Catford has a lot more to offer than disused land with burned out sofas on it, but you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise if all you’d seen is the station. This post is here to gauge support for getting a few people (and the Council!) together to spend a couple of hours clearing the fenced site between Catford Bridge Station and Doggett road. At a minimum, just clearing away the fly-tipped household rubbish would make a difference. It would certainly make me feel better as I traipse to the northern end of the platform to get the train every morning.
I’m not sure what else can be done with the site, either temporarily or permanently. It’s currently for sale by a private owner which in itself may pose a few problems in gaining access to the site and may also mitigate against doing anything more interesting/eye catching with the site long term (community garden anyone?). Nevertheless, it seems that a couple of hours spared moving some of the refuse away from the site would be a real improvement.
If you’re interested in taking part, or could spare some time at a later date to help out, drop a comment here, or let me know via twitter @thomtownsend. Similarly, if you’ve got any other ideas about what can be done with the space to improve it, get involved. My plan is to take a really obvious show of support for doing this to the next Rushey Green Assembly on 5 October (more details on (how to take part) and get the ball rolling.
There might be a million and one reasons why this idea is a non-starter (private land ownership, insurance etc. etc. Boring) but at least a legitimate show of support for an idea such of this should turn some heads with those who can help make it happen.
Guest post by Thom Townsend