Bexley London Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 34 Total councillors 34 Change-1


Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Felled trees akin to 'fires in Amazon'

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Bexley residents have compared the council removing a swathe of trees to fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest.

Trees cut down in Bexley

Lorraine Sheen, who has lived adjacent to the River Shuttle in Sidcup since 1964, said she was “devastated” to see Bexley council undertaking tree clearing work near her home this week.

“It is like the fires in the Amazon,” she said. “It’s vandalism…the wildlife that is now gone, the trees that are never going to recover."

She added the vegetation acted as important cover for local wildlife such as kingfishers and hedgehogs, as well as adding much-valued privacy for residents along the road.

A spokesperson for the council said the tree clearing work on Berwick Crescent, Sidcup, was “essential and proactive work being carried out…to remove and prune trees that are potentially dangerous or are growing in unsuitable locations."

The council added that, following discussions with residents, additional trees would be planted at the site next year.

However, Mrs Sheen claimed the change in plans was due to the council “realising they’ve made a mistake”.

Merger 'caused Bexley to slip' from being safest borough

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A controversial merger of police units has caused Bexley to slip from being the safest borough in London.

Councillors claim the impact of the new Basic Command Unit, combining Bexley with Greenwich and Lewisham, has had a detrimental impact on the outer London borough.

Since the new structure went live, Bexley has fallen from being the safest borough to the third, then seventh safest, and now fifth.

The new basic command units were rolled out across London in November, bringing together single police units into joint operations for two or three boroughs.

The decision to merge units comes as Scotland Yard looks to save £325m by 2021/2022.

At a meeting this week communities’ cabinet member Alex Sawyer said the model was far from working for Bexley.

He said: “I hoped things might start to improve and we could look at it objectively and say there are benefits.

“It should be said it is not all bad – there is greater cooperation around gangs, but the simple fact is we have gone from the safest, to one of the safest, to the seventh and now the fifth. It is simply not acceptable."

Micropub boom to continue in Bexley

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Fans of craft ale in Blackfen could be set to benefit from a new micropub.

Plans to convert an old pet shop shop in Wellington Parade, Blackfen Road, into a new boozer have been submitted to the council.

It would be the latest in a trend of micropubs in the borough, following on from the likes of the Penny Farthing in Crayford, The Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, The Broken Drum in Blackfen and The Door Hinge in Welling – the first of its kind in the capital.

Micropubs have rocketed into fashion, following traditional formats of offering cask ales and sometimes ciders, and imposing rules on punters of no phones, no music and no telly.

This new proposed pub would open from 14:00 until 22:30 seven days a week.

According to the new plans: “The trend for micropubs was established in 2005 in Kent and has been growing in popularity ever since.

“There are now over 200 micropubs in the UK with The Micropub Association predicting over 800 micropubs opening by the end of 2018.

“In-keeping with the micropub ethos, there will be no electronic entertainment (sky sports, gambling machines, karaoke nights), instead the entertainment is conversations amongst fellow locals and beer enthusiasts who have travelled from around and out of the borough.”

The plans are currently being looked at by officers at the council, with no decision made yet.

Bexley continuing to push for Crossrail extension

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Crossrail workers

Bexley Council will continue to press for Crossrail to be extended through the borough despite a blow from Transport for London (TfL) this week claiming the move was “not on the agenda”.

Leader Teresa O’Neill said there is still a strong case for taking the Elizabeth line through Bexley despite TfL commissioner Mike Brown playing down the chances of the extension at City Hall this week.

Crossrail will link Abbey Wood through the capital and out as far as Reading when it eventually opens – over a year later than planned.

MPs and council leaders including Bexley’s want the delayed £15.4bn line’s south-eastern arm to be taken further from Abbey Wood, through Belvedere and Dartford and out to Ebbsfleet.

The proposed extension would play a vital role in supporting Bexley Council’s ambitious growth strategy, which plans 30,000 homes by 2050.

Extending the Elizabeth line is a “key infrastructure project”, according to the strategy, which has earmarked the north of the borough for major regeneration.

But Mr Brown said the £1.5bn add-on was not “on the agenda”, New Civil Engineer reported.

Responding to the claim, Councillor O’Neill said: “I understand that City Hall are currently focused on ensuring that Crossrail services operate on the existing line.

“However, this statement doesn’t reflect the conversation with the deputy mayor Heidi Alexander, who visited last week and she could see the tremendous opportunities that will be created by extending the line from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet.

“Taking the line to Ebbsfleet as originally planned will create fantastic opportunities for ‘good growth’ along the Thames."

Bexley Council plans to make the case for the "C2E" extension to be included in the Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn.

Unpaid parking fines in Bexley top £1.7m

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds in parking tickets remain outstanding in Bexley, it has been revealed.

Bexley Council is waiting for nearly 13,000 parking tickets to be paid, with an outstanding bill being racked up of over £1.7m.

