Flu Season Reminder- If You’re at Risk, Get a Free Flu Jab

Each year, flu kills on average 11,000 people in the UK and hospitalises thousands more. 

This year, it is more important than ever for people who are at risk to get their free flu vaccination.

By having the flu vaccination, you help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to needing to go into hospital.

It is particularly important this winter more than ever that you keep well and hopefully avoid going into hospital during a second wave of Covid-19.

This winter, many more people are eligible to have the free flu vaccination.

If you’re over 65, are pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or you’re in a shielding household, please speak to your GP or pharmacist to get a free flu vaccination. You can book online with your local pharmacist at

Children aged 2-3 can get a free nasal spray at their GP surgery. School aged children up to year 7 will be offered the vaccine at school. If you have an eligible child, please make sure they get it to help stop the spread of flu.

“Flu is a very infectious disease with symptoms that can come on very quickly and is more common in the colder months”, explains Dr Jon Doyle, a Bromley GP. “The most effective way to protect yourself and those around you is by having the flu jab.  The flu spreads from person to person – even amongst those not showing symptoms.  All of our Bromley borough flu clinics have infection control measures in place so you can be vaccinated safely.”

If you are eligible for a free flu jab, your GP practice will contact you directly by letter, telephone call or text message to arrange an appointment. If you are not registered with a local GP practice, you can contact the surgery of your choice by telephone or email to register as a new patient. Further details about local GP practices and the services they offer can be found here:

Beckenham Library sale stopped- but future remains unclear

Following the Feasibility Study for the relocation of Beckenham Library to Beckenham Public Halls, the council agreed that the Library should not be moved and the site sold for housing as was proposed, because the cost to the Council would be £400,000 and in addition the library would have to reduce book stock by 39%. The Public Hall is likely to be let on a commercial lease and no decision has been made to sell the Library building.

We very much welcome this decision and change from the council’s original plans to sell the Library building and move it to the Public Halls, we believe keeping both spaces for community use is the best outcome.

For now it appears Beckenham Library’s future is safe, but the Council has not said anything about longer term plans Clock House’s Labour Councillors and our Group will continue to monitor and oppose any attempt to sell off the building that would put the Library at risk.

Local Mind Dementia Centre Facing Closure

We were saddened and shocked to hear of the potential closure of the Rachel Notley Mind Centre, which is our local dementia centre. While we have been concerned that Bromley Council’s lack of support for the centre and other day centres in the borough was putting them at risk, we had not had any notice from the Council that closure was being considered.

We, along with local MP Ellie Reeves, have all heard from many carers and families of users how important the respite and services the centre provides are how what a major blow this and other centres closing would be for residents with mental health and dementia issues, particularly following the recent closure of the Bertha James Centre.

Our Group leader Angela Wilkins asked for an urgent meeting of the Council’s Adult Care committee to receive information on the possible closure and what action the council was taking to protect this and other services- this request was turned down by the Conservative committee chair.

As an alternative, we and Ellie Reeves have been engaging with BLG Mind directly and arranged an online meeting for the Head of Service and CEO to provide carers and families with an update and answer questions on how the services the centre provides can be continued in some way. From discussions so far we very much hope it is possible to protect the day centre’s services and that, when the pandemic passes, the centre could reopen again in the future. We will also be raising this issue with the Council’s Adult Care committee, to seek assurances on the support Bromley Council will provide.

Penge Secondary School Consultation Results

Current Harris Primary School building on the Kentwood site

During August we ran an online consultation asking residents for their views on proposals for a new secondary school to be built, following news that a feasibility study being undertaken by the Harris Academy Trust to have a secondary school site based on the Kentwood site (pictured) opposite the Moon and Stars in Penge where the adult education centre and Harris primary school are already.

