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Venue: Leander Community Centre, Ship Street SE8 4DH

Contact: Maya Onyett 

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Welcome from the Chair Cllr Stephen Penfold


    Apologies received from Cllr McGeevor and Cllr Adefiranye.



Brockley Assembly Fund 2018 Presentations

Hear from the applicants who have a project idea to help make a difference in Brockley:


1:         Project 1: A Brighter Beginning at Leander for all - £1984


Project 2: Breakspears Mews Community Garden- £1450


Project 3: Local Community Street Tree Planting Initiative- £1984


Project 4: Brockley Streets- £1984


Project 5: Community Christmas Day Lunch- £1676


Project 6: Community Seeding, Planting, Pruning and Park-inspired Art- £1344


Project 7: Make Your Own Skateboard - £1500


Project 8:Myatt Gardens Girls Football Project - £1260


Project 9:Opening Night of Brockley Max - £1984


Project 10: Play Luxmore - £1984


Donation of £250 to Travelling Cinema for Older People project


Total funding available: £17400


Project 1: A Brighter Beginning at Leander for all - £1984

Bright Beginnings would like to provide a holiday club at Leander Community Centre for 2 weeks during half term for children aged 5-15years old in the community. They have provided this a couple of years ago and it was a success. They have been approached by local residents and families in and around the community as the children are on the estate with nothing to do would like to know if they would be providing a holiday club and a community seaside trip for summer 2019. The centre used to offer a youth club however Peabody has removed that service six years ago. Our children will be in a happy, safe, secure environment in the community. This would be free and offered to families in the community/Brockley ward and an opportunity to mix with other nationalities and cultures. 


They would also like to provide a 10 sessions 1 sewing class per week for senior citizens as they are on their management committee and this was one of their interests. One of their volunteers is a machinist and is willing to take on this project with a volunteer. The community centre has 3 sewing machines and would like to provide this project for the seniors and some young people to assist and volunteer their time.


Project 2: Breakspears Mews Community Garden- £1450

We have recently taken on the management of the herb garden and flower meadow at Brockley Station, in conjunction with BXAG and local businesses. We would like to improve the neglected area that has enabled antisocial behaviour. We would like to explore if it is possible to involve the people engaged in antisocial behaviour to take some responsibility for a space that everyone can enjoy.


As in the previous years we would like to open the garden 2 – 3 times a week throughout the growing season.

We would like to continue with our hugely successful senior sessions, so that more pensioners can join in. To achieve this we would like to run 8 x 2 hr weekly sessions with a qualified teacher again, with participants being encouraged to join in with the weekday evening and weekend openings to further their involvement and meet others.


We would also like to offer again our hugely popular one day outings or workshops for members to other gardens in London and surrounding area. We are now members of Capital Growth and as such our volunteers participate in their events and workshops.


We would like ourselves to hold regular workshops to increase our understanding and knowledge of gardening. We would like to set up our garden to be a hub providing support for people in the Brockley ward to set up their own vegetable gardens at home. We aim to advise in setting up, Soil fertility, sourcing free compost and seeds and how and when to start growing particular crops.


Some of the top framing of the raised beds have rotted and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Projects put to the assembly's vote


After everyone listened to the presentations delivered by each project, all projects were voted in by a show of hands.



Democracy Review - Cllr Stephen Penfold


            Cllr Stephen Penfold delivered the LDR presentation


In summary, the Council has to make cuts to public services. We will need to make tough financial decisions. Strong local democracy is increasingly important. The Council is asking residents about how the Mayor  & Council could: 

? enhance their openness and transparency 

? increase public involvement in Council decisions 

? promote effective decision making.


You can access the online questionnaire at 


For further information please email



Community information


·         2019/20 Resurfacing Programme - Cllr Stephen Penfold

highlighted that in 2018/19 the Council spent £2.6m on resurfacing works financed from a number of sources including capital scheme monies

All the works included in the current resurfacing programme are subject to a prioritisation processes, ensuring that the worst carriageways are resurfaced first. Site investigations and analysis are carried out to determine the final priority and the treatment to be applied.

To enhance our priority assessment and to add some local, qualitative input / knowledge we would like you to identify up to three roads within your ward where you and fellow Ward Councillors (or the local assembly), consider that the carriageway is in more urgent need of resurfacing than those roads identified:


·         TANNERS HILL


·         ST JAMES'S


If you have any suggestions please email them


·         Lewisham Cyclists- Anna Schulenburg delivered the Lewisham Cyclists Presentation Nov18:


In summary, Lewisham Cyclists has a mission to accelerate changes to help make a healthier, safer borough:

Our work aims to achieve this through several key initiatives:

·         Campaigning for healthier, safer streets, by engaging and lobbying local councillors – helping residents’ voices to be heard and concrete changes to be made

·         Organising and leading regular local rides – introducing more people to cycling routes in the area

·         Encouraging more people in the community to take up cycling, through running events and workshops – supporting those new to cycling

To get in touch:

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6.30pm and are open to all

Lewisham Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford, SE6 4RU

Jane Davis – Coordinator

Tim Collingridge – Secretary



·         Remembrance Sunday – 11th November, 10.45- 12.15. Join the Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries for their annual commemoration of the fallen of the First World War Meet at the Ladywell Cross of Sacrifice for a 2-minute silence and wreath laying followed by a walk.

·          The Brockley Society’s Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 14th November, 7.30 pm at St. Peters Church, Wickham Road, SE4 1LT



Closing Remarks


                - Join the Brockley Assembly Coordinating Group         

                - Feedback forms- Join the Brockley Assembly Coordinating Group 


Cllr Penfold highlighted the importance of completing the feedback forms and invited members to join the coordinating group which plans the assembly and discusses local issues and updates. If you would like to join contact for further information.


 - Date and agenda items for next meeting:

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 7pm