Saturday, 1 September 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018

Have our emails stopped arriving in your inbox?
At the time we created our list, emails were sent from a spreadsheet we maintained ourselves. After not very long, Gmail's approach to emails caused us to move to MailChimp, a provider now used by many organisations. We used to write to people whose emails were undelivered. Almost invariably, the reason why the email bounced, was they had changed their email addresses and they happily gave us their new one.

Because individuals' right to unsubscribe has heightened importance under General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we are no longer told of non-deliveries so cannot write to people as we used to. If therefore you change your email address, please write to from your new address and put 'new email address' in as the subject. We will then add your new address to our list.

Trades Database
Did you know that we have a list of recommended tradesmen and companies on our website here?
References are from past or current residents, resulting in each tradesman or company being added to the list.
If you would like to recommend a tradesman or company please email us at, telling us their trade, how to best contact them, the work that they did and when this was.

Parking Meeting
Feedback from the residents’ meeting regarding car parking concerns within the estate 
A public meeting was held in the Progress Hall on 13th July 2018 to ascertain residents’ concerns about parking and highway issues. The 37 people who attended represented 27 households from 12 roads across our Estate. We recorded 25 separate issues, each of which has been allocated to one of 7 groups:

Police/Royal Greenwich enforcement issues
Controlled Parking Zone issues
Other parking issues
Road marking issues
One-way road issues
Neighbourhood issues

The first group included 9 of the 25 issues. The Eltham North Safer Neighbourhood Team have kindly provided feedback clarifying the division of responsibilities between the police and Royal Greenwich:

It is not illegal to park on pavements, provided pedestrians can continue to walk past them on the pavement. If a parked vehicle stops pedestrians using the pavement the matter should be reported to the non-emergency police telephone number, 101.

If residents believe vehicles are breaking the speed limit, they should report the matter to the same police number. Teams will ask for the name of the road (and in the case of long roads, the relevant part) and the time and days the speeding occurs.

Double-parking blocking the road should also be reported to 101.

Parking on double-yellow lines should be reported to Royal Greenwich, preferably by email to (main telephone no: 020 8854 8888)

Bins that are left blocking the pavement after they have been emptied should be reported to or by phone to 020 8921 4411 and, whether emailing or phoning, residents should specify they are reporting anti-social behaviour. When a large delivery is expected, or space needs to be reserved for a removal lorry, residents using bins to reserve a space are asked to display a note explaining what is expected, and when.

It is illegal to park in a drive and obstruct the pavement due to a car's length. If a vehicle is too long to fit in a drive its owner should find an alternative space. Cars should not overhang  driveways. Anyone wishing to report such an issue should write to  

Because we issue newsletters at approximately 4-monthly intervals, it is likely that the Committee will notify progress on the other issues raised in this meeting by email at the appropriate time 

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

David Evans Property Services,
The Progress Estate Experts

0208 8859 5331

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018

Letter from the Chair of the Committee 

Dear All,

I am stepping back into the post of Chair for this year and thank Margaret Oliver for her carrying out the role last year so well. Our Christmas Social was a great success and we all enjoyed the afternoon with the very professional singing of the choir from St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School.
The committee had a brainstorming session at the end of January to try and find new and/or more effective ways to represent and communicate with our residents. This is an ongoing feature for this year and so we ask your patience as we try and get to grips with these ideas.
Rita Billinghurst

Planning and Enforcement Liaison
We currently have a committee member vacancy to liaise with Royal Greenwich on planning and enforcement issues.   This role would involve bi-monthly meetings at The Woolwich Centre as well as liaison with the planning application committee member.   The position might be ideal for someone who has recently given up full-time work and who is interested in helping to maintain the architectural integrity of the Progress Estate Conservation Area.
If you would like to learn more about this position, please write to

Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams
Both the North and West areas of the estate have a committee member representing the residents at meetings.

These members will report any non-urgent concerns of yours at their next quarterly meeting but we do advise you to contact the police asap if you are concerned about your’s or a neighbours safety.

Coach Trip
Would you be interested in an organised coach trip to a place of interest or to the coast?
If you are, could you please contact us so we can see if this is a viable option.

Planning Permission: Works to slate roofs 
As most residents will know, new supplies of the slates used to roof some of the houses on our estate ceased to be quarried some decades ago. This issue came to a head last year when works were undertaken to certain properties in Ross Way and Whinyates Road. When making their planning applications, the owners of the properties implied that high proportions of the slates would be re-used yet, in the event, all were replaced with new tiles. 

