Phoenix Community Housing AGM was held in the Green Man Community Hub on Tuesday, 11th September. Phoenix is a community gateway housing association which is tenant led and a majority of tenants sit on the board. The Chair and Vice-Chair are local tenants. It is described as a resident led co-operative housing association.
There is a 10 year maximum term for board members. At this AGM Cllr Alan Hall stepped down as a board member after serving the maximum term.
In thanking the Chair, Cllr Alan Hall said:
“It’s been an incredible journey with the Phoenix Pioneers, Pat Fordham MBE, who believed that the tenants could run their own homes.
Jim Ripley, Chief Executive has used his professionalism and Chris Starke has done an incredible job as Finance Director in the most turbulent times in housing and we have secured an American Bond for future developments worth £60,000,000. [Further details are here]
We are building social homes. I am proud to have been part of the team that developed
- Hazelhurst Court – an extra care centre on Beckenham Hill. This allows those with some care needs to move out of their house or flat into an award winning apartment with care services on hand anf it frees up much needed social housing for those on the waiting list too.
- Fellowship Inn – a community project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in this Grade II Listed pub – a former cabinet member said that he had doubted anyone would wish to go to this pub – or something more colourful.
But, I remember helping to appoint Blacks architects for this building – the Green Man Community Hub on Bromley Road – and working out whether we had enough room for toilets and the credit union! What a fantastic space it is.
But someone is also responsible. I would like to thank Mushtaq Malik of local Lewisham developers, Renewal and their greed and incompetence that allowed a development to collapse and an opportunity for a land swap with L&Q to build a co-operative headquarters for local residents.
I would like to thank the tenants and residents for their patience and support over the last ten years.
I will always be around as your Councillor and friend.”
Some historic archive news articles:
Flats rejected by Planning Inspector agrees with Planning Committee rejection despite Lewisham Council’s officers recommendation to approve: https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/1651165.Flat_plans_turned_down_at_inquiry/
Lewisham Council planning recommend approval of Renewal Plan http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/Data/Planning%20Committee%20C/20061109/Agenda/ec84e75b39fd4bb2bd9866b1b091a4ebGreenManPH355357BromleyRoad9November2006.PDF
Renewal Beckenham Limited details http://suite.endole.co.uk/insight/company/05149673-renewal-beckenham-limited
Green Man planning Renewal Beckenham Limited http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/1298566.Campaigning_to_save_derelict_pub/
Phoenix CH plans approved https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/9372639.Green_Man_pub_to_be_demolished_after_8-year_closure/