SMETRA opposes Hondo development in Popes Road

This letter has been written on behalf of the St. Matthew’s Estate Tenants and Residents Association (SMETRA) to state our opposition to the proposed Hondo Development in Popes Road in Brixton.

In an effort to represent local opinion on this matter SMETRA Committee Members have been speaking to residents of St. Matthew’s Estate and discussed this at a recent open SMETRA meeting. We have developed a list of our core concerns which have shaped our position.


Tributes are paid to top surgeon Mr Prakash Sinha

Tributes and donations pour in in memory of one of The Princess Royal Hospital’s most gifted and dedicated surgeons.

It was with profound shock and sorrow that family, friends and colleagues learnt of the untimely death of Mr Prakash Sinha, consultant surgeon and medical director for the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and long-standing supporter of The Chartwell Cancer Trust.


Pledge support for better MS rehabilitation services

More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK, and many rely on services like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and exercise classes to stay active, manage their condition and do the everyday things many others take for granted.


These LTNs are creating an unwanted two tier borough

I am writing in the strongest terms to protest against the introduction of LTNs which has caused great anger in the local community.

It has Penge Road and Church road, and I suspect other roads, into pollution ridden hot spots.


If Postman Pat can have one, you can have one too

Cat lovers have a lot to celebrate this Black Cat Day on October 27 with Cats Protection’s news that black and black-and-white cats are no longer overlooked as they once were.


Questions raised over Croydon’s links with controversial East India Company

Between 1809 and 1861 the East India Military College was based in Addiscombe. It was where soldiers trained for the company’s army in India. At the height of its rule in India, the East India Company had a private army of about 260,000, twice the size of the British Army, and came to rule large areas of India.


Remembering London’s first ever black mayor

John Archer, London’s first Black Mayor, reversed Churchill’s claim that “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” He moved to the left as he got older. He was first elected as a Progressive – or Liberal, but joined Labour by 1919 and was the election agent for Britain’s first Asian MP, a Communist, by 1922.


Doffing one’s cap to Mr Dorfman…

Maurice Dorfman manned the counter of his haberdashers’ shop for 60 years until he was taken to hospital and died two months later in February, aged 87. He left hundreds of mourning customers but no relatives, so the premises will now become a set of units.


Sir John battled disease and ‘Lady with the Lamp’

He battled disease during much of his distinguished career at St Thomas’s Hospital and was one of the driving forces behind the drive to clean up London’s sewers.


Figure dressed in white frightened women with spooky noises

In 1871 and 1872, there was a series of ghost scares in Peckham and its vicinity. In November and December


Incorruptible Thornton started his life with no education or political friends

As Lambeth seeks to rid itself of street names which recall the memory of prominent slavers, one name has stood


Vicar of mirth who died with a smile

George Balleine made his name as a historian but before that, he was a pioneering social reformer in South London – as vicar of St James’s Church, Bermondsey. The poverty he saw there inspired him to join the social reform campaigns of his friends Ada and Alfred Salter.


Chilling accounts of heroism on the high seas earned the Arctic Medal

A cemetery historian has received his father’s posthumous medal for his service in World War Two.

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