Future of Bullers Wood for Boys Secondary school in jeopardy amid planning chaos at Bromley Council

Parents of Year 6 Pupils hoping for a place at the new Bullers Wood School for Boys this September were left reeling last week as they heard that the school’s future was again in jeopardy amongst planning chaos at Bromley Council.   The Council has decided to re-consider the application for the school that it approved in October following the outcome of an appeal on an earlier planning decision.  

The school has written to parents to inform them that the decision to approve the planning application last October must be reconsidered at a Council meeting on 25 January.

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Corbyn Lets Us Down on Brexit - Again!

In case anyone still has any doubts about Jeremy Corbyn's position on Brexit watch this video.  He's failed us on Europe 10 times.  On Monday 8th January he let us down again by failing to turn up for the Single Market Summit.   It's a recurring theme - Jeremy Corbyn fails the British people and his own members on Europe. 

And here's a comprehensive list of Jeremy Corbyn's statements on Brexit:

https://www.markpack.org.uk/153744/jeremy-corbyn-brexit/

 

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Bromley Opting Out of Rogue Landlords Database?

Bromley Council are one of the few London Boroughs that has not submitted  data to the new “Rogue Landlords” database launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan before Christmas.   

Records from 10 London boroughs have now been published on the database and a further 8 have said they intend to submit records in the next few weeks.  A notable exception is Bromley.  Lib Dem Campaigner Sam Webber called on Cllr Colin Smith,  Leader of Bromley Council, to commit to taking part in the database.  “With the lack of affordable housing in Bromley, more and more people find renting privately is their only option.   Fears of rogue landlords and agents make renters feel particularly vulnerable – by joining in this scheme Bromley Council will help to reassure renters that their prospective landlord or agent is not one of the unscrupulous few, while at the same time providing a deterrent to landlords against poor practice.”

 

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Police in Greater London facing £26.3m real-term cut despite Govt smoke and mirrors

Police in Greater London are facing a real-term cut of £26.3 million next year, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

On 21 December the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.  Taking into account inflation, that means the Metropolitan Police will fall a real-terms cut of £26.3 million

 

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Appeal to Mayor about Moped Crime in Bromley

The Liberal Democrats have written to Mayor Sadiq Khan to appeal to him to investigate why moped crime in the Bromley Borough has escalated recently, in contrast to the rest of London.  This is particularly rife in the Penge and Clock House area, where worried residents have told us of moped riders targeting schoolchildren on their way home, in Croydon Road Recreation Ground, for example, and both adults and children being robbed of jewellery, as well as mobile phones, in residential streets throughout the area, including between Croydon Road and Clock House Road.

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Planning Permission for New Academy Refused by Bromley Council

Bromley Council have refused planning permission for a new 1260 pupil secondary school proposed on one of the Borough's busiest junctions, the corner of Masons Hill and Westmoreland Road.  "Common sense has prevailed" said LibDem campaigner Rhian Kanat.   "The local residents group, led by the impressive Deborah Williams, have worked tirelessly over the last year, and put together a compelling case for refusing the application."   Mrs Williams made an impassioned speech to the council committee asking them to recognise that while the school is a good concept the site for it was completely inappropriate.   Thankfully the councillors agreed (10 voted to refuse, 2 opposed, 4 abstained). 

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Parents demand safe crossing on Village Way

A safe crossing is urgently needed on Village Way (in central Beckenham) by the cut through to Kelsey Way for the Harris Schools. The junction of Village Way and Whitmore Road is a busy route for local children, parents, grandparents and childminders on their way to Harris Primary and Harris Secondary School on Manor Way.

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Health Visitor Clinics Closed as Bromley Council moves service to new Provider

Bromley parents were left shocked on 2 October when they turned up to their local health visitor drop in baby clinics only to find them closed without warning. The service had previously been run by Bromley Healthcare as part of the health visiting services but these services were moved to Oxleas trust on 1 October after the contract had quietly been put out to tender by the Council earlier this year.  

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