom of the application that the case has not been decided yet and there are no appeals against it.

Catford already has a Poundstretcher and a 99p shop. I’m all for saving the pennies but do we really need another one of these shops? I’d take Primark over Poundland anyday of the week!

 

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Colin
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Not another Pound land/stretcher ! I though Catford was being regenerated ! As on twitter discussion we need a arts / museum / galleria / uber cafe space, the mews is an ideal space, and a space it is! Come on Lewisham council, sort it out !

What can we all do to disway this application and air our views / demands / wants.. It is after all ‘us’ who pay council / business rates ?? !!

I heard Catford was the next East Dulwich. I’m sure they use wooden products there. Not the polluting plastic ones, here ??

Alan Smith
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Alan Smith

I hear a lot of people saying “come on, what we need is…” what I dont hear is anyone saying ” I’ll take the risk of setting up a….” councils cannot take risks with council tax payers money, and Primark did not apply for the lease. If you want something to happen then get off you’re a*se and do something.

Cat woman
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Cat woman

Dear Alan
I suspect we will indeed get off our ar*es and spend our money elsewhere.
Kind Regards
Catwoman.

Cat woman
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Cat woman

That should be “your a*se” not “you’re a*se”. Standards really are dreadful in this borough.

Ernest
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Ernest

What we really need is a decent bakers, fishmongers, cafe – you have to troop miles just to get some basics. Disaappointing also that the independent butcher on the high street was priced out and a Subway opened up. Short term thinking by the council!

sandrina
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sandrina

Hi..Does anyone know if the faction bookshop moved somewhere else?Went there today and didnt know that it was closed down,feel really sad,it was quite an amazing bookshop,and if its true to be replaced for a pound land,is rather sad indeed..

Cat woman
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Cat woman

Faction have a sign up. Think they may be opposite Iceland. Perhaps they have a stall?

sandrina
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sandrina

no,they moved to Lee but its not open yet..

LES
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LES

LES FACTION says “my bookshop has survived the Catford Mews massacre and has moved to Lee (opposite Wetherspoons and Iceland) now THE FACTION BOOKSHOP is in premises 4 times the size with the second floor devoted to Records,and my collecton of 2,500 video titles! It would be great to see some of my old Catford Mews customers again-i`m still getting in late but can stay open until 7pm now to try and make up for it Ha ha Thanks to all who showed concern – come in for free Tea and coffee and see my 6ft M Monroe statue-cheers-Les

andre
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andre

I remember talking to the owner on the last the mews was opened and he said he had a new place somewhere on lee high road but can’t remember where exactly but it’s opposite some big shop or something.

Chris
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Chris

The Faction Bookshop has relaunched in Lee Gate, Lee Green – just opposite Iceland. The new space he’s in is great and there’re two floors, however he could really do with some visitors so please try and drop by. Thanks. 🙂

jaize
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jaize

Interesting… it will certainly be another fail by the council if Poundland move in. I assume that it is already a done deal if they have applied for planning to approve signage changes. It also goes slightly against the council’s own UDP Policy documentation that states, “To sustain and promote the vitality and viability of the existing shopping centres in the Borough and ensure that the level and range of facilities are appropriate to the role and function of the particular centre in the shopping hierarchy.”
Or are they saying that all Catford deserves is lowest common denominator outlets?
If you are reading this Lewisham, putting a shiney new shop in a drab part of a neglected area of the Borough does not constitute regeneration!

Cat woman
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Cat woman

That is exactly what they are saying.

Nik
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Nik

I agree that the existing shops have to be given the opportunity to stay but new ones should be selected in view of the improvement of the area, what people need and want. I am sure there will be independent small businesses wanting to position themselves in a new developed area full of potential. We need to feed the potential with good trades.

Max Calo'
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Max Calo'

Interesting that Cllr Smith (hi) says he’s not prepared to take risks with public money when on the Councils’ own website the Q&A page about the regeneration of Catford says this about the Mews and the traders just evicted:

“Isn’t this a big risk to take in the current environment?

Despite the economic situation the Centre has a high percentage of units let, with new leases being negotiated on the units currently empty, and is popular with retailers. We have carried out a full assessment of the risks and are confident that the money invested is secure. ”

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/regeneration/Pages/Catford.aspx

carol
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carol

we dont need another poundland, we really should have something else, even though i love my bargains it still would be nice to have something different. GOOOD LUUUUCK ANYWAY….

Nanna Liz
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Nanna Liz

I have either worked or lived in Catford since 1985……and have been waiting for the change to come. I really do believe it will. The housing is wonderful (and Milford Towers, is going)..the surrounding areas have been placed on the tube …so watch this space is what I say.

Catford has become a mixed and vibrant community..yes it has an unfair share of hostels and rehabs..but it is interesting and just needs a little shove in the right direction.

I want Catford to be a trendy place to go.. nice market stalls and somewhere to catch up with friends. Come on then let’s make it happen!!!! I’m up for it are you?

Nanna Liz

http://nannaliz.blogspot.com

CAzT
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CAzT

To help improve the area we need to support the area. That means helping in the little ways we can like signing the petition to save the Catford Bridge Tavern for a start!

http://www.catfordbridgetavern.com/

and visiting the new Sunday market to show support.

bringo
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bringo

You say “doomed to be cheap” like it’s a bad thing. That’s what a lot of people round here want and need. If you want overpriced tat go to Ladywell or Brockley.

As for “doomed to be cheerless” – I guess it just depends what bits of Catford you’re spending your social life in…