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£100k to be spent in Forest Hill 13 October 2009

Posted by Philip Peake in Local assembly.
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Last Wednesday’s Forest Hill local assembly took place with the rain pouring down outside, but John (who was chairing) was able to give the local residents great news. We are the only ward which has managed to double the £50k Local Assembly Neighbourhood Fund by promises of ‘match’ funding from other partners.

There were some excellent questions and some spirited debate on the merits of the various proposals, and most people were satisfied that the priorities they’d previously set were being addressed. These projects cover youth and community facilities, the state of our town centre, environmental and traffic issues.

The specific projects the £50k fund will be spent on are:

•Platform One youth project: £20,000 for major building works so that the only youth club within the ward can reopen.

•Double-jab boxing club: £7,350 to reorganise the gym into a not-for profit company working particularly with young people at risk of getting into problems.

•David’s Road mural: £5,500 to clean and light the canalside mural near The Hob pub.

•Rockbourne youth club: £4,300 to provide a street dance event and a DJ summer project which the police will be referring at-risk young people from Forest Hill ward to.

•Devonshire Road Nature Reserve: £4,000 to provide high quality signs, which will complement the new gates paid for by lottery funding.

•Horniman play-park: £3,850 to produce worked up architectural drawings and get planning permission for toilets in the play-park, which should mean that the council build them much faster than they otherwise would.

•Audit of the streetscape in central Forest Hill: £2,500 to get a professional audit of the street clutter to let Lewisham Council and Transport for London know what they need to do to improve the environment of our town centre.

•Local Assembly publicity: £1000 for the operational costs of publicising the work of – and opportunities to get involved in – the Local Assembly (outside of political newsletters like Forest Hill Focus).

•Tree planting: £1000 to replace or add trees to our parks and open spaces.

•Hedge planting: £500 to improve the historic hedge along the edge of the Horniman play-park opposite the Museum gardens.

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