A huge thank you to everyone who made it to the Horniman Museum last Wednesday for the SEE3 One Year Celebration. For those of you who couldn’t come along, it was well attended, extremely positive and we got some great feedback on the first year plus lots of ideas for what should come next.
The SEE3 Team led by Chris Best (Sydenham Councillor and SEE3 Chair) presented some of the very successful projects that have been delivered over the past year. Chris gave the overview and included the work of The Shop Revolution and the difference the eight Pop Up Shops have made as well as Forest Hill Fashion Week and Pop Goes Sydenham including street art and supper clubs. Annabel McClaren (Chair of the Sydenham Society) highlighted the markets including the successful Christmas Markets that have led to the monthly Sydenham Food Markets on Venner Square. Ed Holloway (local architect) talked about the Jack and Jill Community Hubs and presented the Knowledge Banking map produced by the Artists in Residence as part if the Co.Futures project. Petra Marshall (London Borough of Lewisham) gave an overview of the support the Council provided followed by Cllr Alex Feakes (Forest Hill) who as the Treasurer discussed the need to achieve value for money with public funds.
Everyone was then invited to join one of the four SEE3 Action Groups for discussion, feedback and next steps. Pat Trembath (Sydenham Society) explained that this was the opportunity to help steer future initiatives in the area – your chance to make a difference in your local community. If you are interested in joining any of the action groups below, please email info@SEE3.co.uk. Venues for all meetings will be the Community Room, upstairs at the Forest Hill Pools.
The feedback from the workshops was that the past year was extremely positive, with the pop-up shops, markets, community hub and street art being cited unanimously as having really given a boost to the high streets. The supper clubs and club & grub nights got an honourable mention for bringing an (albeit temporary) evening economy to Sydenham. Forest Hill Fashion Week was praised for highlighting the clothing boutiques and for bringing a completely different emphasis to Forest Hill.
The Neighbourhood Planning Action Group wanted to see a comprehensive plan for Kirkdale as this was felt to have been neglected and suffered from some poor quality developments. Lower Sydenham has started to improve, but more needs to be done to dovetail into the improvements from the pavement works extending to Kent House corner. Other areas of concern are the future of The Greyhound and Sydenham Police Station.
The next Neighbourhood Planning Action Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 Sept from 7.30pm – 9pm. If you are interested in getting involved in the local planning process, lobbying and raising awareness of potential developments that may affect your area, as well as improvements in the public spaces, please join us.
The top priorities from the Enterprise & Creative Action Group included developing robust traders associations, increasing the online information for the area, creating family friendly spaces and an evening economy in Sydenham. A shop local scheme, late night shopping and signage improvement scheme were also raised as possible projects to focus on in the next phase.
The next Enterprise & Creative Action Group meeting is on Tuesday 10 Sept from 7.30pm to 9pm. We are calling for traders and artists to join in and share their ideas on what would add commercial value in the high street. We have a small amount of funding for areas such as workshops, shop local and signage schemes to support and improve your high street.
The next Community and Social Capital Action Group will be held on Tuesday 17 Sept from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is your chance to get involved in hubs, cafes and supper clubs – more cultural activities, street art and better use of existing community spaces.
The next Communications, Events and Marketing Action Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 Sept from 7.30pm – 9pm. For anyone with Marketing, Communications or Events skills, (or for those who would like to develop them) this is a great opportunity to get involved.
If you have any questions, feedback, ideas or general comments, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.