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10 Years Ago

A burial space crisis was avoided after a town hall agreed to free up space for 6,000 extra graves for 28 years.

Southwark council’s cabinet approved plans to use a former council nursery at Camberwell New Cemetery, in Brenchley Gardens, to create new burial plots.

The first phase of the plans involved creating 1,600 plots there by 2015.

Further space was planned to be created there and at Camberwell Old Cemetery, in Forest Hill Road, by reclaiming plots that were more than 75 years old.

The decision means proposals to use part of Honor Oak recreation ground, next to the New Cemetery site, would not go ahead

Thirty firefighters battled a kebab shop blaze for five hours.

Two people escaped without injury from Charcoal Grill in Belmont Hill, Lewisham, before fire crews arrived at the scene.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution but firefighters prevented the fire spreading to nearby buildings.

The two-storey building where the fire broke out was badly damaged by the blaze. Traffic in Belmont Hill and neighbouring Lee High Road was gridlocked all afternoon.

Prince Charles visited two organisations that benefitted from a Big Lottery Fund cash.

The prince was at The Brick Box in Brixton on Wednesday and also dropped in at The Oval cricket ground in Kennington.

Both organisations were part of the Business in the Community scheme, which was awarded £4.8million Lottery cash.

The former Angel pub in Coldharbour Lane had been transformed into a venue for local artists to exhibit their work.

20 Years Ago

Vandals were blamed for the disappearance of two wild swans who had built a nest in a nature reserve every year for a decade.

The last cygnets to be born to the pair in 1997 had died and when the birds failed to turn up, conservationists at the Lavender Pond and Nature Pond in Rotherhithe feared they were gone for good.

Signs put up to ask people to stay away from the pair’s nest had been torn down by vandals, while others ignored warnings telling them not to scare the nature reserve’s birds off by swimming in the pond.

Religious leaders working in Brixton prison warned that a plan to cut the jail’s budget by £4million a year could leave them without the resources to cater for all its inmates.

The Chaplaincy of Brixton warned that 46 of its 225 staff would lose their jobs if the Government pushed ahead with the plans to cut the prison’s budget.

The chaplaincy warned that minority groups could lose their religious leaders or that their hours could be slashed.

The chaplaincy, which was responsible for catering to a variety of religious beliefs, said all group activities would end.

Ambitious plans to clean up the streets of Loughborough Junction were brought in to tackle fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.

The area was one of the five poorest in the country. It was strewn with abandoned cars because in the past wardens had been threatened with knives and bottles when they had tried to tow the vehicles away.

The new drive saw the number of police officers on the beat in the area double during a 10-week period in 2002. Officers were stationed in a former betting shop.

30 Years Ago

A requiem written to commemorate a disaster on the Thames sparked a row among survivors and the families of those who lost their lives.

Marchioness Action Group committee members were angry about a decision to give money raised from a performance of the piece to an AIDS charity.

The group was set up in the wake of the Marchioness disaster in August 1989, in which 51 partygoers on the boat drowned.

Some of the group members wanted the cash to pay for lifeboats to be kept on the river. But others said that because the cash for the performance of the Requiem to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral had been raised by the National Aids Trust, that charity should keep the proceeds.

Terrified residents had a lucky escape when a 21metre high crane tipped over, smashing through their gardens.

The piling rig fell into the gardens of Clack Street and Temeraire Street in Rotherhithe.

One workmen suffered a crushed leg as he tried to stop the crane falling into the gardens, while a second was thrown clear.

No residents were hurt when the crane fell over after being put to work digging holes. No one was operating the machine at the time.

A group of homeless youngsters, who were threatened with being thrown out of a hostel and going back to life on the streets, were given a reprieve.

The hostel in Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, was set to close after its Government funding ended.

But the London Family Housing Association stumped up £15,000 to keep it running for its 40 residents while an urgent meeting with housing minister Sir George Young was arranged.


Pictured: Camberwell New Cemetery in Brenchley Gardens – credit Google Streetview




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