Monday, 31 July 2017

Book Launch - "The origins and evolution of the Progress Estate - Eltham's Garden Suburb"

Progress Residents’ Association member Keith Billingshurst has published a book about the Estate and its place in the history of housing. 

The book looks at the social changes leading up to the building of the Progress Estate, explains the Estate’s non-symmetrical outline and includes sketches of the people remembered in its road names. It chronicles the arrival of the motor car and the gradual change from gas to electric lighting. The transition from baths in the scullery and outside WCs to the internal facilities taken for granted today is described, as is the shift from tenanted to leasehold and then freehold housing. 

The book also chronicles the considerable damage wrought to the Estate in aerial attacks during the Second World War and the process by which houses were repaired or rebuilt in their original style

The cover price of £13.95 includes free delivery by second-class mail to addresses in the UK.   
However, each household on the Estate may buy one copy for £10 and people living elsewhere in SE9 may do so for £12.

To order, either write to theprogressestate@gmail.com stating your name, address and phone number or call or text 07962 877389 to provide the same information. 

Andrew Simpson, local historian writes about his excitement of the book launch - chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-progress.html

Eltham Matters - www.elthammatters.co.uk/2017/08/02/history-of-the-progress-estate-book-published

Amazon link: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1785451782/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501500868&sr=8-1&keywords=progress+estate

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

So what is the story behind the tram on Well Hall Road, one sunny spring day?

Original posted: https://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/so-what-is-story-behind-tram-on-well.html

So what is the story behind the tram on Well Hall Road, one sunny spring day?

Now there is a fine line between nostalgia and remembering the past.

The first pretty much takes you nowhere and often distorts the past by making it seem somehow better than it was.

On the other hand remembering the past can trigger not only a series of memories but leads to wanting to find out more.

It often starts with that simplest of questions was this really how it was? And then takes you off into serious history which involves talking to others, cross checking their memories against research and beginning to record it for others to read.


And that often leads to community projects where memories and memorabilia come out of the cupboards, are dusted down and shared which not only adds to what we know but brings an area together, allowing the not so young to recreate the past for those too young to know what it had been like.

So here we are with one of those classic old pictures of Well Hall from a book on trams.*

There is no date on the picture, and the caption just says “early days on Well Hall Road [showing] that the local children had plenty of space to play.  All they had to do was get out of the way of the trams which plied the route every ten minutes. The ride from Woolwich to Eltham would have cost two pence.”

All of which draws you in and makes the picture worth investigating.

Judging by the trees and the children’s clothes I think we must be somewhere in the 1920s or 30s and taking into account the shadows it will be early afternoon.

Now it could be a Sunday which would explain the lack of traffic or we really are at a point in time when Well Hall Road was far less busy.

What I also find interesting is that the children by and large are ignoring the photographer.

Earlier in the century and certainly in the last decade of the 19th century the appearance of a man with a camera would have attracted the curious, the vain and those with nothing better to do.

You see them on the old pictures staring back at the camera, intrigued, mystified and just nosey.  But not here, which means we are either dealing with some very sophisticated young people or the world has moved on and street photographers were taken for granted.

And that just leaves me that little personal observation that however fascinating this picture is it just leaves off our house for the photographer has positioned himself just a tad further north, missing out 294 by a couple of blocks.

That said if I have got this right I have to satisfy myself with knowing that the corner house with its ever so fashionable lace curtains was the home of Mr and Mrs Burton in 1925.

The Burton’s were there by 1919 which means that Mr Christopher Dove Burton may have been an Arsenal worker, and just as an aside, I know that they were married in 1920 in Lambeth, and that Beatrice’s maiden name was Briant and it was as Miss Beatrice Briant that she shows up on the electoral roll in 1919 sharing the house with Mr Burton.

Now there is a story to follow up.

Pictures; Well Hall Road, date unknown, from the collection of G.L. Gundy, reproduced from Eltham and Woolwich Tramways

*Eltham and Woolwich Tramways, Robert J Harley, Middleton Press, 1996, www.middletonpress.co.uk

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Do South Eastern Rail proposals offend the equality act?

