Where You Live: Bromley

Where You Live >> Bromley

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Bromley’s neighbourhoods, Penge to Chelsfield, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Bromley the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 137,452 households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets. (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Investing the local high streets with more than £5 million (including matching funds) of funding for Bromley from the Outer London Fund, including £5,084,349 for Bromley Town Centre, £90,000 for Orpington Town Centre and £70,000 for Penge Town Centre after years of neglect under Ken Livingstone (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link ) (GLA, Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link ).
  • Investing in local transport by building London’s first orbital railway with three stations in Bromley, investing £13.1million to boost local transport, constructing a cycle superhighway from Penge to the City and upgrading Crystal Palace Station and the Tramlink (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 137,452 the average household. (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011), putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 415 street trees. 415 street trees have been planted in Bromley under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 37 Green spaces. 37 green spaces have been created for Bromley residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth Website, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • More than £5 million for Bromley from Outer London Fund. Bromley has received an economic boost of £5,244,349 from the Outer London Fund:
    • Penge Town Centre and Orpington Town Centre. Penge Town Centre received £70,000 and Orpington Town Centre received £90,000 as part of Round 1 of the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund to support local High Streets (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 1 Grant Funding’, link).
    • Bromley Town Centre. Bromley Town Centre received £1,988,349 in funding in Round 2 of the Outer London Fund to enable public realm enhancements, events and a business support programme. The Mayor’s funding will enable public realm works to Market Square and Bromley Boulevard, including work on shop frontages, renewal of paving, kiosk installation and interactive town maps. The funding will also support a marketing and event campaign which will run throughout 2012/13 and 2013/14. The third project will concentrate on boosting independent businesses through business support and training. In combination these funds will benefit 498 businesses and increase the number of visitors to the town centre (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 1,186 more patrols a month. In Bromley there were 1186 more monthly police patrols in Jan 2012 compared to April 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2012, p169, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Bromley have fallen. Since May 2008, Bromley has seen a 16.9% decrease in total crime and a 25.4% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 28.7% and bus crime has fallen 64.3% (MPS Statistics, May 08 - Dec 11 compared to Sept 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded four sport participation programmes in Bromley so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 6 organisations in Bromley are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link)
  • Skills and training programme. 42 people in Bromley have received funding to complete coaching courses in return for volunteering.

Investing in transport

  • £13.1 million of funding for local transport in Bromley. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £13.1 million to boost local transport in Bromley. This includes more than £2 million towards the cost of replacing Chislehurst Bridge which could no longer carry heavy vehicles such as bus and lorries (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).

Rail

  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway has three stations in Bromley. Thousands of residents in Bromley will benefit from London’s first orbital railway, three London Overground stations in Bromley: Crystal Palace, Anerley and Penge West (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link).
  • Upgrade of Crystal Palace station. Work is starting in spring 2012 on a £3.5 million upgrade of Crystal Palace station, with three new lifts, customer information screens, improved PA system and CCTV and new signage. It is set to be completed in 2013 and will create approximately 150 construction jobs (TfL, Press Release, 24 February 2012, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Bromley is now the 15th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services Bromley South is the 49th most popular oyster card using London railway station. (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the road works Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the road works Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Bromley, which have adopted the scheme  Following the introduction of the permit scheme, 452 applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Bromley have been refused. (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link). (ibid.).
  • Roads. Under Boris Johnson TfL has spent £1,323, 000 improving miles of roads and pavements in Bromley including better pedestrian layout of Orpington Town Centre as part of a wider move to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and repair potholes and cracked surfaces. This is the 6th largest amount received by any borough, improving the third largest area of road and footpaths. (Tfl, Press Release, Mayor announces £3.9 million boost to local transport in Bromley, 20 November 2008, link).
  • C-Charge. Boris also scrapped Ken Livingstone’s plans to introduce a £25 charge for family vehicles (Tfl, Press Release, 20 October 2010, link)

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 19 bus routes in Bromley have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TFL, ‘Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, 2012 link).

  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and save more than £7 million a year. The new buses have replaced bendy buses on route 18 in Bromley. (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link, Tfl, Press Release, 25 November 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 6 will run through Bromley by 2015, which will run from Penge into the City, (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link)
  • Cycling Funding. Bromley will receive £25,000 in funding to encourage more residents to cycle (Going Going Biking Website, link).

Housing

  • 1,160 total affordable housing units completed in Bromley. 700 social rented and 460 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Bromley between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Bromley in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Bromley eight times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Bromley just three times in his eight years as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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