The archived pdf Newsletters (1 to 81) were edited by Dr Martin Heath as  superviser of  the Belair Project, and include attributed  contributions by others.  Some  have been reconfigured here as blog posts for ease of browsing and viewing. (An archive of the original PDFs is available here.) More recent newsletters are posted below.

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“EEA against Austerity” meeting – Tues 21st October 2014 – 6.30pm

21st October 2014

18:30 – 20:30  Economists Against Austerity: talk, titled “What are the dangers posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?”, by John Hilary (Director of War on Want)

Discussant:   a speaker from the World Development Movement–either Polly Jones (head of communications) or Nick Dearden (the director of WDM)

Venue: House of Commons, the Thatcher Room in Portcullis House (which where most MPs have their offices and committee-rooms). Portcullis House is located right next to the north-west corner of Westminster Bridge (which itself is about 70 metres from Westminster Underground station).

The TTIP has been posited by its supporters as a means of further liberalising and promoting  international trade and the benefits that flow from that. However a number of critics have argued that it may not have any positive effects at all and that it will further undermine the public provision of social goods through privatisation, place great powers in the hands of multinational corporations particularly in their dealings with individual states and cause further economic dis-location outside  the bloc, especially among developing economies.

Both the speaker and the two persons named as potential discussants have all written extensively  on the topic. See, for example,

http://www.waronwant.org/campaigns/trade-justice/more/inform/18078-what-is-ttip  and http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/eu-us-free-trade-deal-ttip-transatlantic-trade-investment-partnership  .

The meetings are open to all, no specific invitation is required so be sure to invite friends or colleagues who may be interested. Please arrive well before the scheduled time as security can be very slow.

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A NEW PUBLIC PARK FOR SOUTHWARK

Full marks to the London Borough of Southwark for promoting this major green initiative – which is both exciting and much needed. Now you can play your part.

The plan is to transform Green Dale fields in Camberwell into a new park for the community.

Southwark’s parks newsletter requested public input: “This big area of open space, just behind Dog Kennel Hill Open Space and Sainsburys, is full of potential and we want to hear your views on what can be done with it. If we did create a new park here, what would you like to see in it?”

THE FRIENDS OF BELAIR PARK URGE YOU TO REGISTER SUPPORT FOR THIS PLAN ONLINE AT:

www.southwark.gov.uk/greendale.

The deadline is Sunday 24 August, 2014.

A Friends of Green Dale was formed at a meeting held on Thursday August 7, 2014 at the Albrighton Community Centre, Albrighton Road, SE22 8AH.  

 

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Coming Events in Southwark Parks

Burgess Park open air free film festival
When: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August, from 8pm
Where: on the slope next to the children’s playground, overlooking the lake in Burgess Park 
Following on from last year’s successful free outdoor film screening in Burgess Park, we will be showing two more films over this weekend: Pan’s Labyrinth on Friday and Frozen on Saturday – and remember this needs to be powered by your peddling! 

For more information visit the website www.friendsofburgesspark.org.uk/events or send an email to: friendsofburgesspark@gmail.com

Free band stand concert in Southwark Park
When: Sunday 24 August, 2pm to 4pm
Where: the Band Stand in the centre of Southwark Park
To commemorate the 1864 Southwark Park Act and the Centenary of the First World War, a show case of various styles of popular music between 1864 and 2014 will be played by the band, including a selection of wartime songs.

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Friends of Greendale MEETING – Thursday August 7th

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DRAFT PLAN FOR GREENDALE FIELDS

FOBP reproduce the invite from Jonathan Coe of Friends of Greendale:

Hi all,

The first meeting of the Friends of Greendale will be on Thursday August 7th from 6.30 to 7.45pm at The Albrighton Community Centre, Albrighton Rd, SE22 8AH. As they kindly will not charge us for this we have to leave the building when it stops being staffed at 8pm.
 
Attached is the draft constitution and a proposed set of activities for the first year, both of which arise from the meeting on the 22nd July.

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petition against ugly and expensive Hampstead Ponds floodworks which would mitigate 1 in 400 000 year risk

Time is running out to sign this petition. However, I hesitated to ask readers to sign it until I had spoken to  someone from the local civic society to check out the basic facts. A pro-development lobby just loves to misrepresent green space campaigners as raising automatic knee-jerk opposition to any plans for open space, good, bad or indifferent, and the behaviour of the City of London in the case of the Hampstead ponds has been so bizarre that it I was concerned that readers might assume that we were exaggerating.

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badly-worded?? survey asking whether Crystal Palace should be built on

Friends of Belair Park reproduce an opinion from Amanda Sciberras about a survey being conducted by Friends of Crystal Palace Park:

Hi all,

The so called Friends of Crystal Palace Park have put up a badly worded, biased survey alongside inaccurate/misleading info re the proposal to build a 200,000 M2 trading, hotel & retail complex in the park. So far the majority of people who have visited that page and claim to like the park want it built on it. Please take time to follow this link to vote No thanks http://www.focpp.blogspot.co.uk/
Many thanks
Amanda Sciberras
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‘Save Our Parks’ Picnic At Parliament – Saturday 3rd August

from 12 noon – 3pm

Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, London SW1 
(on the south side of the Houses of Parliament, by the River Thames – 5 mins from Westminster tube)

On the final day of Love Parks Week a chance to come together for a simple picnic celebrating the UK’s green spaces and calling for adequate resources to ensure they are properly looked after – please bring food and refreshments to share.

Organised by London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network

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Wanderers FC Launch Free Women’s Team for 2014-15 Season

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First FA Cup winners and founder members of the Football Association, Wanderers Football Club, are adding a women’s team which will be free to play for.

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Friends group established for Greendale in light of possible developments.

A friends’ group has been established in light of the possible developments being talked about by Dulwich Hamlet football club. There is a website here:

 

http://www.friendsofgreendale.org.uk

and a twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/friendsdkhwood/status/490973808103542784

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Dulwich Hamlet FC public exhibition to be held at the Club Saturday 19th July – 10am – 3pm

This is a meeting to discuss the financial future of Dulwich football club. Here’s what the organisers have to say:

 

Dear neighbour,

Welcome to our first community newsletter. As you may know Dulwich Hamlet FC has been in financial difficulties for a number of years. Hadley Property Group has recently acquired an interest in the site and Club and we have spent the past 6 months putting both its football and business operations on a more sustainable financial footing so that the Club has a future at Champion Hill. However as currently configured the facilities cannot continue to support the Club and a change in the layout and footprint of the buildings is needed. There is an opportunity to provide a new stadium and to invest in the open space located around the stadium.

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