Recent News

  • New website launched for Eltham North police

    The Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhood Team have launched a new website for the area:  https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/greenwich/eltham-north/?introducingyoursaferneighbourhoodsteam=aboutus.  Obviously this isn’t a replacement for an actual police station (something I have continued to raise in Full Council meetings much to the Cabinet Member’s annoyance) but it seems to be the Mayor of London’s plan for future community contact.…

  • Planning Inspectorate dismisses developers’ Orangery appeal

    Just a brief post to note that the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the developer’s appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse them permission to build flats on the site besides the Marks and Spencers car park in Eltham. You can see the decision here:  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3191952 It seems to me (and please do read the decision yourself)…

  • Update on road closures and pipes being dug up around Eltham

    Given the number of schemes going on in Eltham North ward at the moment, I thought an update might be worthwhile.  This is based on information received from the Council Officer responsible for Strategic Transportation today.   Road closure around the Conservative Office (Westmount/Glenlea junction) – The road closure is only directional and has been…

  • Final Plan for Arsenal Road 20 mph zone published

    Following the statutory consultation on the Council’s plans for introducing a 20 mph zone around the north part of Eltham North ward (named the Arsenal Road 20 mph zone although it includes Crookston and Dairsie Roads) the Council has finally sent me the detailed plans for the speed humps in the area. The final write…

  • First Cabinet meeting of new Council reveals plans to push up charges across Greenwich

    At the first meeting of his Cabinet the new leader of Greenwich Council Cllr Danny Thorpe is to consider plans to push up charges to residents for a range of services. In a report on Fees and Charges across the Borough, one section reads: “Benchmarking across inner and all London Boroughs suggests that there is…

  • How Labour Councillors put the Council first

    As a Councillor in a split ward, I have been working with Labour Councillors closely for the last four years and I often make the point that they have to put the Council’s interests above Eltham’s.  It is often tricky to explain what this means, but there are some obvious examples, like opposing reduced Business Rates…

  • 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…