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.
Housing in Bromley has reached crisis point. Young families can't afford to buy, the average rental cost in Bromley is now over £1,200 per month, homelessness in Bromley has reached record levels. We need a mix of people of all ages and income brackets to build a Bromley for the future, and we need to be sure there is a safety net for people when they need one.
Apart from the cost of housing, many people are concerned about overdevelopment in certain areas where new buildings do not fit in with the rest of the town and come without services such as GPs, school places and parking spaces.
It's a national problem that requires action on a big scale, but in Bromley there are solutions that your council can deliver. If elected these are the solutions we will adopt.
Beckenham has seen very little road safety improvements over the last 10 years. Notorious rat-runs and speeding hotspots have been ignored; dangerous junctions have been ignored; treacherous crossing points have been ignored; calls from local people to improve road safety have been ignored.
Last year over 1400 signed our petition for a crossing on Copers Cope Road by New Beckenham Station on route to Worsley Bridge School - the Council installed an inadequate small refuge island and nothing has been done to deal with the prolific speeding along this road. We continue to campaign for a proper pedestrain crossing here and for speeding to be dealt with.
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".