Key organisations adopt ‘Building a Better Bromley’ to keep Borough fantastic

Published Thursday, 3 November 2016

Picture shows partner agencies signing up to Building a Better Bromley at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Key organisations in Bromley such as the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Police and Fire Services have signed up to a number of pledges to work together to go on improving the London Borough of Bromley.

Building a Better Bromley has contained the guiding principles for Bromley Council since 2004/05. Now, following public consultation last year, the council has updated and relaunched the priorities contained in the vision and strengthened links with key partner organisations to help deliver important outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bromley.

“Partnership working has always been strong in the borough,” said Council Leader Cllr Stephen Carr, “but we now need to take this to the next level. Residents endorsed many of the priorities we set last year and using their feedback, as well as information from the government and our local partners, we have updated our priorities. I am delighted that key organisations have agreed to formally sign up to the principles of working even more closely together through our Building a Better Bromley vision to achieve the best possible quality of life in our borough.

“Working this way becomes more and more important as resources and budgets shrink further. By working more closely with a range of organisations we can achieve more for less. We are already increasing the amount of joint commissioning between the council and the Clinical Commissioning Group to the benefit of local people.”

Dr Angela Bhan, Chief Officer for Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “By signing up to these pledges alongside other key organisations in Bromley, we expect to jointly make better use of our collective resources and expertise to ensure better health and wellbeing for the people of Bromley. The principles within Building a Better Bromley are already embedded in Clinical Commissioning Group priorities for this and future years, and we hope to work with Bromley Council to ensure that Building a Better Bromley is used to drive significant improvements in the way we commission and deliver good quality services for our populations.”

Police Borough Commander Chris Hafford said: “Bromley is one of the safest boroughs in London but this hasn’t been achieved by chance. A strong willingness to work in partnership, across agencies and especially with our communities, has been a huge influence in achieving and maintaining this. Bromley is unique in many ways and the strength of our partnership is one. By committing to tackling the challenges together, we have a great opportunity to meet them and build a better Bromley.’

Cllr Carr concluded: “Of course, we must not forget those in the community too. We have a great tradition of volunteer working in the borough and urge as many people as possible to get involved through the council and other organisations. As a member of a Friends Group, a Special Constable or Dementia Friend, you will make a difference. We want to send a special collective thank you to all who contribute, no matter how small, to our fantastic borough.”

Picture shows partner agencies signing up to Building a Better Bromley at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Front row left to right: Sally Cartwright Bromley Fire Borough Commander; Councillor Stephen Carr Leader of Bromley Council; Police Borough Commander Chris Hafford. Back row left to right: Angela Bahn Chief Officer Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group; Liz Maifredi Operations Manager Department of Work and Pensions; Sam Parrett, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of London SE Colleges; Tina Nye Customer Services Operations Manager Bromley Job Centre Plus; Colin Maclean Chief Executive Community Links Bromley.

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