Welcome to the website for Penge Forum

Logo8+square+lower+case (9)Penge Forum is the Residents’ Association for those who live in or care about Penge and Anerley. The Forum is not affiliated to any political party but we will campaign on local issues.  Penge Forum holds four open meetings a year where you can hear from and question the people who make a difference to our lives. Our Committee is made up of volunteers and any member is welcome to join.

On this page, you will find our latest news and comment.  Details of the issues we have taken up on behalf of residents are on the “Recent Activity” page.  The more members we have, the more powerful is our voice, so do consider joining.   It’s only £5 a year.

Please take a while to read through this site and do contact us with any comments or suggestions.  If you click on the Follow box on the top line, you will receive notification of new posts.

You can also follow us on Facebook – Penge Forum;  or twitter @penge_forum

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New link for Dinosaur Island planning application

For reasons I cannot quite explain, the previous link did not work but this one does seem to connect.


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Planning Application submitted for Dinosaur Island footbridge in Crystal Palace Park

Plans for the proposed footbridge to improve access to Dinosaur Island in Crystal Palace Park have been submitted to Bromley Council.   These plans were discussed at the recent meeting of Penge Forum and received overwhelming support on the grounds that:

  1. Improved access was needed to facilitate the very important conservation work on the models.
  2. The proposed access bridge would be held in a secure and inaccessible position when not in use.
  3. The proposal made minimum impact on the existing landscape.
  4. The new access would facilitate further, controlled, visits to the island by specialists, volunteers and members of the public.

The full plans and supporting documents can be found on the Bromley Planning web site:

19/03578/FULL1 | Construction of a footbridge in Crystal Palace Park for access to the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs on Dinosaur Island

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Crystal Palace Park meeting tonight, Thursday 26th Sept, 7 for 7.30 pm at Anerley town Hall. Free and open to all

This is just a reminder for the next Open Meeting of Penge Forum on Thursday 26th September at Anerley Town Hall.  Doors will open at 7.00 p.m. for free tea, coffee and biscuits and the meeting will start at 7.30 p.m.

Our guest speakers will be Martin Tempia, acting Chair of the Crystal Palace Park Board of Trustees, Lucy Hopkins, Chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Park and Ellinor Michel from the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.

You will be able to hear from and discuss issues concerning the future of the Park and hear about plans to improve access to Dinosaur island.

Cllrs Angela Wilkinson (Crystal Palace) and Kathy Bance (Penge & Cator) will be on hand to respond to any other local concerns and there will be an update on other Penge Heritage Projects.

The meeting is free and open to all.  We look forward to seeing you there.


In order to reduce queuing at the AGM in November, membership renewals for 2019/2020 will be available at this meeting and as an added incentive, the first 50 early renewers will receive a special Penge logo pen.  Not to be missed!

Individual Annual membership is just £5 or £3 for concessions.  Organisations can affiliate for £10.00 a year.  You do not have to be a member to attend our public meetings which will remain free and open to all. 

Membership fees cover the costs of running the Forum such as the free refreshments and hiring of the halls, and occasional support to local organisations or events.  Members are eligible to stand for and vote for the Executive committee which organises the meetings, arranges for our representation on outside Bodies

Beyond that though, having a defined membership allows Penge Forum to make representations to the council and other bodies.  For example, we are the only organisation in the area able to nominate local facilites, such as Melvin Hall, Penge East Community Centre or Men in Sheds, for the added protection of Assets of Community Value.  We are also asked to nominate members for local consultative Boards such as the Police and Road Safety.  

It seems pretty good value but we can only continue with your support. 

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What is happening (or not happening) to Crystal Palace Park to be discussed at next Penge Forum Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting of Penge Forum will ask: What is happening with Crystal Palace Park?
It is several years now since Bromley Council agreed an outline plan for improving Crystal Palace Park.   A new Trust Board has been formed to run the park, yet we have seen little in the way of improvement and many residents feel the park is being neglected.  When will we our local, historic, open space receive the attention it deserves?  What do you consider should be the priorities?
You will be able to hear from and discuss these issues with representatives from the Crystal Palace Park Trust and The Friends of Crystal Palace Park.   The Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs will talk about a project to improve access to Dinosaur island.
There will also be updates from local councillors and organisation.
The meeting is free and open to all.  It is on Thursday 26th September at Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Road.   Doors will open at 7.00 p.m. for free refreshments and the meeting will start at 7.30 p.m.
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Please note that the Police meeting is on Tuesday 17th September, not as previously advertised.

