As you may already know, thanks to the passion shown by residents, parents, head teachers and school children alike, Bromley Council have performed a U-turn and agreed to re-assess road safety along Village Way.
Over the past few weeks, we have pressured the Council on how they intend to conduct those tests and have continued to ensure that they are aware of the strong public support for an improved crossing. It is certainly a step in the right direction that equipment has been installed to monitor speed levels on the junction with Whitmore Road and a commitment has been made to record pedestrian counts at peak times (rather than at off-peak times, as on previous occasions!). New green markings and a pole have also appeared, although the purpose of these remains unknown.
There is, however, still much work to be done to ensure that this initial activity translates into a safe crossing and the Council’s answers to resident’s concerns remain deeply unsatisfactory. Their belief is that ‘Village Way does not stand out as being a dangerous road’ and ‘is no different to the majority of other roads in the borough’. This directly contradicts the many testimonials that we have received from people who regularly use this road, be it as a pedestrian or as a car driver.
Whilst we await the decision of the Council’s assessments, we will continue to ask questions and refuse to let this issue lie until a safe crossing is installed.
We have achieved a lot together in a short period of time, but we must continue to share the petition with as many people as possible. The more signatures we receive, the more the Council will have to take notice. We currently have 1,342 signatures; if we can reach 2,000, we will be able to present our case directly to the Council’s Environment Committee. http://www.bromleylibdems.org.uk/village_way_crossing
We will continue to keep you informed of all future developments.
An issue that is relevant for most parents with children at Clock House ward primary schools has recently emerged.
It appears that Harris Bromley (was Cator Park) and Harris Beckenham (was Kelsey Park) plan to change their admissions rules to give automatic priority to those children at Harris Primary schools (including potentially Kent House and Bromley Road also). On their figures, for the first year alone, this could mean the loss of 25% and 16% respectively of each schools’ Y7 places!
In addition, the consultation period for Harris Beckenham is only until 19 Jan (31 Jan for Harris Bromley) so if you have any comments on these plans please submit them by then.
That is the end of next week!
Further information and how to put forward your comments is at: Harris Bromley: http://www.harrisbromley.org.uk/242/academy-admissions/
and Harris Beckenham: http://www.harrisbeckenham.org.uk/4…/admissions-consultation
This could be very worrying for parents at Alexandra, Balgowan, Churchfields, Marian Vian and Stewart Fleming in Clock House ward. Obviously if these two schools are going to favour their own feeder primaries, then pupils at other schools - including those listed - could be potentially squeezed out.
It could be argued that this new criterion, if implemented, is not appropriate given local circumstances i.e. the shortage of local secondary places, which will clearly disadvantage a high proportion of children living in close proximity to the school and making worse areas that are already poorly served. Also the selection of a feeder school is not transparent in that it wasn't clear to primary age parents at the time they were making admissions decisions.
I wonder also if affected parents could could refer it to the school adjudicator on the grounds I've suggested, or on any other grounds that you like:
New stats from Met Police show Bromley Town was the 2nd worst ward in the borough for weapon crime - news coming only days after we heard that police in Greater London are facing a real-term cut of £26.3 million this year.
On 21 December the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year. Taking into account inflation, that means the Metropolitan Police will fall a real-terms cut of £26.3 million
The additional £270m of funding the government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on local Police and Crime Commissioners raising the police precept in their areas, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a “stealth council tax rise.”