Summary of consultation results

Over 250 residents completed the survey and the results were illuminating. We wanted to publish the key results and explain how we will be taking this matter forwards to represent residents. (We will be publishing a breakdown on the results separately with figures and a summary of comments)

The results showed overwhelming support for having a new secondary school, which fits with what we have heard from many parents in recent years at the lack of school choice nearby. Similarly, there was significant also support for a secondary school being built on the Kentwood site, though some alternative sites were suggested (including the old Harris Inspire site on Lennard Road) and some concerns were raised in responses due to the small size of the site.

As with any planning application in our ward, we would of course listen to views of residents living in nearby roads on any development that could impact them). At present there is also no indication of alternative sites for the primary school or the Adult Education provision if these had to move to make way for a secondary school and we think it is important these are not lost.

The London Plan, which Bromley Council drafted over the last few years, does identify Kentwood as a possible site (mainly in case Eden Park was not opened- which it was) but it has generally been regarded, including by the Portfolio Holder for Education, as being too small. However, Colin Smith, the Leader of Bromley Council has in the past suggested to make it larger they could just build higher. We do yet have details of Harris’ plans but a taller building than is currently on the site could create issues for local residents, and additional traffic and other effects have not yet been considered by the Council.

Support for a Non-Harris Secondary School in Penge

Whilst the consultation showed support for a new secondary school in Penge, most of those who responded would not support this school being run by The Harris Trust. Whilst some participants said that Harris ‘invest in students’ and are well respected, a significantly larger number of responses supported an alternative Academy trust or a new provider running a new school, with comments such as ‘There is little choice outside the area’, ‘Harris has a monopoly in Bromley already’ and ‘Harris dominate the area.’

As Councillors, we respect that local parents will not all feel a particular school or academy chain is the best place for their children to be educated. For many years the Government and Bromley Council have made their commitment to offering choices in schooling to parents. We are concerned that a large group of residents, given the number of Harris schools nearby already, feel that another Harris would be failing to give them this choice and indeed many parents were frustrated when Eden Park’s catchment area, which was intended to include Penge, was altered to exclude our ward.

Views on Feeder Schools

We also asked for resident’s views on feeder schools, which is a structure where an academy trust prioritises pupils from their primary schools when allocating students’ places for its secondary schools. Over 50% of those completing the survey either opposed or strongly opposed Feeder schools, with 25% supporting or strongly supporting and others saying they did not support or oppose them. The Harris Academy Trust have both primary and secondary schools and operating them in this way will create is a genuine fear to parents at non Harris primary school such as Alexandra Juniors will be shut out from access local secondary schools should they wish for their children to attend Harris Secondary schools.

The vast majority of residents who completed the survey have children currently at primary school or younger, and we appreciate this subject is incredibly important to them- we believe that so far as possible the views and needs of local parents and their children must be taken into account and shape decision making on any plans by Bromley Council.

Cllr Kevin Brooks raised this issue at this month’s Children’s, Families and Education PDS Committee next, we will continue to engage and listen to the views of residents and keep residents updated as events progress.

As June Ends- Pride Continues

pride flag

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The first first official UK Gay pride rally was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969 with approximately 2,000 participants.

Pride in London (formally known as Pride London) is an annual LGBT Pride festival and parade held each summer in London. Pride in London celebrates the diversity of the LGBT (lesbian, gays, bisexual, trans+) community with the colourful Pride in London Parade, as well as the free festivity events that take place in Trafalgar Square. This event brings together thousands of people of all genders, ethnicities, sexualities, and also many people of different races. (Though some have highlighted feelings of exclusion from Pride in the past and events like Black Pride, Trans Pride and many others aim to centre and provide inclusive spaces for communities.)

Pride in London

Pride in London is one of the longest running in the country and normally attracts an estimated one million visitors to the city. There are also Pride parades and events in major cities all over the country and also the world.

A difficult decision was made this year to postpone the Pride in London parade until the summer of 2021. This decision has been made based on the latest advice from the UK Government and prior conversations with the Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council, and agencies involved in the planning of the parade.

