We had an early Christmas present on 13 December when planning permission for the proposed school at Bromley South was REFUSED! Just to reiterate - we love the idea of the school, but it's in the worst possible place. We've enjoyed the victory but now we need to get back to work to make sure all those Conservative councillors who voted against the plan start working hard finding an alternative site for the school before they let it slip out of their hands and their rejection is "conveniently" overturned on appeal.
Further information on our stance on this school is included in our Focus leaflet from September last year.
Thanks to the passion shown by residents, parents, head teachers and school children alike, Bromley Council have performed a U-turn and agreed to tests 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 make sure 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.
Happy to New Year to all our supporters. 2018 has started with a flurry of concern about the NHS reaching breaking point across the country, and locally with Bromley Council showing no signs of supporting the Mayor's rogue landlord database. We're also keeping a close eye on some promises made by the Councillors before Christmas that we're determined not to let drop.
Bromley South station platforms are dangerously overcrowded in the morning and evenings. Network Rail recognise that the station is one of the busiest on the Southeastern network. There are lengthy queues to get on to the platforms and to leave on return. The platforms are very narrow because of the buildings in the centre making the standing room on the platforms at the sides of these buildings precarious.
Bromley Liberal Democrats are campaigning for Network Rail to prioritise plans for easing the congestion at Bromley South. One option being considered is an additional entrance/exit on to Kentish Way. Other options include demolishing the buildings on the platforms, and building a transfer deck that links to the existing ticket hall. Caroline Pidgeon, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee and Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, came to see the problem for herself during a visit in November. She met the 3 Liberal Democrat candidates for Bromley Town, Julie Ireland, Rhian Kanat and Sam Webber, and saw the difficulties for herself. She has contacted Network Rail who have acknowledged that Bromley South is one of the busiest stations on the Southeastern network and Caroline Pidgeon, Network Rail and the local LibDem candidates are arranging a meeting in 2018 to discuss the options and timings for this vital work.
Sign our petition here to urge Network Rail to prioritise this urgent safety issue