Sydenham Assembly: 30th November 2013

Sydenham Assembly November 2013
Picture courtesy of Chris Best

A very packed Catholic Club in Watlington Grove was packed for Saturday’s morning meeting. The primary aim was to agree the distribution of the £12,500 local fund. The total being bid was exactly that amount and unanimous support was given to all. Hence the recipients of the dosh are:

  • Sydenham Arts Festival: £2,500

    Finance a series of musical theatre shows to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 in July 2014. This is an intergenerational project involving the TNG Youth Centre, Tudo Livesey Hall, Positive Ageing Council, Lewisham Archives, Montage Theatre and Lewisham Youth Theatre.

  • Sydenham Community Library: £450

    Continuing the current programme of music sessions for the under fives and their carers. A musician and storytelller will lead groups of children and their parents or carers with the aim of benefitting children through social activity, creative play and inspiring further activities.

  • Hazel Grove Community Project: £1,150

    Continue supporting the XL-R8 Community Bus Project which has been working in Hazel Grove for six years. This targets deprived or disturbed children who would be vulnerable to involvement in anti-social activities or local gangs.

  • Carers Lewisham: £2,500

    Providing activities for adult carers aged 25-95 in Sydenham who suffer isolation because of their caring duties.

  • Thorpes Residents Association: £2,040

    Helping to support the project to provide 4x CCTV cameras, supporting poles and security lighting in Earlsthorpe Mews. This unlit rough undopted road runs behind Sydenham Road and is the only access to 18 flats above the Sydenham Road shops. It is often fly-tipped and is attractive to criminal activity from drug dealing to arson. The residents who are fearful of venturing out at night. These measures sorted a similar problem behind the Co-op

  • Town Team Manager: £2,500

    Providing christmas tree lighting in Queensthorpe (pocket) Square, entetainment as part of te SEE3 Sydenham Market and other street events

  • Town Steering Group: £1,360

    The hire and operation of a power jet washer to clear chewing gum and other dirt and stains from our new paving eight times a year

Other presentaions included:

  • New Cycle Route from Sydenham Station to Lower Sydenham Station

    This would route up Silverdale and along back roads north of Sydenham Road crossing it near the library and taking tacking a route possibly through Home Park through The Bridge leisure centre grounds to Kangley Bridge Road avoiding the Bell Green gyratory. This appears to be a counter proposal to Lewisham’s proposals.

  • The Greyhound

    Chris Best reported the Deed of Variation has been signed off by the council and is now with Purelake and the other signatories (the retail concession and Hexagon housing). It was hoped, but not promised, they would sign off by Christmas. The DoV has the effect of combining the responsibilities in the original Planning Consent with the the new Planning Consent necessary to rebuild the pub.

  • Dates for your Diary

    Christmas tree unveiling in Queensthorpe Square at 4pm on Sunday 15th December which will also include a Christmas Market. A day to shop clooser to home than risk the chaos of Bromley or the west End! This year’s tree has been sponsored vy Co-op Funeralcare.


Apologies I arrived late and didn’t take notes. Anything missed or misreported please highlight by adding to the STF Thread.

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