- helping to establish Crofton Park Community Library;
- establishing Crofton Park Community Garden out of the eyesore of a fly-tipped land between the station and Marnock Road;
- providing the Ward’s ‘Walk in Space’ project, youth assemblies and panels to ensure that young peoples’ views are heard; and
- making contributions to carnivals and fairs at St Hilda’s and St Saviour’s churches
At the next Assembly meeting in early October, we will be establishing the new Crofton Park Improvement Group which aims to be a working group of the Neighbourhood Forum, working with local residents and businesses on issues around the ward – in Honor Oak Park and Crofton Park. This exciting development will identify additional funding opportunities for further local initiatives, including:
- enhancements to the streetscape such as increasing the number of planters and trees in the ward – some streets are leafy glades, others like Agnew Road have no trees;
- road safety improvements and pedestrian crossings – particularly at the Honor Oak Park/Stondon Park road crossing, and improving road safety around Stillness School; and
- identifying alternative funding streams as the local Assembly budget declines.
I have been informed that in this financial year, 2013-14, Transport for London has set aside £45,000 of funding to develop a project for Brockley Road/Stondon Park/Brockley Rise road corridor.
The intention is to develop the scheme this year, and allocate funding over the next two years to deliver a substantial project. The main reason for the scheme along this road corridor is the road safety stats, which show a relatively high number of collisions compared to other roads in the Borough. There are also air quality concerns along some parts of this corridor which are still being investigated. But the principle behind the scheme is to address as many highway-related issues as possible, which means this is the ideal opportunity to feed into the early stage of development which is due to start later this year.
The Crofton Park Improvement Group is key to this and we will work to gain as many improvements as possible from this allocation of money, while looking for match funding from elsewhere so that we can work around the Ward to make further improvements.
Please come along and find out more about the Improvement Group and the Neighbourhood Forum at the next Crofton Park Ward Assembly – 7pm, Wednesday 9 October, Beecroft Garden Primary School, Beecroft Road, Crofton Park SE4 2BS.