Highlights of the year 2017/18
We have held four well attended Open Meetings with audiences of between 70 and 100. Three meetings were held at Melvin Hall and one at Anerley Town Hall.
Ellie Reeves, recently elected as MP for Lewisham West and Penge, was the guest at our 2017 AGM. Ellie gave an interesting talk on her first months as an MP and answered questions on her work.
With the local council elections held this year, we invited candidates from all the major parties to an election Hustings in April.
In June, we met at Anerley Town Hall to discuss services for young people. The information collected helped inform a successful funding bid for new provision by the Crystal Palace Community Trust. It was encouraging to see so many young people attend and contribute to the meeting.
A late change of plan for the September meeting meant we were able to welcome some of our local councillors to answer questions from a well informed audience.
For this AGM we want to reflect local concerns so are pleased to welcome council officers responsible for waste, recycling and street cleaning.
Penge Forum made representations to the Boundary Commission Review. where we successfully argued that Crystal Palace and Penge should remain together in the new parliamentary constituency proposals.
We have also commented on planning applications that may have threatened the commercial viability of Penge High Street and were represented on the Penge Town Centre Team.
Our nomination of Penge East Community Centre for inclusion in Bromley’s list of Assets of Community Value, which gives it some added protection should redevelopment be proposed, has also been successful.
One of our committee members sits on the Road Safety Advisory Panel has has persuaded the council to listen to local views when formulating its new Road Safety Policy.
Penge Forum also tries to have a presence at most local events. Specifically this year we were at the Penge Festival Fete and held a stall in Empire Square to gather views on road safety.
Membership of the Forum has remained fairly constant at around 80 throughout the year. Income exceeded expenditure by £81.18. Accounts will be available at the meeting. The small membership fee allows us to have an official membership when dealing with the council, pays for the hire of halls and helps us to support local events. All committee members are volunteers.
I’d like to close by thanking the committee for all their hard work over the year in supporting our work. If you wish to join the committee, please make yourself known at the meeting or reply to this email. You can also support our work by becoming a member of the Forum or renewing your current membership.
I look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Tuesday 20th November, 7.00 pm at Melvin Hall.
John Getgood, Chair, Penge Forum