We can still celebrate and support London Pride by taking part in virtual events, such as Global Pride, which took place over the weekend. To find out more, visit the Pride in London website.

As a local Labour party our branch is proud to support and celebrate our LGBT+ members and all members of our LGBT+ community, not just during Pride month but throughout the year.

Just as the recent Black Lives Matters movement, sparked by the killing of George Floyd, shine a spotlight on the serious and deep issues of structural racism and injustice, Pride month reminds us both how far the pursuit of LGBT+ equality, has come, that within many of our lifetimes, being gay was a crime and now LGBT+ people can march openly in celebration of who they are-  and that we still have far to go & cannot take progress for granted; that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continue to harm and can destroy lives, here in the UK and around the world.

As we hope to be able and look forward to marching again next year and think of all those harmed during the pandemic, we remember to hope for a better, more equal future and continue to strive to support the journey towards it.

Written by Paul, Penge and Cator branch LGBT+ Officer

Black Lives Matter


Like many people across the globe, we were horrified and angry at what I can only describe as the murder of George Floyd by American police on 25th May.

This was the latest in a long line of deaths of Black Americans due to police brutality and is a symptom of the wider, institutionalised racism the black community, communities of colour and other ethnic minority groups continue to face, not just in the US but in Britain and many countries worldwide.

Our MP Ellie Reeves made a statement last week, which we fully agree with and support, you can  read her comments in full here.


Bromley Labour Group Leader Angela Wilkins and Penge and Cator Cllr Simon Jeal attended Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest around Crystal Palace park to show our support and solidarity. (Representing other local Labour councillors and the many, many residents we know would like to attend but feel unable to due to being at high risk due to COVID19.) We were pleased such a good response from our community, with many attending the peaceful protest to show their anger, commitment to opposing racism and calling for justice for the black community harmed by a history and present of white supremacy, oppression and systemic racism.

We thank those who attended for, as we did, maintaining social distancing as far as possible and for wearing face coverings where this was not possible.

There is understandably concern that people may, without knowing, spread the virus while attending large scale protests. The BAME community are at particular risk given Public Health England research showing Black, Asian and people from other minority groups are at much higher risk of catching and dying from the virus.

We know so many have and are still struggling to deal with the effects of the lock-down and the huge difficulties it has caused for so many, separating us from our families, causing so many to lose jobs and radically restricting the way we live. Exactly as the killings of Black men and women has torn apart families, structural racism harms and deprives black families every day, and white privilege and supremacy harms the health, employment and futures of black children and adults of all ages.

We consider the voices of those suffering from oppression and injustice must be heard, and that standing as vocal anti-racists is so important and urgent to counter and force change that we understand and support those who decide to take this risk, while asking (as we have seen so many do across London and the country) those who attend protests to reduce the risk to themselves and others as much as possible by maintaining social distancing and wear face coverings/ non-medical masks.

It is particularly positive to see so many parents encouraging children to show support for the protests and so many young people, both Black and non-Black, actively standing up and calling for change- just as we have seen with the climate strikes. We will continue to support and empower these young people and others in our community who wish to address and end the shameful legacy of British colonialism and the powerful injustice our history of white privilege continues to embed in society.

As your councillors we will be actively reaching out to campaigners and continue engaging with Black and BAME residents to engage and listen, as well as doing what we can to help them harness the power of these protests into lasting political and policy change, both within Bromley and more widely.

In particular, given the greater risk we know residents are being exposed to, we continue to call for Bromley Council to conduct equality impact assessments and do more to take into account the impact of the higher risk and inequality Black and other BAME residents face in their response to COVID19 and do more to address the vast inequality in our local communities.

Cllr Simon Jeal

Bromley’s Active Travel and Social Distancing plans- our response for Penge and Cator ward


On Wednesday, several months after the Government announced funding, Bromley Council finally published their planned application for funding from Transport for London for grants to implement social distancing and the first stages of plans to improve travelling in light of the impact of COVID19, including the severe reduction in the number of people able to travel by public transport.

