With all the development around, nearer the river and at the Elephant and Castle, for instance, I wonder if anyone can say that the variety of wildlife has improved or diminished - or do you think it's remained the same?
I've been exploring the Southern end of the borough a bit in the last year or so and have been amazed at the variety and sizes of green spaces there (eg Peckham Rye, Camberwell New and Old Cemeteries, Dulwich Park and Woods, the Horniman Gardens). The Green Chain walks from Nunhead Cemetary to Crystal Palace (just out of borough) are extraordinary.
The only large green space in the North of the borough is Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, which has nice pockets but is largely prairie like and dominated by the IWM.
Oh, there's a wonderful green space (currently!) in the north of the borough. It's right next door to Southwark Station and is the grounds of Styles House - awarded 'outstanding' by the RHS London in Bloom award for the second year running. We have lots of wild liFe; our very own toad, a shrew or two, dragon flies over the pond; I saw a Jay last Friday and the garden if full of a variety of smaller birds; robin, wren, sparrow, blue tits and finches. I'm not boasting, you understand, I'm just pointing this out in case the council thinks that because it hasn't a building on it, it is available for 'regeneration'. WE LOVE OUR GREEN SPACE! THE WILDLIFE LOVES OUR GREEN SPACE.
Helen, with the greatest of respect, I can't believe taxpayers' money is spent convening meetings to discuss such silly topics as these.
I'd be intrigued to know how many councillors and other council execs travel - at taxpayers' expense - in taxis and suchlike to these soirées, as well as all the ancillary costs: catering, security, etc. The cost, I am sure, is not insignificant.
Hi Gavin, I usually walk or cycle, occasionally drive, but don't ride in taxis to or from these meetings.
I often go straight from work to Council Assembly meetings - I get there around 6pm, and usually leave after 11pm - I am supplied with a small packed salad, to sustain me. Like many of my colleagues, I feel a sense of duty to hold the administration to account, council assembly is one of the few opportunities to ask direct questions in public.
It is not a soiree in the sense of an 'evening cocktail party'.
If you have any questions you would like me to ask of the administration, please contact me, and we can discuss.
Thanks Cllr Graham Neale