For too long the Conservative Council has prioritised the rights of the driver with regular public quotes such as “Bromley residents love their cars” and “drivers have rights too”. That may be true but as ever with this Council is short termist and out of touch with many residents. We have spoken to many people who would like to cycle themselves or for their children to cycle to school but are too afraid to do so in Bromley. And Bromley Council doesn’t even bother to apply for all funding available from TFL for such improvements.
Our latest update to local residents follwing the news that Bullers Wood for Boys school will make 1 Westmoreland home its temporary home from September 2018.
One of Bromley's Tory Councillors made the London wide news this week when the Evening Standard reported that Cllr Owens called Theresa May "stupid" over the new gender pay gap reporting requirements in an email to Cllr Arthur, the Councillor in charge of HR at the Council. Given that the Council itself has a gender pay gap of 16.5% despite almost 70% of the highest paid quarter of its staff being women, it is extremely disappointing that these Tory Councillors do not appear to understand let alone respect the very real issue of gender pay gaps.
Our latest Bromley in Focus leaflet will be coming through a letter box near you in the next week or so. Read it first here.
Sam Webber, one of our Council Candidates in Bromley Town, had the misfortune to experience first hand the chaos on trains stranded outside Lewisham station for nearly 5 hours on the evening of Thursday 2 March, when snow brought the rail system to an actual standstill.
Many residents around Bishops Avenue have told us how worried they are about cars speeding down the steep hill on that road particularly during school pick up and drop off times as there is a school gate at the bottom of that hill. The opening of La Fontaine school has increased these concerns, with many more children using the gate which is poorly signposted with no road markings. Rhian Kanat is a Lib Dem candidate in the council elections on 3 May – she is a local parent with a child at Bickley Primary and crosses Bishops Avenue every day; she echoes these concerns.
Here's the latest Bromley in FOCUS newsletter from your Bromley Town Lib Dem team!
On Wednesday 7 February, Rhian Kanat, Lib Dem Council Candidate in Bromley Town, asked the Council whether its code of conduct was fit for purpose. The question made reference to the negative public reaction to Cllr Catherine Rideout’s participation in the planning meeting on 25 January which revoked the Bullers Wood for Boys planning approval. Cllr Rideout had previously campaigned against the school as Chair of a local residents association, including authouring extremely partisan literature on the subject, but failed to declare that interest at the start of the meeting and then proceeded to speak in opposition to the application.
Are you a military veteran or in receipt of a war widow's or War Widower's pension?
If so did you know you are entitled to an official armed forces veterans badge?
The badge was first introduced in 2004 by the then Government and is available free of charge for anyone who served in the Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force or volunteer and regular reserve forces. There are separate veterans badges available for those who served as Bevin Boys or in the Women's Land Army or Women's Timber Corps.
We are keen to inform as many eligible residents as possible about this so they can take up the offer - so please do spread the word.
Please do get in touch with us by email and we will pass on the form so you can apply for your veterans badge - firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Bromley Liberal Democrats, 7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ
Click here to see our January Focus leaflet for Bromley North, inlcuding the 23 storey proposed development on Sherman Road.