The Village: smart benches dropped

The proposal to install smart benches in Blackheath Village has been dropped after the Society sent the results of its consultation with our members to Lewisham Council.

We would like to thank everyone who responded to the summer consultation, and few issues have provoked such lively views.

Roughly 30 people responded, some at considerable length, with 18 quite strongly opposed to the benches, eight in favour and four willing to trial one.

Everyone agreed that ultra-modern design should not be in a prominent place in the centre of the Village and there were difficulties in considering a suitable location. We published the consultation in the autumn Newsletter, with a selection of the opinions expressed.

A copy was sent to Lewisham’s Martin O’Brien with the final results. We are grateful to Lewisham for consulting us on this issue as there was no formal requirement to do so.