Bromley London Borough Council

All of the seats in Bromley were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 50 Total councillors 50 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 8 Change+1

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change+2

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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New chief executive confirmed at Bromley Council

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new chief executive has been appointed to guide Bromley Council through a period of financial uncertainty and “transformation”.

Ade Adetosoye, who took over as interim chief executive last year following the resignation of long-serving boss Doug Patterson, has been formally signed off as the new top boss.

It comes as the council plans a leadership shake up to save cash towards an accumulative budget gap by 2023. Mr Adetosoye oversaw major improvements to the council’s children’s services following a disappointing Ofsted inspection in 2016.

Bromley leader defends not taking lone asylum seeking kids

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The leader of Bromley Council has defended the decision to stop taking in lone asylum-seeking children until the government stumps up more cash.

Pressure to opt back into a London-wide agreement to take in vulnerable children is growing after the leader of the opposition launched a petition calling for a U-turn.

London councils are part of an agreement to take in a proportion of vulnerable children separated from their families, which for Bromley equates to roughly 47 – or 0.07% of the population.

As the council closed its accounts for the year in May, documents explained the authority was the first in the capital to remove itself from the rota and “will not receive any further young people”.

In response to the decision, Labour leader Angela Wilkins is petitioning the administration to reverse the call, and is so far being backed by 300 people.

Cllr Wilkins said: “The government asked all councils to take care of their share of refugee children – which is not unreasonable given that the UK is a relatively safe and affluent country and these children are alone and at risk of exploitation.

“Along with all London councils, Bromley originally agreed to this and were looking after around 50 children – not a high number for a borough with more than 330,000 residents.”

The shadow leader said the petition will be handed in at a full council meeting on 15 July.

Council leader Colin Smith said while Bromley will continue to honour the 0.07%, further government cuts are on the horizon: "There is very little to add to what was discussed last month at this stage, other than really to repeat that Bromley has stood and will continue to stand by our historically agreed voluntary commitment to host refugee children totalling 0.07 of the borough’s total child population.

“For anybody to intone or suggest otherwise as the petition does, is at best, and being very generous, disingenuous.

“As one of London’s worst funded boroughs and with further central government cuts to our budget already flagged up and heading our way, we simply cannot continue to fund ever expanding service pressures."

Earlier this year, London Councils reported a “substantial shortfall” between local government funding and the actual cost of caring for asylum seeking children.

Tories hold council seat in Bromley by-election

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new Conservative councillor has been elected following a by-election in Bromley.

Tory councillor David Wibberley stood down after just six months earlier this year triggering an election in his ward of Kelsey and Eden Park.

The former councillor was forced to resign following a job relocation.

Voters headed to polling stations yesterday.

Christine Harris, Conservative, won the election with 1,626 votes, besting Labour’s Marie Elizabeth Bardsley who received 1,046.

Julie Ireland, Liberal Democrats, came third with 633, followed by UKIP candidate Graham Reakes and the Green Party’s Paul Enock.

The turnout for the election was 29.17%.

Housing scheme dispute goes to the government for appeal

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Bromley Council is set to take on developers as a row over a controversial housing scheme has been taken to the government.

This is the fourth time developers have tried to push through schemes for the former Footzie Social club in Lower Sydenham Road, but the plans have been blocked because of the use of protected land.

West and Partners has most recently proposed 151 homes in a block between three and eight storeys tall back in April, and also plans a public outdoor gym and play areas for children.

The developer said this latest attempt includes 36% affordable housing, and said it would help Bromley with its housing needs and enhance public space. The developer has appealed straight to the government on the grounds of “non-determination”.

The developer has gone over the council’s head to appeal for a decision as the council has yet to come to a conclusion in the five months since the plans were submitted.

Planning chiefs have previously turned down a larger applications on the grounds it was “inappropriate” on the protected area known as metropolitan open land, and there have been a number of appeals turned down.

The council’s planning meeting has confirmed it would be contesting the appeal.

Bromley final results: Conservative hold

The Tories won 50 seats, losing one compared to 2014, while Labour won eight seats, gaining one.

Two independent candidates got one seat compared to none in 2014 and UKIP lost both their seats.

There was a 40% turnout.

Conservatives hold Bromley

Some seats are still to be declared but the Conservatives have retained the borough.

Voters turned away in Bromley

There are reports of voters unable to provide ID being turned away from polling stations in Bromley.

The London borough is one of five areas piloting the scheme to help cut down voter fraud.

A presiding officer at the polling station in Sydenham Tennis Club aid “Only a very small percentage” of voters had forgotten or were unable to provide ID.

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Angela Watkins, who leads the Labour group on the council, said 13 voters had been turned away at one polling station alone.

In a tweet Ms Watkins said an "elderly lady confused by vote ID was turned away. Another stormed off furiously because unable to vote".

Bromely, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking councils are all asking people to take different forms of ID with them to see which works best.

Anger as ID pilot voters 'turned away'

There has been anger in some areas piloting controversial ID trials after people reported being prevented from voting, the Press Association reports.

Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking councils have all trialled the scheme to help cut down voter fraud. But MPs and councillors said people, including elderly residents, were being turned away because they did not have appropriate ID.

Angela Wilkins, leader of the Labour group in Bromley, said five people had been unable to vote as a result of the pilot and that the scheme was also causing long delays.

The presiding officer at the polling station in Sydenham Tennis Club, in Bromley, said "only a very small percentage" of voters had forgotten or were unable to provide ID.

Local MP Ellie Reeves said she knew of two people being turned away from polling stations in Bromley this morning.

I've had reports throughout the day of queues at polling stations. It's a much longer process than normal. I do think it's put a hugely unnecessary barrier up to people wanting to vote.

Ellie Reeves MPLewisham West and Penge

In Woking, Labour councillor Tahir Aziz said a man had been turned away from a polling station in Walton Road because his photo ID - a Surrey County Council document - was not accepted.

"This gentleman turned up, showed his ID which included a picture that was clearly him, it was an exact resemblance, but they wouldn't accept it as it was not on the list of acceptable forms of ID," said Mr Aziz. "He was fuming. He was furious. He is a British national and he couldn't vote."