Wed. May 18th, 2022

10 years ago

Behind closed doors, in a secret place, artists are working on a giant installation that will be revealed tomorrow.

Giant 8-foot-high, 4-foot-wide boards are used to spell a positive message and will be set up in downtown Brixton, where the grand unveiling will take place at noon.

The same type of wood used to board stores damaged during the riots in early August is used for the piece.

The temporary installation is part of an effort organized by residents to boost the area in the wake of the riots in London.

Businesses in Brixton were targeted on Monday, August 8, with Currys, JD Sports and T-Mobile among those looted.

Binki Taylor, from Mayall Road, Brixton, said: “I got in touch with the council the day after it all started and said I felt so unhappy with what was happening.

“It felt eerie, the streets were empty and everywhere there was boarding up. It was awful, as if the joy had gone.

“Brixton is a great place. It is lively and friendly and with so much going on.

“It felt terribly sad that Brixton, as people watched the news, looked different.”

Takes curved buses from two routes and replacing them with single and double-decker cars will reduce capacity, it has been argued.

But Transport for London (TfL) has disputed the calculations, saying the number of seats on buses on one route has increased and will be monitored on the other.

London Mayor Boris Johnson oversees the liquidation of all the curated bus services in London by the end of the year.

Transport spokeswoman for Lib Dem in the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, said she had made detailed inquiries into the matter.

She looked at the impact on 436 from Lewisham and 453 from Deptford, which changes from 19 November.

She said route 436 would have 180 places per hour less on weekday peak times and 145 fewer on weekdays during peak hours.

Her research also found that capacity on the 453 route would lose 280 seats per hour on a Saturday.

A graphic designer who ran an online international drug operation has been spared imprisonment.

Devout Muslim Shahid Shaikh, 37, was caught with 43,000 pills, including valium, testosterone and anti-anxiety tablets, after a police attack on his house in Chelsham Road, Clapham, on December 3, 2009.

Shaikh showed officers to a bedroom upstairs that had been used as a distribution center for customers around the world.

Police seized eight different kinds of drugs, and after testing, it turned out that they were all real prescription drugs.

Among the boxes and packaging, 36 prepared envelopes were ready to be sent to addresses around the world, each containing 30 to 120 pills.

Judge Peter Beaumont sentenced Shaikh to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months and 250 hours of unpaid work when he showed up at Old Bailey on Friday.

20 years ago

A study of shame slammed the quality of life in south London received a more than frosty reception from councilors.

Lambeth’s Tom Franklin and Stephanie Elsy of Southwark went on the attack after a league table showed the boroughs were the seventh and 14th worst place to live in the UK respectively.

The study conducted by consumer analysts Experian was based on eight quality of life categories, including fear of crime and school performance.

Councilman Elsy said: “What nonsense. Southwark is a brilliant place to stay.

“Crime is falling and schools are doing better.” Cllr Franklin said, “This report is an absolute cheek, written by people who do not know Lambeth.”

A woman is believed to be one of South London’s oldest residents celebrated his 108th birthday at his nursing home in Catford.

Lucienne Cull carved her incredible milestone at Bowood Nursing Home surrounded by maps, including another from the Queen.

She was only six years younger than the oldest person in the world and had lived in three different countries.

Mrs. Cull was born in 1893 in Boulogne, France, and moved to England in the first decade of the 20th century.

Shortly after World War I, she married East Dulwich painter William Cull and settled in south London.

A plan of 10 years was launched to combat Southwark’s teenage pregnancy rate, which was the highest in the country.

The council had been told by the government to reduce the number of expectant under-18-year-old mothers by 60 percent over the next decade.

Sex and relationship education, sexual health services and quality of life for teenage parents were targeted in a project that was to receive £ 600,000 from the government.

More than 300 girls under the age of 18 became pregnant in Southwark each year.

The perception rate for 13- to 15-year-olds was 15 for every thousand performances.

30 years ago

Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell acted quickly to replace Ian Wright with a £ 1.8million swoop for Sunderland’s goal ace Marco Gabbiadini.

The Crystal Palace boss had been linked with Sheffield United’s Brian Deane and Southampton’s Alan Shearer.

But it was the 23-year-old Gabbiadini who Coppell thought was the right man to fill the void left after Wright’s departure for Arsenal.

Coppell was disappointed to have lost Wright the week before in a £ 2.5m deal, but saw Gabbiadini as a man to increase his side’s firepower.

John Major

Prime Minister John Major returned to Brixton above and promised his commitment to free South Londoner Terry Waite from captivity in the Middle East.

He said: “I can only say that all efforts to free him will be inexorable.”

His comments came during a visit to the Remploy factory in Effra Road, where 123 severely disabled people were employed by making boilers, fans, inhalers and strip lighting.

Mr Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy living in Blackheath, was abducted in January 1987.

As soon as PM jumped out of his driver-driven Jaguar, he announced, “It’s always good to be back in Brixton.”

A 100-year-old boxing club withdrew from a city’s youth ministry after a cut in its funding.

The move from the Lynn Athletic Club in Wells Way, Camberwell, followed a decision by the Southwark Council to refer the club’s status to a non-priority group.

The move resulted in a cut in the funding of coaching fees from 10 hours a week to a possible hour and a half.

Honorary Secretary Ken Collins said the club should reject potential new members, including boys who were referred to the club by police and social services.

A council spokeswoman said: “We want to spread the money around by setting aside a smaller number of hours for a wider range of activities.”

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