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  • Labour disowns its own proposals to turn Eltham’s Mecca Bingo into housing

    The last week has seen a lively debate going on, mainly over Twitter, about the future of the Mecca Bingo site on Eltham Hill, with Conservatives (led by Parliamentary Candidate Louie French) campaigning against plans to use the site for flats being told to stop ‘misrepresenting’ the situation by a range of Labour politicians, including…

  • Latest update from Greenwich Trading Standards – potential scam

    I thought it might be useful for residents to be made aware of the latest update from Greenwich Trading Standards, which reads as follows: Trading Standards Scam Alert – 30th October 2019 Please be aware that if you receive a telephone call from the mobile number 07405 489347 and they purport to be a Police Officer or…

  • Finally a decision on parking restrictions around Eltham to be made soon?

    Eltham Councillors have been informed that in the near future, Council Officers should be producing a report for the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability to introduce the Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) around Eltham which were agreed years ago. The changes to the CPZs are a response to the residents’ surveys which were completed in…

  • Busy evening at the Strongbow Estate consultation on new housing

    This evening a drop-in consultation was held at the Old Laundry Room on the Strongbow Estate to seek residents views on the plans to build an extra five houses on garage sites around the area.  The turnout was fantastic, with lots of residents quizzing Officers about the plans and asking pertinent questions, although there was…

  • Consultation on London City Airport changes to numbers of flights for 2020-2035

    It is worth noting that London City Airport’s are consulting on their Draft Master Plan for 2020-2035.  This document which out a framework for how flights from City Airport will be managed over the 15 year period and in the background is a fair amount of concern about the way this will increase the number of…

  • Auditor highlights concerns over Greenwich Council’s reserves

    At the July meeting of Full Council, the independent auditors highlighted concerns over the Labour adminstration’s level of reserves, commenting in their report that “you only have finite reserves available and it is important that you continue to maintain appropriate budgetary control”. The debate on the Council’s Statement of Accounts provided a forum for me…

  • Planning Appeal for Glenesk Road nursery dismissed

    This week the Planning Inspectorate dismissed an appeal by Willow Park Children’s Nurseries Ltd to convert one of the houses on Glenesk Road to a nursery. The decision can be seen below. 3212320 – Appeal Decision – Glenesk Road It is worth noting that the appeal was based on the fact that the Council had failed…

  • Eltham Police dealing with fraud in Eltham

    The presentation below has been circulated by Sgt Catmull of Eltham police so everyone is better informed about fraud. Fraud Presentation May 2019 There were also a range of contact numbers circulated which could be of use in dealing with fraud. Fraud help contact numbers

  • A better way forward on Councillors allowances

    There has been some comment on the way in which Councillors in the Royal Borough of Greenwich chose to award themselves a pay rise at the end of last month and the vast majority of it was richly deserved.  The lack of control over the meeting from the Mayor, the failure to publish the report…

  • How Greenwich Council is breaking its own constitution and why it matters

    I have to confess that as someone who has taught A level Government and Politics for the last decade I have become passionate about bodies like Greenwich Council sticking to the rules about how it should behave.  From my point of view, Greenwich Council’s constitution is a promise to the residents of the Borough about…