Council meetings

Agenda item

Community Updates


Modal Filters on Silverdale and Bishopsthorpe Road


There has been an 18 month extension on the modal filters in Silverdale and Bishopsthorpe road and there will be a review ahead of this, within the next year.


Q: At what point will residents be invited to input their feedback?

A: Officers are currently planning out the consultation process with a commitment to a full consultation. Residents will be informed as soon as dates have been agreed.


Planning issues – Our Lady & St Philip Neri School, enforcement including flyposting


Regarding OLSPN School, all parties are committed to addressing the planning issues at the site and ensuring the continued operation of the school. See the Community update for a more detailed update.   


Flyposting from the fun fairs. Cllr Best has requested that the proprietors of the fun fair be written to by the Council asking them to remove old posters from Sydenham Road as they have been left up well beyond the date of the event and are littering the high street.


The Sydenham Centre – improvement works and hire of venue 


The Sydenham Centre is currently undergoing improvement works to improve the energy efficiency of the centre.


Q: Can we have improvements to the door entry at the Sydenham Centre?

A: Centre user meetings have resumed and this issue has been raised. Councillor surgeries are currently taking place in Ignition Brewery, meaning the brewery entrance can be used instead for this.


Sydenham Arts


What’s coming up:

-     Street smART, our creative project exploring Women’s safety and how we can make Sydenham a safer place through awareness, campaigning and innovative approaches using the arts

-    Waking The Sydenham Dragon, part of Lewisham Borough of Culture’s Day One celebrations on 28th January

-    Film Returns, our first film screening of 2022 will be The Lobster- Yorgos Lanthimos’ surreal black comedy romance, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman @ The Grove Centre (TBC), 24th February, 7.30pm

-    online film meetup, Talking Films. Playlist to watch at home is on our website, and we’ll be meeting to discuss the content on 3rd Feb, 7pm. Free

-    Moving With Parkinson’s will start again towards the end of February. Contact (or contact us through the website) for more info. Classes are totally free, and drop ins are welcome.

-    more coming up throughout the year, including a pilot mentoring programme for young creatives, plenty more events, our Artists Trail and more...

See, and follow Sydenham Arts on Facebook, Instagram and twitter for all updates.


Spontaneous Productions


What’s on:

-    28th Borough of Culture activities 2:15pm outside the Sydenham Centre including surprising interventions with characters from the future riding interesting vehicles. Then 3:15pm outside Sydenham Library. And joined by students again at 4:15pm

-    19th February, 8pm at the Sydenham Centre - Scratch Night + 600 seconds: FUTURESHOCK, highlighting the impact of technology

-    5th March – 3rd April at the Sydenham Centre - Little Red Riding Hood: The Truth

-    April-May, Abigail’s Party

-    End of May, outdoor theatre in the part - End of! – a climate change musical for all ages


For more information or to buy tickets go to


James Ross Hunter Youth Support (JRHYS)


Collet thanked everyone for the recommendation for NCIL funding and highlighted the ongoing sessions at TNG Youth and Community Centre for young people and their families.


Friends of Sydenham Library


Sydenham Library is now open 10am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday. They are looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should contact or call 020 87781753.

Friends of Sydenham Library is also looking for someone to help with the website as well as to get involved in craft fairs or other activities at the library. For more information or to join Friends of Sydenham Library please contact


Craft and other activities recommended for NCIL funding are due to start in April. Rebecca Snook introduced herself as the Rhyme Time facilitator.




The Christmas event was a success and fundraising is ongoing to ensure the Christmas and other events can continue as well as raising money for Christmas lights. Alex Bourdelon, Sydenham Community Project has been assisting with the SEE3 website.


SEE3 reported one vacant shop on the high street, the old Santander.


The recommendation for NCIL funding means that more events will be coming up later in the year. Please contact SEE3 via to share your ideas and go to for updates on events.