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FH Assembly boost for youngsters, traders and nature reserve 4 January 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Community, Environment, Local assembly, Uncategorized, Young people.
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This article appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Local residents who attended October’s meeting of the Forest Hill Assembly decided the allocation of the £12,500 Assembly Fund for the year ahead. Seven of the ten organisations that put in a bid were awarded funding.

The successful projects are:

Garden Power Supply – Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

£1,600 was awarded to lay a fixed electricity supply from the existing visitor centre to the two volunteer built green oak buildings in the garden

Planting in Forest Hill Town Centre – Forest Hill Society

£280 for replacement of plants at Forest Hill station (forecourt and platform planters) and beneath the trees at the Job Centre

Re-Connect @ Platform 1

£3,000 for a youth project including drama and music workshops targeted at 8-13 year olds

Garden project – Rockbourne Youth Club

£1,987.75 to build a garden space accessible to schools, nurseries and community groups, and to buy tools to maintain it

Forest Hill’s map of hidden treasure – Forest Hill Traders Association

£2,500 for a ‘graffiti’ style map of London Road, Dartmouth Road and Perry Vale to be located by Welsh Smiths’

Kelvin Grove Activities – Kelvin Grove Primary School

£2,250 for a project to help raise aspirations and change behaviour among a targeted group of 10-11 year olds

The remaining £882 is being offered to the next placed project which was SFH (Sydenham Forest Hill) Performing Arts Academy, involving dance, drama, music and sport workshops for 9-12 year olds at Sydenham School.

Councillor Alex Feakes, chair of the Forest Hill Assembly, commented: “I am delighted that local people have once again voted to support some really worthwhile projects, which will make our area greener, more attractive to shoppers and other visitors, and will help local youngsters.”

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.

Changing social housing policy in Lewisham? Let the council know your views #se23 #26 14 February 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Forest Hill, Housing.
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Lewisham Council is reviewing its housing allocations scheme and developing its Strategic Policy on Tenancies and is asking for views on the proposed changes.

The consultations run from now until 29 February 2012 and are open to all.

To take part go to http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/consultation

Designated Public Place Order Review #se23 #se26 14 February 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Police.
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The Safer Lewisham Partnership are currently undertaking its annual review of the Designated Public Place Order. The Order gives the police extra powers to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour and disorder, and will influence things like alcohol control zones.

You can feed in your views to the consultation here: http://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/community_services/crsp/evaluating_the_lewisham_designated_public_place_order_alcohol_related_anti-social_behaviour

Alternatively, if you’d rather not contribute your views directly, then you can do so through us – please drop us an email at foresthill@lewishamlibdems.org.uk

Southwark Council consultation on increasing cemetery space #ForestHill #HonorOak #se23 31 January 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Environment, Forest Hill.
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Fresh on the back of Southwark Council’s proposal to expand its cemeteries on to recreation grounds in Honor Oak, they are now consulting on plans to increase the capacity of Camberwell Old Cemetery. This burial ground is bounded by Forest Hill Road, Wood Vale and Underhill Road, and is very nearly full to the brim.

Southwark’s proposal is to increase capacity by adding a metre of topsoil to an area of land adjacent to Wood Vale. This would require the felling of 34 trees, replaced by 97 new ones.

If you would like to find out more, or to voice your opinion on the proposal, email parks.

More about Camberwell Old Cemetery can be found here: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200032/deaths_funerals_and_cremations/185/cemeteries/2

Thefts from gardens in #ForestHill #se23 & #Sydenham #se26 31 January 2012

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Forest Hill, Police, Sydenham.
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If you have been the victim of a theft of materials from your garden, or know of someone who has, we would be grateful if you could drop us an email at foresthill@lewishamlibdems.org.uk. There have been a number of similar incidents reported in recent weeks, and we would like to know how widespread the problem is.

Honor Oak rec ground update #se23 17 October 2011

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Environment, Forest Hill.
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Southwark Council are still considering whether to take the Honor Oak Rec for use as a cemetery, and we’ve been making our own submissions to them. Meanwhile, we were disappointed to be told in September – despite having raised it with council staff and in the Chamber regularly over the past year – that Lewisham had put its own suggestions on hold since January. Apparently they’re going to be “explored in more detail following the planned merger of the Bereavement and Green Scene Service Groups” in its own structural reorganisation.

