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Sydenham Councillors

Sydenham is represented by three Labour Councillors, Cllr Chris Best, Cllr Liam Curran and Cllr Rachel Onikosi.

Cllr Chris Best contact details:
Telephone: 020 8659 6445
Twitter: @ChrisBestUK

Cllr Liam Curran contact details:
Telephone: 020 8314 6937
Twitter: @CllrCurran

Cllr Rachel Onikosi contact details:
Telephone: 020 8314 9957
Twitter: @RachelOnikosi

Surgery details:

1st Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 11.30am, Sydenham Library, 210 Sydenham Road, Sydenham SE26 5SE

3rd Saturday every month, 10.30am – 11.30am, The Sydenham Centre, 44A Sydenham Road, Sydenham SE26 5QX

Come and talk to us at the Sydenham Street Stall – third Saturday of the month

With other members of Sydendam Labour Party we campaign to improve the lives of people living and working in Sydenham.

Over recent months we have heard from residents that their concern is the attack on the emergency services including Lewisham Hospital, Sydenham Police Station and Downham Fire Station.

High Court rules the Secretary of State did not have the power to make Lewisham Hospital decision

Lewisham Council’s Judicial Review into the decision of Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health. to downgrade Lewisham Hospital has been quashed by a high court Judge. The decision means that the proposed closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and the downgrade of the Maternity Unit will not go ahead. We believe justice has been delivered.
Legal Teams for the Council and the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign put the case forcefully in the High Court over the three day hearing from the 2 – 4 July 2013. Despite the ruling by Mr Justice Sllber the Secretary of State has put in an appeal. Lewisham Council will continue to fight the case in the interests of our residents and the staff who work at the Lewisham Hospital – will continue to shape local change with local doctors.

News from the Sydenham Assembly

The next meeting will be on Thursday 12 September 2013 at The Sydenham Centre next to the Post Office.

Please visit our Sydenham facebook page

For more information on the Sydenham Assembly please visit

Community Gardening on Hazel Grove

The community spirit is alive and well on Hazel Grove as some residents with dedication, commitment and green fingers have set up a community garden. In these tough times it is important for residents to be able to work together and provide mutual support

Opening of the TNG – The New Generation youth centre

We held the last Sydenham Assembly on the 4 June at the TNG youth centre – a few days before the formal opening. It has taken several years from the award of the £3.5m grant in December 2009 to seeing the delivery of a vibrant, creative and safe environment for young people.
Facilities include state of the art recording studio, health and well being suite, climbing wall, indoor and outdoor sports, cafe, conference and training rooms as well as a large room for a variety of uses.

Working on improvements to Sydenham high street

It has taken some time but we are pleased that we are now on site with the works for the improvements funded by Transport for London.

The Council has set aside some capital funds to improve the layout of Station Approach at the same time as the high street works .

Lewisham has a web page with all the details so please take a look at the plans –

SEE3 Mary Portas Pilot – legacy for regular Sydenham Market

Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill have received £80,000 from the GLA to help regenerate the area’s high streets as part of the UK-wide Portas Pilot scheme. SEE3 the Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill Town Team, is led by Cllr Chris Best with Lewisham Council responsible for managing the Portas Pilot fund. The Council has contributed an additional £115,000 to the scheme including £100,000 secured via a planning agreement for the nearby Bell Green development and £15,000 from the government’s High Street Innovation Fund.

The Town Team’s three main elements:
Jill – was at 27 Sydenham Road and used for exhibitions, business workshops, pop up events, the showcasing of local products, and as a base for the Town Team.

The Shop Revolution – working on refurbishing and letting 10 vacant units on short-term leases – 5 are in Sydenham giving start-ups the chance to test their business skills.

Market makers – Building on the use of the Girton Road car boot sale there is now a monthly Sydenham Food Fair on the last Sunday of the month at Venner Square and will include Station Approach once the works are complete.

