A Million Jobs …and counting!


Since 2010, more than one million jobs have been created in the private sector. We are proud of the role that the Liberal Democrats have played in directing government investment into job creation and training.

We are now focusing our efforts on improving this record and delivering a million more new jobs as we continue to build a stronger economy for the future.

Jobs for Young People

The coalition government has already delivered 1.2 million apprenticeships for young people since 2010. The Liberal Democrats are now campaigning to double the number of apprenticeships being offered.

Jobs in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the key to a sustainable economic recovery in Britain. Under Vince Cable at the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills, we have directed an extra investment of over £5.5 billion into high-tech manufacturing, science and renewable energy.

Jobs across the UK

Liberal Democrats have long argued that we need to rebalance the economy away from our reliance on London and South East England. That is why we have also set up the £2.6 billion Regional Growth Fund initiative, to help create businesses, jobs and economic recovery in every part of the country.

Jobs Building Britain

The coalition is using £15.3 billion of investment into our infrastructure to build a stronger economy for the future and to create thousands of jobs in construction right now.
For more information on the Liberal Democrats’ record in creating one million new jobs, and to find out how many new jobs are being created near you, visit the Million Jobs website: http://www.amillionjobs.org

Downham Celebrates Summer Fayre

Downham Summer Fayre.2013

Baring Hall Hotel – Licence Application

Please be advised that the following premises has applied for a  NEW/ FULL VARIATION/ MINOR VARIATION  Premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003.


Premises name and address


Baring Hall Hotel

368 Baring Road


SE12 0DU



Particulars of application


Applied for


Sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises, and Recorded Music


Sunday to Wednesday                 10:00 – 00:00

Thursday to Sunday                              10:00 – 01:00


Late Night Refreshment


Sunday to Wednesday                 23:00 – 00:00

Thursday to Sunday                              23:00 – 01:00


10:00 on New Year’s Eve until 00:00 on 2nd January

10:00 until 02:00 on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day

Downham Tavern License Update

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As many of you will now be aware, at the licencing meeting held on 21st march.  It was agreed by the committee that the Downham Tavern pub will have its licence suspended for 3 months, with the owners of the pub offering a further three months so they may get a new licensee in place.

A number of residents also mentioned to me that there was a deed relating to the building of the Downham estate that stipulated a Public House must be available for residents of the area.  I can confirm that this has now been investigated by the council and they have not been able to find any deeds relating to the estate as a whole, only to individual houses.



Downham Tavern Licence Review – 21st March 2013

This week I have been contacted by a number of local people about the licence review of the Downham Tavern that will be going ahead on the 21st March.

Downham Tavern via www.geograph.org.uk

Unfortunately the meeting has to be held in private because of the personal nature of the evidence that will be put forward by the police, including the details of those arrested following the raid on the 22nd February.

However, if you want to have your views on the pub heard then you can write an email or letter which will be presented to the committee on the 21st March to consider along side all the other evidence.  To do this you can email [email protected] or Address them and post to Clare Weaser, Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, London. SE6 4RU

I know many people have already sent in letters but for those that haven’t you have until the 21st to get these to the town hall.

I will keep this website updated with any further information I receive.

Falling Through the Gaps – Children & Young People Review Report

As Vice Chair of Lewisham Children and Young People Select Committee I would like to share our latest report on our investigation into vulnerable children.

Building for the future

You can find further details of the report and download the full document here.


Free cooking workshop in Downham – 14th Feb 2013

Do you want to feel more confident with cooking, use up left overs without the need for a recipe, make cooking easier, reduce the amount of food you throw away and save on your food bills and time?

Fresh Vegetables by Muffet

Lewisham Council is holding a FREE cooking workshop for Lewisham residents on the ground floor of Downham Library, 7–9 Moorside Road, Downham BR1 5EP on Thursday 14 February 2013 from 10am to 12pm.

The class is a one off 2-hour session.

This class is for anyone who buys and prepares their own or family’s food and feels they could:

·         be more confident with their cooking skills

·         save money by storing food correctly, and knowing what to do with it

·         use up left overs in an imaginative easy way

·         spend less time on cooking or wondering what to cook

·         reduce food waste, help the environment and help your pocket

Book online now. Limited space available.

Laws: More Money for Pupil Premium


The Coalition Government has today announced how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14.

The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

The Pupil Premium will be worth a total of £1.65bn, or £900 per child, in 2013/14. It covers any primary or secondary school pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws said:

“Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and a fair society where everyone can get ahead. Education is absolutely at the heart of that.

“The Pupil Premium is extra support for the children who need it the most, whether it is catch-up classes, one-to-one tuition, extra IT support – whatever the school thinks best.

“Helping the most disadvantaged children helps every child. Fewer children falling behind means less disruption in class and a better education for everyone.”

You can find details of how much each local school in England will gain from the Lib Dem Pupil Premium, by visiting this website: http://bit.ly/TyVK6D

Image Copyright: Flickr/Educationgovuk


Planning Application – 44-46 Bromley Hill, BR1 4JU

I have just been notified of a new planning application in Downham Ward:

Proposal The demolition of the existing buildings on the site of 44-46 Bromley Hill BR1 and the construction of a three storey building incorporating terraces/balconies to provide 2, three bedroom and 4, two self-contained flats, together with the provision of 4 car parking spaces, bicycle and refuse stores.

There is a link to all the relevant documents that have been submitted here on the lewisham council website.

Please feel free to get in touch with any of your local Councillors to discuss this, or contact the council to give your views. You can email them at - [email protected]


Changes to Youth Services in Lewisham – Have Your Say

The council are proposing some changes to the Youth Services provided in Lewisham and are asking for feedback to their proposed changes.  If you have a moment, particularly if you are a parent or guardian of children who use the services at the moment it is your chance to help shape the way these changes are made.  Please do pass on this information to anyone you know who may be affected also.

More information can be found on the council website: www.lewisham.gov.uk/youngpeople

First have a read over the proposals the council have put forward here: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/YoungPeoplesPresentation.pdf

And here’s how you can give your feedback – (The consultation ends on the 31st December)

• Complete the online survey
• Tweet us (use #lewishamyp)
• Facebook (search Lewisham YCP)
• Attend a drop-in session (for young people and parents/carers)
• Tuesday 4 December, 5–7pm
Riverside Youth Centre, Grove Street, SE8 3QQ
• Weds 5 Dec, 7–9.30pm
Youth Village, 148 Ladywell Centre, Dressington Avenue, SE4 1JF
• Thurs 6 Dec, 3–6pm
Bellingham Gateway Youth Centre, 185 Brookehowse Road, SE6 3TT
• Fri 7 Dec, 5–7.30pm
Oakridge Road Youth Centre, 5 Oakridge Road, BR1 5QW

Cllr Jenni Clutten

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Town Hall
1 Catford Road
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