PRESS RELEASE no: 2017/01    
16th May 2017

SOUTH EASTERN RAIL CONSULTATION:
DO THE PROPOSALS OFFEND THE EQUALITY ACT?

Absent a wholesale improvement in platform access at Lewisham station, the Progress Residents Association has questioned whether South Eastern Rail would breach its responsibilities under s20 and Schedule 2 of the 2010 Act were the consultation’s proposals to proceed.   Our response to it may be read in full at here, our comments on question 9 dealing with this specific issue.

Note for Editors:

Originally named the Well Hall Estate, The Progress Estate was built in 1915 to provide housing for the many additional workers the Woolwich Arsenal needed to manufacture the armaments required by the services during the First World War.   Conservation Area status was granted in 1975, in recognition of its unique architectural character.





For additional information, please contact:
Keith Billinghurst

Progress Residents Association committee member

56 Arsenal Road

Eltham

London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389

email:               TheProgressEstate@Gmail.com

Twitter:             @ProgressEstate

Website:           www.progressestate.co.uk

Monday, 15 May 2017

Response to the South Eastern Rail Franchise Public Consultation

Many of you will be aware of this consultation, whose closing date is Tuesday, 23rd May.   Although the forthcoming general election has nullified the on-line petition, this date still stands so we must presume the Department of Transport will pick the subject up once the election is over.

We have sent our response on-line because we believe government departments are more likely to take note comments submitted in this way.   Anyone who would like to respond as an individual is more than welcome to make use of out text if they so choose.    To do so on-line, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services and click on the link 'Respond online'.   
__________________________________________________________________
South Eastern Rail Franchise
Consultation Co-ordinator
Zone 4/13
Department of Transport
Great Minister House
33 Horseferry Road
London  SW1P 4DR

15 May 2017

Dear Sir,

RESPONSE TO THE SOUTH EASTERN RAIL FRANCHISE PUBLIC CONSULTATION FROM THE PRA

Our Association represents the 1,298 homes that comprise the Progress Estate Conservation Area.   We estimate these are occupied by some 2,500 – 3,000 adults, many of whom will regularly use the South Eastern rail service from Eltham to London for either work or leisure purposes.

Having studied the consultation document we believe the issues it raises have to be viewed from the perspective of two groups of people:

1. The disabled and those of senior years (referred to hereafter as ‘the Less Able’ which phrase includes, where the context so admits, their Carers).

2. The Able-Bodied.
The reasons for this distinction will, we trust, become clear as you read our answers to the questions the Consultation poses.


1. Do our priorities correctly reflect your views?
We would expect the major concern of the Able-Bodied to centre on the total journey time from their point of departure to their destination together with the frequency of the service.   Changes en route ought to be a lesser consideration.   However, for the Less Able the need to change trains presents challenges, especially at stations not served by modern infrastructure.


2. Do you agree that more space is needed for passengers at the busiest times of the day?

We are very concerned about the proposal to introduce of Metro trains.   These simply do not work for those amongst the Less Able who cannot stand comfortably for the duration of their journeys.   We would ask you to consider adding conventional carriages for the requisite proportion of a train’s length (which survey data may lead you to conclude varies from one line to another) and, during peak times, restrict their use to those with disabled badges and Freedom Passes.

3. What comments, if any, do you have on options for providing more space through (a) Longer trains; and (b) Metro style carriages with large entrances and more standing room and handholds?

We have expressed our views on Metro style carriages in (2).   We welcome your suggestion that space be added for wheelchairs and pushchairs ‘on shorter journeys’.   This does not, however, address the problems of those members of the Less Able who, whilst not being reliant on wheelchairs, nevertheless find it very uncomfortable to stand for the duration of their journeys.

4. Would you support removing First Class seating on the busiest routes to provide more space?

Yes.

5. What comments, if any, do you have on our plans to improve customer service and the overall passenger experience?

None.

6. Do you have any other ideas or priorities for improving customer service?

Beyond the important issues relating to the Less Able we are addressing in answer to your questions, our only comment would be that providing wi-fi in these days when iPhones are the dominant form of mobile communication is not necessary.   On a busy Metro train, when a higher proportion of the passengers are standing, how many will be attempting to use laptops?

