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On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care. I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.

Please visit my councillor web site as this provides links to Lewisham Council and factual information such as my Newsletters and the Ward Profile.

Please visit my Contact me page for way to get in touch or just send me an email - info@chrisbest.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Community Champions

We remain vigilant to the risks posed by the pandemic and are committed to continue supporting our most vulnerable and at risk residents.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

a high temperature
a new persistent cough
a change in your sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Most people with COVID-19 have at least one of these symptoms.

If you’re worried about your symptoms or you're not sure what to do, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you can’t get help online. Do not go to your GP, the hospital or a pharmacy.

COVID-19 Community Champions help spread truthful information about COVID-19. This helps our community avoid myths and stay safe. More info and link here -

We’re supporting our local economy helping businesses, high streets, schools and workplaces to provide COVID-19 secure spaces.

With Mayor Damien Egan and Cllr Liam Curran congratulating Tom Copley on his appointment as Deputy Mayor for Housing

Congratulations to Tom Copley

I'm delighted that Cllr Tom Copley has been appointed by Sadiq Khan to the role of Deputy Mayor for Housing. Since the Mayor was elected in 2016, City Hall has taken a much more ambitious approach to tackling the housing crisis, including directly funding council housing for the first time. Tom is building on that work in order to deliver the genuinely affordable homes that Londoners need. Tom is a loss to Sydenham as he has resigned due to his post being politically restricted. Liam and I continue to represent Sydenham and it is expected that the by-election will now take place in May 2021 alongside the Mayoral and GLA elections.

Working with Damien on delivering our Labour Manifesto for 2018 - 2022

Update on Lewisham's Manifesto Pledges

We have been working hard to ensure the delivery of our Lewisham Manifesto Pledges. Our Directly Elected Mayor, Damien Egan, has set up meetings to review the pledges quarterly and ensure we are on track with the delivery over the 4 year period. Please see our pledges in the Lewisham Labour Manifesto.

We are facing the worst cuts in local government spending that I can remember as a councillor for over 30 years.

Launch of the Sydenham Fun Palace

Latest from the Sydenham Assembly

Meeting on Saturday 21 March 2020 cancelled

The meeting on the 21 March was going to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a Controlled Parking Zone in Sydenham plus the East Sydenham Healthy Neighbourhood Zone.

The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online [here](http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/neighbourhoods/sydenham/Pages/Sydenham-newsletters.aspx

Our top five priorities for Sydenham are - Bringing our community together - Health and Wellbeing - Vibrant high street - Keeping Sydenham clean and green - Crime and Antisocial behaviour.

Previous Sydenham Assembly meetings are under the Get Involved page

Please visit the Sydenham Assembly page of Lewisham's web site for more information.

You can also join the facebook page.

Talking about the heritage of Sydenham including Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

Visiting Sydenham Community Library

Ellie Reeves has been out and about visiting different organizations as MP for Lewisham West and Penge. I was delighted to meet Ellie at Sydenham Community Library and talk about the offer of our new ipads for hire.

Please clickhere for further information. You can get in contact by writing to: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Alternatively you can email at: ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 2668. You can also keep up to date with Ellie's activities by following my Twitter and Facebook.

Ellie has lived in the area for most of her life going to Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School. She lives in the constituency with her family and is married to John Cryer, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Ellie is providing a strong voice in Parliament as well as locally. She follows on from Jim Dowd, who served for 25 years as our MP and 20 years a Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.

You can look me up on facebook - as well as Sydenham Assembly, Sydenham Town Centre and SEE3

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