Council meetings

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road, SE26 3HZ

Contact: Maya Onyett  020 83148208

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The Forest Hill Assembly Fund Marketplace Event


The following projects were bidding for a share of the £8,800 Forest Hill Assembly Fund. Attendees were encouraged to visit each project and find out more about the proposal. They were then asked to vote for a minimum of 6 projects


  • Friends of Baxter Field       £1500
  • Forest Hill Fashion Week 2016     £2500
  • Friends of Albion Millennium Green Notice boards      £1250
  • Broken Hearted – Youth acting project    £1850
  • Scouts            £1000
  • Devonshire Road Nature Reserve £1500
  • Forest Hill Society 1 planters  £400
  • Forest Hill Society 2 lighting trees  £700

Total £10,700

Available funding £8,880


For more details about the proposals please contact Maya Onyett



Welcome and introductions


Cllr Peter Bernards, Chair of the Forest Hill Assembly welcomed everyone to the meeting. He then introduced Cllr Paul Upex and Cllr Maja Hilton and told the assembly that the main purpose of the meeting was to decide which projects to fund from the Forest Hill Assembly Fund.



Community information and updates


  • Forest Hill Community Library

Cllr Bernards explained that Forest Hill library is in the final stages of becoming a community run library. The transfer period should begin in the third

week of October 2016.

They have a set up a crowd funding page where you can donate and/ or find out useful local information:

You can also find out information by visiting,


  • Police SNT Update from PC Michael Hill 195PL:

Crime Stats for the last three (3) months;


There has been no increase in number of reported residential burglaries over the past three months, though there has been a slight increase in the number of non-residential burglaries for the same period. On this note could I ask people to ensure their sheds and garages are secured with approved locks. These offences are sporadic in nature and recently, have affected some of the roads leading off of Devonshire Road. If anyone needs any advice on suitable locks or crime prevention in general, can they contact us and this can be arranged.


There has been a very slight increase in the number of reported robbery incidents (2 offences) within Forest Hill over the last three months.

Violence against the person

The number of reported crimes involving violence over the last three months is noticeably down compared to the previous reporting period.

Theft of motor vehicle

The team have done a lot of work around this subject with covert and uniformed patrol's as well as regular crime alerts on this subject. Good news is the number of reported crimes are significantly down compared to the previous reporting period, roughly equating to a 64% reduction.

Theft from motor vehicle

Again the number of reported offences are again significantly down and more so in this case than the previous theft of Motor Vehicle subject at roughly an 81% reduction.

Theft person

Unfortunately, there has been a slight increase in the number of reported offences compared to the previous reporting period.

Criminal damage

Again, a slight increase in the number of reported allegations made to police compared to the previous reporting period.

Total notifiable offences

This subject pertains to every crime type and allegation made to police concerning Forest Hill. I am happy to say that the numbers of allegations made to police is down by a little over 9% compared to the previous reporting period.

Elliott Bank and inconsiderate parking of vehicles during school drop of and pick up time.

I have to be clear on the subject of parking. This is an offence that the police have no jurisdiction over unless a vehicle is causing an unnecessary obstruction, parked in a dangerous position or preventing someone from leaving their drive. With regards to Thorpewood, the team have patrolled Elliott Bank on a number of occasions and yes, several parents were found to be parking inconsiderately and duly moved on. Inconsiderate parking outside schools is an issue that affects most schools in Lewisham and indeed London. Although we cannot  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.


Results of the Vote


44 people voted at the assembly, the following projects received the most votes and will be funded (listed in order of the highest number of votes received).

                Name of project                                        No.of votes


Friends of Baxter Field




FHS 1 planters




Devonshire Road Nature Reserve




FAMGNotice boards








FHS 2 lighting trees




FH Fashion Week 2016




Broken Hearted





FH Fashion Week 2016 and the Broken Hearted project came jointly in 6th place so they agreed to share the remaining £2,530 between them.




Any other businesses


Cllr Bernards thanked everyone for attending.

The next assembly will take place on Thursday 8 December, 7- 9pm, venue to be confirmed.

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.