Peter Bernards, Paul Upex & Maja Hilton Your Forest Hill Labour Councillors
Peter Bernards, Paul Upex & Maja HiltonYour Forest Hill Labour Councillors

A Merry Christmas & 

Happy New Year to all Forest Hill residents


We wanted to take this opportunity to wish all Forest Hill residents a Merry Christmas & 

Happy New Year. We will continue to work hard and represent everyone across the ward in 2017. 


Best wishes

Peter, Maja and Paul

Hate Crime Statement


On the 20 July at a meeting of Lewisham Council your three Forest Hill Councillors  signed a statement that pledged Lewisham Councillors to stand together against racism, xenophobia and bigotry. 

This statement is intended to reaffirm our council, and our citizens,  belief that racism, xenophobia, bigotry, and all forms of hate crime have no place in Lewisham, London or Britain

The full statement can be found here.

We all have a duty to stand up against all forms of Racism, xenophobia and bigotry, including ensuring that all hate crimes are tackled and widely condemned. This duty goes much wider than just elected representative which is why we have invited the citizens of Lewisham to add their signatures to this statement. We would ask you to add your name to its signatories and encourage other residents to do this same.

We know that many case of hate crime go unreported therefore it is vital that our residents know how to reported. This can be done directly with the police or through third party. This information is available Lewisham Council’s Crime, Enforcement & Regulation Service at  or call on 0208 314 7237 (9am-5pm).  There also a reporting Apps available to download from .

We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country and must never allow hate to become acceptable. We must stand together to condemn this unequivocally.


Forest Hill Assembly 201617 Fund


The assembly fund is now open for applications. The fund is a budget allocated to each ward to meet the local assembly priorities. The fund supports chosen assembly priorities and helps each assembly make decisions and bring about change. The fund may also be used as ‘seed’ funding to attract other sources of finance.


How much is available?


There is £13,880 available, however £5,000 will be ring fenced for supporting the Forest Hill Community Library with a focus on volunteering and books, leaving £8,880 available for local community groups and organisations applications. The maximum amount that you can apply for is £2,500.


What can it be spent on?


It must be linked to at least one of the below Forest Hill Assembly priorities. 


How to apply


Download and complete the Assembly Fund application form and send it to Please read the important information on page five of the form.


The deadline for applications is Friday 9 September 2016. Voting will take place at the Forest Hill Assembly Meeting to be held on Saturday 15 October from 1.30–3.30pm, venue tbc.


Top priorities for Forest Hill Assembly

  • Youth engagement and provision
  • Making Forest Hill more attractive
  • Community events and publicity​​​​
  • Supporting local traders

Lewisham’s Labour Council pass a motion calling on Parliament to bring any Brexit deal back to the British electorate


On 20 July Lewisham’s Labour Council proposed and passed a motion at Full Council calling on Parliament to bring any Brexit deal back to the British electorate.


Part of the motion reads: “This Council is greatly concerned about the effects of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on the citizens of Lewisham. We believe that the social, economic and political implications of the withdrawal are enormous and far-reaching and will adversely affect the life-chances of all the residents of our borough.


The details of Brexit are only now being considered by the Tory government and the voters must be given a chance to vote on the proposed changes to the UK’s relationship with the EU.

We still do not know what the true price of withdrawing from the EU will be so the motion states Parliament should use whatever Parliamentary mechanisms necessary to give UK electorate a chance to make an informed decision. This includes a General Election.


We are also backing the position of local MP, Jim Dowd who said the following in a Statement in the House on Monday 27th June, “Some discussion following the statement has revolved around the response of Members of this House to the decision of last week. Throughout my experience during 24 years in this House, I have regarded my primary responsibility as being to the people of Lewisham West and Penge, who voted 2:1 for remaining in the European Union. Thus, I will oppose any measures that come before this House that would seek to undermine that.” 


It is vital to protect jobs, secure growth, encourage investment and ensure our security and influence in the world and I do not believe that this can be best achieved by withdrawing from the EU.

Improving Kirkdale - Water Needed


Back in May I spent an early Sunday morning with my wife tidying up the planters outside of 161 on Kirkdale and also outside of Wooster and Stock on the corner of Kirkdale and Dartmouth Road.


Some of the plants came from my own garden, others were either bought or donated by neighbours and friends. I hope everyone is enjoying them as much as I do, please help them last a bit longer by helping to water them.


Forest Hill Free Film Festival 9 - 17 September 2016


Last year your Local Forest Hill Assembly voted to support a Forest Hill Free Film Festival. It is now taking place from the 9-17 September at venues across Forest Hill. The festival will be completely planned and run by volunteers and they are looking for venues to join the list of screenings.


If you would like to find out more contact Sarah on

Working with Friends of Baxter Field


Over the last 6 months Cllr Paul Upex has been working with a group of parent, park users and local residents to help set up a new Friends of Baxter Field group.


The enthusiasm and great ideas of this group should really help support this much loved local field. Improvements have already been made to some of the equipment and signage. They have some great ideas going forward so I would encourage all local residents to get involved. To find out more why not look at the Facebook Group or you can email 


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Keeping in touch


We delivered our latest leaflet over the Summer - we hope you recived a copy. The next one is due to be delivered in October - get in touch if you can help deliver in your street or local area.

Thank you to voters across Forest Hill ward who voted for all three of the Labour Team to represent you in Forest Hill


We are delighted and honoured by the support many voters across Forest Hill have given us during the campaign.


We knocked on every door during the campaign, speaking to over 3000 residents. We will continue to work with all groups and residents who want the best for Forest Hill Ward. We will work with the Lewisham Mayor - Steve Bullock and local MP - Jim Dowd, to stand up for local residents against the policies of this coalition government who were firmly rejected by residents across Lewisham and London last week.


Full details of the result can be found by clicking here.


Please get in touch if you have any questions or wish to meet any of the team


Peter Bernards/ Maja Hilton / Paul Upex

Our latest leaflet has just been printed and we are delivering it across Forest Hill - why not get in touch if you could help deliver in your street.

Why not get in touch and let us know you are backing the Labour Team in Forest Hill.

Also let us know if you have any issues that you wish to raise with us or take up on your behalf.


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