January 2008

Greenwich Council: More tax, worse services

At the January Council meeting, the Labour Council made a series of decisions which will cost Council Tax payers and tenants in Greenwich more, but provide either the same or a lower level of service.

 

Council gets low grade for Adult Social Care

On Wednesday night (23rd January) senior Labour Councillors on the Cabinet considered how to respond to another low rating from the independent body which looks at how well Councils serve adults who use social care services and what potential there is to improve.

John Roan GCSE grades out

John Roan Secondary schools GCSE's results are out and despite the hard work of pupils it would appear that the council has once again let down the children. 34% of pupils at John Roan School were able to achieve 5 A* to C Grades at GCSE including the all important English and Maths grades, this is in comparison to 46.7% nationally.

Council considers future of the Well Hall Pleasaunce

On Tuesday night (22nd January 2008) the Council’s Cabinet Committee considered a report conce

Boris Johnson responds to Home Secretary

Yesterday Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that she was too scared to walk the streets of London, yet again highlighting

Response to width restriction postponed

On Tuesday (8th January) the Council's Cabinet Committee was supposed to decide on an official response to the petition by residents of Archery Road requesting a width restriction at the end of Glenlea Road; however the decision was taken by the two member Committee to postpone the decision, probably until early February.

More Noise from Heathrow?

Residents in Greenwich and Blackheath are worried that Government proposals to expand Heathrow could lead to more noise over the area.  A consultation paper on expanding the airport includes plans for a new runway, a big increase in flights and planes coming in lower over SE London on their approach to Heathrow. 

Width Restriction Petition to be heard by Council leadership

On Tuesday (8th January) the Cabinet Committee will consider a response to the petition requesting a width restriction on Glenlea Road presented by Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury at the October Council meeting. 

Greenwich Primary Schools Among the Worst Again

Key Stage 2 figures released by the government in December have revealed that while Eltham North primary schools are among the best in the borough, Greenwich Primary Schools rank among the worst in the country. In the league tables measuring performance in exams taken at 11, Greenwich is ranked equal fourth from bottom nationally on the aggregate and average point scores.

A New Year message from Boris Johnson

A New Year Message from Boris Johnson, Conservative candidate for London Mayor

 

"I want 2008 to be a year of change and improvement in London.

Not on Blackheath, please

The recent visit to Blackheath by the Chinese State Circus brought pleasure to many but not to all.  Imagine the reaction of an observant resident when a lorry from the Circus was seen to drive across the grass to a drain in Vanbrugh Terrace where the operatives proceeded to pour obnoxious smelling waste down the drain.  A quick call to the local Conservative Councillor got it sorted out and th

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