New youth centre on site

Following the review of the Myplace funding the Minister confirmed that Lewisham can go ahead with the plans for the new youth centre in Wells Park Road – this is excellent news for the TNG – The New Generation.

Chris is pictured here with the architects during the consultation on the plans. The completed plans and outline design can be seen on Lewisham’s web site

Sydenham Library building now being managed by Eco Computers

Chris, Liam and Marion have worked hard to find a solution to ensure the library building remains open both as a community library and a local resource centre. Working with Darren Taylor from Eco Computers the library continues to function and remains open as previously but now doesn’t close for lunch.

Sydenham Community Radio are now based in the building and Opening Doors are providing employment advice.

This is a good outcome faced with the 25% cut in Lewisham’s budget from the uncaring ConDems.

We recognise that the building is important for lower Sydenham and provides an anchor for Home Park that has facilities that include an outdoor gym and outdoor classroom as well an advernture playground.

Sydenham Labour Party will continue to work hard to meet the needs of local residents.

Sydenham Assembly and the budget cuts

We have been listening to your views from Our Lewisham Our Say – our open dialogue with the community on saving £60 million from our budget.

The choices we have to make as your local councillors has never been tougher as we face year on year cuts from cental Government.

Not only are local services under attack but there are a range of cuts as the welfare reforms kick in.

Improving community safety by tackling street drinking in Sydenham

A Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), commonly known as a Drinking Control Zone, has now been put in place across the borough of Lewisham following consultation with residents and businesses.

The DCZ is not a ban on alcohol consumption in a public place, and does not make drinking in a public an offence, but a measure that can assist in tackling problematic street drinking linked to antisocial behaviour.

The intention of the DCZ is to provide police with a tool to address alcohol related disorder in a quick and effective way. Failure to comply with a request from the Police to hand over alcohol can result in arrest and/or a fine of up to £500.

The difficult issue of anti-social behaviour brought about by street drinking needs to be tackled and the implementation of a borough-wide DCZ will enable us to review its effectiveness and look at our options. The Order l gives police discretionary powers to stop people and confiscate and dispose of any alcohol within the boundaries of Lewisham borough.

The powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities. They will be used to tackle nuisance, or annoyance associated with drinking alcohol in a public place. It is not a criminal offence to drink alcohol within the designated area (within the boundaries of Lewisham borough). An offence is committed if a person refuses to obey a police officer’s request to stop drinking.

The East London Line fantastic for Sydenham

After many years of campaigning we were delighted with the opening of the East London Line bringing a new air-conditioned Overground service to Sydenham – and putting us on the tube map. Sydenham now has eight Overground trains an hour to and from Dalston Junction, alongside four Network Rail trains to London Bridge – with six in the morning peak. This line is dubbed the Culture or Ginger Line as there are ten museums and galleries along the line – please visit for more information.

Contact details

Face to face – Chris, Liam and Marion have a busy schedule meeting residents and finding out what is important to you – why not come and meet your Labour Councillors at their regular advice surgeries:

1st Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 11.30am, Sydenham Library, 210 Sydenham Road, Sydenham SE26 5SE

3rd Saturday every month, 10.30am – 11.30am, The Sydenham Centre, 44A Sydenham Road, Sydenham SE26 5QX

Email or phone

Cllr Chris Best –
t: 020 8659 6445
Chris is the Cabinet Member for Community Services & Older People and a member of the Pensions Investment Committee.
Chris is Chair of the Sydenham Assembly.

Cllr Liam Curran
t: 020 8314 6937
Liam is Chair of the Sustainable Development Select Committee and a member of the Housing Select Committee. Liam is a member of Planning Committee C and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Cllr Marion Nisbet
t: 020 8693 7816
Marion a member of the Children and Young People Select Committee and the Sustainable Development Select Committee. Marion is a member of Planning Committee B and the Health and Safety Committee.

Write to Lewisham West and Penge Labour Party, 43 Sunderland Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 2PS