The consultation meeting in the Rec on the 24th September was very well attended and very many salient points were raised by members of the public. A number of Lewisham councillors were in attendance, some also speaking, including Alex as well as John Bowen (councillor for the area around Honor Oak Park the other side of the railway line) and Joan Millbank & Paul Bell (councillors for the area covering the Honor Oak Estate bordering the north of the Rec).

The public campaign has been very active, with lots of people involved, demonstrating the strength of feeling toward saving this important local facility. We have helped with leafletting, petitioning and raising the issue in the local press. There are signs that Southwark Council are beginning to understand how previous ‘solutions’ to their burial needs have failed to create a sustainable system for burials and that, this time, they need to plan for a long-term answer. The formal consultation will have finished by the time you read this, but we will work together to make sure they don’t forget that.

Community benefits from the Forest Hill Ward Assembly 15 August 2011

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Forest Hill, Local assembly.
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Residents of Forest Hill attending the Forest Hill Ward Assembly on Sunday 14th August cast their votes to see which local projects and organisations would receive a share of the £45k available from the Forest Hill Ward Assembly Fund.

The winning projects included plans to bring swings and sports equipment back to the Horniman Triangle play park, a new shelter and teaching space at the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, work on an outdoor theatre in Albion Millennium Green and a scheme to reduce isolation of older residents of the ward through a theatre and lunch club.
Those attending the Assembly, held in the main hall of Sydenham School on Dartmouth Road in the ward, got a chance to speak to the organisations promoting the 17 bids for funds in a marketplace-style event where the public went from table to table.
Whilst the votes were being counted, Assembly attendees were entertained by an impromptu comedy performance by Forest Hill & Sydenham Youth Forum co-ordinator Melissa Knight.
17 organisations submitted eligible bids to the £45,000 fund; 13 were successful:
1 Safety Rulez – Part II: A Community Cohesion Project working with 12 girls aged 13-15 currently facing difficulties at school – Platform One
2 Wildlife Hedgerow, Fencing and 8 New Fruit Trees for Community Orchard – Friends of Albion Millennium Green
3 Open Air Theatre Millennium Green – Friends of Albion Millennium Green
4 Horniman Theme for Empty Shops – Forest Hill Society
5 Arts Befriending Group and Theatre project-to help isolated older people– Ageing Well in Lewisham
6 Town Centre Planting Scheme – Forest Hill Society
7 Healthy Living Workshops, teaching and encouraging cooking, nutrition and gardening – Centrepoint
8 Youth forum workshops, training young people to fundraise for our organisation– Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum
9 Weatherproof Games in the Park – Forest Hill Society
10 New Green Oak Shelter for the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve – Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve
11 Kirkdale Village Beautification – Kirkdale Village Traders Association
12 Busy Bees – Sessions for under fives and parents, at the Horniman Museum – Horniman Museum
13 Swings for Horniman Triangle – Forest Hill Society

Saving Honor Oak Rec 19 April 2011

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Millennium Green event: Free May Day Kids’ Event with Bedlam Bunch interactive shows 18 April 2011

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Culture, Local assembly.
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News just in about an event organised by one of the groups supported by Forest Hill ward’s Locality Fund: the Friends of Millennium Green.

Kids May Day Event

Albion Millennium Green (end of Albion Villas Road, SE26)
Sunday May 1st 2011, 12 noon – 3pm

The Bedlam Bunch Children’s Theatre

Rocket Ron and Fairy Fidget crash land in their space rocket at the Green. An adventure awaits as they discover what Spring time means in this magical place. What will they learn? Who will they meet? And can the children help them rebuild their space rocket in time to get home…?

Show times 12.00pm and 2pm

Children aged 3 – 8 years and parents welcome.

Bring your own picnic lunch (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Face Painting – Squirrels, Badgers, Foxes and Hedgehogs galore (small charge applies)

May Kings and Queens, Cup Cakes, More Entertainment (tbc)

Volunteer Helpers and Stewards are welcome from 9am – 3pm. Please call Roz on 07846 068 583 if you can help.

Please Note: There are no toilet or wash room facilities on Millennium Green. Local residents have offered private facilities for emergencies.

Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes.

For more on Albion Millennium Green see;