Introducing the Lib Dem Candidates for Chelsfield


Bromley Liberal Democrats have named Gerda Loosemore-Reppen and Laura Thurimella as their candidates for Chelsfield Ward in the forthcoming elections to Bromley Council on 5 May 2022. Both candidates are campaigning hard against Areli and Bromley Council's plans to replace Orpington’s Walnuts Centre with housing development out of 15 high rise blocks, which are out of keeping with the town's character and which do not guarantee the return of like-for-like leisure, retail or elder care services. They both feel strongly that residents' views have not been properly consulted, nor are they being listened to by Conservative Councillors. Orpington should not bear the brunt of the entire borough's annual housing targets in one small area and is being taken for granted by Conservative-led Council.

 

Gerda Loosemore-Reppen has lived in the ward since 1985, bringing up her family here, and currently chairs the Patient Participation Group at Chelsfield Surgery. Laura Thurimella (née Davies) was born and brought up in Orpington, attending Warren Road primary school, and has returned to bring up her own family in Chelsfield ward, whilst working as Director of Blackwater Tech Ltd.

Read more about our campaign here.

Other priorities for Gerda and Laura include:

  • Supporting our local NHS services, which are under such incredible pressure, by ensuring that the Bromley Health and Wellbeing Board rightly identifies the health needs and priorities for our area.
  • Reinstatement of the train services from Chelsfield and Orpington to pre-pandemic levels, together with an ambitious plan to improve public transport across the borough
  • Protection of our open spaces and green belt from the threat of development (such as the proposed development at St Mary Cray) and to keep a close watch where the council are looking at commercial partnerships to fund maintenance and improvements
  • Safer streets - 84% of residents have said they are worried about speeding and 59% of residents would walk or cycle more if they felt streets were safer
  • Improving air quality in Orpington - Bromley has the fewest air quality monitors of any London Borough so Conservative claims about clean air are not well founded. Read about our campaign for improved monitoring
  • Increase in charging points for electric vehicles - Bromley are behind other London boroughs in EV infrastructure and yet as an outer London borough, we rely more on our vehicles.
  • Supporting the GLA's Caroline Pidgeon in her campaign for increased police action, particularly on theft of catalytic converters, as Bromley is in the top 10 London boroughs affected.
  • Ensuring that Bromley Council works to significantly increase the stock of affordable and social housing in the borough, without which so many are left stuggling for accommodation and without opportunities to own their own homes.

Gerda and Laura at the Walnuts Centre


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