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Government jobs boost for Forest Hill 22 March 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Forest Hill, Young people.
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This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Unemployment in Forest Hill has fallen by a third in less than two years, from 647 to 421. This is in line with the national trend which shows that, for the first time, 30 million people are now in employment in the UK.

Unemployment among young people is falling even faster. It is down by more than 30% across Lewisham borough during 2013.

This follows a range of measures from the Lib Dems in Government to promote jobs and growth, including:

  • Massive expansion of apprenticeships (4,200 new starts since 2010 in Lewisham alone)
  • £100 billion of infrastructure projects (road, rail, etc.)
  • Building more affordable homes in each year than at any point under the last Labour government (including £30m of central government money to build homes in Lewisham)

Forest Hill campaigner George Crozier welcomed the figures: “The coalition inherited a car crash of an economy from Labour. It has been a tough few years but things are being turned around. The deficit has been reduced by a third, interest rates have been kept down and a million jobs have been created.

He added: “This recovery would not be happening without the Lib Dems. We are delivering more infrastructure investment, and support for jobs and apprenticeships, than a majority Conservative or Labour Government would have.”

After 40 years of Labour rule Lewisham has one of the worst records in London for jobs. Fewer small businesses are growing here than anywhere else in London. For years our borough has had some of the highest unemployment in the country amongst 18-24 year olds.

But Lewisham needs to do better

Vince Cable and Duwayne Brooks

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Lewisham Mayoral Candidate Duwayne Brooks are working to bring jobs to our area

Duwayne Brooks, Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Lewisham, says the high level of youth unemployment in Lewisham is due to a decade of failed leadership at the Council, which has stifled entrepreneurship and job creation in the borough.

Duwayne believes it is the job of the Mayor and local council to drive the process of attracting business and jobs to the area.

“I want to create new jobs in the borough by encouraging and supporting new business start-ups,” says Duwayne. “I will create youth hubs where life skills will be taught, subsidised meals offered and where young people will be able to meet employers and prepare for the world of work.”

Resurfacing of Dartmouth Road, #se23 13 March 2014

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Lewisham Council, Streets, Transport.
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Lewisham Council will be resurfacing Dartmouth Road, SE23 between Thursday 20th March and Wednesday 26th March (but no Saturday and Sunday).  The works will be carried out between 9pm and 5.30am, so there will be noise and traffic disruption for residents and businesses at night during that period.  The Council have asked that any parked cars be moved elsewhere before works start each evening.

For more details, please contact Bala Balaskanthan at LBL on 020 8314 2588.

Lighting repairs at London Road / #HonorOak Road junction #se23 completed 2 March 2014

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Streets.
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The malfunctioning Belisha beacon lighting the pedestrian island on London Road opposite the Esso petrol station has now been repaired. New cables and controllers have been installed. Hopefully this should make it safer for pedestrians crossing the road

More substantial changes to junction of a London Road and Honor Oak Road should start soon, following the recent consultation.

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Parking zones consultation 4 January 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Forest Hill, Lewisham Council, Streets, Uncategorized.
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This article appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Following pressure from many local residents and your councillors, the council are intending to consult on introducing residents’ parking around Dartmouth Road and the Pools in the spring.

Councillor Philip Peake said: “The success of the new pools means that there has been more pressure for space on Dartmouth Road and side roads such as Thorpewood Avenue and Sydenham Park Road. Residents have been finding this difficult so the plan for the zone must help that situation while making sure that the shops on Dartmouth Road do not suffer. Free short term bays on Dartmouth Road should be kept and the period in the Perry Vale car park should be increased to two hours to match the one behind Sainsbury’s.”

The council will also be considering a zone around the Honor Oak Park shops and looking at the existing zone around Manor Mount for changes. If you have any views on parking in these areas please do let us know.

Campaign success! A safer Wood Vale crossing for pedestrians in #se23 24 November 2013

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Forest Hill, Transport.
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Following complaints from residents and some near-miss accidents, Margot Wilson at Wood Vale crossingForest HIll Lib Dems have been campaigning for a safer pedestrian crossing at the junction of Wood Vale and Forest Hill Road.  A petition signed by many residents on the Wood Vale estate and adjoining roads supported plans for a safer crossing, and we’re delighted that Transport for London have at last started work at the site.

Here, Forest Hill Lib Dem campaigner Margot Wilson tries out the new pedestrian crossing controls, though the works won’t be finished for a few weeks yet.  The reworking of the junction should also see some improvements for motorists and bus drivers.

Paving over front gardens – Lewisham Council report back for @D_J_Greenwood 19 September 2013

Posted by Alex Feakes in Environment, Forest Hill, Lewisham Council, Planning.
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Question: What is the Council’s policy with regard to the paving over of front gardens and the consequent effect that the loss of green space has on amenity and local economy? (Thank you to @D_J_Greenwood for suggestion)

Answer: The Council’s ability to influence the paving over of front gardens is relatively limited. The paving over of front gardens of houses does not usually require planning permission. However, permission is required where the property is a flat or maisonette or where the “permitted development” right has been removed through what is termed an “article 4″ direction.

For paving over of a front garden to a permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn to drain naturally, planning permission is not required. However, where the surface to be covered is more then five square metres planning permission will co be needed for laying traditional, impermeable driveways that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area.

Where planning permission is required, the main area of control would be within Conservation Areas where policy 36 of the Development Management Local Plan (Proposed Submission Version August 2013) applies. This states that the Council will encourage the reinstatement or require the retention of architectural and landscaping features such as front gardens.

#ForestHill Planning Consultation: MIRIAM LODGE, 185 DARTMOUTH ROAD, LONDON, #SE26 4RJ 30 August 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Planning, Sydenham.
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Details of this planning application can be found by following this link:

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeDocs&TheSystemkey=67347

The case officer is Malachy McGovern – please email comments and objections to him at Malachy McGovern, and don’t forget to copy us in at foresthill@lewishamlibdems.org.uk

#ForestHill planning consultation: LAND TO THE REAR OF 105A & 107, #HONOROAK PARK, LONDON, #SE23 3LB 6 June 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Planning.
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Details of this planning application can be found by following this link:

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=66068

The case officer is Geoff Whitington – please email comments and objections to him at geoff.whitington@lewisham.gov.uk, and don’t forget to copy us in at foresthill@lewishamlibdems.org.uk

#ForestHill planning consultation: 51-53 CANONBIE ROAD, LONDON, #SE23 3AQ 13 April 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Planning.
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Details of this planning application can be found by following this link:

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeDocs&TheSystemkey=65413

The case officer is Geoff Whitington – please email comments and objections to him at geoff.whitington@lewisham.gov.uk, and don’t forget to copy us in at foresthill@lewishamlibdems.org.uk

#ForestHill planning consultation: 9 – 13 THE FACADE, DEVONSHIRE ROAD, LONDON, #SE23 3HA 13 April 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Forest Hill, Planning.
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Details of this planning application can be found by following this link:

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeDocs&TheSystemkey=64919

The case officer is Tabitha Lythe – please email comments and objections to her at tabitha.lythe@lewisham.gov.uk, and don’t forget to copy us in at foresthill@lewisham.gov.uk

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