jump to navigation

Proposed changes along the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham 29 September 2015

Posted by Alex Feakes in Uncategorized.
add a comment

This is a little far from Forest Hill, but may affect you if you drive up around New Cross, particularly to the Municipal Waste site at Landsman Way.

TfL are proposing a package of improvements along the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham, which aim to improve safety and reduce the potential for delays to journey times for all road users.

For more details, please see the consulation site, and have your say: A20 consultation.

Advertisements

What do you think should happen to the Forest Hill Library ? Public consultation coming soon. 10 September 2015

Posted by margotwilson in Uncategorized.
add a comment
DSC01412DSC01416
In the present refugee crisis we see the importance of having a  community hub in our local library, which is being used as a collection point for donations. Just when plans are afoot to improve Dartmouth Road, the future of this valuable centre is by no means certain.
The Council are proposing to make Forest Hill Library a community library rather than one run by the council. This would be similar to the way Sydenham Library is run. The Council is receiving less money from the government so they are seeking a community partner to  manage  and develop the library.
There are just a few weeks for the public to comment. The consultation opens on 1 October and closes on 12 November so we have just six short weeks to make our views known.
What kind of partner is found, if indeed one can be found, will be of the utmost  importance.
We need to make sure
  • we keep expert staff. Anyone who has seen the librarians  helping children to do the summer reading challenge, as Margot did recently, will know they really know their stuff.
  • people can use the internet for free and there is someone there to help those who need it.
  • there’s a good supply of books including our wonderful children’s books.

More ‘looked after’ children going missing in Lewisham. 6 August 2015

Posted by margotwilson in Uncategorized.
add a comment

caroline-pidgeon-portrait

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for London, recently reported on the numbers of children going missing from care. By using the Freedom of Information Act, she was able to discover that, in Lewisham from 2013-2014 the number of children  gong missing from care increased by 164% from 28 to 74.

Numbers of children going missing from placements within the borough had gone from 11 in 2013 to 36 in 2014.  The number of children going missing from placements outside the borough had gone from 17 in 2013 to 38 in 2014. The number still missing was not disclosed.

Her report recommends

  • the setting up of a Mayoral Task Force for vulnerable children who go missing,
  • more transparency and consistency in the collection of data
  • and training for councillors on this issue .

“A looked after child is already a vulnerable child” Caroline told the News Shopper, “If they go missing for 24 hours or more they are immediately at serious risk, such as being drawn into criminal activity or becoming a victim of sexual abuse. There are a number of criminal syndicates which target girls and boys for sexual abuse, often targeting runaway children.

“While I recognise Lewisham Council are at least being open about how serious the situation is, it is now time they acted and turned this situation around.”

Forest Hill residents back human rights campaign 19 July 2015

Posted by George Crozier in Uncategorized.
Tags: ,
add a comment
Forest Hill Lib Dems collecting signatures outside The Capitol in support of retaining the Human Rights Act

Forest Hill Lib Dems collecting signatures outside The Capitol in support of retaining the Human Rights Act

Hundreds of local people backed a Liberal Democrat campaign to save the Human Rights Act, when Forest Hill Lib Dems held a street stall as part of a national action day on June 27th.

South London Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, one of the leaders of the campaign nationally. explained:

By drawing up plans to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and laying the groundwork to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) – the Tories are revealing their true colours.

“The HRA and ECHR are not some piffling pieces of legislation, dreamt up by bureaucrats in Brussels to tie us in red tape. These are British rights, drafted by British lawyers.

“They were forged in the aftermath of the atrocities of the Second World War and fought for by Winston Churchill.

“They are designed to place public authorities in the UK under a strict, non-negotiable obligation to treat people with fairness, equality and dignity.

“Frequently they have been all that has stood in the way of injustice, most usually inflicted on the individual by an over-powerful state.”

Forest Hill Lib Dem campaigner George Crozier said:

“The Human Rights Act has achieved a huge amount. It’s held the state to account for spying on us, supported peaceful protest, defended victims of rape and domestic violence and shielded press freedom.

