The new owners of the Royal Bell in Bromley High Street are planning a 5 star hotel with a significant extension at the back to provide enough rooms to make the enterprise financially viable. We welcome the new scheme, it is an opportunity to rescue this significant building from it's current decay, the design is exciting and the new owners have taken time to consult widely with the local population, the local heritage societies and across all political parties. The planning application is now live and comments can be filed using this link.
The new Bullers Wood School for Boys will open on this site (corner of Masons Hill and Westmoreland Road) on 10 September 2018. If they win their appeal against the refusal of planning permission on their intended long term site (St Hugh's playing fields) they are expected to move by the end of 2019 (see our page on school places).
The SHaW Academy had their application to build a 1260 pupil secondary school on this site refused in 2017 and they are appealing this decision. It now seems likely that the school will be built on this site as it has appeared in Bromley Council's School Place Strategy.
The LibDems are opposed to using this site for a large secondary school. We continue to support the creation of Bullers Wood School for Boys as well as the SHaW Academy but not on this site. We supported the decision to locate BWSB here for a short term period that would enable the school to start accepting pupils - a vital step in the formation of this much wanted and community-backed school. However as a permanent site for a large secondary school it is simply not right - see background information below.
Local residents are opposed to the siting of a school here - we have carried out our own opinion poll, and there are community groups who have spoken out against it. Local conservative councillors have promised their support to these groups, but the Council released their School Place Strategy document shortly after the election and the SHaW Academy features in this plan as an essential part of their strategy to cope with the shortage of secondary school places in the Borough. It also features in the recently released Masterplan for the High Street.
What can you do?
In order to ensure no school is located on this site, the area must lose its designation as a suitable site for an educational establishment; the local plan is still in draft so it is not too late to change this. The local Conservative councillors have pledged to oppose the school, but unless there is a change to the designation these are empty promises. Please write or email to them to ask that they take the necessary steps for this redesignation.
Please sign our petition against siting this school here
The recently published Masterplan has been widely publicised in respect of the plans for the Churchill Quarter but it also includes significant plans for more development in Bromley South.
Bromley Council have published a consultation document for what they are caling their "Masterplan" - it's a vital document for everyone who lives in Bromley as it will cover development in the town centre over the next 15-20 years and, if it happens as planned will make the centre of Bromley unrecognisable. The council are asking for comments and feedback and we would urge everyone to participate - the deadline is 14 September 2018. You can download a feedback form here.
The Lib Dem position is that while there are many parts of our town centre that would benefit from redevelopment we do not think this proposal is fit for purpose. The size and scale of some parts of the development would dwarf Bromley as it is at the moment, losing any essence of what Bromley is, without any all round plan of the implications for other services, health, transport etc.
Manufacturers must scrap the “smorgasbord” of plastics which are used in packaging for key foods so that Bromley Council can reduce waste sent to landfill and increase recycling, Bromley Lib Dems are warning.
Analysis from the Local Government Association suggests that only a third of plastic used by households is able to be recycled. It found 525,000 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays are used by households a year but just 169,145 tonnes of this waste is able to be recycled.
The Lib Dems are calling for manufacturers to work with councils, including Bromley, to develop a plan to stop unrecyclable packaging from entering the environment in the first place.