You can read the full report with the plans here.

They will be considered at a special virtual meeting of the Environment Committee on Monday (one of the few committee meetings currently taking place, since Bromley Council introduced emergency measures including giving the Council Leader Colin Smith significantly more ability to make decisions himself and cancelling most scrutiny committee meetings for the foreseeable future.

Given the importance of these changes to enable local residents to travel to work, school, across Penge and around London safely, (needed, as both the Government and Mayor Sadiq Khan have stressed to ensure walking and cycling can be encouraged rather than significant increases in the number of cars clogging our roads and as part of a green recovery) we are severely disappointed that Bromley chose not to offer any public consultation. (unlike other boroughs, who have actively engaged with their community and invited people to submit ideas to them) while we appreciate the urgency of needing to apply for funding and the work council staff have done- having just two days to review and comment on the plans gave us very little time to communicate and consult Penge and Cator residents on their needs and we will continue to engage with residents to ensure your views and ideas are fed into the Council’s officers.

The changes currently planned include signage for social distancing on the high street and some pavement widening in specific nearby areas, as well as temporary road closures ‘school streets’ and a zebra crossing near some (but for some reason not all) of our local schools. They also include progressing the cycle route from Kent House station to Greenwich and extending this with a cycle lane to Clock House station.

We support the proposals but feel strongly they do not go nearly far enough, we have been assured these are the first grants that will be applied for and future opportunities for schemes will still be available- but are frustrated that so far Bromley has not committed any of it’s own funding towards supporting active travel and social distancing schemes, which will not only help our local businesses but also enable residents to travel safely for work, school and to visit families when lock-down restrictions are lifted further.

We submitted our initial comments on Friday to ensure they could be considered in time, incorporating proposals from many residents who contacted us with ideas. Below is the submission we submitted- which we have continued to develop and add through consultation from local businesses, community groups and residents. We will be asking council officers for the opportunity to discuss plans with highways engineers and aim to keep residents updated, and consulted as far as possible, on future changes.


Penge and Cator Councillors’ Response to Funding Submission for
Highway Measures to Support Social Distancing During Recovery from

Given the incredibly short amount of time between the publication of this
report and the PDS meeting on Monday, we have been unable to fully discuss
and consult our residents on the plans- while we appreciate the urgency and
efforts of council staff to put together these plans, we are disappointed that
the report could not be provided with more notice, or engagement started
earlier in the process, to allow us as ward Councillors and our residents to
engage on them.

We ask that for future plans, to the fullest extent possible both we and local
residents can be consulted at a much earlier stage in the process and that
there is a much greater ability for residents to provide ideas and comments on
plans before they are finalised. (As other London boroughs have introduced)
Within the two days we have been given to comment, we have collated
proposals from residents we have received and our initial thoughts to provide
as an input and response to the report- including some which we have
previously submitted to officers and the portfolio-holder but which have not
been included in the plans. We hope this can be considered and either added
where possible to these or future funding plans, or for officers to engage with
us to discuss the reasons why they are not possible.

Accessibility issues for disabled/ frail residents

We are concerned that the plans as currently drafted include minimal
reference to the needs of disabled residents and those who by virtue of age,
impairment or other challenges are less mobile or able to travel than other
residents- particularly in the light of the removal of access to the freedom pass
use during peak hours which the Government required Transport for London
to implement, and the reduction in capacity for public transport. We also have
concerns that in light of the increased incidence of mental health issues
caused by the lockdown, conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain and mobility
issues which have been caused or worsened will create additional barriers for
some residents to be able to, or feeling unable to, walk or cycle locally, and
that these concerns have not yet been considered in plans being made, we
ask that thought is given to what schemes can be introduced to provide for the
needs of these residents.

