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Press releases from Backing Bromley

For immediate release: 7 September 2016

 

Backing Bromley accuses council of failing over council tax following new report

 

Backing Bromley has slammed Bromley council following another damming report, this time from the Child Poverty Action Group which claims the council has referred more than 2000 of its poorest residents to the bailiffs following an increase in minimum council charges.

A report by the Child Poverty Action Group reveals the borough issued court summons and charged costs to 3,538 residents, and sent in the bailiffs on 2,325 occasions, in 2015-16. Bromley council has one of the highest rates of council tax in London and council tax is set to rise by an inflation busting 4 per cent.

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David Christian from Backing Bromley said: “Yet again Bromley council is in the dock for failing its residents. As residents, we’re angry that our council tax is higher than many other parts of London. It’s going to increase even though the council is failing the old, our families and our children. The increase in sending in bailiffs is disgraceful and undignified for residents and it’s time that councillors were held to account.

 

Over 1000 residents from across the borough of Bromley have signed up to a petition from Backing Bromley calling on our councillors to stop failing the people of Bromley and stop victimising whistle-blowers. In June residents also raised 1200 estate agency style signs across Bromley to put their councillors on alert that they are no longer prepared to accept elected leaders falling short of their responsibilities to the young, the old and the vulnerable.

 

The community group has also set up a mobile video booth in the town centre to enable residents to send a video message to councillors about how the council is failing them, their friends, or their family. Backing Bromley will be handing the videos to councillors and the local issues raised will be added to a dossier of council failings being compiled by Backing Bromley which will be released in October.

 

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Tuesday 24 August 2016

 

Support for Backing Bromley grows while councillors bury their heads in the sand

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Over 1000 residents from across the borough of Bromley have signed up to a petition from Backing Bromley calling on our councillors to stop failing the people of Bromley and stop victimising whistle-blowers.

 

The petition also calls on councillors to address the concerns being raised by residents rather than blocking Backing Bromley on Twitter and questioning whether the group is made up of residents (see notes to editors).

 

The community group has also set up a mobile video booth in the town centre to enable residents to send a video message to councillors about how the council is failing them, their friends, or their family. Backing Bromley will be handing the videos to councillors and the local issues raised will be added to a dossier of council failings being compiled by Backing Bromley which will be released in October.

 

Bickley resident Jack Spiller said: “Backing Bromley is gathering support to hold the council to account for its failures and for victimising whistle blowers.  Over 1000 Bromley residents have signed a petition calling on councillors to address residents’ concerns.

 

“We are now a force in the community. But rather than engage with us Bromley’s Tory councillors have displayed astonishing arrogance by trying to ignore us, block us on social media and even question whether we are residents.

 

Bromley councillors stand accused of disowning Bromley residents and they do so at their own peril. In just a few months thousands of Bromley residents have got involved with Backing Bromley. Our support is growing and we are getting stronger. It’s time for Bromley’s elected representatives to stop burying their heads in the sand and to take our concerns about the treatment of whistle-blowers seriously.”

 

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Notes to editors

 

  • Bromley Mayor Ian Payne and Councillor Chris Pierce (Cray Valley East) faced fresh protests over the weekend by residents angered after their local residents group Twitter account was ‘blocked’ by the pair.

 

The residents have taken issue over the Backing Bromley Twitter account which tweeted their concerns over Councillors failing Bromley and the Council’s attack on whistle-blowers, being ‘blocked’ by Councillors Payne and Pierce.

 

In response the residents organised a protest response in the streets of the Cray Valley ward and elsewhere in Bromley with local residents holding up large lettering to spell out B L O C K E D. The residents say they are determined to hold their Councillors to account and will not let them bury their heads in the sand.

 

These latest protests follow the hundreds of Bromley residents who showed their support for the Backing Bromley campaign by erecting placards outside of their homes, demanding that the council be held to account following attacks on whistle-blowers who exposed the impact of cuts to vital public services.

 

  • Local campaigners have hit back at Biggin Hill Councillor Melanie Stevens for publically inferring that residents supporting the Backing Bromley campaign are not real.

 

Councillor Stevens took to the campaign group’s Facebook page, claiming to be ‘at a loss’ as to who the local campaigners were. Taking care to place “residents” in inverted commas, the Councillor shamelessly inferred that the residents where somehow not locals at all.

 

Residents in Biggin Hill’s Spring Garden’s Road have erected hundreds of estate agent style boards outside their homes accusing Councillor Stevens of failing Bromley, part of a community campaign against cuts to public services and the victimisation of whistle-blowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press release from Backing Bromley

 

For immediate release: 4 July 2016

 

Backing Bromley launches hotline for residents to report council failings

 

A new community group called Backing Bromley has set up a confidential hotline for residents to report council failings and the impact of cuts on local services.