7. What changes to the fares structure would be of benefit to you?
and

8. What else could be done to improve the way tickets are sold and provided?

No comments.

9. What further comments, if any, do you have on our plans to improve access and facilities at stations?

This question raises what for us is probably the most important issue in this consultation.   There is a suggestion in paragraph 4.6 (and we appreciate that this may be all that it is) that the complexity caused at key points such as Lewisham requiring trains to cross other tracks to continue to their destination can lead to queuing and delays.   The remainder of our comments for this question are limited to services running through Lewisham because we do not have knowledge of other cross-over points on the service.

At present, people may board trains east of Lewisham that offer direct services to the termini of Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.   Subject to final timetabling when London Bridge is fully re-opened, the trains for the latter two also provide direct journeys to the important intermediate stations of New Cross (an access point for the Overground), London Bridge itself and London Waterloo (East).  Trains to Victoria provide direct access to Denmark Hill, home to the Kings College and the Maudsley Hospitals.   Kings College is a nationally and internationally recognised teaching hospital for liver disease, transplantation, neurosciences, hæmato-oncology and fœtal medicine, these services being provided to people throughout the south-east.   The South London and Maudslay NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of public-sector mental health services in the UK.

There will be significant difficulties if direct services only run to one of these three termini, caused by people having to change for trains to the other two at Lewisham:

a) For the Less Able, there will be two problems:
i. Access from one platform to another is only by staircase; there are no lifts or escalators.
ii. The curvature of platform 2, serving the downline, is such that there is a 12-18 inch gap between carriages’ running boards and the platform as well as a drop between the two.
b) Lewisham is a busy station at peak times.   Significantly-increased numbers of passengers changing trains might lead to worrying levels of congestion.
We are of the opinion that unless and until Lewisham is fully modernised, greatly increased numbers of passengers changing trains there will cause frustration for all and effectively force the Less Able to find ways of journeying to destinations other than the remaining destination by means other than rail.   We trust you will agree it would be quite wrong to force this choice upon them.

Finally, we would point out the relevant statutory duties the Equality Act, 2010 places upon, amongst others, train operators:

s.20 – Duty to make adjustments [for disabled persons]

(4) where a physical feature puts a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in relation to a relevant matter in comparison with persons who are not disabled, to take such steps as it is reasonable to have to take (a) to avoid the disadvantage, or (b) to adopt a reasonable alternative method of providing the service or exercising the function. [Schedule 2, 2(3)]

(9) In relation to [this requirement], a reference in this section or an applicable Schedule to avoiding a substantial disadvantage includes a reference to—

(a) removing the physical feature in question,

(b) altering it, or

(c) providing a reasonable means of avoiding it.

(10) A reference in this section … to a physical feature is a reference to -

(a) a feature arising from the design or construction of a building,

(b) a feature of an approach to, exit from or access to a building,

(d) any other physical element or quality.

Schedule 2 - Services and public functions: reasonable adjustments

(5) Being placed at a substantial disadvantage in relation to the exercise of a function means—

(a) if a benefit is or may be conferred in the exercise of the function, being placed at a substantial disadvantage in relation to the conferment of the benefit, or

(b) if a person is or may be subjected to a detriment in the exercise of the function, suffering an unreasonably adverse experience when being subjected to the detriment.

10.    What more could be done to improve access and provide facilities for those with disabilities and additional needs?

No suggestions; as you will have gathered from our response to question (9), our current concern is that, for them, the service becomes significantly worse.

11 – 16

No comments.

17.       How far do you support, or oppose, options to reduce the choice of central London destinations served from individual stations with the aim of providing a more regular, evenly spaced timetable, and a more reliable service?

Absent a considerable modernisation of Lewisham station we do not support these options.   In our opinion, the suggestion in the wording of this question – that its implementation would carry benefits that are otherwise unachievable - is disingenuous.

18 - 20

No comments.