We would urge that local groups such as Xperts by Xperience, Age Concern,
Bromley Mental Health Forum, Health Watch Bromley and other forums are
engaged to facilitate consultation with residents who may face these
additional barriers and the result be fed into future plans.

Lack of Equality Impact assessment

Particularly in light of the Public Health England research confirming that both
deprivation and ethnicity are factors indicating higher risk of infection and
death as a result of Coronavirus, we are concerned that no equality impact
assessment has been carried out to consider how these proposals may have

greater impacts on certain groups- particularly given the findings that BAME
residents, particularly Black residents, those from Bangladeshi, Chinese,
Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity had
between 10% and 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British
people, and additionally that mortality rates in the most deprived areas are
much higher than in the least deprived.
We would strongly urge that an equality impact assessment of the effects of travel changes and social distancing needs is carried out urgently and plans
made to address the increased risk for residents (in our ward and across the
borough) that the higher risk in more deprived areas are taken account into
plans and addressing these inequalities is made a priority, to ensure those
most at risk are able to travel safely and that social distancing can be
maintained, focusing as a priority on areas where greater numbers of
residents are at higher risk. We would also ask that greater effort is made to
engage and consult with residents of demographic and in areas which are at
greater risk to ensure measures implemented address this need and
introduce specific schemes and support..

Pop-up cycle lanes
We support plans for Installing ‘pop-up’ cycle facilities with a minimum level of
physical separation from volume traffic, additional cycle parking at stations
and expansion of bike hire schemes and would ask wider implementation is
consulted on for our ward and across Bromley.

For Penge and Cator we would suggest such measures would be particularly
useful on Penge High Street (especially the pinch point at the Railway
bridge) and for residents to be consulted on how cycle routes can link
residential areas with the high street, green spaces and enable people to
travel for shopping and other trips safely, we ask that options to implement
cycle access between Penge and nearby locations such as Crystal Palace
Park and Beckenham, as well as facilitating cycle access to Sydenham and
further spaces in cooperation with Lewisham and other boroughs. We would
ask for public consultation as far in advance as possible, so that cycle routes
and infrastructure can be suggested by residents for their roads.

Penge High Street

In addition to the proposed signage which we agree is essential, we would
ask for additional measures such as cones and barriers and widening
footways along lengths of road, particularly outside shops and to provide more
space at bus stops along the high street (and also the stops on Croydon road
near the High street) to allow people to queue and socially distance.
We consider additional widening of all pedestrian refuges and crossings (both
formal and informal) both on the high street and nearby roads. We believe
such changes are required to enable people to cross roads safely and to
maintain social distancing.

We would ask that through the Penge BID, local businesses on the high street
are consulted on additional measures, including removing parking spaces
and/or widening pavements where possible outside cafes and other
eateries/premises serving food and drink, to allow outdoor seating and/or
customers to queue safely. We understand the need to balance the need for
drivers to be able continue to access high street shops for those unable to
walk/ travel by other means, but are keen to ensure residents can walk and
cycle safely to ensure they can continue to access the high street and take
steps to encourage local journeys to be made on foot or bicycle wherever
possible to ensure as many people as possible can safely continue to travel to
and through the high street.

The area outside Penge McDonalds (with other takeaway chains also nearby)
is a particular concern given the large number of delivery drivers we expect to
continue and increase, and difficulties this presents with social distancing- we
would ask council officers to work with Terry Eagle to look at solutions for
routing this traffic away from pedestrian spaces/areas.

School streets

We strongly support the introduction of school streets proposed- areas around
schools where motor traffic is restricted at pick-up and drop-off times, during
term-time- already proposed on Oakfield Road (Harris Crystal Palace) and
Maple Road (St John’s)- we consider this is also needed for Genoa road (for
St Anthony’s) and we have received requests from the priest of St Anthony’s
for this to be done.
We support the introduction of a Zebra crossing for Alexandra infants, but
believe further measures such as pavement widening and introduction of
additional crossings may also be needed for nearby roads and more generally
on roads around some schools, we ask officers to consult with all schools in
the ward and for other measures requested by the school be treated as a
priority for future plans and implementation.

