Bromley London Borough Council

All of the seats in Bromley were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 50 Total councillors 50 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 8 Change+1

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change+2

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Bromley set to agree to hold remote meetings

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Members of Bromley’s urgency committee are set to green-light a plan to hold meetings remotely for the first time in the borough’s history.

The committee – which meets on rare occasions to discuss urgent decisions which would otherwise require a full meeting of council – is set to come together tomorrow to discuss proposals to take the authority’s meetings online.

The committee last met in March when a raft of new measures to enable council business to continue during the coronavirus lockdown were waved through.

These included increased responsibilities for committee chairmen, giving them sole decision making powers on what items could be deferred from council business; while the chair could also cancel entire meetings at their discretion.

Since then, the Government has relaxed rules surrounding councils requiring meetings to be physically accessible to the public.

It means Bromley can follow other authorities across England in a move to holding council meetings online.

New children's minister visits Bromley

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The Government’s new Minister for children and families has used her first ever Ministerial visit to see Bromley Council’s Special Education Needs and Disabilities provision up close.

Vicky Ford called in at the council shortly after being appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education with responsibility for children and families in February.

The visit was hosted by Cllr Peter Fortune, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for children, education and families, who said it was an opportunity to showcase the council‘s SEND services, as well as visit some of the Bromley teams responsible for keeping the borough’s children safe.

During her visit, the new Minister was told about the authority’s emphasis on early years support through the borough’s children’s centres, which were described as “the jewel in Bromley’s crown” by education watchdog Ofsted in their most recent assessment last year.

The developments are the latest mark in the authority’s dramatic turnaround regarding children’s services, which were deemed inadequate by Ofsted in 2016.

Library workers return to work after eight-month strike

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Bromley library workers are returning to their jobs this week following a mammoth eight-month strike, after an agreement was struck between the union and library operator Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

GLL and Unite, the union representing the 50 workers who took part in the strike, announced the end of the stalemate on Thursday.

According to Unite, the agreement on a library restructure rules out compulsory redundancies, while a consensus was also reached on pay progression and arrears’ payments.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab praised staff who took part in one of the “longest all out strikes” in recent times.

“I want to pay tribute to every single one of our members in Bromley who have made a magnificent stand in defence of the library service,” he said.

“This has been one of the longest all-out, indefinite strikes of recent times and serves as an example to workers across the country preparing to fight the latest onslaught of council cuts”.

Unite members began strike action in June 2019 over a number of issues, including positions being left unfilled and planned staffing cuts.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Bromley’s executive member for renewal, recreation and housing, welcomed the agreement. “It is positive news that GLL are able to look forwards to the future. Residents will know that the council has a strong record of improving libraries where we can, which of course includes keeping libraries open,” he said.

All libraries remained open during the dispute.

Council drop plans to block travellers on public land

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London Gypsies and Travellers

Bromley Council is set to drop its bid to ban travellers from staying on public land in the borough.

The authority’s case was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, with judges ruling that “borough wide injunctions are inherently problematic”, in a result that could have ramifications for travellers and councils across the country.

Bromley, backed by seven other local authorities, had appealed a High Court ruling which overturned their move to ban encampments in the borough.

In a statement following yesterday's judgement, the council confirmed it has “no plans” to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s executive member for public protection and enforcement, said the authority would “reflect on the implications of the judgement in the coming days”.

“Nobody is above the law – there should be no doubt that the council will continue to protect all its parks and greenspaces using the range of legal measures available to it,” Cllr Lymer said.

London Gypsies and Travellers, which opposed the latest court action as well and provided legal representation “substantially pro bono”, welcomed the decision.

“We are extremely pleased with this result and proud to have been involved in such an important case which advances the recognition and protection of the nomadic way of life in the UK,” LGT Chief Executive Debby Kennett said

Owning an empty home could start to cost you

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Own an empty home around Bromley? It’s about to start costing you.

Bromley council’s executive is set to vote on the introduction of an Empty Homes Premium, which would see homeowners around the borough charged an additional council tax if their homes are left unoccupied.

Under the proposal, the authority would charge an additional 50% for properties empty for longer than two years, increasing to 100% where the property has been empty for five years .