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Police Meeting Tuesday 17th September

The local police “Safer Neighbourhood” team for Penge & Cator will be holding a public meeting at MELVIN HALL, SE20 8EU on Tuesday 17th September from 6 pm to 8 pm.    The meeting will be attended by the borough commander, PAUL STRINGER, who is in charge of Bromley, Sutton and Croydon under the new arrangements.   This is an opportunity to meet the team, and raise any local concerns.

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Consultation on proposed bridge to allow access to Dinosaur Island in Crystal Palace Park is launched ….

details and feedback form is here ….

Banners and forms are also available in the Paxton Centre for people who prefer the real life experience.

AND:  Crystal Palace Park will be the main subject of the Forum’s September open meeting and we hope to discuss this further then.

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Find out more about plans for bridge to Crystal Palace Park Dino Island this weekend

A message from the Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs:

Would you like to know more about our plans for the Dino Bridge? If you’d like to find out more, come along to Brown and Greens in Crystal Palace Park this coming Sunday, 28 July from 12-3pm where you can quiz the Bridge architects Tonkin Liu as well as Trustees and Board members of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs about our plans to make the #DinoBridge a reality. We’d love to talk to you, so please do come along. If you can’t make it, never fear! There will be information about the bridge design in the Paxton Centre (opposite CP train station) for 2 weeks after the event, and you can provide comments about our proposals either by replying to this email, getting in touch on social media or by visiting https://cpdinosaurs.org/bridge. Please let us have your thoughts by 11th August. Please do let us know what you think, in person or online. With very best wishes All at FCPD

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Details for following up issues raised at the Open Meeting on Tuesday July 9th

There was a good turnout for our Open Meeting on Tuesday 9th July at Melvin Hall.  There were several useful contacts given out:

Rob Vale, Head of Trading Standards at Bromley Council gave a lively presentation including a film illustrating the potential dangers from doorstep traders.   Bromley have a Rapid response Team who can react to any concerns about possible rogue traders or scams operating in your area.

They can be contacted on 07903 852090

General advice on solving your consumer problems is available from Citizens Advice on https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/

We then heard about the threat to the future of the Penge Men & Women in Sheds project following the loss of their long-term funding.  They are supported by Age Concern but have a large sum to raise if the service is to continue in Penge and other London boroughs.  More details of the campaign can be found at:


One off donations can be made at:


There will also be local fund raising events.   Or, pop in to see the Shedders in Kingsdale Road on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

Crystal Palace councillor Angela Wilkins has welcomed the responses to the survey she gave out on the impact of youth crime in our area.

Cllr Wilkins also gave details of the Local Government Boundaries Commission review of election arrangements in Bromley.  These would be implemented for the 2022 local elections.   The Commission are proposing a reduction of the number of councillors in Bromley from 60 to 58.   Our local councillors are supporting this proposal, largely on the grounds that the scope of council responsibilities has reduced in recent years and the larger number of councillors can no longer be justified.

The Commission are also looking at the makeup of the local wards.   Currently our local wards are Crystal Palace, Penge & Cator and a small part of Clock House.  The Commission has asked for views before they publish their recommendations later in the year.   If you are interested in commenting, the link is:


Finally, Cllr Kathy Bance gave an update on local issues.

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Survey on youth crime added to agenda for next meeting

A survey of local residents’ thoughts on gang and youth violence issues has been added to the agenda for Tuesday’s Penge Forum meeting.   This will come after we have heard from Rob Vale of Bromley Trading Standards on how to protect ourselves from “scams, fraudsters and rogue traders”.  We’ll also hear from our Penge “Men & Women in Sheds” and the threat to their future from lack of funding and what changes to the number of local councillors and make up of the wards in Bromley could mean for local democracy.

Lots going on so do join us at Melvin Hall on Tuesday from 7 pm. July 2019July 2019 -page0001

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Executive Committee members will be in Empire Square, Saturday June 29th, 10.15 – 12.00 Come and meet us to find out more.

