Meeting on 12th June — Local Business
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18 people were present. In the Chair: Mr Roger Taylor.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Katherine Bance, Cllr Peter Fookes, Mr Alan Freeman, Cllr John Getgood, Miss Joyce Perry, and Ms Gill Rose.
18) MINUTES of the meeting on 13-Feb were confirmed. There were no matters arising not covered by the agenda.
19) TREASURER'S REPORT
a) Mr Stephen Brushett reported payments of £160 for hall hire (£100 to Penge Congregational Church for the year and £60 to Christ Church for the present meeting), and £75 for Penge Festival programme advertisements (£50 for Penge Forum and £25 towards an announcement of the War Memorial Project).
b) The general fund stood at £619.17 in cash and at the bank, and the Christmas Lights fund at £1180.00.
c) Donations towards the War Memorial project stood at £161, including £50 from the winners of the Festival Quiz Night. Money should be sent via Mrs Wendie Roche.
20) COUNCIL MATTERS from Cllr Reg Adams
a) Schools: As all schools had become or were becoming academies, the education support centre would close in March. Royston and Malcolm Primary Schools would be Harris Academies from September. With several primary free schools due to start in neighbouring areas there might eventually be a surfeit of places.
b) Health: The Primary Care Trust had been replaced by Clinical Care Commissioning groups managing general practitioners and other services such as X-rays and blood tests. Beckenham Beacon would remain open, but it was not clear who would provide services there. South London Health Trust was in administration with the Princess Royal University Hospital due to be taken over by King's College Hospital Trust. Plans to downgrade Lewisham Hospital's accident & emergency and maternity units were under challenge.
c) Penge and Anerley Libraries would not close until a replacement was open. Mr Edginton was still procrastinating over the lease on the Green Lane building.
d) There was a planning application to convert the former Penge Police Station for residential use.
e) Safer Neighbourhood Teams: The total number of teams in the borough had been reduced from 22 to 14 with areas with less crime getting less resources, but the local ones remained: Clock House, Crystal Palace, and Penge & Cator.
f) The Studio would re-open in September, refurbished as a community arts facility including a sprung dance floor and auditorium.
21) HERITAGE MATTERS
a) The Conservation and Amenity Committee had held been set up.
b) A structural survey would be carried out on The Town Hall shortly. Ms Tracey Skillern said that because the library would not be closing in the immediate future, it was planned to do the underpinning at a cost of £140k. The Crystal Palace Community Development Trust was preparing a feasibility report with regard to taking it over and managing it. As a charity they would be able to fund-raise the remainder of the estimated £600k to bring it up to the required standard.
22) REPORTS FROM ORGANISATIONS:
Friends of Cator Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground had new signage and flags and would hold events during the summer. Of activities planned in coming months including a musical concert and walks.
There being no Other Business, the meeting closed at 9:10pm.