“How could we seriously expect to persuade other countries to take human rights seriously if we are about to join the dictatorship of Belarus as the only countries in the whole of Europe not signed up to the ECHR. It would destroy every thread of moral authority we have.”

Campaigner Margot Wilson, who organised the street stall, said:

In Coalition, the Tories wanted to abolish the Human Rights Act, and to walk away from the ECHR, with no guarantee about what would come in its place. But the Liberal Democrats blocked them.

“Now the Tories have a majority they are trying again.

“But we are determined to fight them every step of the way and stop them from trampling on our hard-fought freedoms and rights.”

Anyone who hasn’t yet signed the petition to save the Human Rights Act can do so here.

For more information see this article by Tom Brake.

Pedestrians should not be sharing space with cars in Kirkdale 6 July 2015

Posted by margotwilson in Uncategorized.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

DSC01372We have objected to the idea of pedestrians, cyclists and cars sharing the space in Kirkdale. This is one of the proposals put forward in the recent consultation about improvements to Kirkdale and Dartmouth Road. We welcome parking bays, planting more street trees and improving the look of the ‘High Street’ area of Kirkdale.DSC01365

However the proposal to lower the kerb to create a ‘more shared space’ around the mini roundabout has been queried by Forest Hill Libdems. We have also asked the council to explain what evidence there is that this will make the road safer. Libdem campaigner, Margot Wilson, regularly uses this stretch of road while taking grandchildren to school. She points out that there are currently four Primary schools and one nursery in the area. It is helpful if children can be trained to stop and look for traffic at the kerb, so it needs to be clear where it is.

A report in the Independent on Saturday 4 July 2015,highlighted the unpopularity of a ‘shared-space scheme’ in Exhibition Road in Kensington. It quotes the survey done by the only member of the House of Lords who is blind. Paralympic swimmer, Lord Holmes, said that people feel terrified to go into such areas.

This is not what we want in revitalising the High Street part of Kirkdale.

Parliamentary hustings cancelled #se23 23 April 2015

Posted by Alex Feakes in Uncategorized.
add a comment

Unfortunately, the parliamentary hustings organised by the Forest Hill Society and the Sydenham Society organised for Friday 24th April has been cancelled. The reasons for cancellation are given here.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Lewisham West & Penge, Alex Feakes, said: “I am disappointed that the hustings has been cancelled, as I think it is important for the public to meet and be able to question their parliamentary candidates. I would have been happy to proceed with the hustings in either of the line-ups suggested, but believe the original panel of five candidates suggested by the Forest Hill and Sydenham Societies was a reasonable plan.

Unlike the tremendous mess of the leaders’ TV debates, however, I believe it is up to the hosting organisations to make their own decisions about who to invite, as long as this meets Electoral Commission guidelines. Consequently, I respect the decision of the two Societies to cancel the hustings.”

There will be another opportunity to meet the candidates at the Penge Forum hustings next Wednesday 29th April.

Greenest Government Ever – thanks to Lib Dems 6 April 2015

Posted by George Crozier in Environment, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , ,
add a comment

IoS ragout boxThe Liberal Democrats have won praise for delivering on environmental policies in government in the face of opposition from the Conservatives.

The Independent on Sunday newspaper, which has a strong record of campaigning on green issues, agreed with Edward Davey – the minister in charge of the Government’s policies to tackle climate change – that the Lib Dems have made this Government greener than its Labour predecessor.

With the Lib Dems in Government, investment in renewable energy has been more than double that under Labour, and for the past three years the highest of any country in Europe. The amount of renewable energy being generated has also more than doubled.

OffShoreWind-1The Independent on Sunday gave its verdict on the parties’ green policies. The Conservatives deserve “discredit for going back on their ‘vote blue, go green’ promise”, Labour “have downplayed greenery” while the Green Party “urgently needs to sort itself out”. The Lib Dems, by contrast, deserve credit for “keeping the low-carbon show on the road”.

Alex Feakes, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Lewisham West & Penge, said: “Environmentalism has been at the core of our party’s DNA long before it fell in and out of fashion with other parties. We promised in 2010 to make the environment a priority and that is what we have done.”


Did you know?

