Liberal Democrats across the country have been speaking to voters about how disastrous Brexit is going to be, and Bromley Liberal Democrats will be holding their own conversations with local people on their action weekend on 8-9 September. We'll be holding street stalls (with our famous Brexometer) in Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington and we'd like to hear people's views on how the Brexit process is going.
Here are the dates and locations for our stalls:
Saturday 8th September – Beckenham High Street, outside Marks & Spencer, 10.30am to 3pm
Saturday 8th September – Orpington High Street, outside W H Smiths, 10.30 to 3pm
Sunday 9th September – Bromley High Street, outside WH Smiths, 11am to 3.30pm
Please come along and join in the conversation. If you can't make it to our street stalls please let us know your views by completing our survey here
The planning application for a new 23 storey residential block on Sherman Road was due to be heard on 24th July but the meeting was cancelled - it has now been rescheduled for 11 September. It seems likely that the plan will be rejected because of the weight of objections from the local population and from many councillors. We also object to the scale and style of the building, and agree that 23 storeys is just too tall for this area and the neighbouring conservation zone.
The new owners of the Royal Bell in Bromley High Street are planning a 5 star hotel with a significant extension at the back to provide enough rooms to make the enterprise financially viable. We welcome the new scheme, it is an opportunity to rescue this significant building from it's current decay, the design is exciting and the new owners have taken time to consult widely with the local population, the local heritage societies and across all political parties. The planning application is now live and comments can be filed using this link.
The new Bullers Wood School for Boys will open on this site (corner of Masons Hill and Westmoreland Road) on 10 September 2018. If they win their appeal against the refusal of planning permission on their intended long term site (St Hugh's playing fields) they are expected to move by the end of 2019 (see our page on school places).
The SHaW Academy had their application to build a 1260 pupil secondary school on this site refused in 2017 and they are appealing this decision. It now seems likely that the school will be built on this site as it has appeared in Bromley Council's School Place Strategy.
The LibDems are opposed to using this site for a large secondary school. We continue to support the creation of Bullers Wood School for Boys as well as the SHaW Academy but not on this site. We supported the decision to locate BWSB here for a short term period that would enable the school to start accepting pupils - a vital step in the formation of this much wanted and community-backed school. However as a permanent site for a large secondary school it is simply not right - see background information below.
Local residents are opposed to the siting of a school here - we have carried out our own opinion poll, and there are community groups who have spoken out against it. Local conservative councillors have promised their support to these groups, but the Council released their School Place Strategy document shortly after the election and the SHaW Academy features in this plan as an essential part of their strategy to cope with the shortage of secondary school places in the Borough. It also features in the recently released Masterplan for the High Street.
What can you do?
In order to ensure no school is located on this site, the area must lose its designation as a suitable site for an educational establishment; the local plan is still in draft so it is not too late to change this. The local Conservative councillors have pledged to oppose the school, but unless there is a change to the designation these are empty promises. Please write or email to them to ask that they take the necessary steps for this redesignation.
Please sign our petition against siting this school here
The recently published Masterplan has been widely publicised in respect of the plans for the Churchill Quarter but it also includes significant plans for more development in Bromley South.