Yours faithfully,


On behalf of the Committee

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April 2017 Newsletter


APRIL 2017

Dear Fellow Residents,
Thank goodness spring is sprung.  Springtime is a time of renewal and your Committee will renew its efforts to maintain the Progress Estate as a decent and pleasant place in which to live.  

As a Committee, we are proud of our efforts to date but we would really like some more help.  We would particularly welcome someone to assist with our quarterly newsletter production and also with all matters related to planning and conservation.  Our preference would be for people possessing skills or expertise in either of these areas but even if you only have a brain, energy and enthusiasm you would be a welcome addition to our friendly team.  You could either be co-opted to our Committee or if that doesn’t appeal then you could work alongside one of our Committee members who would teach you the ropes.  Obviously, our work is done on an entirely voluntary basis but if you are young it could be a helpful addition to your CV and if you are more mature then it would be an interesting and satisfying way of passing your time.  We have provided fuller details of these vacancies below  
Meanwhile, thank you all for your support.
Margaret Oliver

To ring the changes and celebrate the fact that the estate itself is now in its antiquity, we are holding an antique fair in the Progress Hall on Saturday, 13th May.  There will be a dozen or more stalls plus tea and cakes.   We hope to see as many of you as possible somewhere between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.   Entry is £1 for adults and free for children under the age of 18.

PROGRESS ESTATE BOOK
Residents may remember that we undertook to write a book about our Estate as part of or 2015 centenary celebration.   We are very pleased to announce that we expect copies to be available around the middle of the year which, for an initial period, will be available to Residents at a reduced price.






NEWSLETTER EDITOR REQUIRED

The Residents Association is seeking a new editor for Making Progress.   There are usually four issues per annum.   The precise scope of the job can be flexed to suit the attributes and available time of the person taking on the role, the only prerequisite being a reasonable level of competence with Microsoft Word.

If this editorship potentially interests you, please contact me to arrange a suitable time to discuss the matter in more detail.

Keith Billinghurst
07962 877389


MONITORING PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Because our Estate is a Conservation Area, the Royal Borough of Greenwich notifies the Residents Association of all planning applications received from those owning property here.   Typically, there are about 65 a year.   Many are for the replacement of front doors and/or windows and few of these are contentious.   Some are for rear extensions not visible from the public highway or the Estate’s footpaths which are usually similarly straightforward.   There are probably some half a dozen a year requiring careful consideration for one reason or another.

Planning is controlled by published guidelines and it is our job to ensure applicants interpret these correctly for our Conservation Area.

The Residents Association is seeking someone to take on this important monitoring activity.   The breadth of the task can, to some extent, be adapted to suit the time an applicant has at his or her disposal.   For example, people of working age would not be expected to be available for day-time meetings whereas someone who has recently retired may well enjoy this level of involvement.

If you would like to find out more about this interesting opportunity, please contact me so we can arrange to meet and discuss the matter in greater detail.

Keith Billinghurst
07962 877389

Making Progress is published by the Progress Residents Association.   It is printed on their behalf by

David Evans Property Services,
the Progress Estate experts.
020 8859 5331

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November 2016 Newsletter



Dear All,
The year has gone very quickly and the AGM and Christmas Social is upon us again. I am pleased to say that the choir of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Primary School is returning to sing for us.
All the events we have organised this year have been very enjoyable and successful. The Race Night and Summer Fete were joint projects with other local organisations and helped to foster a wider community outlook for us.
I have enjoyed my year in office, but for personal reasons am stepping down.   I wish the committee and you all my very best.
Robert Ledgerwood
robertledgerwood02@hotmail.com

Matters Residents want to be considered at the AGM are called Resolutions.   These include
nominations for people to serve as Committee members, which must be seconded by a Resident who is present at the meeting.   Resolutions will be passed if a majority of Residents voting vote in favour.   

Resolutions must be in writing and be received no later than 7 days before the AGM.   They should be sent to the Secretary, Margaret Oliver, ideally by email to calnan7@btinternet.com by 3rd December, 2016.   Those without access to email should telephone her on 020 8856 5280 to be told the address to which they should write.   Letters must be received by her by the same date so please allow time for postage.    Please include your name and address in your email or letter.