 

A free phone number 0800 852 7479 and an e-mail hotline@backingbromley.org are now live and Backing Bromley has already been receiving serious reports of failures by the council and will be collating a dossier of information for residents. Just last week it emerged that Bromley Council’s Children’s Services were deemed “inadequate” by OFSTED and the council has cancelled its school nurses programme.

Bromley council is mistreating whistle-blowers who are trying to raise legitimate concerns about the impact of cuts on local services. This is very concerning. If Bromley Council was serious about putting things right. They would listen to the concerns of whistle-blowers.

Backing Bromley will be exposing a catalogue of problems in Bromley which just aren’t being addressed by the council and in many cases they are a direct result of the decisions being made by Councillors. This group’s webpage can be found here http://backingbromley.org/

  • The council is failing the old. Over a quarter of care homes in the borough require improvement.
  • The Council is mistreating whistle-blowers who are trying to raise legitimate concerns
  •  Bromley is failing to provide enough school places for our children. Last week Bromley Council’s Children’s Services were deemed “inadequate” by OFSTED.
  • Backing Bromley have also learnt that parents of disabled children often find it hard to get support from Bromley.

Bromley Resident, David Christian said: “Backing Bromley have opened a hotline for residents to voice their concerns about council failings and the impact of cuts on local services. Just from talking to people in the borough we are already being told of problems which are not being dealt with. There is evidence coming forward of failings in Bromley council and Backing Bromley will be collating a dossier for residents.”

 

“Just last week over a thousand households raised estate agency style signs to put their councillors on alert that they are no longer prepared to accept elected leaders falling short of their responsibilities to the young, the old and the vulnerable. The leader of Bromley council, Stephen Carr and the deputy leader Colin Smith will no longer be able to rest on their laurels while the old, young and vulnerable are let down.”

 

Over 1000 residents from 11 wards took part in the collective actions in Bromley Common and Keston, Bickley, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Chislehurst, Copers Cope, Cray Valley West, Farnborough and Crofton, Hayes and Coney Hall, Plaistow and Sundridge.

 

Councillors Stephen Carr (leader), Colin Smith (deputy leader), Kate Lymer, Lydia Buttinger, Stephen Wells, Ian Payne, Robert Evans, Graham Arthur, Peter Fortune, Peter Morgan, David Livett are now under pressure to act on their constituent’s concerns.

 

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What: Residents to raise 1200 estate agency style boards to expose Bromley council failures

When: Wednesday 29 June 12.00pm

Where: BR2 8JH JUNCTION OF MAGPIE HALL LANE AND LINK WAY

Local residents come together to launch ‘Backing Bromley’ to hold elected leaders to account for failing the community

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Residents will raise 1200 estate agency style signs across Bromley to put their councillors on alert that they are no longer prepared to accept elected leaders falling short of their responsibilities to the young, the old and the vulnerable.

A new community group called Backing Bromley will be launched by residents this Wednesday to hold their elected councillors to account for a catalogue of failures.

Residents taking part will be from Bromley Common and Keston, Bickley, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Chislehurst, Copers Cope, Cray Valley West, Farnborough and Crofton, Hayes and Coney Hall, Plaistow and Sundridge wards represented by councillors Stephen Carr (leader), Colin Smith (deputy leader), Kate Lymer, Lydia Buttinger, Stephen Wells, Ian Payne, Robert Evans, Graham Arthur, Peter Fortune, Peter Morgan, David Livett.

Backing Bromley will be exposing a catalogue of problems in Bromley which just aren’t being addressed by the council and in many cases they are a direct result of the decisions being made by Councillors. Backing Bromley  is a new independent community group set up by residents to hold Bromley’s  elected Councillors to account. This group’s webpage can be found here http://backingbromley.org/

  • The council is failing the old. Over a quarter of care homes in the borough require improvement.
  • The Council is mistreating whistle-blowers who are trying to raise legitimate concerns
  • Bromley is failing to provide enough school places for our children.
  • Backing Bromley have also learnt that parents of disabled children often find it hard to get support from Bromley.

Cray Valley resident David Christian said: “Backing Bromley is being launched today so residents can come together to hold the council to account  over its failures and we will be making our presence felt. We want our Council to succeed but we believe that its leaders should be more responsive to us, the people of Bromley. 

The leader of Bromley council, Stephen Carr and the deputy leader Colin Smith will no longer be able to rest on their laurels while  old, young and vulnerable are let down because a new campaign group is here to stand up for Bromley.”

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Call the hotline on 0800 852 7479