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by simono
8 Feb 2014 00:04
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey
Replies: 734
Views: 135104

Re: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey

Going over old ground indeed! Round and round in circles and no nearer an answer. All we have is not only not only an eyesore of a ruined pub but two unused and boarded up retail units. I will repeat that I see no prospect of the Greyhound ever being completed so the site will never be occupied. And...
by simono
13 Oct 2013 13:22
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill
Replies: 220
Views: 36958

Re: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill

There is a wonderful obsession with 'good quality ales' making all the difference to the profitability of pubs. Whilst this is clearly the case for food, I am afraid good beer (which I do drink where possible) does not make the difference as sadly most people to many people still like mass produced ...
by simono
1 Oct 2013 21:36
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham improvement works
Replies: 112
Views: 28093

Re: Sydenham improvement works

Like most I really fail to understand the total failure of the Council to co-ordinate the works on Sydenham Road. The same department runs both the lighting and the road/paving contract and they could so easily have been phased to make this work. We will be told that it will make no difference the e...
by simono
29 Sep 2013 21:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham Market last Sunday of the month
Replies: 31
Views: 7210

Re: Sydenham Market last Sunday of the month

Eagle I thought the whole point about this market an the other initiatives around the improvements to the high street etc was to boost the profile of the area. Surely the market does this and whether the traders we local it made Sydenham a more lively and better place to be on a Sunday morning and a...
by simono
29 Sep 2013 21:38
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill
Replies: 220
Views: 36958

Re: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill

I have not posted on this thread or indeed the whole site for a couple of weeks because like gillyjp I was getting a bit bored. Also I was getting rather annoyed that because I dared to challenge the quasi religious orthodoxy of many contributors it was all getting a bit personal. But anyway time to...
by simono
14 Sep 2013 13:58
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey
Replies: 734
Views: 135104

Re: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey

I am not sure that people understand that the granting of planning permission means that anything will actually be built. The decision as to whether to build out a scheme is purely a commercial one i.e. will the developer make a profit? I am afraid I can see no prospect that Purelake will make any m...
by simono
13 Sep 2013 22:36
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey
Replies: 734
Views: 135104

Re: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey

It is time to think a bit differently and there seems to be a bit of a consensus forming. The Greyhound will not be rebuilt. The developer has no financial incentive to do so, indeed they will make a loss if they did. The reality is also that the Council does not have the appetite, money or power to...
by simono
13 Sep 2013 22:09
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham Assembly - Thursday 12 September
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Sydenham Assembly - Thursday 12 September

Not sure I agree about the Highways man. He seemed to want to blame TFL for all the problems with the huge congestion that has happened as a consequence of the works. Still I live in hope that the traffic chaos will be resolved once TFL and the Council get their act together.
by simono
13 Sep 2013 17:22
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey
Replies: 734
Views: 135104

Re: Going over old ground - The Hound that is Grey

I doubt very much if the building will stay standing if they take the scaffolding down so not sure we will ever see the mural. And as I said at the Sydenham Assembly last night (with agreement from an unlikely ally) I doubt if the pub will ever reopen so the mural will be on a ruin. Rather we need t...
by simono
13 Sep 2013 17:13
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill
Replies: 220
Views: 36958

Re: Deadline approaching in battle to save The Windmill

All the evidence shows that there are simply to many pubs and that those that will close will be the bad ones. Surely it is better to close badly run uneconomic pubs in order to ensure that well run good ones stay open. There are good pubs to suit all tastes in the area many of which are excellent, ...
by simono
17 May 2013 22:05
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Windmill pub becoming a sainsburys?
Replies: 63
Views: 19274

Re: Windmill pub becoming a sainsburys?

Oh dear, what a mess. If the Windmill is to become a Sainsbury's will there be a huge campaign to keep it as a pub like we have had for the Two Halves or because it is up Kirkale doesn't it matter? And we have a ruin at the site of the Greyhound when we could have, as Gillyjp has said, a high qualit...
by simono
7 Oct 2012 17:37
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Greyhound
Replies: 40
Views: 8890

Re: The Greyhound

A louvre panel is the cover to the plant machinery for the air con units. These as you will see from the plans be right opposite the bedrooms of the properties in Peak Hill Gardens and under the windows of the bedrooms to the new flats. A great moving in present and in my view unacceptable. This was...
by simono
11 Sep 2012 21:29
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Greyhound
Replies: 40
Views: 8890

Re: The Greyhound

The scaffolding all appears to be down and certainly at the back they are putting up a semi permanent fence by the looks at it. :(
by simono
9 Sep 2012 16:58
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Greyhound
Replies: 40
Views: 8890

Re: The Greyhound

Further to my previous post I was somewhat alarmed that they have taken down most of the scaffolding from the building. Given you can't mend the gutters on a building that high without scaffolding for health and safety reasons, they certainly will not be able to rebuild all the brickwork and put on ...
by simono
30 Aug 2012 20:28
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Greyhound
Replies: 40
Views: 8890

Re: The Greyhound

Actually they did quite a lot of work on it today. Builders always take a couple of weeks off during August so will all be back on track now I think.
by simono
30 Jun 2012 22:44
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound
Replies: 330
Views: 72845

Re: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound

Oh dear Pat, I fear you miss out a stage. Yes the Sydenham Society objected to the demolition of the Greyhound building. But between that time and the existing plans I am sorry but did you did work in partnership with developers and I suggest you look at your own website entry of 1 November 2008. I ...
by simono
30 Jun 2012 09:27
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound
Replies: 330
Views: 72845

Re: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound

Sorry but I like the plans and wonder what the fuss is about. Let us look at this dispassionately. 1. In design terms I think that the conservatory enhances the building, echoing what was originally there. In any case I am sorry that given the modern building around the site that hardly enhances the...
by simono
24 Jun 2012 20:52
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound
Replies: 330
Views: 72845

Re: Antic pubs have withdrawn from the Greyhound

Yet another planning application put in for the site (must be at least 20). This time to make the basement part of the pub/restaurant, and 2 maisonettes on the first floor and a mezanine. Where will it end?
by simono
25 Jan 2012 22:33
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The pub on the kirkdale roundabout
Replies: 110
Views: 22653

Re: The pub on the kirkdale roundabout

So when does a restoration become a fake. There is no roof, no internal walls or ceilings, most of the windows are gone as has the whole of the back wall along with I think most of the external woodwork. How much of the original building that was supposed to have been saved is left is therefore some...
by simono
26 Dec 2011 19:09
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Safe cycling?
Replies: 15
Views: 2807

Re: Safe cycling?

I cycle frequently in London now commuting from Sydenham to Kingston. Like any form of transport on London Roads it is about thinking ahead assuming that everyone else is an idiot and has no thought for anyone other than themselves. It is also worth remembering that the most dangerous thing to do is...