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  • 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…

  • Review reveals uncomfortable truths about £6.5m ‘regeneration’ of Eltham High Street

    When the Mayor of London agreed to provide millions of pounds for Greenwich Council to undertake a ‘major scheme’ to improve Eltham High Street in 2013 Boris Johnson probably thought that there would be clear agreement subsequently that this was money well spent and had drawn more people to the High Street.  Unfortunately the review…

  • Concern grows over burglaries in Eltham North

    With social media awash with speculation over the rise in the number of burglaries in Eltham North ward, the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team has invited a wider range of local residents to the next Ward Panel meeting which will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at the McDonalds on…

  • 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…