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  • Council report reveals Greenwich secondary schools struggle at A level and to help students make progress from 11 to 16

    Unfortunately I can’t make the meeting of Greenwich Council’s Children and Young People Panel tomorrow evening (ironically as I am going to a Careers Evening for my son) but I thought I might produce a brief summary for anyone who is interested in how Greenwich schools are doing at secondary level.  I am not doing primary…

  • Campaign wins first step in parking battle

    The campaign by Eltham North Conservative Councillors and local residents to restore free parking to western Glenlea Road has won a first round victory after Greenwich Council finally agreed to let residents have a say by issuing a consultation document on the matter.   Greenwich Council took away the free parking despite there being no…

  • Improvements proposed to cycling arrangements at entrance to Eltham Park South

    Council Officers have written to me to highlight plans for some changes to the area around the entrance to Eltham Park South at the junction of Glenesk Road and Glenlea Road. The works include: –       Replace pedestrian refuge island with wider 2m one & upgrade lighting adjacent to crossing –       Hatched road markings around the junction to…

  • The truth about Greenwich Council’s record on housing

    My colleague Cllr Charlie Davis and I have been asking questions about the way the Council delivers new housing and have come across some startling facts which deserve to be known more widely in my opinion.  The figures are focused on the way the Council negotiates affordable housing in new developments planned for the Borough…

  • How would you spend £6.5m on Eltham High Street?

    When Boris Johnson as Mayor of London decided to award Greenwich Council more than £5m to revamp Eltham High Street, many of us thought that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to really upgrade and support the main shopping centre in the south of our Borough.  With out of town shopping centres like…

  • Closure of Abbeyfield House

    I’ve just received a response from the start of November which got lost in the Council system somewhere about the closure of Abbeyfield House at the top of Westmount Road.  As with many of the closures of Council and associated properties in recent years, it appears the cost of converting older facilities to match new…

  • Closure of Eltham Police Station announced

    Following on from my exchange with the Labour Cabinet Member at October’s Full Council and my blog last week, yesterday the Mayor of London announced that he plans to close and sell off Eltham Police Station. For the record, I remain firmly convinced that this is a mistake and at some point in the future…

  • Council confirms that Debenhams is leaving Eltham High Street

    This week Debenhams announced the closure of two stores, including the one in Eltham leaving the High Street missing one of its major names in 2018.  This announcement has revived concerns about whether the Council has put enough thought into supporting the shops in Eltham or has a plan to ensure that our town centre…

  • Labour Council fails to stand up for Eltham Police Station

    Although 853 have beaten me to write up the exchange I had with Labour Cabinet Member Cllr J Smith at last week’s Council meeting, I think the substance of the debate and my reflections on the various meeting I attended with City Hall representatives deserve a fuller review. Firstly, let’s be absolutely clear that the…

  • Repairing the garages at Sowerby Close

    I am pleased to report that Council owned garages across the Borough and in particular in Eltham North are going to be refurbished.  However, I fear that the Council has missed a group of garages at Sowerby Close (opposite the White Hart) which are in dire need of some work. Now I accept that some…