Loss of parking bays causing “destruction” for traders in Bromley Road, Downham

Shopkeepers have urged road chiefs to have parking bays reinstated to stop the “destruction” of their high street. The 10 parking spaces between 436 and 470 Bromley Road, in Downham, provide much-needed access to local shops. But Transport for London (TfL) has suspended the bays for the next 18 months to widen pavements and allow pedestrians to better socially distance. Alex Klimcke, owner of Downham Autostores, said: “One customer had breakfast in the cafe and parked in the bay. His breakfast just cost him £135.”

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Accusations that blood testing system has “collapsed” at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, as patients wait for hours on phone for appointments

The blood testing system at an NHS Trust has “collapsed”, with patients waiting hours on the phone to book appointments – and many not able to get through at all. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust recently centralised its blood testing booking system by getting patients to book over the phone.

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Teenager arrested on suspicion of rape after woman attacked in Lewisham

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman in her 20s was attacked in Lewisham last Friday. Police were called following a report that a woman had been raped at around 7pm in Forster Memorial Park, near Bellingham. The Metropolitan Police said it is believed the victim and the attacker were known to each other.

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New Cross rocker gets record deal – almost half a century after tunes were penned

1972 recording is discovered during clear out, uploaded to YouTube and picked up by record label in Spain just days later. For most aspiring rock stars, following your dreams means going back to bed. It’s a recipe for lack of success. Jeff Ball, raised in New Cross and Catford, knew all about the tiring slog of trying to make it. He and his band, Grit, toured as far away as Athens to get a break – and appeared on Greek TV with their blend of blues-inspired psychedelia-tinged rock. But London record labels shrugged and moved on to Brixton’s David Bowie and the likes of prog rock stadium-fillers The Who, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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South-east London pubs “aggrieved” that they’re being blamed for increase in cases of coronavirus, says Campaign for Real Ale boss

By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter
Boris Johnson’s new 10pm closing time will further hobble pubs already on their knees, the head of an industry advocacy group has warned, saying new restrictions could see more businesses permanently close their doors.

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Lewisham mayor Damien Egan promises to “urgently” address problems caused by Lee Green low traffic neighbourhood, introduced in wake of Covid-19

By Grainne Cuffe, Local Democracy Reporter
The mayor of Lewisham has admitted the Lee Green low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) is causing problems which the council is “urgently” planning to address. The LTN, a set of road barriers to reduce through-traffic, was brought in under Covid-19 emergency transport measures at the end of June and has received mixed feedback.

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