Bromley Liberal Democrats are sad to announce the death of their Honorary President, Jane Green who died on 28 August after a short illness.
Jane was Deputy Mayor of Bromley in 1999 and 2000 and a councillor from 1998 until 2002, representing the Eden Park ward.
Jane had been at the heart of the Liberal Democrats in Beckenham for many years, having joined the party’s predecessor the Liberal Party in the 1970s. She was a tireless campaigner for the party, for liberal values, and for her local community. Even after she left the council, she was regularly seen at council committee meetings asking questions on behalf of residents, holding the council’s decisions up for close and relentless examination.
For the local party Jane was ever present. In addition to serving as honorary President, she helped organise many social and fundraising events over the years. She was often found behind a table covered with food she’d prepared, helping in the kitchen with the clearing up, taking part in quiz evenings, speaking at training sessions for newer members, and being a mentor and voice of support as the local party welcomed many new members over recent years.
There have been many tributes paid to Jane since the sad news of her death.
Former Mayor of Bromley David McBride said "Jane was an exceptional Councillor and cared passionately about the residents in her ward. I served with her on one of the Council's Planning Committees and her work was immense. She prided herself on visiting every single site where there was an application. She was one of the hardest working councillors I have known."
Chair of Bromley Liberal Democrats, Dave Marshall, said, "Jane was an inspiration to all her Liberal Democrat colleagues. She was generous with her time, wisdom and supportive guidance, always delivered with kindness. Jane will be sorely missed."
A former Chair of London Liberal Democrats and colleague of Jane's on Bromley Council, Chris Maines remembers Jane as the Chair of Bromley Residents’ Federation. "Jane's interest in planning issues came from her years as an active member of her local Residents' Association monitoring planning applications local plans. Jane spent many years working hard on behalf of Bromley residents and fighting to improve our built environment. We have lost someone who had huge knowledge, experience and an eye for detail."
Sir Simon Hughes, a former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats said: "Jane was a dedicated campaigner who worked hard for the residents of Bromley borough over many years. I know she will be greatly missed by her family, her local and church community, as well as by the Bromley Liberal Democrats".
Former Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Nicholas Bennett said, “Jane was a constituent of mine in West Wickham. Although in different political parties I enjoyed her company at different functions. She was assiduous in reporting any problems when she lived in Barnfield Wood Road. As a former Deputy Mayor she is remembered for the dignity in which she performed her duties and her dedication as a ward councillor. RIP.”
Former Mayor of Bromley, Sue Polydorou MBE said, “It was a privilege to work alongside Jane when I was Mayor and she was Deputy Mayor. She carried out the role meticulously and was a great support to me. Although we belonged to different political parties we had much in common and she was a very good friend. Jane will be sadly missed by all who knew her and my thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”