Bexley London Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 34 Total councillors 34 Change-1

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Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change+1
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Learning Centres move online during lockdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Learning Cabin website
Dave Tingle
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When Dave Tingle started online classes for free on Zoom and Facebook he didn’t quite expect 240,000 views in a week.

However, the south east London teacher has seen exactly those numbers roll in as he brought his small tuition Learning Cabin to the online realm after coronavirus forced the closure of their three physical centres.

Mr Tingle, a former secondary maths teacher and one-time Labour parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, owns Learning Centre, a tuition-based education business offering tutoring in maths, English, and science for pupils between six to 16.

Coronavirus lockdowns have seen Mr Tingle take lessons fully online, in a bid to make sure his nine members of staff don’t have to be furloughed and will have a job to come back to when precautions are finally rolled back.

The move – which has seen tuition classes move to live-video streaming sites Zoom and Facebook – has snowballed far beyond educating his current students, he said.

“What started as just a small gathering for current students turned first into a larger gathering of siblings and extended family into something that went far bigger than that,” he said.

The successful move is a bright story among the coronavirus crisis, as schools and other educational institutions make moves to adapt to the unprecedented measures aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

Bexley Libraries earlier this month reported that downloads of e-books and audio books have almost doubled since the pandemic took hold.

The number of weekly downloads has increased from just over 500 a month ago to more than 900 last week.

Library staff have been busy buying more digital stock, to provide customers with even more choice, Bexley Council said.

Schools and libraries close in Bexley over coronavirus

All libraries and schools across the Borough of Bexley will close from today.

Library books being selected
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Library online services will be available as usual and will be enhanced, to provide additional opportunities for people who are required to self-isolate over the coming weeks, Bexley council said. .

The home library service closed earlier this week, and loan periods on all books will be extended until 11 June.

Libraries will also be suspending all further fines and suspend notices and debt collection activities.

A number of other key services will also shut, including children’s and youth centres

Do you want 15,000 new homes in Greenwich and Bexley?

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Consultation has started on plans which could see more than 15,000 new homes and 8,000 businesses built across two south-east London boroughs in the coming decades.

Public comments are wanted on the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Area of Opportunity, with the feedback to help shape future developments in the area.

The comments will form part of a long-term planning and framework document, which will potentially be adopted by summer 2020.

Stretching across the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley, the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood area is one of the largest of the 38 sites identified as being suitable for large scale development in the Mayor’s 2015 London Plan.

The Mayor of London, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), Royal Borough of Greenwich and London Borough of Bexley are working together to produce the plan.

Draft proposals state the area could potentially deliver 15,500 new and affordable homes and 8,000 jobs – while ensuring the area “remains a mixed and inclusive place” – by 2041.

Feedback can be given by searching for the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area consultation on the mayor's website, or emailing thamesmeadOAPF@london.gov.uk. Consultation will run until 10 March, 2020.

Felled trees akin to 'fires in Amazon'

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Bexley residents have compared the council removing a swathe of trees to fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest.

Trees cut down in Bexley
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Lorraine Sheen, who has lived adjacent to the River Shuttle in Sidcup since 1964, said she was “devastated” to see Bexley council undertaking tree clearing work near her home this week.

“It is like the fires in the Amazon,” she said. “It’s vandalism…the wildlife that is now gone, the trees that are never going to recover."

She added the vegetation acted as important cover for local wildlife such as kingfishers and hedgehogs, as well as adding much-valued privacy for residents along the road.

A spokesperson for the council said the tree clearing work on Berwick Crescent, Sidcup, was “essential and proactive work being carried out…to remove and prune trees that are potentially dangerous or are growing in unsuitable locations."

The council added that, following discussions with residents, additional trees would be planted at the site next year.

However, Mrs Sheen claimed the change in plans was due to the council “realising they’ve made a mistake”.

Merger 'caused Bexley to slip' from being safest borough

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A controversial merger of police units has caused Bexley to slip from being the safest borough in London.

Councillors claim the impact of the new Basic Command Unit, combining Bexley with Greenwich and Lewisham, has had a detrimental impact on the outer London borough.

Since the new structure went live, Bexley has fallen from being the safest borough to the third, then seventh safest, and now fifth.

