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Changes to Greenwich Council Planning Committee

Planning Changes

At Council on 26th January Blackheath Westcombe Conservative Councillors spoke against an increase in the number of objections from two to eight needed to trigger referral of applications to Planning Committees  The intention is to save money. 

Report back on January's Council Meeting

The January Council meeting felt a lot like the calm before the storm as the proposed Council budget is bought before members in the next month (or so, as the date keeps being shifted).  There were serious items on the agenda and some which were relatively uncontroversial. 

 

Exam results in Greenwich

Over the last few years, Labour’s Greenwich Council has trumpeted great strides forward in terms of education in our schools based on rapidly increasing GCSE results.  However the latest measure published by the new Conservative Minister for Education Michael Gove suggests that this increase is an illusion and educational standards remain very much unchanged.

 

Parking in Eltham and Boris’ improvements to the High Street

At the Highways Committee meeting in December (ironically delayed from the 1st to the 16th due to snow blocked roads) Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury attended to speak about two items – the review of the controlled parking zones around the Eltham Centre/Station and the upgrading of Eltham High Street which is being funded by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

A Council Meeting of Agreement?

At December’s full meeting of Greenwich Council (15th December) there was superficially a lot of agreement between the Labour and Conservative Groups about the items on the agenda.  However, in reality this meeting was most probably the calm before the storm as the level of cuts required to deal with the legacy of Gordon Brown’s government starts to hit home.

 

Greenwich Council's Dog Control Plans: A Dogs Breakfast

Greenwich Conservatives recently revealed the failure of the Labour Council’s dog control orders.

In figures received as a result of a Freedom of Information request from Conservative Leader Cllr Spencer Drury, it is clear that:-

Greenwich Council's financial mess

At Tuesday night’s Cabinet meeting figures revealed that Greenwich Council’s budget was being overspent by £13.48m with another £3.5m in further pressures which could still make the situation worse.

 

Councillors hear latest plans for Grove Market Development

After attending last weeks exhibition, Eltham South councillors Adam Thomas and Eileen Glover attended a meeting with Eltham Renaissance and their architects to get further details on how the scheme is likely to change.

Greenwich Conservatives defend security of tenure for Council tenants from the Labour Party

In an often bad tempered Council meeting in Greenwich last week, Conservative Councillors found themselves defending security of tenure from an increasingly incoherent set of attacks by Labour Councillors.

The Labour Party’s Cabinet Member for Housing moved a motion criticising the Conservative approach to security of tenure which included a statement that:

Spending chaos in Greenwich HR department

Greenwich Conservatives have labelled wasteful and inefficient Council spending of £1.5m on consultants in the Human Resources department over the last four years. 

While employing these extra consultants, Greenwich was spending nearly £700,000 making existing employees redundant.   

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