According to a request under the Freedom of Information act, there are still tickets dating back to 2015 which have not been paid.

So far this year, 8,131 fines remain outstanding, meaning the council is waiting for £969,993 to be coughed up by offending drivers.

The council is still waiting on £723k from 2017/18, and £73k from 2016/17, according to the FOI request.

The car park where most fines have been issued has remained the same every year since 2015.

Oaklands Road, in Bexleyheath, has seen an accumulated 2,822 fines handed out to drivers in the last three years.

There are 19 council-operated car parks in the borough, the most expensive of which charges £8.30 for 24 hours.

Councils across England made £871.5 million in profits from parking in 2017/18, the highest amount since records began.

Calls to scrap school admissions rule in Bexley

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Calls have been made to scrap a school admissions rule in Bexley which prioritises grammar students with high selection test scores even if they live outside the borough.

Opposition councillors are asking for the “180 rule” to be dropped after new figures showed 50.1% of grammar school pupils live outside Bexley.

The rule means places are prioritised for children living outside the borough if they are one of the 180 highest scorers in selection tests. Admission criteria also favour pupils who have siblings in schools or staff children above children living in the borough.

Councillor Wendy Perfect, shadow spokeswoman for education, said Bexley parents are being offered a false promise.

Cllr Perfect said: “They are being told that grammar schools are provided in Bexley to allow their children to fulfil their potential, but last year Bexley’s four grammar schools’ admission criteria resulted in less than 30% of those students deemed selective at the test living in Bexley.”

A spokesman for Bexley Council said: “The four grammar schools in Bexley are all academies and as such they set their own admissions criteria.

“This includes the guarantee that any child, regardless of where they live, will be offered the grammar school place they want as long they are one of the highest 180 scorers.

“The policy was introduced to ensure that all children from all across the borough had an equal chance of a grammar school place.

Millions in unpaid council tax chased by Bexley

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Bexley Council is chasing millions in unpaid taxes, an investigation has found.

As the council works to become 'self-sustaibale' by 2022, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed it is still chasing thousands of accounts who have not paid up.

Council tax is often a local authority's biggest source of income, and in Bexley it was upped earlier this year to help cover budgets.

In Bexley, the council has been chasing £20m in unpaid council tax since 2012/13.

On average, in the last five years the council has had £3.3m uncollected tax a year, and newly revealed figures show that £150,000 has been written off altogether.

Last year alone nearly £30,000 was let go by the council as it was unable to recover debt.

The council has also been handing out tens of thousands of court summons as it looks crackdown on those who owe.

A council spokesman said the figures include a precept for the Greater London Authority.

The spokesman said: "If that is removed it brings the figure down to £15m.

"These figures were the amounts uncollected at the end of each year and the council continues to work hard to collect these arrears using tracing methods to find absconded debtors and takes court action to collect debt by the use of enforcement agents, attachment orders to wages and benefits, bankruptcy and charging orders on properties including orders for sale.

"Our budget setting process allows for a total collection of 98.5%. Our performance figures across London are based upon the council tax collected within financial year and we collect more than many other authorities collecting around 99% of the debt for each year.

"As an example the 2012/13 arrears of £3.4m have now reduced to £1.6m and work still continues on reducing that figure further down. "Writing off a debt is a last resort after all other efforts to find and obtain payment have been completely exhausted.

"As the council moves towards self-sufficiency, revenues from council tax are even more important as they are reinvested into key frontline services that support local residents. These services include our outstanding rated children's services, support for adults, investment in housing and keeping our streets clean."

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said paying tax must be made easier.

Plans for flats in Erith listed building put forward

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Plans to build a block of apartments at a listed building in Erith have been submitted again.

Developers have come back to Bexley Council with revamped proposals for 13 flats in Bexley Road.

It follows several attempts for apartments at the site dating back to 2002, including a rejected plan earlier this year.

The council said previous proposed layouts would have an "adverse impact" on the character of the area and on neighbouring properties.

The most recent attempts, which were for 17 and 14 apartments respectively, were thrown out after the council questioned the density.

The developers have now come back with a scheme for 13 apartments, saying their vision is in keeping with the area.

The development would protect the front of the building, which has been locally listed.

A three-storey building with 13 parking spaces has been proposed but none of the flats included have been earmarked as being affordable.

The plans are being considered by planning officers at the council.

Buildings to be flattened despite objections

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Plans to flatten buildings and build townhouses near Bexley High Street have been given the green light.

An application to build on top of Tanyard House in Tanyard Lane, which includes a vehicle workshop, offices and garages, has been approved.

The plan is to bulldoze buildings on the site and build 10 homes, including four four-bed town houses and some apartments.

Developers said the site has had a high level of crime and the remaining buildings are in a derelict state - all of which was contested by neighbours who objected to this latest version of the plans.