On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am the Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People. I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.
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The New Bermondsey development has the potential to bring new homes, jobs and outstanding community facilities to an area of London that desperately needs it. We have always been clear that Millwall needs to be at the heart of any development – we want the club’s future to be secure and the Millwall Community Trust must be able to continue its fantastic work in the local area.
In the last few weeks, the new Chief Executive of Millwall Football Club, Steve Kavanagh, has identified new issues concerning the Club, which the Council is currently considering. Other issues have been raised in respect of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation (SCSF). We are taking these issues seriously. The issues about the SCSF are now to be subject to an independent inquiry. The Council is not now proceeding with any Compulsory Purchase Order on New Bermondsey. Any decision that the Council may take in the future will be a wholly new decision.
In the meantime, we want to listen to all those who have a direct interest in the future of New Bermondsey. The Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Growth & Regeneration, Cllr Alan Smith, has written on behalf of the Cabinet to Steve Kavanagh to arrange a meeting with the Cabinet and to include representatives from Millwall Community Trust. We believe it is essential that we as politicians and decision makers hear the concerns directly.
A period of calm reflection is needed. We want to speak to Millwall, the Community Trust and the others affected by the CPO to fully understand their concerns. We are calling on all parties to engage constructively with each other in an attempt to find a workable solution.
Regeneration in this area is essential. This is now an opportunity to find the best possible outcome for everyone concerned.
The shops are bursting with melons aplenty
We're proud to live in SE's six and twenty
Green spaces and the famous pocket squares
Parks Mayow, Wells and Home to take the airs
But if carousing is the thing for you
Look for the creatures in our local zoo
Drink with a Dolphin and a Lion of Gold
Soon hopefully the Greyhound will be sold
And like a Phoenix from the flames will rise
Transforming right before our very eyes
If you like to sit in your car and sing
The queues on Sydenham high street are the thing
But if your journey you'd prefer was swift
Bus, trains and Overground are Sydenham's gift
With High Street Happenings and Sydenham Arts
Culture is bursting out from many parts The library's brought to life by volunteers For whom we all would like to give three cheers!
Community in Sydenham is so strong
Together we're a very happy throng
A diverse bunch of ages and of races
There's Sydenham Smiles on all our friendly faces.
The Post Office have written to us to say that Sydenham branch has been identified for possible franchising. They will be advertising the opportunity for a potential franchise partner to apply to take on the branch. In the event of a suitable partner being found, any changes to Sydenham Post Office would be subject to a public consultation.
The reason given is that our Post Office is "losing money and to be sustainable as a business, we need to be in a position where the vast majority are making a profit. Like any High Street retailer, we’re up against a number of challenges, including changing customer demand and increases in property costs. Meanwhile our government funding is reducing and if we don’t keep evolving, the Crown network will very quickly fall back into loss, undoing the progress that’s been made so far. Our aim is to create a sustainable and profitable Crown network and to meet our ever changing customer demands. To help achieve this, we’ve been looking at new ways to grow our income and to cut our costs, including introducing new retail ranges and products and re-negotiating our contracts and leases."
I am contacting the Post Office to arrange a meeting to discuss the plans for the future.