January 2011

Report back on January's Council Meeting

The January Council meeting felt a lot like the calm before the storm as the proposed Council budget is bought before members in the next month (or so, as the date keeps being shifted).  There were serious items on the agenda and some which were relatively uncontroversial. 

 

Conservative Government provides funding to help Greenwich's elderly tenants

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has offered older tenants in Greenwich struggling to manage and heat their large family homes extra help to ensure that they can find smaller properties more suited to their needs.

Greenwich will get a share of £13 million to make it easier for those tenants wanting to move from larger family homes to smaller, more manageable homes, to do so.

Planned Roadworks for Blackheath Village

There will be major road works outside the Blackheath Railway station in the village starting on Monday 31st January and these should last 5 days.

Blackheath Westcombe Local Police Meeting Jan 2011

On Wednesday evening I attended the quarterly Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meeting where all the local chairs of neighbourhood watch teams along with the local ward police and community support officers along with Councillors get together to discuss community safety over the last 3 months.

Changes planned for Pedestrian Crossing at Fiveways

Eltham Conservatives have been informed that TfL are currently developing a proposal to improve pedestrian facilities at the Fiveways junction of the A20.  The scheme seeks to improve the alignment of the uncontrolled pedestrian crossings on Green Lane (north and south).

 

Councillors Clare and Drury attend exhibition about Greenwich's plans for the future

Eltham South Councillor Matt Clare (left) and Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury visit the exhibition about the Greenwich 'Core Strategy' at the Eltham Centre today.

Exam results in Greenwich

Over the last few years, Labour’s Greenwich Council has trumpeted great strides forward in terms of education in our schools based on rapidly increasing GCSE results.  However the latest measure published by the new Conservative Minister for Education Michael Gove suggests that this increase is an illusion and educational standards remain very much unchanged.

 

Plumstead Common Road - the most dug up road in London?

CONSERVATIVES in Greenwich have discovered that Plumstead Common Road has been dug up approximately 500 times over the last two years.  That’s the equivalent of a different hole in the road every day and a half

Following complaints by a resident on the road, Conservative leader Cllr Spencer Drury questioned the council about the work.  He received the following reply:

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