The new charge would be introduced from April 2020.

According to the council, an empty home is one that has been “unoccupied” and “substantially unfurnished” for two years or more.

Earlier this year the authority undertook public consultation on the proposal. Of the 191 responses, 58% were in favour of the Empty Homes Premium being introduced.

It showed that for every 1,000 homes in Bromley, 3.7 had been vacated “long-term”.

New chief executive confirmed at Bromley Council

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A new chief executive has been appointed to guide Bromley Council through a period of financial uncertainty and “transformation”.

Ade Adetosoye, who took over as interim chief executive last year following the resignation of long-serving boss Doug Patterson, has been formally signed off as the new top boss.

It comes as the council plans a leadership shake up to save cash towards an accumulative budget gap by 2023. Mr Adetosoye oversaw major improvements to the council’s children’s services following a disappointing Ofsted inspection in 2016.

Bromley leader defends not taking lone asylum seeking kids

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The leader of Bromley Council has defended the decision to stop taking in lone asylum-seeking children until the government stumps up more cash.

Pressure to opt back into a London-wide agreement to take in vulnerable children is growing after the leader of the opposition launched a petition calling for a U-turn.

London councils are part of an agreement to take in a proportion of vulnerable children separated from their families, which for Bromley equates to roughly 47 – or 0.07% of the population.

As the council closed its accounts for the year in May, documents explained the authority was the first in the capital to remove itself from the rota and “will not receive any further young people”.

In response to the decision, Labour leader Angela Wilkins is petitioning the administration to reverse the call, and is so far being backed by 300 people.

Cllr Wilkins said: “The government asked all councils to take care of their share of refugee children – which is not unreasonable given that the UK is a relatively safe and affluent country and these children are alone and at risk of exploitation.

“Along with all London councils, Bromley originally agreed to this and were looking after around 50 children – not a high number for a borough with more than 330,000 residents.”

The shadow leader said the petition will be handed in at a full council meeting on 15 July.

Council leader Colin Smith said while Bromley will continue to honour the 0.07%, further government cuts are on the horizon: "There is very little to add to what was discussed last month at this stage, other than really to repeat that Bromley has stood and will continue to stand by our historically agreed voluntary commitment to host refugee children totalling 0.07 of the borough’s total child population.

“For anybody to intone or suggest otherwise as the petition does, is at best, and being very generous, disingenuous.

“As one of London’s worst funded boroughs and with further central government cuts to our budget already flagged up and heading our way, we simply cannot continue to fund ever expanding service pressures."

Earlier this year, London Councils reported a “substantial shortfall” between local government funding and the actual cost of caring for asylum seeking children.

Tories hold council seat in Bromley by-election

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A new Conservative councillor has been elected following a by-election in Bromley.

Tory councillor David Wibberley stood down after just six months earlier this year triggering an election in his ward of Kelsey and Eden Park.

The former councillor was forced to resign following a job relocation.

Voters headed to polling stations yesterday.

Christine Harris, Conservative, won the election with 1,626 votes, besting Labour’s Marie Elizabeth Bardsley who received 1,046.

Julie Ireland, Liberal Democrats, came third with 633, followed by UKIP candidate Graham Reakes and the Green Party’s Paul Enock.

The turnout for the election was 29.17%.

Housing scheme dispute goes to the government for appeal

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Bromley Council is set to take on developers as a row over a controversial housing scheme has been taken to the government.

This is the fourth time developers have tried to push through schemes for the former Footzie Social club in Lower Sydenham Road, but the plans have been blocked because of the use of protected land.

West and Partners has most recently proposed 151 homes in a block between three and eight storeys tall back in April, and also plans a public outdoor gym and play areas for children.

The developer said this latest attempt includes 36% affordable housing, and said it would help Bromley with its housing needs and enhance public space. The developer has appealed straight to the government on the grounds of “non-determination”.

The developer has gone over the council’s head to appeal for a decision as the council has yet to come to a conclusion in the five months since the plans were submitted.

Planning chiefs have previously turned down a larger applications on the grounds it was “inappropriate” on the protected area known as metropolitan open land, and there have been a number of appeals turned down.

The council’s planning meeting has confirmed it would be contesting the appeal.