  • Britain is now the world leader in offshore wind and tidal power (including the world’s 2 largest offshore windfarms)
  • Solar energy generation increased by 60% last year
  • Funding for cycling projects has been doubled since 2010
  • A million trees have been planted
  • A 5p charge to deter use of throwaway plastic bags comes in in October
  • The Government has beaten its target of getting a million homes more energy efficient in the past two years

GreenLawsFind out more about the Zero Waste Bill and other Lib Dem green policies for the next Parliament at: http://www.libdems.org.uk/environment

Alex Feakes: one of the ‘Top 10 PPCs to watch’ say @dodsmonitoring 2 April 2015

Posted by Alex Feakes in Uncategorized.
1 comment so far

DODS PPCs to watch 2015 - Alex Feakes

I’ve been picked out by @DODSmonitoring as one of the ‘Top 10 PPCs to watch’ in financial services at this General Election!  Let’s go #LWP http://www.dodsinformation.com/top-10-ppcs-watch-financial-services (sign-up needed)

Forest Hill residents back campaign to boost mental health services 14 March 2015

Posted by George Crozier in Uncategorized.
Tags: ,
add a comment
Lib Dem campaigners outside The Capitol in Forest Hill highlighting the party's mental health services campaign on the national day of action on December 6th

Lib Dem campaigners Margot Wilson, Bill Town and George Crozier outside The Capitol in Forest Hill highlighting the party’s mental health services campaign on the national day of action on December 6th

This article originally appeared in the February 2015 Forest Hill Focus

Hundreds of local residents have given their support to the Liberal Democrat campaign for better support for mental health services and for these to have parity with the treatment of physical health within the NHS.

One in four people experience mental health problems at some point in their lives.

Lib Dems in government have made mental health a priority, introducing the first ever waiting time standards in 2015 and providing extra money for evidence-based psychological therapies and children’s mental health. In December’s Autumn Statement £150 million was announced to transform the support provided to people with eating disorders.

Forest Hill campaigner Margot Wilson said: “Mental health should not be ignored or stigmatised. It should be taken as seriously as physical health. We are making progress in government but there is a lot more still to do.”


November Infographic - mental healthFind out more about Lib Dem plans to improve mental health services at: http://www.libdems.org.uk/mental_health

Alex Feakes re-selected to fight for Lewisham West and Penge 14 March 2015

Posted by George Crozier in Uncategorized.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

LIMG_2102rewisham Liberal Democrats have selected Forest Hill campaigner Alex Feakes to stand for the party in the Lewisham West and Penge parliamentary constituency (which includes Forest Hill) at May’s general election.

Alex has a strong record of campaigning locally. He was at the forefront of the successful campaign to get Forest Hill pools rebuilt, and has served as Forest Hill’s local councillor and governor of Sydenham School on Dartmouth Road. He is a board member of SEE3 Ltd, Sydenham and Forest Hill’s regeneration company.

Alex also stood to be our local MP at the 2005 and 2010 elections, coming second to Labour’s Jim Dowd on both occasions with the Conservatives back in third place each time.

Alex said: “I’m delighted to be selected as the Lib Dems’ parliamentary candidate for this area for the third time. I served the people of Forest Hill as their councillor for eight years and I would be honoured to represent them once again.

“The Lib Dems have some hard-won successes to celebrate from being in government – raising the Income Tax threshold so that lower paid working people can keep more of their money, directing more money to schools with the most needs, and promoting green investment in infrastructure and homes.  But I will also challenge Labour’s complacency about representing our community on so many issues – jobs and the economy, education and training, local autonomy and housing. Many people complain that their vote is taken for granted by Labour but they are not given a voice – it’s time for the people this constituency to get an MP that listens, and acts.”

About Alex

 Has lived in the Forest Hill area with his family for over 15 years
 Alex originally trained as an accountant and worked in a range of businesses, including as Finance Director of an art gallery
 Recently requalified as a teacher, and now teaches physics in a girls’ comprehensive school in Bromley
 As a councillor Alex chaired Lewisham’s Public Accounts scrutiny committee, scrutinising the Council’s inefficiencies