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Bus campaign: Next stop City Hall 22 March 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Transport.
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George Crozier at a bus stop in Forest Hill

Lib Dem campaigner George Crozier is leading calls for action on bus and rail overcrowding

This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

The Forest Hill Focus Team are working with Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon to get action to tackle overcrowding on buses serving our area.

Caroline is Deputy Chair of the Assembly’s Transport Committee, which recently identified the 185 and 176 as among the ten most overcrowded bus routes in the capital. She has tabled questions to London Mayor Boris Johnson asking why TfL do not officially measure and publish information on bus crowding, as happens with trains. She has also asked TfL to look into overcrowding on the 185 and 176 specifically, and whether there is a need for additional buses at peak times.

Overground update

The Lib Dem team have welcomed news that trains on the London Overground serving Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill and Sydenham are to be extended to five carriages to tackle overcrowding . The first of the longer trains should be in service by the end of 2014.

Some platforms are also to be extended. However TfL do not appear to be considering other station improvements, such as installing extra escalators to ease congestion at popular interchanges such as Canada Water. Forest Hill campaigner George Crozier has written to TfL asking them to explore this.

The Focus Team want to hear from bus and rail passengers about their experiences, especially with overcrowding. Please contact George Crozier at crozierg@yahoo.co.uk.

Forest Hill Planning consultation: 16 Boveney Road, London, SE23 3NN 13 September 2011

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


The case officer is Gemma Barnes – please email comments and objections to her at gemma.barnes@lewisham.gov.uk, and don’t forget to copy us in.

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;


Bird In Hand clean up 18 April 2011

Posted by Alex Feakes in Environment, Forest Hill, Streets.
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During a recent town centre walkabout, I spoke to the landlady of the Bird In Hand pub who agreed to put out some extra sand buckets for smokers who congregate on their terrace. This should hopefully deal with the problem of cigarette butt rubbish in the road. Please let us know if it continues to be a problem.