SOCIAL SUB-COMMITTEE

We held three very different events this year, a children’s Easter Eggstravaganza, a Race Night to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in conjunction with the Irish Community Services and our Summer Fete in conjunction with the Greenwich Heritage Centre.   Our final event for the year is our AGM and Christmas Social with the choir of St Thomas Moore Primary School again coming to sing for us.

The sub-committee was originally formed in mid-2014 as the 2015 Group because we needed a team of people focussed on the work that would be necessary to make our centenary a success.   Other than for the book about the Estate (currently expected to be published by mid-2017) all that is now behind us so the Social Group will be wound up.   Its members have been invited to stand for election to the main committee at this year’s AGM.   

Rita Billinghurst
tel: 07947 043479


SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP

The creation of our website, an active email address list and the option for people to ‘like’ us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter have been significant achievements in the development of the Association since they were launched in the Summer of 2013.

As at the beginning of 2016, we had 195 pages of information on our website.   The most popular are those dealing with Planning permission, the Cinema development in Eltham High Street, and the Summer Fete/Family Fun day. The site had had pages viewed 57,800 times to date.
A number of the page views were from other countries:

USA - 9,741

Russia - 1,737

Germany - 1,106

Ukraine - 951

France - 877

Brazil - 229

Australia - 179

Japan - 124

Spain - 117
 


Our Twitter followers number 543, to whom we have issued 490 Tweets.
We are ‘liked’ by 330 people on Facebook.



During 2015 we created our own YouTube channel (search for “Progress Estate”) – with nine videos therein.  The videos have been viewed 3,695 times. They also appear on our website.



Two hundred and seventy-four Residents subscribe to our email newsletter.  About a half open each mail which is at least twice the number for most lists where the average is less than a quarter.



Anyone may email us at theprogressestate@gmail.com.   Messages will be forwarded to the person best able to deal with each query and (s)he will reply directly to you.
Email, Facebook and Twitter are the only forms of communication that enable us to communicate pressing matters to Residents.   These range from local events we believe might be of interest, to bogus fund-raisers and door-to-door callers who have been reported as being active on our Estate.
To join one of these communication streams, scroll down down the right-hand side of this webpage to ‘Connect’.



If you are already receiving communications from us in one of these ways, perhaps you would be kind enough to check that your friends and neighbours do so as well.  

There are 1,298 homes on our Estate so we estimate there up to 1,000 homes who do not yet receive our electronic communications in one form or another.   Those without computers at home could sign up at Eltham Library.  

James Garner 


TREASURER’S REPORT October 2015 – September 2016 

The funds received by the Association in this twelve-month period have been from three sources; grants, income from social events run during the period and fund-raising activities undertaken by committee members.   We received a grant in the year from Hyde South East for £350.   Other funds raised were: 

Raffles and donations £   574
Sales from social events £1,529
Fund raising activities £   318
Income released from
Co-op grant £   230

Total income for the 12 months was         £3,001

The main purchases were:
Hiring of venues £473
Hire of entertainer/equipment for social events £640
Centenary tree/ plaque £371
Raffle prizes £284
Admin. expenses £309

Miscellaneous items included revenue from the Halloween event where income was shared with affiliated groups including Royal Eltham West Guides and Eltham Arts (£431).

Total expenditure for the year was £2,508 so income exceeded expenditure by £493.

At year end assets, represented by cash or cash equivalents, were £3,896 and liabilities totalled £2,143. 

Copies of the Association’s accounts will be available at the AGM.   Any Resident who would like a copy beforehand should write to the email address below stating their home address and postcode.

A huge thank you is due to all the volunteers and to the community who continue to show their support through attendance at our events

Lisa Jonker
Treasurer 


NON-FINANCIAL SPONSORS

Non-financial sponsors are those who have provided us with goods and services whose value is not reflected in our accounts.

Donors of raffle prizes

We are very grateful to all those individuals who have donated raffle prizes during the year.

Conran Estates

Conran Estates has continued to print our publicity material during 2016, undoubtedly saving us a great deal of money.

David Evans Property Services

David Evans delivered flyers throughout the estate publicising our Summer Fete.