We are therefore pleased to announce that Royal Greenwich has adopted new procedures designed to stop a repetition of this outcome: 

1. Applicants will be required to include an estimate of the minimum percentage of the original slates that they expect to incorporate in replacement roofs and fascias. 

2. Applicants will be required to specify that, where estimated recovery rates are below 100%, the entirety of the front roof will be re-laid in original tiles and to specify a suitable new tile to be used to fill the shortfall at the rear. This would normally be expected to be green Brazilian slates, in line with the Progress Estate Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 

3. In assessing proposals, planning officers will have regard to the guidance within the Progress Estate Conservation Area Character Appraisal that a minimum recovery rate of 80-90% should be possible. Where estimated recovery rates are below this benchmark, the applicant will be required to provide a robust justification for why a higher recovery rate is not considered possible. 

4. Where permission is granted, a condition will require the proposals to be implemented fully in accordance with the approved plans and accompanying documents. 
This approach will provide an effective means of enforcing against any breach of permission as the minimum retention rate will have been clearly specified in the application for planning. 

Plans to cut Victoria trains from the Bexleyheath line
The Government has confirmed that all services on the Bexleyheath Line to Victoria will be cut after the new franchise is awarded in 2018, despite the Government’s own consultation showing that 89% of respondents were opposed to plans to cut the number of local rail destinations. 

Until such time as Lewisham station is thoroughly modernised, cutting this service from Eltham and elsewhere would be a disaster for commuters, in particular for those who rely on the rail network as an accessible route to Kings College Hospital at Denmark Hill. 
If you oppose these plans please sign the petition online. Available at

We want you!
To get in touch with us to let us know what you would like us to be doing for you. 
Whether you have an idea for a residents event or feedback about the newsletter or our previous events then we want to hear from you. 
You can contact us via email via

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

David Evans Property Services,
The Progress Estate Experts
0208 8859 5331

Monday, 1 January 2018

Privacy Policy


Internet Privacy and Cookies Policy

The Progress Residents Association will take all reasonable steps to safeguard and preserve the privacy of all those who contact details are held on its email list.
This Policy explains what happens to any personal data that you provide to us, or that we collect from you whilst you visit our site and how we use cookies on this website.

We will update this Policy if and when circumstances make it desirable. 

Information That We Collect

In running and maintaining our website we may collect and process the following data about you: 

  • Information about your use of our site including anonymous details of your visits such as pages viewed and the resources that you access. Such information includes traffic data, location data and other communication data. 
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In operating our website and email facilities, it may become necessary to transfer data that we collect from you to locations outside of the European Union for processing and storing. By providing your personal data to us, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing.
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We will not disclose your personal information to any other party except where we are legally required by law to do so. 

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In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to access any information that we hold relating to you.  

Contacting Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any matter relating to this Privacy and Cookies Policy. 18th May 2018

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Race with Time and Space

A new interactive Children's book for ages 7-11 years.

Illustrated by Lynn Bennett- Usher lives on the estate and painted the pictures of "Write home soon" for the Centenary.
The author Irena Hill lives in Greenwich.

This is a book about two sisters travelling on a quest, racing through historical and fun places. During this quest, the children will discover facts about the area they live in, in a fun and imaginative way.

The book launch will take place at Eltham Library on 9th December, where the authors will be reading excerpts from the books and explaining more about the concepts.

The books are priced at £10 each or £9 each for more than one. 

The book launch will take place at the Eltham Library in
Archery Road, SE9 1HA on 9th December at 1:30 p.m. where Lynn and Irena will be reading excerpts and explaining more about its concept. It is priced at £10 for a single copy or £9 for two or more. 

It will also be available during the Progress Residents Association’s Christmas Social which will be held in the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, SE9 1SL on 9th December 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, 17 November 2017

November 2017 Newsletter

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Join us for a glass of Mulled Wine at the Progress Estate's Christmas Social and AGM at 2pm on Saturday 9th December at the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road.

Seasonal music will be provided by the Choir of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Primary School.

There will also be Christmas Goods stalls and a raffle with a variety of seasonal prizes to be won.

