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Where? 'Lewisham has the potential to become one of the most exciting, dynamic and prosperous places in London to live and work.' (London Borough of Lewisham)
Potential? What potential?? Lewisham has just received £16 million for urban regeneration in private and public sectors and it needs it. Despite the urban sprawl the borough has an ancient heritage, including Deptford's shipyards where Peter the Great trained.
Work? 150 practices and about 516 GPs practising under Lewisham PCT.
Schools: Colfe's independent school is one of the oldest schools in London, while St Dunstan's College Junior School was found to give pupils an 'excellent start to their education'.
Homes? An 'exquisite' double-fronted detached Victorian property 10 minutes from Lewisham train station, complete with four bedrooms and off-road parking is yours for £499,000.
Leisure? Despite the inner-city bustle, Lewisham is an unexpected haven for more reflective activity. The newly opened Laban Dance Centre, the heritage of Deptford's shipyards
and the open spaces of Blackheath
contrast with Lewisham's busy
From the local press:
Police officers are not being replaced.
A much-vaunted scheme designed to increase police visibility is having the opposite effect, it has been claimed.
News Shopper. April 19, 2005
Goon Spike Milligan famously said,
'I'd like to go to heaven, but if
Jeffrey Archer is there I'd rather stay
in Lewisham.' Denis Thatcher,
Tim Roth, James Callaghan, Terry Waite, Ian Wright, David Lodge,
Ben Elton, Desmond Tutu and Ernest Shackleton have all lived in the borough.