Greenwich Heritage Centre

The Centre helped with the costs of the Fete as part of their project Here Come the Girls.

The Hyde Group

As well as the direct financial support noted in the Treasurer’s Report, Hyde South East has continued to print our quarterly Newsletters.


PLANNING REPORT

Sixty seven planning applications were decided in the 12 months to the end of September 2016, an increase of 7 on the previous 12 months.
The Association has four options in deciding how to respond to any particular application:
Support it
Object to it
Comment on it
Do nothing
Our sole concern is whether or not, when judged by reference to the relevant planning and conservation guidelines, the proposed works will have a neutral or positive effect on our Estate.   We support those that do and object to those that do not.


We do nothing if an application is for works that will not be visible from the Public Highway.   These are commonly for the removal of trees in back gardens that are not visible from any public highway or for the construction of rear, single storey extensions behind mid-terrace houses.
We supported 34 of the applications received in the twelve months to 30th September, 2016, objected to 11 and made no comment on 17.   For reasons beyond our control, we missed the deadline for responding to the remaining 5.

Martin Jonker

HOUSES CHANGING HANDS

During the 12 months to the end of August 2016 (Land Registry data is published approximately 5 weeks after the end of each month) 48 houses changed ownership, 14 more than in the preceding 12 months although only 4 more than for the 12 months to August, 2014.   New families moved into 35 Hyde homes.   We have delivered Welcome letters to all concerned.

Keith Billinghurst
tel: 07962 877389

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD PANELS

The Association is represented on both Eltham West and Eltham North Safer Neighbourhood Panels.  These Panels are made up of a local police team, led by a Sergeant, and local representatives including residents, teachers, youth workers, council employees and sometimes councillors. They meet about every 6-8 weeks.  The Panels discuss local crime statistics, Borough crime trends/initiatives, police staffing levels and other police concerns together with issues raised by residents.  Obviously individual cases are not discussed by the meeting but general information is exchanged.  

The priorities for the local police team are discussed and agreed with the panel members and in Eltham West these are burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug dealing and using.  Motor vehicle crime, that is theft from or of motor vehicles, is also a particular problem in Eltham West so the Police team stress over and over again that people should not leave any valuables visible in their cars.  Berkeley Homes have paid for 4 new bicycles for the team and because Eltham West is one of the largest wards geographically these bikes allow larger areas to be patrolled daily.  

Some of our Teams’ successes this year include the closure of two large cannabis factories; the seizure of a considerable amount of a drug dealer’s money; the enforcement of CBOs (Criminal Behaviour Orders - these replaced and are more flexible than ASBOs) with many arrests and one person being given a custodial sentence.  Due to a number of moped problems across the Ward the Team have issued numerous Section 59 orders in an attempt both to control the problem and educate the perpetrators (Section 59 of the Police Reform Act, 2002 deals with vehicles used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance).  

The Police Teams are also constantly trying to improve communications with the local community and some initiatives were a very successful Summer Community Event held at Kidbrooke Village which over 600 people attended;   Police drop-in surgeries and street briefings have also been relaunched.   MetTrace, a burglary reduction initiative, helps residents make their homes more secure by providing crime prevention advice and provides free Smartwater forensic property marking kits which have proved much more effective than those they replaced.   

Both Eltham North and Eltham West Panels welcome local residents to their meetings.   Alternatively, any Progress resident may report his or her concerns, by email, to theprogressestate@gmail.com for a member of the committee to raise at the following Panel meeting.   Reports of all meetings are emailed to those on our email list.

November 2016 Newsletter



Dear All,
The year has gone very quickly and the AGM and Christmas Social is upon us again. I am pleased to say that the choir of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Primary School is returning to sing for us.
All the events we have organised this year have been very enjoyable and successful. The Race Night and Summer Fete were joint projects with other local organisations and helped to foster a wider community outlook for us.
I have enjoyed my year in office, but for personal reasons am stepping down.   I wish the committee and you all my very best.
Robert Ledgerwood
robertledgerwood02@hotmail.com

Matters Residents want to be considered at the AGM are called Resolutions.   These include
nominations for people to serve as Committee members, which must be seconded by a Resident who is present at the meeting.   Resolutions will be passed if a majority of Residents voting vote in favour.   

Resolutions must be in writing and be received no later than 7 days before the AGM.   They should be sent to the Secretary, Margaret Oliver, ideally by email to calnan7@btinternet.com by 3rd December, 2016.   Those without access to email should telephone her on 020 8856 5280 to be told the address to which they should write.   Letters must be received by her by the same date so please allow time for postage.    Please include your name and address in your email or letter.

SOCIAL SUB-COMMITTEE

We held three very different events this year, a children’s Easter Eggstravaganza, a Race Night to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in conjunction with the Irish Community Services and our Summer Fete in conjunction with the Greenwich Heritage Centre.   Our final event for the year is our AGM and Christmas Social with the choir of St Thomas Moore Primary School again coming to sing for us.

The sub-committee was originally formed in mid-2014 as the 2015 Group because we needed a team of people focussed on the work that would be necessary to make our centenary a success.   Other than for the book about the Estate (currently expected to be published by mid-2017) all that is now behind us so the Social Group will be wound up.   Its members have been invited to stand for election to the main committee at this year’s AGM.   

Rita Billinghurst
tel: 07947 043479


SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP

The creation of our website, an active email address list and the option for people to ‘like’ us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter have been significant achievements in the development of the Association since they were launched in the Summer of 2013.

As at the beginning of 2016, we had 195 pages of information on our website.   The most popular are those dealing with Planning permission, the Cinema development in Eltham High Street, and the Summer Fete/Family Fun day. The site had had pages viewed 57,800 times to date.
A number of the page views were from other countries:

USA  9,741

Russia 1,737

Germany 1,106

Ukraine    951

France    877

Brazil          229

Australia    179

Japan           124

Spain     117
 


Our Twitter followers number 543, to whom we have issued 490 Tweets.
We are ‘liked’ by 330 people on Facebook.



During 2015 we created our own YouTube channel (search for “Progress Estate”) – with nine videos therein.  The videos have been viewed 3,695 times. They also appear on our website.



Two hundred and seventy-four Residents subscribe to our email newsletter.  About a half open each mail which is at least twice the number for most lists where the average is less than a quarter.



Anyone may email us at theprogressestate@gmail.com.   Messages will be forwarded to the person best able to deal with each query and (s)he will reply directly to you.
Email, Facebook and Twitter are the only forms of communication that enable us to communicate pressing matters to Residents.   These range from local events we believe might be of interest, to bogus fund-raisers and door-to-door callers who have been reported as being active on our Estate.
To join one of these communication streams, scroll down down the right-hand side of this webpage to ‘Connect’.



If you are already receiving communications from us in one of these ways, perhaps you would be kind enough to check that your friends and neighbours do so as well.    There are 1,298 homes on our Estate so we estimate there up to 1,000 homes who do not yet receive our electronic communications in one form or another.   Those without computers at home could sign up at Eltham Library.  

James Garner 


TREASURER’S REPORT October 2015 – September 2016 

The funds received by the Association in this twelve-month period have been from three sources; grants, income from social events run during the period and fund-raising activities undertaken by committee members.   We received a grant in the year from Hyde South East for £350.   Other funds raised were: 

Raffles and donations £   574
Sales from social events £1,529
Fund raising activities £   318
Income released from
Co-op grant £   230

Total income for the 12 months was         £3,001

The main purchases were:
Hiring of venues £473
Hire of entertainer/equipment for social events £640
Centenary tree/ plaque £371
Raffle prizes £284
Admin. expenses £309

Miscellaneous items included revenue from the Halloween event where income was shared with affiliated groups including Royal Eltham West Guides and Eltham Arts (£431).

Total expenditure for the year was £2,508 so income exceeded expenditure by £493.

At year end assets, represented by cash or cash equivalents, were £3,896 and liabilities totalled £2,143. 

Copies of the Association’s accounts will be available at the AGM.   Any Resident who would like a copy beforehand should write to the email address below stating their home address and postcode.

