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  • Greenwich Council refuses to comment on staff cuts at Eltham Centre

    You may have missed a question I asked at the January meeting of Full Council regarding redundancies being made by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) which I fear may well have an impact on the service levels being provided at the Eltham Centre. I had spoken with members of staff who had informed me about the…

  • Review of Eltham Town Centre traffic arrangements

    Following complaints from several residents recently I wrote to the Council about the traffic islands which have been installed at the Eltham Hill end of the High Street.  I was pleased to be told that a formal review of the Eltham Town Centre Scheme was being undertaken and, in response to my enquiry, the Council…

  • Have the Council raided the education budget to pay for their own incompetence?

    At the meeting of Full Council last week, I raised the fact that Greenwich Council’s handling of the deal to create a new academy school to replace Corelli College (now rebranded The Halley Academy”) was costing Council Tax payers £1.5m.  Given that the 2.99% rise in ‘Borough’ Council Tax next year will only raise £2.4m,…

  • 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…