June 2010

Council still behind on council tax collection

Government figures published this week highlighted that the council still has some way to go in collecting council tax.  In 2009/10 the council only managed to collect 94% of the £82,655 it needed to collect, well below the national average collection rate of 97.01%. 

Meet with your local Police in Blackheath Westcombe

Residents of Blackheath Westcombe can meet with their local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) at a series of local street briefings which are taking place in July 2010. Members of the SNT will be available at the following times:

Councillor attends consultation on future for Eltham Baths

On Friday, Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury attended the consultation displaying the plans for the Eltham Baths site.

The plans include flats and houses mainly intended for shared ownership.  In addition there were plans for flats to be allocated specifically for older people. 

Eltham at War

 

Local councillor celebrates school achievements at Crown Woods

It was a real privilege to attend Crown Woods School's Year 11 Leavers ceremony on Friday, hundreds of pupils, parents, teachers and governor attended the event to celebrate the end of GCSE exams and the achievements of all the pupils and staff.

Public Exhibition for Stockwell St Market redevelopment

The University of Greenwich are showing off their draft proposals for the former Market site at Stockwell Street. Their outline plan shows off their new building for the Faculty of Architecture and Construction, along with a new Learning Resource Centre.

Eltham South councillors meet residents to discuss Avery Hill Park license application

Cllrs Eileen Clover and Adam Thomas met residents living in Avery Hill to discuss the council's recent applications for a drinks and events license for the whole of Avery Hill Park, and a time limited license for the showing of a film and a classic car rally on Saturday 17 July.
 

Avery Hill Housing Panel

Cllr Eileen Glover and Cllr Adam Thomas recently attended the Avery Hill Housing Panel, to discuss with tenants and leaseholders issues affecting the estate.  

Latest scrutiny panel meeting highlights worrying data on prospects of looked after children

The latest Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel has highlighted worrying data on the prospects for looked after children in Greenwich.  The meeting focused on Greenwich Council's performance in meeting certain local and national targets for educational standards, outcomes for looked after children, supporting parents, improving access to services for young people and improving behaviour. 

Local Councillor attends street party in Glenhouse Road

Residents of Glenhouse Road in Eltham enjoyed the summer sunshine this afternoon as they held a street party.   The event was run and organised by residents but had originally attracted a £430 charge from Greenwich Council for the road closure process. Residents contacted their local Eltham North Ward Councillors and Spencer Drury spoke with Council Officers on their behalf. As a result of Spencer’s conversations with Council officers, the £430 fee was waived.  

Conservatives welcome extra police for Eltham High Street

Conservatives welcomed news that two extra police officers have been assigned to Eltham High Street, which should allow officers from the Eltham North Safer Neighbourhood Team to spend more time dealing with issues in that ward.   A key pledge in the Conservative Manifesto for Council elections was to put in place police teams in Eltham and Greenwich Town Centres and following a request by Chairman of the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, Mr Terry Powley, confirmation was given by the police that they would be allocating extra officers to the High Street.

Councillors visit hidden gem of Eltham

Councillors Adam Thomas and Matt Clare attended the annual open day of the Environmental Curriculum Service centre on Bexley Road.

Councillors scrutinise new proposals for Eltham Community Hospital

Your Eltham South councillors attended the recent Greenwich NHS consultation events for the new Community Hospital on Passey Place.  Residents living in Eltham North, South and West as well as those living in Middle Park and Sutcliffe have been asked to give their views.

Reporting Back – Free tickets to the O2 and young mums don’t listen to Council shock!

Last night saw the first Overview and Scrutiny meeting since the Council elections. In theory this committee is the main body for scrutiny in the Council, but frequently its agenda is so dry that nothing of any great importance is revealed.   

Councillors support new resident group

Eltham South councillors, Adam Thomas, Eileen Glover and Matt Clare attended one of the first gatherings of residents at Oakways, who have recently formed a new Neighbourhood Watch Group and will now be looking at forming a Residents' Association.

Conservatives welcome re-opening of the Eltham Centre swimming pools

Conservatives today welcomed news that the Eltham Centre swimming pools may soon be reopened to the public. Although the Cabinet Member concerned was unable to provide a clear timetable for the whole facility to be reopened when asked by Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury prior to the elections, it now appears that the whole building should be usable again before the end of the year.

NHS Consultation events on new Passey Place Community Hospital

NHS Greenwich will begin a series of consultation events next week to allow residents to look at it's early proposals for the the development of a new community hospital at Passey Place.  NHS Greenwich is stating that construction is likely to start in mid 2011 with final completion in early 2013.

Cllr Drury meets with residents of Sowerby Close

On Thursday morning Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury met with residents of Sowerby Close and Council Officers to discuss a number of on-going issues. Those raised with Spencer and the Council Officers included:-

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