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Details of Penge Forum Open Meeting, Tuesday 9th July

The guest speakers at our July Open Meeting include Rob Vale, Head of Trading Standards at Bromley Council, who will give an illustrated talk and take questions on the latest developments to his work to counter “Scam, Fraudsters and Rogue Traders”.  His work also includes consumer rights and safety.

We will also hear from Jon-Paul Mountford who will be talking about the funding threat to Penge’s Men and Women in Sheds’ project and what can be done to keep it going, and Cllr Angela Wilkins will explain the consultation that has just begun on proposals to reorganise Bromley Council and how you can make your views known.  There will also be updates from other Councillors and local organisations, so it should be a busy evening.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th July at Melvin Hall, Melvin Road, SE20 8EU.  Doors open at 7.00pm for free tea, coffee and biscuits with the meeting itself starting at 7.30pm.  We hope to see you there.

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Bromley Council Review Consultation

This should get a few thoughts running.  We will ask the councillors to explain more at our next Open Meeting on July 9th.   Bromley Poster Web (1)-page-0

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Update on final completion of High Street improvements

We have been waiting for final completion of several aspects of the High Street improvement scheme.  After persistent questioning, we have now received this update from the council:

When will the new waste bins and notice boards be installed?

The Council’s contractor has confirmed that they will be able to supply and install the street furniture requested, and this will be done by August (tbc with Highways).

The town sign was re-instated in the wrong place and facing the wrong direction.  Will this be rectified?

The Highways team will have the town sign relocated and repositioned this week (w/c 3rd June)

The original scheme included Legible London Way-finding posts (as have been installed in other areas of the borough).   We have seen no progress on this.

Officers of the Renewal Team are currently looking into alternative way-finding signage that is more vernacular, unique and functionally appropriate to Penge Town Centre. There will be consultation process with the BID on the choice of designs. It is anticipated that these would be in place in the Autumn of this year. 

When will the Penge Heritage Trail plaques be installed?

Subject to the manufacturing lead in time, it is anticipated that the plaques would be installed by this October. 

Will there be any further cleaning and snagging of the new pavements?

The Highways team have confirmed that the snagging and cleaning for Penge High Street has been completed. 

We will of course continue to pursue these issues.

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Community Art at Penge Festival

At the Penge Fete 2019 the people of Penge (children and adults) created this piece of community art. Each person contributed a small piece of the many varied patterns inside each letter, building on what the previous person had done. It represents the way we are all unique, contributing different ideas and expressing ourselves in different ways, but able to create a cohesive whole!Penge Zenge

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Local Police meeting Friday 7th June

The Penge Police team will be at a public meeting at Melvin Hall on the 7th June.   The he 3-Borough Commander, Dave Stringer, will also be in attendance.   This is an opportunity to raise local issues as well as concerns over crime trends that aren’t just local to Penge. public meeting poster (1)-page0001

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New Local Police and Council initiative for Penge

Penge Matters

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Bromley Living Streets promotes walking and campaigns for safer, quieter, low-traffic neighbourhoods.

Some members might be interested in this event organised by Bromley Council:


We (Bromley Council) believe that by getting more adults & children walking, cycling and using public transport, we can cut the number of car journeys, reduce air pollution, tackle obesity, create healthier communities and attract business & investment into our High Streets throughout the Borough.


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Application for High Street “Tap Room” opposite Homebase

There’s a planning application to convert no 47 High Street to a tap room. This is the empty shop next to Jerry’s Convenience store and the door shop near the corner of Mosslea Road, opposite Homebase. Planning reference is 19/01248. This link might take you there:


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What do you most love about Penge?

Members of the Penge Forum Committee were out meeting members of the public earlier in March. 46 people were asked in Empire Square what they most loved about Penge. 15 people also responded on Facebook. Many people gave more than one answer. There were a range of ages and backgrounds.

What do people most love about Penge – here’s an pictoral representation of the answers: 

survey march 2019

Some good quotes were:

I’ve lived here forever and I’ll never move!”

Penge is one of London’s hidden treasures”

Penge is really quirky and an exciting place to live – I love it!”

It’s really easy to get volunteers”

Everyone knows each other”

Loveliest, friendliest café owners”

Many people were visiting Penge and said that was because it has shops that Catford, Crystal Palace and Beckenham don’t have, such as MacDonald’s, Shoe Zone, and Wilkinsons. We hope to find out more about this next time we are on the streets of Penge!


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