Catford Bridge station clean up

Catford Bridge station clean up

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.

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Jenny T.
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Jenny T.

I’m interested! I think that this would make a big impact for relatively little work.

Pete
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Great idea – the area around the station is dismal! On one side of the platform there’s a dead yard with rubbish in it, in the photo you’ve shown on the other side there’s that knackered area with dumped sofas and overgrown vegetation; I’m not sure if the crumbling Catford Stadium sign is still there but the rusting and fenced-off pedestrian bridge is still there. You’re right, stepping off the train for the first time at Catford Bridge you wouldn’t get a good impression, regardless of where you look!

Thom Townsend (@thomtownsend)
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@Pete Couldn’t agree more. I know that the area between the stations is certainly ear-marked for attention as part of Council regeneration plans, although there is no timescale or concrete idea of what to do with it (see more here http://pages.citebite.com/w2x1u2j2l9yhq). Greyhound stadium redevelopment work with 500+ homes should start early 2014 and there is some vague notion of doing something about these lost pockets of land. Everything on that front seems a bit vague though but as a community we can do something to improve things right now.

LewishamGardens@gmail.com
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Hi Thom,

What a great idea!
Do get in touch with me or the Hither Green Community Association, as over the past few years they have transformed the embankment and land around the station.

Should you need experienced and trained volunteers, contact with Network Rail we can help with that too.

In addition we are about to begin a Big Bulb Plant in Catford- it would be good to get some Spring bulbs at the station!
You can find Lewisham Gardens on Twitter and Facebook.

Anne.
Lewishamgardens@gmail.com

Thom Townsend (@thomtownsend)
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Thanks for this! Definitely need some help. I basically have no idea about what’s needed so would be great to collaborate with you on this. Will send you an e-mail!

Mush
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Mush

Do we know how much this land would cost? If it isn’t an extortionate amount would it be possible to fund raise and develop it into a small grassy area with some trees?

Thom Townsend (@thomtownsend)
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Being sold by Robinson Jackson (http://www.robinson-jackson.com/property-details/Land-for-sale/Land-Adjacent-To-Railway-Doggett-Road-London-SE6/CAT130292) with planning permission for flats. They want in excess of £900k for it…which does seem like a lot.

Andy Jack (@AndyJack8)
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Yes! On the other side there is a heap of recycling that could be bagged up and, er, recycled. Or maybe that is Catford station. Anyway.

Also the poor old river could easily be cleaned up to look much nicer. I was looking at it this morning thinking how much fun it would be to hack away the greenery and open up the area. Lovely views of bridges etc.

Great to know people care about doing this kind of thing. Hook me up @andyjack8

Matt Lowry (@matthewlowry)
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Great idea. I was thinking the roundabout thing outside the station entrance could also do with some greening up!

Thom Townsend (@thomtownsend)
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Thanks to @KateSLP at the South London Press there is a story about this in Friday’s paper. So hopefully it’ll create a bit of momentum. Really great to see other people interested in sorting out other places too..sadly, not too hard to think of lots of other places that need some love.