Bromley Council Budget 2017-18
Residents' associations meeting 28 November - topics discussed
Following an introduction by Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of the Council, about some of the issues and choices to be made around the council’s budget for 2017/18 and beyond, questions and issues were raised by the representatives of residents’ associations. These were responded to by the Leader and members of the council’s Executive.
Topics covered included:
- Lobby Central Government to improve the funding allocation to the Local Authority.
- Ensure the council has access to relevant expertise to support its investment programme.
- Ensure that a robust contract monitoring programme is in place to monitor the performance of external contractors.
- Ensure value for money is achieved and contractors are held accountable for any deficiencies in services.
- Monitor the future financial landscape in the borough.
Sustainability and environment
- Lobby TfL for increased funding for road safety schemes
- Cleanliness and regularity of street cleaning and monitoring of the contract
- Use of Fix my Street.
- Better advertising of the Community Toilet Scheme.
- Notify Residents’ Associations when streets are due to be cleaned to help to encourage cars to be moved to enable better cleaning.
- Further rollout of “Friends” voluntary schemes to cover areas such as litter picking.
- Continue to improve air quality in the Borough.
- Improve facilities for cyclists.
- Consider converting Council owned buildings into social housing.
- Improve the quality of planning processes and ensure there is sufficient resource within the service.
- Provide more explanation and justification for the felling of trees in conservation areas.
- More consultation with Friends Groups when planning applications affect parks, rivers etc and have biodiversity implications.
Economic Development and Town centres
- Consider the impact of any new businesses coming into the area on existing infrastructure and services.
- Reduce bureaucracy for new businesses coming into the area.
- Encourage and support local smaller shopping centres and parades.
- Ensure surveys are undertaken before parking metres are installed.
- Consider not working through developers for the regeneration of town centres and instead working directly with larger businesses.
- Enforcement of parking restrictions.
- Continue to monitor and address pressures around secondary school places.
This meeting was held on 28 November 2016.