AGM Agenda
1) Minutes of the 2016 AGM
2) Annual reports (a summary is included in this newsletter)
3) Resolutions submitted to the Secretary 
(please see page 4 for further information)
4) Continuance of affiliations
5) Election of Officers and committee members

Letter from the Chair of the committee

Phew, the Progress Residents Association has managed to survive another year.  This has been a mixed year – three Committee Members, Lynn, Martin and Rui, left due to other personal commitments and I would like to thank all three of them for their valuable contributions.  Thankfully we were able to replace them with Kirsty, Philippa and Jimmie - some much needed new blood.
We have managed, with a struggle, to persuade Hyde Housing to continue with their small annual grant to us which enables us to hire the Progress Hall for any events we may hold.  We monitor the Estate’s planning applications to the Council, keep an eye on conservation matters and we send representatives to other local bodies such as the South Greenwich Forum and the local Police Panels so that we remain in touch with local matters.  We had our first attempt at an “antiques/collectables” event early in the year and we have recently held a very successful Race Night.  The summer also saw the publication of a book to celebrate the Estate’s centenary in 2015 “The Origins and Evolution of the Progress Estate” a labour of love by one of our committee members, Keith Billinghurst, and the sales so far have been very encouraging.
We will be holding our Xmas Social on Saturday 9th December at 2 p.m, by necessity preceded by a very brief Annual General Meeting. It should be fun and I urge you to attend - even if you can only spare the time for a brief visit it would be lovely to see you. Do remember, it is your Association and we represent you.  Come to our events; let us know what you think – good or bad; volunteer to help your committee if it is at all possible.
Finally, I would like to thank all our Committee Members for giving up their time and energy in an attempt to retain a sense of community on this Estate and to thank all of you who support us by attending events and to thank in anticipation all those residents who will be making a new year’s resolution to support the Progress Residents Association.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2018.
Margaret Oliver
Chair, Progress Residents Association

The Aims of the Association
The Progress Estate Residents Association committee meets regularly to ensure that the aims of the association are met for the benefit of the Residents of the estate. The aims of the Association are:
a) To represent the views and interests of all Residents in appropriate forums be these recognised organisations, groupings or otherwise.
b) To promote and encourage a sense of community amongst Residents.
c) To monitor proposed alterations to, developments on and maintenance of the Estate with a view to ensuring they are in keeping with its designation as a Conservation Area covered by an Article 4 Direction.
d) To exercise influence to ensure, insofar as is possible, that Residents receive the best possible housing, environmental and community-related services.

The Associations activities for the year are included in this newsletter. If you would like further information regarding the annual reports please contact the Secretary, Avril Martin, ideally by email to by 2nd December 2017.  Those without access to email can obtain a copy of the reports by telephoning 07962877389 and providing your name and address.

What have the Association been doing to support the Aims?

Finance Report

The funds received by the Association in the last year have been from multiple sources; grants, income from the sale of the book “The Origins and Evolution of the Progress Estate” and income from fundraising activities undertaken by committee members. The Association received a grant in the year from Hyde South East Housing for £500.

Total income for the 12 months was £2,468 (£3,001 in the period ending September 2016).

The main expenditure has been; the hiring of venues, research and publishing costs plus other miscellaneous items and administrative expenses.

Total expenditure for the year was £2,406 (£2,508 in the period ending September 2016). Income exceeded expenditure by £62 (£493 in the period ending September 2016).

At year-end, the Association’s assets were £1,815. These were cash or cash equivalents. 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 Tallent

Planning report

Forty-seven planning applications were decided in the 12 months to the end of September 2017, a decrease of 19 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. Where we do have objection we provide a comment detailing them.

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 24 of the applications received, objected to 8, remained neutral to 2 and made no comment on 6.   For reasons beyond our control, we missed the deadline for responding to the remaining 7.
Jimmie Greene

Book Sales

The Residents Association published its book The Origins and Evolution of the Progress Estate, Eltham’s Garden Suburb at the end of July, 2017.   By the end of September, 123 copies had been purchased by people living on our Estate at £10 each and 52 by others living elsewhere in SE9 for whom the price was £12 a copy. In addition, 17 had been mailed to addresses elsewhere in the UK at an all-in cost of £13.95. 

Copies remain available and may be ordered by email from or by calling or sending a text to 07962 877389.   Please provide your house number, road name, postcode and phone number.

Keith Billinghurst

Houses Changing Ownership

During the 12 months to the end of August 2017 (Land Registry data is published approximately 5 weeks after the end of each month) 39 houses changed ownership, 7 less than in the preceding 12 months. New families moved into 24 Hyde homes. We have delivered Welcome letters to all concerned.

