We are delighted that we now have two amazing Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members, Caroline Pidgeon and Hina Bokhari. These are our best results for over a decade, and we're proud that Hina will be the first Lib Dem ethnic minority London Assembly Member and the one of the first Muslim women on the Assembly of any party.
Caroline is well known across Bromley for her work for those affected by the cladding scandal, her campaigns for easier and safer access for all to our stations and public transport systems, how she has highlighted the impact of the delays and escalating costs of Crossrail and fought with local people against the damaging police station closures. It's great to know she'll be able to continue her work for us all, and with Hina by her side the Lib Dem team will be twice as effective and hold the new Mayor to account.
Nationally these results reveal a clear trend where the Liberal Democrats are emerging as real challengers to the Conservatives in the South of England. Locally in Bromley we worked very hard during this campaign to make sure that everyone heard about our key campaign promises on jobs, housing and clean air. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to our volunteers for their hard work. Our candidate in Bexley & Bromley (Allan Tweddle) returned our highest vote since 2008 and given the widespread surge in the Tory vote this is a significant achievement. And our first time candidate in the Crystal Palace by-election, Suraj Gandecha, did us proud, and we know he'll continue campaigning for the residents in Crystal Palace and the unique issues they face.
We'll continue our campaign to get Liberal Democrat councillors elected to Bromley Council - roll on May 2022!
Croydon council is to replace their hastily introduced Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in Crystal Palace with a “healthy streets scheme” - essentially an LTN but without physical barriers, instead it will be controlled by ANPR systems to fine drivers.
The original scheme used planters to block access to Auckland Road, Sylvan Hill, Stambourne Way, Fox Hill, and Lancaster Road. The new scheme means that some motorists will be able to access the area easily and without charge, e.g. residents, taxis, delivery drivers, emergency vehicles, local teachers and carers.
Positive results from School Streets trials over the last six months across London have been released. Air quality improved, with nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) levels reduced by up to 23%.
London’s iconic Crystal Palace Park is a special place for us all. Bromley Council has recently put forward proposals for redevelopment, including the building of new houses. We welcome the much needed investment in the park - suffering from years of neglect by the
Council. But we are unhappy that the plan - backed by Tory and Labour councillors - will build on open land, will cut down the amount of public green space and significantly increase traffic with nearly 600 event car parking spaces, all whilst building only 28 affordable homes for the area.