Venue: Christian Fellowship Centre, 39 Honor Oak Road SE23 3SH
Contact: Maya Onyett 020 83148208
Welcome from the Chair, Cllr Peter Bernards
Cllr Peter Bernards, Chair of the Forest Hill Assembly welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Cllr Paul Upex and Cllr Maja Hilton.
NHS Update - Dorothy Muir
Forest Hill Library Update - Michael Abrahams
Michael Abrahams explained that the library is now operating with just over a 100 volunteers aging from people in their 20’s to those in their 80’s.
They need more to keep it running. The boiler has been fixed so the heating is
New computers are currently being set up and there are a variety of events
taking place, including toddler groups, and book clubs.
So far it is going well, the agreement is in place for 25 years so there is a long
way to go.
Currently there are 3 people (volunteers) in the library at any time – 66 hours
per week to be covered which amounts to 3 shifts a day.
They are still learning and welcome feedback and would like the Forest Hill
assembly to be a platform to do this and support the ongoing work and
development. The assembly has given £5,000 funding and the library are
working on planning activities to provide anything from philosophy to
remarketing the children’s library. 6 weeks of Crowd funding has raised just
over £10,000 which is a wonderful reflection of the support from the local
community, residents, businesses and organisations. Also some areas of the
library will be rented out. Overall this allows the library to run with the same
amount of books. Additionally, books can be ordered in and eBooks are also
on offer and in the long term they are looking for more books to be sourced.
They will also run events in partnership with V22- Louise house which is next
to the library. A special thanks and acknowledgement of all the hard work and
contribution so far was given to all the volunteers and Simon Hicks who is
managing the library.
The library is made up of a partnership of 3 organisations, namely, The Forest
Hill Society, The Forest Hill Traders Association and V22 Louise House.
SNT update - written update provided
Regarding Burglary; There has been a noticeable decrease in the number of reported residential burglaries, though there has been a slight increase in the number of non-residential burglaries and these have generally affected sheds etc. On this note, our neighbouring ward, Perry Vale have had a number of instances where residents have found that access has been made into their gardens, though entry wasn't made to any building. We have had one reported instance in our ward and this occurred near to Millennium Gardens. Again, thankfully no access was made to the resident’s home, though we appreciate anything like this is worrying. Could I ask people to ensure their sheds and garages are secured with approved locks. Again, if anyone needs any advice on suitable locks or crime prevention in general, can they contact us and this can be arranged.
Regarding Violence against the person; The number of reported crimes involving violence towards people over the last three months is again down compared to the previous reporting period.
Regarding our previous update over Elliott Bank and inconsiderate parking of vehicles during school drop of and pick up time; We have received fewer complaints over inconsiderate parking on this road but again, if people are concerned over this, please make contact with us and we can refer these concerns to Highways and again request they send parking attendants to patrol this area. Again 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 be in Thorpewood outside the school on a daily basis, we have been in contact with parking services and they have had their CCTV/Camera car stationed in this road as well as parking enforcement officers.
Regarding Millennium Gardens and the Town Centre; We have received few complaints regarding Millennium Gardens other than that previously mentioned in our burglary update. Concerns over this area and adjacent roads are still a priority to us and we will continue to patrol these areas. Regarding ASB by begging in the Town Centre, as stated previously, having identified those responsible, one individual again offended and received a Community Protection Notice Warning due to their ongoing behaviour. Following this we have to date received no further complaints regarding this individual, though we are now aware of others who are begging in the Kirkdale and neighbouring Sydenham areas and are looking to deal with these individuals in much the same way.
Regarding the ASB in general, our ward panel members have given us a tasking for the next three months to answer and deal with ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Dartmouth Road Update - written update
Written update from 28/11/16 key stakeholder meeting notes:
Overall: the key stakeholder group seemed satisfied that their main concerns had been addressed in the design.
· Keep the smaller units of the deep red granite as an accent within the paving scheme.
· Exchange the darkest grey granite for the blue grey sample
· Add in the pink granite that varies in tone between red and blue to tie in the pinky colours with the greys.
· Retain the other colours
Action: PCL Construction to advise the final mix for LBLe’s contractor
Group discussion exercise
Discuss the following questions:
1. What do you think is good about the Forest Hill assembly?
2. How can we make it better?
3. Why do you attend the local assembly?
4. What do you think would bring along more of your neighbours?
5. What do you think stops people getting involved in the Forest Hill coordinating group and assembly?
6. How can we change this?
Discuss the following questions:
Group 1 Feedback:
Group 2 Feedback:
Group 3 Feedback:
Join the Forest Hill Assembly Coordinating Group
· Feedback forms - agenda items next meeting
Cllr Bernards 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 email@example.com for further information.
Railway (GTR) launched an extensive consultation setting out proposed changes to the timetable which ended on 8th December. Lewisham Labour has passed a motion at full Council, 23/11/2016, expressing some concerns around these proposals and asking the Public Transport Liaison Committee to investigate in more detail to address the issues of overcrowding during peaks times and the reduction of peak services to London Bridge to four trains an hour from Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak, and Brockley. There is also disappointment with the proposal of diverting all East Croydon Trains to West Croydon which will make it harder and longer to get to Gatwick and other destinations in Sussex.
Cllr Upex will keep the assembly updated.