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Forest Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team - April 2015 Newsletter
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13-05-2015 06:33 PM

Received from Forest Hill SNT:

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020 8721 2723
ForestHill.SNT@met.police.uk
Twitter: @MPSForestHill

You Said, We Listened, We Did

We’ve been conducting traffic operations throughout the ward recently and have been using the speed gun on Sydenham Hill advising those motorists caught exceeding the speed limit. We would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists that this stretch of road is subject to a 20 MPH speed restriction. There are suitable speed restriction signs along this road that are reinforced by 20 MPH lettering painted onto the roads surface. We will continue to be on this stretch of road for this purpose over the coming weeks.

We have also been in the town centre following further complaints of fast food delivery bikes being ridden on the pavements. Management were spoken to following one such complaint with the rider receiving a reprimand from his employers.

Good News Story

Officers from your local policing team have recently made a number of arrests following a sharp increase in the theft of vehicles, namely motor cycles and mopeds/scooters across not only the ward but the whole of the south of the borough. It appears that the thefts were organised collectively with the machines being stored and subsequently broken down for parts.

Crime Prevention Advice

You may recall the recent bike marking event that was held at Finches this month. We’re pleased to say that this was well attended. Bike marking is an easy preventative tool to deter theft and went so well that we’ll be doing another one on Thursday 14th of May between 4pm and 6pm. Finches can be found on Perry Vale opposite the rear entrance of Forest Hill train station. If you can’t make this but would like to speak to us about other events such as this or any other matter then pop along to our next drop in surgery on 19th of May at Forest Hill Library between 5pm and 6pm.



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gbrownings


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13-05-2015 06:59 PM

You Said, We Listened, We Did

We’ve been conducting traffic operations throughout the ward recently and have been using the speed gun on Sydenham Hill advising those motorists caught exceeding the speed limit.


Seriously? Who asked for this? 20mph on Sydenham Hill is utterly ridiculous (and something I understood the police themselves objected to) and yet this is where our local police choose to 'conduct traffic operations'.

What a waste of police time and resources. Whoever set this as an operational priority needs to have a serious re-think about how best to serve the people that pay their wages.

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roz


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13-05-2015 07:21 PM

20mph is ridiculous on Sydenham Hill as the road conditions lend themselves to the standard speed limit of 30mph. Im not one to advocate high speeds in built up areas but there are few houses directly fronting onto this road and although there is a nursery school there it is somewhat set back from the road. As an experienced driver I feel that 20mph is actually inappropriate and hence dangerous. Ive found that going at 20mph causes drivers to overtake almost causing accidents on the bend.

Compare this to Honor Oak Road which is bordered by roads coming off it at 20mph and Honor Oak Park which is 20mph however HOR with three schools and a nursery close by was never considered for speed reduction and now parents of children at these schools are being told consultation can't start until 2016.

This has been a bizarre policy and action not to have put this into the hat for consideration at the same time as the others.

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Deano


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13-05-2015 09:40 PM

I can't believe sydenham hill is 20mph. I never asked for that. Can we reverse it?

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Londondrz


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14-05-2015 07:26 AM

With an obvouis biaise I wonder why the resources have not been used on Waldenshaw Road which has a 20 mph speed limit but is used as a rat run with cars speeding heavily along it past Fairlawn nursery.

Maybe it is not high visibility enough for police PR?

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Deano


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14-05-2015 08:31 AM

Or Dartmouth Road with two large schools and fast cars. Sydenham Hill was one of the few roads where 30mph seemed on the slow side. Perhaps slower down the hill would be ok but along the straight it is oddly slow.

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Londondrz


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14-05-2015 10:33 AM

I guess it is all about "visible policing" and I am sure it has nothing to do with shooting fish in a barrel on Sydenham Hill. I think you average PO would rather be doing something useful but no doubt a fast track grad higher up the totem pole has though that it would be a good idea.

I must be getting old as my cynicism is showing through.

Having said that, I actually saw two live police on Manor Mount the other day stop a car driving the wrong way down it. I though I was seeing things but the other half saw them as well.

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Perryman


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14-05-2015 12:42 PM

Sydenham hill possibly comes under Southwark which, Red routes aside, is a 20mph borough.

Until we are all in google cars, automatically able to adjust to different speed limits on a road by road basis and perhaps also depending on the time of day and weather conditions, then blanket speed limits are the easiest to implement.

Having said that, with the main entrance to the Horniman play triangle at the bottom, I think a lower limit is justified towards this end. Sorry.

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