The petition for a safe crossing on Village Way has now passed 2,700 signatures, with a huge boost received over the last few days as a result of a video filmed by a concerned parent showing exactly how dangerous it is for children to cross this treacherous road on their way to school. If you haven't seen the video already, you can see it here: https://www.facebook.com/Libdemclockhouse/videos/593999280931494/
We have made great progress, but cannot rest until a safe crossing is installed, and ask that you continue to share our petition with as many people as possible.
Please note that Bromley Council take account of the views of those who work in the borough, as well as residents, so please do encourage anyone you know who works here (e.g. school teachers and people you know in local High Street businesses) to sign up as well using their organisation’s business address (the Council will be looking for Bromley postcodes).
Thank you again for your continued support!
One is intended to run from Lower Sydenham to Bromley High Street.
The other is the tail end of the Kent House to Greenwich proposal, essentially using the existing off-road Waterlink Way.
We are encouraged to send in our comments.
Here is the link:
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: