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TORY SCROOGES IGNORE OFSTED AND THINK CARE LEAVERS SHOULD ‘LEARN THE LESSONS OF LIFE THE SAME AS EVERYBODY ELSE’

13 December 2016

Last night Bromley Council agreed the rates of council tax support available for 2017-18.

Recent research by the Children’s Society shows that young people leaving care struggle to manage household budgets for the first time because they have no experience of managing bills and often no family to help them. Nearly 60% fall into debt.

Labour Councillors therefore proposed that care leavers aged 18-25 should be exempt from paying council tax, but this was completely rejected by the Tories with many claiming that care leavers should not be treated differently to other young people.

Cllr Peter Dean commented that it would be “inappropriate to discriminate in their favour… they must learn the lessons of life the same as everyone else”

Cllr Angela Wilkins, Leader of the Labour Group said:

“I am astonished by this lack of care. Given the serious criticisms of the council’s provision for care leavers in the recent OFSTED inspection, it looks to me like Tory councillors still haven’t understood that these young people need additional support. I suggest they stop behaving like Scrooge and take a reality check.

This proposal would have added just a few thousand pounds to a budget of just under £13m. But it would have shown our care leavers that we, as their corporate parents, recognise the challenges they face when they set out to live independently and will do what we can to help.

Ironically our proposal is also supported by the recent government strategy for care leavers and by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee report into homelessness. They accused us of being politically motivated – yet we were proposing something their own government recommends.”

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BROMLEY’S FAILING CARE-HOME SERVICES: INCOMPETENCE OR COVER-UP?

7 November 2016

At the last meeting of Bromley Council on 26 September 2016, Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Angela Wilkins, asked Cllr Robert Evans, in a written question, to provide details of all CQC (Care Quality Commission) reports on all services provided within Bromley’s Care Services department since 2011.

Cllr Evan’s reply stated that there had been 6 CQC reports, all of which were “good” or “met all standards”.

Following some simple online research, Cllr Wilkins discovered that there had been a number of additional CQC inspection reports where Bromley’s domiciliary care contractors were found to be in “special measures”, or “Inadequate” or “in need of improvement”.

She requested a report be provided to Bromley’s Care Services PDS committee and this will be discussed at the next meeting on 15 November. The report reveals a number of failures, including the following:

  • Of 43 companies used by Bromley Council, 9 don’t meet CQC standards.

  • Caremark, who provide care to the highest number of Bromley residents (189 people) were inspected in July 2016 and deemed “requires improvement” in all 5 areas inspected by the CQC

Cllr Wilkins said “We know from national media that there are major issues facing home care providers, and we know that central government has cut funding to local councils.

But there are two critical issues here: firstly – and most importantly – now that we have this report we know for certain that the quality of care being given to many of Bromley’s vulnerable residents just isn’t good enough. Action needs to be taken – and taken urgently.

Secondly, there are some extremely serious questions to be asked of Bromley Tories. Either Cllr Evans tried to hide the truth from me here, or he was happy to renew a contract worth more than £10 million without actually knowing or caring about the CQC inspection reports. I told them about Caremark and my concerns back in July – they just didn’t do anything about it.

Just a matter of weeks after the OFSTED inspection of Children’s Services, we once again call on Cllr Carr to get a grip on this council. Does someone have to die before these Tories wake up?”

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BROMLEY LABOUR LEADER CALLS ON UKIP ‘DEATH THREAT’ COUNCILLOR TO RESIGN

20 July 2016

A UKIP councillor who said it was time to “start killing” those who advocated staying in the European Union must resign, the leader of Bromley’s Labour group has said.

Terence Nathan, who represents Cray Valley West, wrote a Facebook post saying: “Time to start killing these people till article 50 is invoked, perhaps remainers will get the message then.” A subsequent post read: “Not threatening anyone, no need for threats just a bullet.”

This morning, Councillor Nathan said his comments were “meant to be taken with a pinch of salt”.

In response, local Labour leader Councillor Angela Wilkins said he should “resign immediately” or be expelled by his party. She added: “Quite frankly I am absolutely appalled by these comments, but then again a number of UKIP representatives have said outrageous and offensive things on a number of occasions so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.

“As far as Labour Is concerned, we have no time for these extreme views. There is quite simply no excuse for posting what he did and Cllr Nathan must resign immediately.”

To read the rest of the article, click here to visit the Bromley Borough News.

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BROMLEY TORIES REFUSE TO APOLOGISE FOR ‘INADEQUATE’ CHILDREN’S SERVICES

5 July 2016

Last week’s OFSTED report found Bromley’s Children’s Services “inadequate” (the lowest possible rating) on all areas inspected.

At last night’s full council meeting, Labour Councillors twice asked if the Tories would apologise to vulnerable children and families put at risk as a result; twice the Tories refused.

Labour also asked for a full review of all other services to ensure that management structures and processes in other departments were robust and able to deliver services and also for the Executive to review its policies and budgets in the light of the OFSTED criticisms and recent failings in the Youth Offending Service.

Their proposals were rejected.

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Angela Wilkins said:

“It’s time the bleating about austerity stopped. Yes, government funding has been cut, but Bromley has substantial reserves and in addition there is £26 million sitting in the investment fund, money which will be spent buying more commercial properties.

In 2015-16, Care Services under spent their budget by £4.25 million so they can’t say they were short of money.

The decision not to replace the Director of Care Services when he left a year ago to save money wasn’t necessary and put unreasonable pressure on the two assistant directors. I feel huge sympathy for these officers, and for our frontline social workers whose caseloads are too high and who do their professional best for our children.

This political ideology of making cuts and savings has created a culture of penny pinching on services in order to build up a huge property portfolio.

Services across the council are suffering – OFSTED has proved that. It’s time to tip the balance back in favour of the services we were elected to provide and to get a grip on what is going on inside this council.”

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OFSTED REPORT: TORIES MUST APOLOGISE AND GET A GRIP 

29 June 2016

Responding to Monday’s OFSTED report, Labour Group Leader Cllr Angela Wilkins said:

“This week Bromley Council’s Children’s Services were deemed “inadequate” by OFSTED. Last year Bromley’s Youth Offending Services were also heavily criticised by government inspectors.

Labour councillors have said before that it is time Bromley Council remember that exists to deliver services. It seems to me that the Tories running this council have taken their eye off the ball and services for residents are less important to them than saving money and buying more commercial properties.

We recognise that funding from central government has been cut, but the Tories here cannot blame lack of money for the failures in Children’s Services – the budget for Care Services was under-spent by £4.3m last year, and there is a whopping £26m sitting in the Investment Fund waiting to be spent buying more commercial properties.

Yet when the Director responsible for Care Services left last year, he wasn’t replaced in order to save money; instead, other staff were expected to take on his responsibilities on top of their own jobs.

OFSTED has made the council’s failures clear. Our children and our families are paying the price for this, as are Council staff, many of whom are working under pressure and without the support and training they need.

Bromley Tories must apologise.

But more importantly, they must get a grip on the council, re-think their priorities and put services first. Labour councillors are proposing a motion to full council on 4th July demanding just this. ”

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PROTECTING CARE SERVICES IS FRIVOLOUS, CLAIMS TORY COUNCILLOR

12 April 2016

Just a matter of weeks ago, Bromley Tories cut 11.2 million pounds from the Council’s 2016-17 care services budget; they are now additionally proposing cutting allowances paid to foster carers by up to 23%.

Yet at last night’s full council meeting, it was reported that Care Services has under spent its budget for 2015/16 by 3.6 million pounds. Other services have an additional 1.85 million pounds left in their budgets.

Labour’s Cllr Vanessa Allen proposed that these unspent monies should be used to reverse some of the 11.2 million pounds of cuts to be made in 2016-17 to adults’ and children’s social care services, fostering allowances and public health.

Tory Cllr Simon Fawthrop replied by saying that such a move would be ‘frivolous’, making it clear what Bromley Tories really think of their duty to care for vulnerable residents.

Cllr Angela Wilkins, Leader of the Labour Group, said: ‘I am simply appalled by Cllr Fawthrop’s comments. Care Services are essential to many people.

In the last ten months, Bromley Council has found a total of 23.5 million pounds it had allocated to services but not actually spent, yet the Tories here still plead poverty.

In 2014/15 the Council under-spent its budget by 11 million pounds; the Tories decided in June to spend most of this on buying commercial properties, despite Labour’s opposition.

In the autumn they found another 6.5 million pounds they hadn’t spent on services so they bought yet more property with it.

Now another 6 million pounds has appeared.

I’d like them to try explaining this to the parent I spoke to this weekend who has three autistic children and has to fight to get even basic services for them. Services aren’t frivolous, services are what the council is there to provide. It’s what we pay council tax for.’

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BROMLEY COUNCIL ACHIEVE NEGATIVE NUMBERS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN 2014-15

28 March 2016

A record low number of affordable homes are being built in the London area, according to figures published by the Greater London Authority.

Richmond upon Thames, with a population of 194,000, built just five affordable homes in 2014/15 and the City of London managed zero, while Bromley achieved a negative number, as the number of affordable properties was cut when a council estate was regenerated.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

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BROMLEY LABOUR COUNCILLORS PROVE TORY COUNCIL CUTS UNNECESSARY

23 February 2016

Bromley Tories agreed at last night’s full council meeting to increase council tax by 1.99% with an additional 2% precept for adult social care.

Despite being asked to pay more, Bromley residents will also have to cope next year with £15.1m of drastic cuts to services that have already been cut to the bone.

Additional cuts of £18.2m in 2017/18 and £19.07m in 2018/19 were also agreed in principle.

Labour councillors believe this is unsustainable and that vulnerable people will be put at risk. They have accused the Tories of prioritising further privatisation of services and building up a massive investment portfolio while jeopardising residents’ lives and well-being.

Labour councillors proposed an alternative (balanced) budget that illustrated how the Council’s resources could be allocated differently so that cuts were reduced in 2016/17 with NO FURTHER CUTS NECESSARY in 2017/18 or 2018/19.

To read Councillor comments and the full press release, click here.

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BROMLEY LABOUR GROUP CRITICISES LIMITED PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON COUNCIL’S BUDGET

16 November 2015

Bromley Council is in the process of setting its budget for 2016/17 and it is seeking the views of residents of the borough, particularly on the £50m of savings it says it needs to make. However, the Council is planning to hold just one public meeting on the subject in the daytime when many people are at work.

Additionally, information in the online survey it has launched is insufficient to enable people to give an informed view. In particular, residents are given an opportunity to make their views known about Council Tax rises without being told what the implications would be for services at each possible level of increase. There is also no mention of the potential for using some of the Council’s nearly £400m in reserves to reduce the impact of cuts.

You can read the full Bromley Labour Group letter to the leader of the council here.

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CONSERVATION WORK BEGINS ON CRYSTAL PALACE PARK DINOSAURS

12 November 2015

Conservation work to the standing Iguanodon dinosaur sculpture in Crystal Palace Park has started.

The Iguanodon is one of over thirty much loved dinosaur models in the park. The dinosaurs are Grade 1 listed and the park’s most important historic feature. This conservation work is scheduled to take six weeks and will be completed by Christmas.

The conservation work is being funded by the Mayor of London and Bromley Council as part of a £2.4million improvement scheme in the park. The conservation of the dinosaurs was the most popular improvement voted for by park users last summer. Further protection work for other dinosaur models will follow in the spring 2016 after the winter weather has passed.

The £400k assigned to the dinosaurs will not enable all of the dinosaur models to receive conservation treatment at this time so the Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs has launched a fundraising campaign to raise a further £800k to conserve more of the famous sculptures. For further information on how to donate, please email community.development@bromley.gov.uk

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JOSEPH PAXTON CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AND OTHER LOCAL NEWS

31 August 2015

There is to be a conference in Sheffield from 11-12 September on Joseph Paxton, the designer of the Crystal Palace and its Park. To read more about the conference and other local news, see the latest edition of the Crystal Palace Foundation News.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON HOW LABOUR CAN WIN BACK ITS REPUTATION FOR ECONOMIC COMPETENCE

1 August 2015

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

George Osborne is clearly a keen student of his namesake, Orwell, for the chancellor effectively controls Labour’s past.

Osborne’s big lie – that Labour’s over-spending caused the deficit – has been coupled with effective slogans about maxed-out credit cards, and failing to fix the roof while the sun was shining. Those spouting this rhetoric were given the perfect prop in the form of Liam Byrne’s infamous note.

Labour lost, in part, because its reputation for ‘governing competence’ never recovered from being in office during the global financial crisis of 2007/8. Polling carried out the day after this election found that 57 per cent of voters thought the Tories competent.  Only 31 per cent thought the same of Labour. As the Tories found after Black Wednesday in 1992, when sterling was ejected from the ERM, a reputation for economic competence, once lost, is hard to regain.

In the debates swirling around the Labour leadership election there is talk of a need to ‘own the future’. No doubt this is true. But Labour must also win the battle of the past.

To read the rest of the article, click here to visit leftfootforward.org.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE LIBRARY SERVICE

27 July 2015

Library users and residents are being encouraged to respond to consultation about proposed changes to the management of Bromley’s library service, in response to challenging financial circumstances.

The consultation, which is also open to those who work or study in the borough, runs until the autumn and seeks views on the Council’s proposals for a commissioned library service. The Council already commissions a range of different services, with this latest proposal meaning that the library service could be managed by an external provider under the supervision of the Council.

Responses are invited through an online survey at http://www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation or alternatively, paper versions of the survey are available in all Bromley libraries. Responses should be submitted by 16th September 2015.

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£11m BUDGET SURPLUS COULD BE USED TO LESSEN CUTS, SAY LABOUR COUNCILLORS

29 June 2015

In February 2015 when the Council set its budget and council tax for 2015-16, there was a predicted under spend from 2014-15 of £2.2m. Now the accounts for last year are being closed, that figure has grown to £11.154m.

Rather than use this money to reverse cuts to services, the Executive agreed on 10 June to spend £10.165m of this under spend on buying commercial properties. This is in addition to the £74m already allocated for such investments in the 2015-16 budget. In total, Bromley Council now has more than £300m in reserves.

Cllr Angela Wilkins (Leader, Labour Group) said:

“I simply cannot understand just how £2.2m has – in a matter of a few weeks – grown into £11.1m, a massive five times the original under spend predicted.

However this unexpected bonus gives the Council a real choice – they have the opportunity now to reverse some or all of the cuts to front line services being made this year, and still maintain a balanced budget.

A Council has to ensure it funds its activities but we were elected to provide services for our residents, not to act like property magnates. The Labour Group has therefore put forward a motion for discussion at tonight’s full council meeting to re-affirm that the council exists to provide services and not just to play Monopoly with tax payer’s money.

I wish Tory councillors the best of luck explaining to electors why they persist with cuts to services when they clearly have the money available but decide instead to buy properties such as hotels and supermarkets”

Council UNITE employees are currently taking industrial action against cuts and privatisation and are supported by the Labour Group

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CRYSTAL PALACE PARK CONSULTATION RESULTS PUBLISHED

22 May 2015

The results of a public consultation on the future of Crystal Palace Park have been published by the Greater London Authority. The public consultation was carried out between 6 October and 16 November. Feedback from the consultation exercise is contained within the final report from CSM which is available for people to view here. The GLA has said discussions with key stakeholder groups continue, as they work towards the development of proposals to safeguard the future of this iconic facility.

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LABOUR COUNCILLORS SUPPORT BROMLEY COUNCIL WORKERS’ STRIKE AGAINST PRIVATISATION

8 April 2015

Local Labour Councillors have supported Council Workers’ strike action against sweeping privatisation plans by the Tory-led Bromley Council. The strike is taking place by members of Unite the Union on 7 and 8 April. Councillor Angela Wilkins explained why Bromley Councillors are supporting the action:

“Tories in Bromley are openly committed to being a ‘commissioning council’ and to reducing the number of council employees from 4,000 to 300. For them this is not about delivering the best levels of service for Bromley residents, it is a purely political and ideological commitment to privatisation. The reality of privatisation is that contractors have to keep their prices low to win the contract in the first place. They then struggle to deliver the contract specification and to make a profit for their shareholders…. The public suffers whilst the shareholders get richer.”

To read the rest of the Bromley Labour Group’s Response to the Strike Action, please click here. And for more information about the strike, you can read Unite’s press release or articles in the News Shopper and Horticulture Week.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS ASKED TO APPLY FOR CP PARK GRANT

23 March 2015

Community or resident groups are being invited to apply for a community grant from a fund of £240,000 for Crystal Palace Park. The community fund will award grants to community groups with aspirations to deliver specific projects and activities in the park. Community fund applications for up to £20,000 will be assessed by a panel, with the first grants allocated to applicants this Summer. Details about the application process, including eligibility criteria will be available from 15 April, with an envisaged closing date for applications being 15 May.

Potential applicants can attend workshops for advice. These are provisionally planned for Tuesday 21 April at the Lodge in Crystal Palace Park and Tuesday 28 April at the Bromley Civic Centre, with further information available shortly. Information will also be available by visiting http://www.bromley.gov.uk/crystalpalacepark or by contacting community.development@bromley.gov.uk.

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CHURCH PLANS FOR CINEMA BUILDING THROWN OUT – AGAIN

6 March 2015

KICC’s latest plans for the former Granada cinema building at 25 Church Road were thrown out by a Bromley council plans sub committee on Thursday.

Councillors voted to refuse change of use to a church – this time with mixed community use –  for the reasons recommended in an officers report. And this time there were NO votes in support of KICC’s application.

Crystal Palace ward Cllr Angela Wilkins told the meeting in the council chamber that KICC wanted to park in Crystal Palace park.

“They have not had the courtesy or concern to consult with the council” she said.

And she revealed the council were about to install height barriers in the park – which would prevent minibuses getting in.

“If this is approved there will be no use by the community, no benefit to business and the best building in the area will be operated for religious purposes.

“It’s not the community’s fault the church bought the building without getting the permission they need. “Our reasons for refusal are absolutely spot-on.”

For the full story, see News From Crystal Palace and Bromley Council’s press release.

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BROMLEY COUNCIL INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR PANELLISTS TO HELP DECIDE ON PARK PLANS

25 February 2015

Over the next three years, the Crystal Palace Park Community Project Fund has £240,000 to distribute to local community groups in grants from £100 up to a maximum of £20,000.

This money will be used to deliver projects which will improve the park and the park user experience.

Bromley Council are looking for panellists to review grant applications and recommend projects for funding. It hopes to appoint eight panellists with experience in reviewing grant applications, awarding money, or other transferable skills, and particularly for people with expertise in one of the following areas:

Education and Learning
Events
The Arts
The Environment
Sport
Social Participation
Heritage

This is an opportunity to get involved in the development of Crystal Palace Park, and to support the park community as a grant panel member. The Council expects the panel to meet three times a year for the equivalent of half a day, which may be daytime or evenings depending on the availability of panel members.

Please submit an expression of interest by sending a short covering letter with your CV, or a brief outline of relevant experience, to: elaine.harrison@bromley.gov.uk by Friday 21st March 2015.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please email in the first instance with your contact details and we will call you at your convenience.

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COUNCILLOR HELPS LOCAL CHARITY WORKING IN CRYSTAL PALACE PARK

19 December 2014

After the theft of gardening equipment from a local mental health charity, the community and council have rallied around to make sure the items are replaced.

Crystal Palace Councillor, Angela Wilkins, said: “I just thought what a shame. Any theft is bad but theft from a group such as this is particularly appalling.

“They’re a charity based in Bromley, working for Bromley people, if the council could help in any way to put the equipment back that’s what we should do.

Angela said the Council was looking to provide around £1,000 and members of the community have also made generous donations to get the charity back on track.

To read the full article, please visit the Newsshopper website.

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LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBERS LAUNCH COST OF LIVING SURVEY

4 December 2014

Over the last year London has seen drastic policing cuts, soaring housing costs and transport fares continuing to rise.

London Assembly Members have asked for your help to understand the impact of these issues by completing a short survey about the cost of living at the following address: www.bit.ly/londonlife. This will help Assembly Members understand how we can improve life for all Londoners.

Your views help them to illustrate the impact of the Mayor’s policies and to ensure the Mayor doesn’t get away with more broken promises, that is why they have launched this year’s Living In London survey. The survey not only gives you the opportunity to have your say on the key issues in the capital but it gives Assembly Members the vital information they need to help shape their policies for the coming year.

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BROMLEY COUNCIL BEGINS CONSULTATION ON FUTURE OF LIBRARY SERVICE

3 December 2014

The council are consulting about options for the future of the Bromley Library Service which includes:

  • the development of community managed libraries
  • market testing the core library service
  • improving current library buildings

Surveys can be completed online or in your local library. The deadline for responses is 2 February 2015.

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COUNCILLORS MAKE REPRESENTATION ABOUT NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS

16 November 2014

Councillor Angela Wilkins has written to the Greater London Authority on behalf of the Bromley Labour Group to highlight concerns about recent proposals to develop the site of the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace Park.

Angela has called for the consultation period to be extended until there is a land deal relating to the proposals to construct a new Crystal Palace at the top of the park, or until the exclusivity deal between Bromley Council and the developers expires. Angela also raised substantive concerns of local Labour Councillors about the proposals, which have seemingly been based on inaccurate or insufficient data about the uses of and demand for the NSC.

To read the full letter, please click here.

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£2.4 MILLION POUND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR CRYSTAL PALACE PARK AGREED 

7 AUGUST 2014

A range of improvements to the landscape and built heritage in Crystal Palace Park, as well as improvements to visitor facilities have been agreed as part of a £2.4 million improvement programme.

Details of the plans can be found in the following document: Park Improvement Plans

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CRYSTAL PALACE WARD ELECTS LABOUR CANDIDATES ANGELA WILKINS AND RICHARD WILLIAMS TO BROMLEY COUNCIL

23 May 2014

Local residents in Crystal Palace and Anerley elected Labour candidates Richard Williams and Angela Wilkins to represent them on Bromley Council on 22 May. Angela was elected with 1,411 votes and Richard with 1,151. The Council remains under the control of the Conservative Party, but Angela and Richard are looking forward to taking their place within an active Labour opposition.

A full break down of the results of the Bromley Council elections can be found here on the Bromley Council Election Results Web Page.

Angela and Richard say a big “Thank you” to all of those who voted Labour on Thursday 22nd May. We look forward to getting a better deal for all local residents in Crystal Palace in the years ahead.

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LABOUR CANDIDATE ANGELA WILKINS DEBATES LOCAL ISSUES AT PRE-ELECTION EVENT

14 May 2014

Labour Candidate Angela Wilkins represented the Crystal Palace Labour Party at a pre-election event at the Queen’s Hotel last week. Issues up for discussion included the proposals for Crystal Palace Park, schools and the Upper Norwood Library.

Details of the evening’s proceedings and video coverage can be found at the following website:

http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2014/05/cross-borough-debate-what-needs-did-the-candidates-address/

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LABOUR CANDIDATES KEEP BROMLEY COUNCIL ACCOUNTABLE

24 April 2014

Local Labour Candidates Angela Wilkins and Richard Williams will be a strong voice for the community on Bromley Council if they are elected in May. They have been out talking to local voters every week for several months and are actively representing their views already. They frequently help to keep the Council accountable by asking questions, as they did at the most recent council meeting.

Angela asked what safeguards were being put in place regarding the proposals for the development of Crystal Palace Park to make sure the plans were genuinely in the public interest and transparent. She also asked what plans were in place to make sure the consultation was comprehensive after proposals have been finalised.

Richard asked what guarantees would be made by the Council to ensure that traffic and environmental impacts would be assessed and whether legislative changes would be proposed this autumn.

To see the full questions and responses from the Council, click here.

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ANGELA WILKINS AND RICHARD WILLIAMS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT CUTS TO LOCAL SERVICES

23 March 2014

The Labour Candidates for May’s Local Elections – Richard Williams and Angela Wilkins – have expressed their concerns about plans to close Anerley Library.

Richard and Angela, who are both residents of the area, think libraries are more than just places to borrow books: they are community resources for a range of people. They are calling on Bromley Council and the current Lib Dem Councillors to think hard before they wield the axe.

If you are concerned about the loss of Anerley Library or any other cuts to local services, please get in touch to let us know.

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LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBER VAL SHAWCROSS RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT PARK DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

21 March 2014

Val Shawcross, the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, is taking the lead on questioning the process which is driving the plans to develop the top-site in Crystal Palace Park.

In a blog post on her website, Val has expressed her worries that there is not enough information being provided by the developers of the proposed new or reconstructed Crystal Palace. The project has focused on negotiating a lease with Tory-run Bromley Council, who have actively supported the project despite a lack of clarity about crucial issues such as its purpose, size and the impact it will have on local roads and rail infrastructure. “My view is that the whole project is proceeding in a topsy turvy and dangerous way,” Val says. The nature of the project and its implications should be decided and investigated before the negotiations for a lease take place.

Many have expressed excitement about the plans, while lots of others are concerned. Crystal Palace Labour Party supports Val’s efforts to introduce some much-needed clarity about the project which will benefit everybody as they make their decisions. We are keen to hear your views, so please get in touch with us. Labour’s Candidates for May’s local elections – Richard Williams and Angela Wilkins – would be delighted to represent those opinions in their own communications with the project team and the authorities.

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CRYSTAL PALACE LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATES KEEP LOCALS INFORMED ABOUT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLANS

28 February 2014

Richard Williams and Angela Wilkins – the Labour Party Candidates for the local elections on 22 May – have been keeping affected residents informed about a plan to build homes for 500 people in the Rookstone/Haven site off Lawrie Park Road.

Richard and Angela understand the need for more housing in a city that is experiencing record demand for property. However, local people need to be kept informed and effectively consulted about plans to develop areas on their doorstep. Richard and Angela will always work hard to tell people about issues that are likely to affect them and their homes. If elected in May, Angela and Richard would be committed to working hard for the residents of Crystal Palace Ward. They live in the area, so they know what is going on and what people think. They would be excited to be able to represent your views on Bromley Council.

Please get in touch to tell us about anything you think we need to know about.

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ANGELA WILKINS AND RICHARD WILLIAMS CALL FOR BETTER STREET CLEANING  IN CRYSTAL PALACE

20 February 2014

Labour’s Candidates for the Bromley Borough Council elections on 22 May have called for the streets in the area to be cleaned more effectively.

Richard Williams and Angela Wilkins point out that the residents of the ward pay the same Council Tax as everybody else, but seem to be getting a worse deal than places like Beckenham and Bickley. “We really feel as if Bromley Council treat us like the poor relations,” Richard said. “We’ve had enough.” Angela Wilkins is convinced that if only the Council managed its contract more effectively, we could get a much better service without spending anymore money. Unlike the current Councillors, Richard and Angela live in the Ward and are in touch with the issues that concern local people. This gives them the tools to better represent the residents of Crystal Palace on Bromley Council.

Please get in touch if you have any concerns you would like to raise.

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CRYSTAL PALACE PARK SURVEY OPEN

29 January 2014

If you would like the opportunity to contribute to the consultation on the proposed construction of a new Crystal Palace in Crystal Palace Park, you might wish to fill in the survey available at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CrystalPalace

The survey is produced by the team running the consultation on behalf of ZhongRong Group, which is the consortium proposing to reconstruct the Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace Labour Party is also keen to hear your views on the project, so please get in touch if you have anything to say.

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MP JIM DOWD BACKS LOCAL CANDIDATES

25 November 2013

Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, Jim Dowd, is backing the Labour team in Crystal Palace. Jim said: “It’s great news that Angela and Richard are seeking to represent Crystal Palace on Bromley Council. I have known and worked with them both over the years and know they are both committed and dedicated to Crystal Palace. They will make excellent Councillors.” He added, “Both know the ward extremely well and will work hard for the area.”

Angela and Richard are keen to hear your views, so please get in touch to tell us about any concerns.

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