A huge thank you is due to all the volunteers and to the community who continue to show their support through attendance at our events

Lisa Jonker
Treasurer 


NON-FINANCIAL SPONSORS

Non-financial sponsors are those who have provided us with goods and services whose value is not reflected in our accounts.

Donors of raffle prizes

We are very grateful to all those individuals who have donated raffle prizes during the year.

Conran Estates

Conran Estates has continued to print our publicity material during 2016, undoubtedly saving us a great deal of money.

David Evans Property Services

David Evans delivered flyers throughout the estate publicising our Summer Fete.

Greenwich Heritage Centre

The Centre helped with the costs of the Fete as part of their project Here Come the Girls.

The Hyde Group

As well as the direct financial support noted in the Treasurer’s Report, Hyde South East has continued to print our quarterly Newsletters.


PLANNING REPORT

Sixty seven planning applications were decided in the 12 months to the end of September 2016, an increase of 7 on the previous 12 months.
The Association has four options in deciding how to respond to any particular application:
Support it
Object to it
Comment on it
Do nothing
Our sole concern is whether or not, when judged by reference to the relevant planning and conservation guidelines, the proposed works will have a neutral or positive effect on our Estate.   We support those that do and object to those that do not.


We do nothing if an application is for works that will not be visible from the Public Highway.   These are commonly for the removal of trees in back gardens that are not visible from any public highway or for the construction of rear, single storey extensions behind mid-terrace houses.
We supported 34 of the applications received in the twelve months to 30th September, 2016, objected to 11 and made no comment on 17.   For reasons beyond our control, we missed the deadline for responding to the remaining 5.

Martin Jonker

HOUSES CHANGING HANDS

During the 12 months to the end of August 2016 (Land Registry data is published approximately 5 weeks after the end of each month) 48 houses changed ownership, 14 more than in the preceding 12 months although only 4 more than for the 12 months to August, 2014.   New families moved into 35 Hyde homes.   We have delivered Welcome letters to all concerned.

Keith Billinghurst
tel: 07962 877389

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD PANELS

The Association is represented on both Eltham West and Eltham North Safer Neighbourhood Panels.  These Panels are made up of a local police team, led by a Sergeant, and local representatives including residents, teachers, youth workers, council employees and sometimes councillors. They meet about every 6-8 weeks.  The Panels discuss local crime statistics, Borough crime trends/initiatives, police staffing levels and other police concerns together with issues raised by residents.  Obviously individual cases are not discussed by the meeting but general information is exchanged.  

The priorities for the local police team are discussed and agreed with the panel members and in Eltham West these are burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug dealing and using.  Motor vehicle crime, that is theft from or of motor vehicles, is also a particular problem in Eltham West so the Police team stress over and over again that people should not leave any valuables visible in their cars.  Berkeley Homes have paid for 4 new bicycles for the team and because Eltham West is one of the largest wards geographically these bikes allow larger areas to be patrolled daily.  

Some of our Teams’ successes this year include the closure of two large cannabis factories; the seizure of a considerable amount of a drug dealer’s money; the enforcement of CBOs (Criminal Behaviour Orders - these replaced and are more flexible than ASBOs) with many arrests and one person being given a custodial sentence.  Due to a number of moped problems across the Ward the Team have issued numerous Section 59 orders in an attempt both to control the problem and educate the perpetrators (Section 59 of the Police Reform Act, 2002 deals with vehicles used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance).  

The Police Teams are also constantly trying to improve communications with the local community and some initiatives were a very successful Summer Community Event held at Kidbrooke Village which over 600 people attended;   Police drop-in surgeries and street briefings have also been relaunched.   MetTrace, a burglary reduction initiative, helps residents make their homes more secure by providing crime prevention advice and provides free Smartwater forensic property marking kits which have proved much more effective than those they replaced.   

Both Eltham North and Eltham West Panels welcome local residents to their meetings.   Alternatively, any Progress resident may report his or her concerns, by email, to theprogressestate@gmail.com for a member of the committee to raise at the following Panel meeting.   Reports of all meetings are emailed to those on our email list.