Southwark joining Green Chain? (An American in Greenwich)
- The Green Chain is a string of parks etc in south-east London connected
by 40 miles of paths. The 4 boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and
Lewisham run (walk) it between themselves.
Southwark Cyclists and others (Philip Colvin in the lead) have been
lobbying gently to get Southwark Council into the club and the Green
Chain extended west into our fair land. And the council now is opting
in. See below.
Excellent. Only connect.
We rode bits of the Green Chain our Quaggy explore last Sunday. We'll do
more int summer. Pedestrians have priority.
More about the Green Chain here:
Very worth exploring. Huge local asset.
And someone should tell dear old Greenwich Council that American Blue
Jays are never ever seen on the Green Chain. Our own native jays
(wonderfully Latin tagged garrulus glandarius) are actually much more
beautiful if less pushy:
Blue Jay Way was a George Harrison song on the Beatles Magical Mystery
Tour.....but I much prefer the name Green Chain.
07905 889 005
Afterworker tonight: 6.30pm. Southwark Needle.
I started fine this morning. My coffee didn't seem to be contaminated. Hah.
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Subject: South East London Green Chain
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 21:56:01 -0000
From: Philip Kolvin <pkolvin@...>
To: <Martin.WILLIAMS@...>,"'Ingrid Beazley'"
Taylor'" <peter@...>, <REIDEU@...>,
Roberts'" <colin@...>,"'Susan Badman'"
<ShaunS@...>,"'Sue Hill'" <sue.hill@...>,"'PETER
AUSTIN'" <peter.w.austin@...>, <bilpit@...>,"'Philip
GODDARD'" <pjgoddard@...>,"'Patricia Trembath'"
<pat@...>,"'cpca'" <cpca@...>, <Rexbatt@...>,
Councillor Lewis Robinson has just given me the amazing news that at its
recent budget meeting Southwark Council approved revenue funding for our
membership of the Green Chain. This amounts to the £15,000 a year or so
for Southwark's share of the funding for the Green Chain Officer's post.
It also approved a capital sum of £150,000, which would fund the high
and medium priority works in the consultants' report. I have not seen
the details of the decision, but plainly this is the most wonderful shot
in the arm for the scheme.
In January, Southwark's application to the officers' working party of
the Green Chain Joint Committee received a warm response, although the
officers are to write to Southwark with suggestions etc. prior to
Southwark's application to the Green Chain Joint Committee itself, which
is now programmed for September, I understand.
So there is still a little way to go, but I am beginning to permit
myself just a little hope that we are nearly there.
Question: would you be up for a nice, impromptu spring walk to celebrate
this success and get to know each other a little better, followed by a
cup of tea at the Horniman or the Picture Gallery, perhaps? Or do you
fancy a sponsored walk in the early autumn, say, to raise money for
benches along the way. Perhaps each group would like to raise enough
money to pay for a bench in its own green space, with a small plaque
commemorating these happy events? Do let me know -- there is no
constitution, so we can make it up as we go along! One great advantage
of an event would be to demonstrate to the current Green Chain members
that we would be a vigorous and positive addition to their club.
You might wish to drop a line thanking the councillors who were
instrumental in this turn of events:
<mailto:lewis.robinson@...>, together with the officers
john.cordner@... <mailto:john.cordner@...> and