Late last year Cllr Morrison (Chair of the Safer Stronger Communities Committee), received a request to scrutinise the Lewisham’s response to the recent riots. Cllr Morrison felt it was too early to learn lessons from the response and referred the matter to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to enable a wider member involvement. On 6 February a well-attended meeting took place, chaired by Cllr Alan Hall and in the presence of the Mayor, Steve Bullock. It was clear that Lewisham police were reduced at the start of the riots in Lewisham because they had been used elsewhere. When reinforcements arrived, the police, the Council and the community pulled together to deal with a very frightening situation.
On 4 February, I chaired Crofton Park Assembly meeting which heard updates from the projects funded by the Assembly. Darren Taylor, Chief Executive of ECO computers led a consultation on future plans for the Crofton Park Community Library, including establishing a café, a floor plan that provides space for a number of community activities. Darren was applauded for his ideas. The Assembly contributed £15,000 from its grans fund to contribute towards the set up costs for the refurbishment. We also heard plans for establishing a Youth Assembly and planning for this year’s Crofton Park Carnival.
Cllr Addison and myself attended the Youth Assembly hosted by Prendergast Ladywell Fields. All the primary schools in Crofton Park Ward attended and drew up ideas for spending the funds they received from Crofton Park Assembly. It was good to see that all the ideas included the library to varying degrees and will enhance the use of the library by young people. The winning ideas came from Brockley Primary School but proposals are being drawn up for implementation, which include similar ideas from the other schools.