Council tax for Bromley residents will increase by 4.21% for 2018/2019. The Conservative Council blame cuts imposed by the Conservative government for the increase.
This means that people with a property in band D will pay £1,452.71 per year as opposed to the £1,394.04 for 2017/18.
Bromley Liberal Democrats issued a statement regretting the increase in council tax. "We all appreciate how much financial pressure all councils are under at the moment with the cuts from the Conservative government, and we would not criticise Bromley Council for increasing council tax if we thought it would result in better services for Bromley residents - but we do not believe that it will."
"This Conservative council have failed Bromley residents repeatedly over the last 4 years, with minimal opposition from the 7 Labour councillors who should be holding the Conservatives to account for their behaviour. Over their term in office the Conservatives have failed to plan for our futures, either our children's futures with school provision, or for the future of our town centres; they have failed to listen to the community when they call for safer roads and cleaner streets; they have failed to invest their financial reserves in local projects and infrastructure and failed to be open and accountable to the people who voted for them four years ago."
"Under the current administration, increasing council tax will deliver no benefit to the people of Bromley".
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 - email@example.com or write to us at Bromley Liberal Democrats, 7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