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Forest Hill Ward Meeting - 8th Jan

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Joined 22-06-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 03 January, 2007 - 09:51 pm:   

Happy New Year to one and all.

Residents of Forest Hill Ward are cordially invited to a Forest Hill Ward Meeting hosted by the ward councillors on Monday 8th January 2007, at 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church Hall, off Sydenham Park Road.

The Meeting is the first of a regular series open meetings hosted by the ward councillors where issues of interest to local residents can be discussed. At the first meeting on Monday, we will be joined by Jaqueline Short from Lewisham Council to discuss sustainable transport, school travel plans and road safety, but any issue can be brought up for discussion and we will try and help where we can.

We would also welcome residents views on how the Localities Fund money for Forest Hill Ward may be spent (more info here: resentatives/Councillors/LocalitiesFund/).

If you'll be unable to attend the meeting, but would like to make a contribution on these or other issues, please feel free to email me at, remembering to include your postcode.

Please note that the Area Forum, which covers Forest Hill, Perry Vale and Sydenham wards, will be on 30th January at St George's Church at the junction of Woolstone Road and Vancouver Road.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 04 January, 2007 - 06:52 am:   

This sounds good, but I wonder why the venue is so far away from the heart of the ward itself! Its quite a hike, and as I recall from previously, difficult to park around the area as already congested, and as its a dark road,has issues of personal safety for those on foot. I know wheelchair access may have been an issue but might I suggest that future meetings are held more centrally, ie in one of the local schools in the ward such as on Dartmouth Road.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 10:51 am:   

I have written to Alex about this separately;
it would I think be good to use this 10k to do a proper survey on rat running and traffic problems in the ward and look at measures to address this effectively. One way forward could be to employ a company such as Betteridge Turner to do the professional survey and analysis plus use of video diaries from local people to chart their experiences and concerns. Any other takers?
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 12:16 pm:   

A first step would be to ban parking on pavements.
On railway side of Devonshire Road seems most cars now do it. For people like me who do not want to break the law means my car sticks right out.
Their is no excuse for this which leaves very little space for pedestrians and major hazard for blind and disabled people.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 03:29 pm:   

It is already banned (unless a white line has been painted on the pavement for a designated parking area). However, enforcement is non-existant.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 04:51 pm:   

It is enforced - got done 3 days in a row when left car out of garage. Just had 2 wheels half on kerb, not even fully on.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 06:01 pm:   

The problem with Devonshire Road, is if you don't do it, then either you lose your wing mirror , or the other trucks and lorries that turn in from the south circ can;t get past! Think this is why we need traffic calming/reduction in this area, as its ultimately the pedestrian who suffers.

Cars park on the pavement on Woodcombe Crescent without any white lines, however this is the sensible thing to so as the pavement is fairly wide and if people park in the road nothing can get past.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 08 January, 2007 - 06:03 pm:   

Anyway,any more views on the 10 k on offer from the Council, or do I take it that these comments are an expression of interet in having the whole traffic thing looked at more closely as I've proposed above?
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 09 January, 2007 - 09:07 am:   

There were just over 30 people at the meeting yesterday evening. There were some good ideas about how to spend 10k including more trees particularly on the south circular, improvements to shop fronts, community art / installation, investment in youth projects, extra resources for town centre management to attract more businesses to the area, and my crazy idea of the beacon wind turbine at the top of the hill for all of London to see!
The only problem is that 10k does not go very far.

The other main issue discussed was increasing walking and cycling to school in the area, although two major obstacles were identified - the south circular and the railway (with the two pedestrian crossings), both of which make cycling/walking to school less safe and less pleasant. One action that was identified that could make a difference was lighting on the footbridge on Sydenham Park and the surrounding area.

I was also pleased to hear all of the FH ward councilors publicly expressed their support for the FH Society and Sydenham Society campaign against any reduction in train services to London Bridge and Victoria.

I can't resist pointing out that the online petition ( now has over 600 signatures in just over one month. This clearly demonstrates the strength of feeling in Forest Hill and surrounding neighbourhoods. I am sure everybody who reads has already signed but please encourage your families and neighbours to sign the petition as well.

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