Recent News

  • 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…

  • Vue cinema opening hours slightly restricted by Greenwich Council

    Yesterday evening was the Licensing meeting to consider the application of Vue Cinema to stay open until 3am for up to 133 nights each year. Almost every single person speaking to the meeting mentioned how much they wanted the cinema to come to Eltham, but did not want to have the late opening hours which Vue were…

  • Where is Eltham’s Street Cleaning machine?

    One of the jobs of a local Councillor (especially an opposition one) is to get the Council to admit that it is doing something wrong even when it doesn’t want to.  In this case, a simple question from a local resident about a street cleaning machine purchased with the funds allocated to Eltham by Boris…

  • Eltham waits on Controlled Parking Zone proposals as decision are taken across north of Borough

    A month ago, Conservative Councillors for Eltham received a briefing about the results of the Controlled Parking Survey undertaken in January 2017 together with proposals for changes in the future.   The political bit (which includes a health warning) While the area concerned covered 7 Labour Councillors and 5 Conservatives ones, there was no Labour…

  • Sainsbury’s applies for late licence to serve alcohol

    Residents might be interested to know that Sainsbury’s in Eltham have applied for a late licence to serve alcohol until midnight from Monday to Sunday.  This is an extension from the 11pm which it is currently allowed to serve alcohol until and unfortunately, it appears there is no clear explanation for this application in the…

  • Are Councillors making good use of their ward budgets?

    I’ve increasingly come to realise that I need a holiday when I start reading the appendices of Cabinet reports, seeking the things that have been hidden in the hope no one will make it that far.  This old ‘Yes, Minister’ trick is still surprisingly effective as buried in appendix H of the ‘Cabinet Performance Report…