Thank you to everyone who came along to the AGM in October and to those who volunteered for the various committees.
With budgets being cut, we’re relieved that the new swimming pools appear to be secure. However, the Horniman’s future is less clear. Although the Department for Culture, Media and Sports has ring-fenced the funding for the Horniman Museum until 2015, it is one of seven non-national museums for which they are hoping to find alternative sponsors by April 2011. Contrary to initial rumours, there is no question of cutting these museums adrift without any financial support in the unlikely event that no new sponsorship arrangements can be found, but it will be difficult to arrange equivalent funding.
On the transport side, it has just been announced that the Thameslink programme will go ahead in its entirety but that the rebuilding of London Bridge will not be complete until 2018, instead of the original 2015. This is a mixed blessing; a long term benefit with the Southern services from Croydon being replaced by direct Thameslink trains through to St Pancras (via London Bridge), but the delay will make it more difficult to get the Charing Cross service reinstated. We will continue to lobby for this.
We have had a meeting with Tfl, LOROL (the people who run the new train service) and various politicians to discuss the Red Route. There have been some changes as a result and a promise to move and fence off the commercial bins outside the station which should improve the appearance of the station forecourt.
I know many of you prefer traditional methods of communication, so you can write to the Society at: Forest Hill Society, c/o 2 Perry Rise, LONDON, SE23 2QL. For those who are internet savvy, we are in the process of adding PayPal as a means for payment of your subscriptions; we will add the appropriate button to the website as soon as this is available. If you have not paid your membership since October, then your membership is due now. Please contact Belinda at the above address or email Belinda at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not sure whether your subscriptions are paid up.
Wishing you a very festive holiday.