Keith Billinghurst
tel: 07962 877389

Social Events

Our Antique Fair, held early in the year, was a great success with stalls selling everything from china, jewellery and all kinds of memorabilia.  We seemed to have a steady stream of people popping in to have a browse or making a purchase and then maybe having a cuppa and a chat, all-in-all a great afternoon. 

Recently, on 21st October, we had a very successful Race Night but it would have been great to see a few more people. Those who did come along enjoyed it very much, all down to Paul who brought all his equipment, and his sense of fun that kept us on our toes.  I think a few of us went home with a few more coppers than we came with. Thank you to all who attended.
We’d like to have some feedback on our social events so that we can learn from you what you like and especially, don’t like.  Send your comments to our email address.
Margaret Johnson

Social Media

We continue to maintain our online presence through:
Facebook, search “Progress Estate Residents’ Association’ and don’t forget to ‘like us’
Our website,

At this current time we have:
305 email subscribers
347 Facebook likes 
572 twitter followers

Our website, continues to be popular with 70,518 views, of which 918 were in the month of September.
If you would like to receive future newsletters via email, please send an email to with the subject ‘Email list’
James Garner
Matters Residents wish 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, Avril Martin, ideally by email to by 2nd December, 2017.   Those without access to email should call 07962877389 to be told the address to which they should write their resolution to. Letters must be received by the 2nd December 2017, so please allow time for postage. You must include your name and address in your email or letter.
The Progress Estate Residents Association Committee look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Social and AGM on Saturday 9th December at 2pm and wish all the Estate’s Residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Making Progress is published by the Progress Residents Association.
It is printed on their behalf by:

David Evans Property Services,

The Progress Estate Experts
0208 8859 5331

Monday, 21 August 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017

Dear Fellow Residents

We’ve had an almost idyllic summer with high temperatures being recorded throughout the country.
We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in the positions advertised in our last newsletter and we welcome Jimmie Green who will be monitoring planning applications, Kirsty McGrath who will be producing our newsletter and Philippa Stone who has a wealth of experience working with committees.

Consultation regarding the closure of Eltham Police Station
As you may be aware the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently announced plans to close a number of police stations in London, which would include Eltham Police Station.
If the closure goes ahead as planned our closest manned police station would be in Plumstead.
You can respond to the consultation directly at
You can respond until the 6th October.

Book Launch

We are pleased to say that our book “The Origins and Evolution of the Progress Estate” is now available. 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 your copy, please provide us with your name, address and phone number either by email to or by calling or sending a text to 07962 877389.

The book chronicles how the Progress Estate is a pre-eminent example of the development of garden suburbs in south-east London, explaining the Estate’s non-symmetrical outline. 
The book also describes 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.

Contact the Elderly

Charity urgently appeals for volunteers to help ‘Drive away’ loneliness among older people in Greenwich Borough
Contact the Elderly are an organisation who offer a lifeline of friendship to thousands of people aged 75 or over by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities.

Contact the Elderly are urgently appealing for volunteers living in the Greenwich Borough to spare just a few hours each month to drive one or two older people to a local tea party and enjoy a cuppa and a cake themselves!
If you would like to find out more information about volunteering your services or if you know of someone who would benefit from coming along to a tea party please contact Rachel Mentally, Support Officer for Greenwich on 0207 881 2369 or by email

Irish Community Services
Advice and Advocacy 
Drop in Surgeries

Are you a Hyde Housing Tenant? Are you 60 years or older? Pop into our drop in Advice Surgeries for help, advice or support with any of the following - welfare benefits, disability benefits, pension checks, housing advice and help with completing forms.

Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm in the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, SE9 1SL
For queries please call the Office at 0208 854 4466.

Up-Coming Events

Family Funday
Well Hall Pleasaunce are having a family funday on Sunday 3rd September 10am to 5pm. It’s free entry with live entertainment, stalls and exotic animals!

Open House London and Autumn festival
Severndroog Castle will be opening its doors free during the Open House London Day and Autumn Festival on Sunday 17th September between 11am and 4pm. There will also be food stalls, activities and music. 

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

David Evans Property Services,
The Progress Estate Experts
0208 8859 5331

Monday, 31 July 2017

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

Progress Residents’ Association member Keith Billinghurst 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 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 -

Eltham Matters -

Amazon link: