Forest Hill wins Portas Bid

Richard Hibbert, Ayshin Demirci, Sue Grindlay, Serge Summerling, Pat Trembath, Annabel Mclaren, Lee Newham, Chris Best, Louise Brooks, Ed Holloway and daughter and Barry Milton celebrate the news
Forest Hill, Sydenham and Kirkdale were one of the fifteen winners of the second round of Portas Pilot announced today, 25 July 2012, by Grant Shapps, Local Government Minister. The three pilots announced today in London will receive funding from the Greater London Authority.

Our bid concentrates on three project to link and revitalise the shops in Forest Hill, Sydenham and Kirkdale.

Jack & Jill

Two high street shops will be renovated for creative community engagement, exhibitions, showcasing local products, business workshops, ‘pop-up’ events and as a Town Team base

Shop Revolution

A high impact project with lasting sustainable benefits will renovate upto 12 vacant units, letting them to an eclectic mix of businesses and organisations, including successful Market Makers traders on a Pop Up or trial basis.

Market Makers

More than a market, this will build on the success of the Forest Hill Food Fair, to pilot markets on a rotational basis across the area, with the aim of finding long term tenants for our vacant units.

Richard Hibbert, Chairman of the Forest Hill Society said "This is fantastic news. We have put a lot of work into this bid and are delighted to be one of the winners

"The first meeting of the Town Team is tomorrow and we will get to work straight away, putting the plans into action. We are lucky to have so many enthusiastic people involved.

"Particular thanks are due to Ed Holloway, a Forest Hill Society member, who put a lot of time and effort into enhancing the first bid and turning it into a winning bid in the second round.

"We would like any landlords, leaseholders or agents marketing empty retail units in Sydenham, Forest Hill or Kirkdale to contact so that we can work with them."