The new basic command units were rolled out across London in November, bringing together single police units into joint operations for two or three boroughs.

The decision to merge units comes as Scotland Yard looks to save £325m by 2021/2022.

At a meeting this week communities’ cabinet member Alex Sawyer said the model was far from working for Bexley.

He said: “I hoped things might start to improve and we could look at it objectively and say there are benefits.

“It should be said it is not all bad – there is greater cooperation around gangs, but the simple fact is we have gone from the safest, to one of the safest, to the seventh and now the fifth. It is simply not acceptable."

Micropub boom to continue in Bexley

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Fans of craft ale in Blackfen could be set to benefit from a new micropub.

Plans to convert an old pet shop shop in Wellington Parade, Blackfen Road, into a new boozer have been submitted to the council.

It would be the latest in a trend of micropubs in the borough, following on from the likes of the Penny Farthing in Crayford, The Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, The Broken Drum in Blackfen and The Door Hinge in Welling – the first of its kind in the capital.

Micropubs have rocketed into fashion, following traditional formats of offering cask ales and sometimes ciders, and imposing rules on punters of no phones, no music and no telly.

This new proposed pub would open from 14:00 until 22:30 seven days a week.

According to the new plans: “The trend for micropubs was established in 2005 in Kent and has been growing in popularity ever since.

“There are now over 200 micropubs in the UK with The Micropub Association predicting over 800 micropubs opening by the end of 2018.

“In-keeping with the micropub ethos, there will be no electronic entertainment (sky sports, gambling machines, karaoke nights), instead the entertainment is conversations amongst fellow locals and beer enthusiasts who have travelled from around and out of the borough.”

The plans are currently being looked at by officers at the council, with no decision made yet.

Bexley continuing to push for Crossrail extension

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Crossrail workers
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Bexley Council will continue to press for Crossrail to be extended through the borough despite a blow from Transport for London (TfL) this week claiming the move was “not on the agenda”.

Leader Teresa O’Neill said there is still a strong case for taking the Elizabeth line through Bexley despite TfL commissioner Mike Brown playing down the chances of the extension at City Hall this week.

Crossrail will link Abbey Wood through the capital and out as far as Reading when it eventually opens – over a year later than planned.

MPs and council leaders including Bexley’s want the delayed £15.4bn line’s south-eastern arm to be taken further from Abbey Wood, through Belvedere and Dartford and out to Ebbsfleet.

The proposed extension would play a vital role in supporting Bexley Council’s ambitious growth strategy, which plans 30,000 homes by 2050.

Extending the Elizabeth line is a “key infrastructure project”, according to the strategy, which has earmarked the north of the borough for major regeneration.

But Mr Brown said the £1.5bn add-on was not “on the agenda”, New Civil Engineer reported.

Responding to the claim, Councillor O’Neill said: “I understand that City Hall are currently focused on ensuring that Crossrail services operate on the existing line.

“However, this statement doesn’t reflect the conversation with the deputy mayor Heidi Alexander, who visited last week and she could see the tremendous opportunities that will be created by extending the line from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet.

“Taking the line to Ebbsfleet as originally planned will create fantastic opportunities for ‘good growth’ along the Thames."

Bexley Council plans to make the case for the "C2E" extension to be included in the Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn.

Unpaid parking fines in Bexley top £1.7m

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds in parking tickets remain outstanding in Bexley, it has been revealed.

Bexley Council is waiting for nearly 13,000 parking tickets to be paid, with an outstanding bill being racked up of over £1.7m.

According to a request under the Freedom of Information act, there are still tickets dating back to 2015 which have not been paid.

So far this year, 8,131 fines remain outstanding, meaning the council is waiting for £969,993 to be coughed up by offending drivers.

The council is still waiting on £723k from 2017/18, and £73k from 2016/17, according to the FOI request.

The car park where most fines have been issued has remained the same every year since 2015.

Oaklands Road, in Bexleyheath, has seen an accumulated 2,822 fines handed out to drivers in the last three years.

There are 19 council-operated car parks in the borough, the most expensive of which charges £8.30 for 24 hours.

Councils across England made £871.5 million in profits from parking in 2017/18, the highest amount since records began.