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Letters to the editor: 21/07/16

Southwark Blue Plaque votes 

The selection of this year’s Southwark Blue Plaques nominations took place on the 12th July and are as follows: – Sir James Black, Surrey docks farm, Kirkaldy testing works and Gertrude Lawrence.

Voting for one of these nominees can be made by e-mail to or or by a voting book opened by supporters for that purpose, the results of which must reach Southwark Heritage Association by September 15th or via one of the many designated voting boxes at your nearest library. Full details of the guidelines can be found on the Southwark Heritage website at

People Nominated for a Blue Plaque:? Sir James Black OM. Nobel  Appointed as professor of Pharmacology at Kings in 1984. Was awarded the Nobel  Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for the development of two major families of drugs. Beta blockers for the treatment of coronary heart disease, high  blood pressure and heart failure and anti-ulcer histamine receptor blocking drugs.

Surrey Docks Farm . Lively, active city farm, occupying 2.2 acre site on the south bank at Rotherhithe. Open 7 days a week, providing a free community resource and amenity for Southwark residents. The Farm aims to provide people of all ages, circumstances and walks of life with opportunities to get involved. The farm site has a rich history, once part of a great shipyard.

Gertrude Lawrence. She was born at 6 Bath Terrace Newington in 1898 and is most famous for the final stage role as Anna in Roger & Hammerstein’s original production of the King and I. She was glamour and elegance personified.

Kirkaldy’s Testing Museum.  99 Southwark Street set international standards in testing materials. The  Museum preserves Kirkaldy’s unique Universal Testing Machine.

Southwark Heritage Association

Scott Lidgett reunion

To all who went to or worked at Scott Lidgett  Bermondsey,  we are having a school reunion on Saturday 30th July from 7.30pm at the Gregorian on Jamaica Road, SE16.

It would be great if you could join us, we do have ex-pupils and teachers who join us so may be good to catch up with old mates.

We have a great group on Facebook but realise not everyone does that.

Also if you have any mates who went to the school please let them know:

John Merrett, via email


Bin collection at all time high

I write in reply to Lorna Morrison’s letter (Southwark News, 14th July, 2016) concerning domestic waste collection.

Unfortunately Ms Morrison has given no detail of the address where the problem has occurred so if she were to provide to me directly the detail for whatever address it is I can get on and investigate what happened?

It is certainly the first time I have heard that collections have been missed for three weeks. If this has happened as stated it is most likely due to locked gates with no keys provided by a landlord.

For your readers’ information I can advise that our Veolia contract ‘missed waste collection’ rates are currently at an historic low.

Also, in the recent resident surveys (Wave 11, June 2016) the satisfaction levels for refuse collection were very high at 83%.

Ms Morrison also objects to the charging for bulky waste collection. The £16 charge recently introduced is lower than most London councils (who have had them for years), and it enables more items to be collected, so remains very good value by comparison.

The income from payments (from about 8% of residents utilising the service) enables the council in the face of Government cuts to protect other vital services that people value the most.

I would have thought as a previous Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Camberwell & Peckham Ms Morrison would have been aware of her own Government’s policies and welcomed our initiative?

Cllr Ian Wingfield, Cabinet Member for Environment & the Public Realm


Cinema for all

The CEA card is a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exibition Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

This scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for when disabled guests go to the cinema.

The CEA cards are accepted in approximately 90% of cinemas in the UK and allows the cardholder to obtain one complimentary ticket for a person to go along with them and provide assistance required as a result of the cardholders’ disability during their visit to the cinema. The complimentary ticket can be obtained provided that a full price ticket is purchased by the cardholder for the same film and auditorium.

The person applying for the a card should be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?Attendance Allowance (AA); Blind Person’s Registration; Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or Armed Forces Independence Payment and proof of eligibility will be needed to support an application. Note the eligibility criteria are kept under review and maybe updated from time to time.

There are three ways to apply for a CEA card:

  1. Full online application
  2. Part online, part postal application
  3. Full postal application

For further information or to apply for a card you can telephone 023 9224 8545 (textphone: 18001 023 9224 8545) or you can visit their website

Reg O’Donoghue, Walworth


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