If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me lose my good humour, it’s a browser glitch that deletes the post I’ve just spent the last 15 minutes writing. Grrr. OK, here’s a terser version of what I wrote before:
A proposed ban on street drinking in Camberwell looks likely to fail after a similar, Southwark-wide iniative was voted down, using the dubious excuse of ‘celebrating World Cup fans’. I think that the police are more than capable of enforcing the spirit, rather than the letter, of the law, and could make a judgement on what is problem drinking and what are isolated incidents. Having said that, I agree that prohibition is not the answer and would just move the problem elsewhere; the best solution I’ve heard so far is the ‘wet centre’, although the last I heard was that it was due to close.
Council leader Nick Stanton has spoken out in favour of a Camberwell tube station, but warns it may take 50 years before we see it. From what I’ve heard, this idea is pretty much a non-starter; that doesn’t mean, however, that a campaign is doomed to failure. There does need to be a good look at transport in the area; the Walworth Road in particular is ridiculously congested. I still favour an increase in frequency of trains through Denmark Hill, a connection with Brixton or Loughborough Junction, and perhaps a tram line too. I also favour a three-day working week and a million pounds for everyone.
Regular reader (and honourary roving reporter) Ben Patio suggests a meet-up in the Sun & Doves one Sunday afternoon for all readers of the blog, members of the SE5 photo pool and other interested parties. I strongly suggest he wants to muscle in on the free wine action, but I also think it’s a fine idea and would be willing to take part. Show of hands?