Blackheath Westcombe

Local Conservative councillor, Geoff Brighty, holds regular advice surgeries. You can attend one of these surgeries on the first Monday of each month between 6pm and 7pm at Blackheath Library on Old Dover Road. 

Your local Conservative Action Team: Councillor Geoff Brighty, Malcolm Reid and Thomas Turrell. 

You can follow keep up-to-date with the team's work social media, by liking our facebook page @BWConservatives and following us on twitter @BW_WardTeam

See below for news and updates from the team: 

Half-Marathon problems for local residents

On Sunday 5th October, half-marathon day, Stratheden Road, Vanbrugh Park, Westcombe Hill, and Mycenae Road were among the roads to be barricaded and closed off to traffic. With the closures in Woolwich and Trafalgar Roads vehicle access to or from the Westcombe area was, at times, more or less impossible.

Conservatives offer solutions to school crisis

In January 2008, national league tables for 5 A* to C grades at GCSE revealed Greenwich had the lowest pass rate in the country. Plans for a new building for St Paul's Academy are at least 3 years behind and a new John Roan school will be 5 storeys tall with a playground on the roof.

Greenwich schools face closure

The National Challenge launched by the Labour government has left at least four Greenwich secondary schools facing closure if their exam results don’t improve.

TfL help to increase train fares

Passengers from Maze Hill to London have seen the cost of their season tickets rise by 25%. Maze Hill is perhaps one of the highest local increases but it is by no means alone with fares at Westcombe Park and Blackheath also going up.

These increases are due to the introduction of zonal pricing for the South Eastern railway network in preparation for Oyster payas-you-go.

Heathrow expansion plans

The Government launched its consultation on the expansion of Heathrow last November and the closing date for objections is fast approaching.  More profit for the airport and airlines is a key motivation behind the plans. 

John Roan GCSE grades out

John Roan Secondary schools GCSE's results are out and despite the hard work of pupils it would appear that the council has once again let down the children. 34% of pupils at John Roan School were able to achieve 5 A* to C Grades at GCSE including the all important English and Maths grades, this is in comparison to 46.7% nationally.

More Noise from Heathrow?

Residents in Greenwich and Blackheath are worried that Government proposals to expand Heathrow could lead to more noise over the area.  A consultation paper on expanding the airport includes plans for a new runway, a big increase in flights and planes coming in lower over SE London on their approach to Heathrow. 

Not on Blackheath, please

The recent visit to Blackheath by the Chinese State Circus brought pleasure to many but not to all.  Imagine the reaction of an observant resident when a lorry from the Circus was seen to drive across the grass to a drain in Vanbrugh Terrace where the operatives proceeded to pour obnoxious smelling waste down the drain.  A quick call to the local Conservative Councillor got it sorted out and th

Westcombe Hill Traffic

Following concerns expressed by local residents about traffic speeding on Westcombe Hill Councillor Geoff Brighty arranged a meeting with the Council's Highways Officers to discuss the issue.

Future still uncertain for Mycenae House Gardens

At the General Purposes Committee on the morning of Monday 12th November 2007 the Labour administration ignored the views of the many local residents who had turned up to express their concern over the plans for Mycenae House. Over 150 people had written into the council to express their concern and over 30 people turned up at the meeting on a Monday morning to find out if the Mycenae House grounds could be turned into a "Town or Village Green". This would have secured public access and allow future generations the enjoyment of the grounds.

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