It has been a while since the last update. Looking at the shop, you’d think work had drawn to a halt. In fact we have been very busy behind the scenes.
We are now officially in the planning phase, this had taken longer than anticipated due to concerns about internal walls. This has now been resolved and the plans will shortly be available for the public to view.
A few weeks back local MP Vicky Foxcroft invited Emma and I up to Westminster to talk about the pub and regeneration of Springbank Road. It was the first time that either of us had been inside the Palace of Westminster, Vicky was kind enough to take us on a little tour, which was an absolute delight. Vicky has agreed that Springbank is in need of regeneration and that it would benefit with more businesses.
Residents and Councillors.
We took the decision to invite some of the neighbours in to the shop, it was an opportunity to introduce ourselves, explain our plans and listen to any concerns.
Over the past few weeks we have spoken to various Councillors from Lewisham.
It is no secret that Springbank Road is in need of new amenities and that Hither Green could do with alternative social options. With that in mind, support has been very good.
The Archibald Corbett Society.
Emma and I were invited to the Archibald Corbett Society’s AGM to give a brief talk. If you are not aware of who Archibald Corbett was or his legacy, then I recommend that you have a look at this website. Archibald Corbett built the estate between 1885 and 1911. He was keen to promote healthy living and was a committed temperance reformer, therefore he insisted on an embargo on the sale of alcohol.
With the knowledge that there has never been a pub on the estate, we felt it would be in the best interest for us to meet with the society and make our intentions clear. With that in mind the vote was unanimous to support the pub.
Planning is laborious, hopefully next time there will be some more tangible news.
Math and Emma.