Harris Bromley/Aldersmead road

Harris Bromley (secondary) is not currently included on the list regarding
measures around schools- we appreciate the school has not yet reopened for
most students but with the government plans for year 10 and 12 students to
beginning have face to face contact will soon be in some form, and clearly
looking ahead to the future when school re-openings progress further after the
summer we believe there is an urgency to putting changes in place for
students to be able to return.

Based on information provided by local residents in the school’s travel plan,
somewhere between 71% (Travel Plan 2017) and 50% (Travel Plan 2019)
take trains, trams and/or buses to this school. Come September, with car
sharing advised against, and reduced public transport services, that could
mean dozens if not hundreds of extra cars (most recent school roll 855).

There are temporary “school streets” elsewhere and we believe there is an exceptionally strong case to be put in place here. Parents coming from far off could use the 3 local stations to drop off girls – Lower Sydenham, Kent House, New Beckenham – while those that live near would be incentivised to walk, and given the larger numbers of students compared to primary schools there will be a greater need for space to enable social distancing for these students.

Kings Hall Road/ Quietway

We note that plans were already included as part of the quietway scheme, but
that we have not received updates on the progress of this scheme for some
time, we believe is reference has been made in the plans, but wrongly
labelled as being within Copers Cope ward and would ask for clarification to
confirm the quiet way and linked plans for Kings Hall and nearby roads will
continue. Furthermore in light of the changed circumstances referred to above
we would suggest the need for additional crossings on Kings Hall Road and
the implementation closures for ‘school streets’ to operate, alongside the
changes being proposed for the quietway, and would regard these as
necessary to be implemented with as little further delay as possible and by
September at the very latest if this is when schools are anticipated to open for
larger numbers of students.

Maple Road

Given the introduction of a partial road closure on Maple Road as a school
street (which we support), we would ask that local residents and businesses
are consulted on pedestrianizing the section of Maple road between the
corner of Blenheim Road and the corner of Franklin Road, this would allow
the cafes and restaurants in this section to provide service to tables and
chairs outside on the pavement and support these businesses, while allowing
drivers to continue to access the Blenheim centre via Blenheim road. No bus
routes utilise this section of the road and given the closure will be required for
the school, while also assisting social distancing for parents dropping off and
picking up children.

Play Streets

We request that Bromley council rapidly trials (we understand proposals were
being discussed last year and so these should be at an advanced stage now)
possible methods of introducing “play streets” – free road closures to allow
children to play on the street, to reduce overcrowding in other areas and to
support play close to home. We are aware of a number of streets in the ward
where there has already been interest in trying play streets and would be
happy to work with officers and residents to support such a trial over the

We also consider the concept could be further widened to a ‘community
streets’ offering- a streamlined process for temporary road closures to allow
residents to use the street for socially distanced gatherings and to interact
with their neighbours safely- we consider this could have particular benefit for
isolated residents and could contribute to address mental health and other
issues being created and worsened by loneliness and isolation.

20mph speed limits

In many other boroughs 20mph speed limits are being more widely adopted
as an appropriate speed limit for residential roads, and many through streets
in built-up areas. While 20mph limits alone will not be sufficient to meet the
needs of active travel, in association with other measures such as those
described we believe that reducing the speed limit will be an important part of
creating a greater sense of safety for cyclists and pedestrians and providing a
more attractive and safer environment to enable active travel. We consider a
consultation process should allow residents wishing for the limit on their street
to be lowered to confirm support among residents and input into the decision
making process for reducing the limit.

Road closure consultations

There are a number of residential roads where pavements are not wide
enough for social distancing to be possible and residents are reporting high
levels of speeding or otherwise dangerous behaviour from drivers- we
consider modal filters should be considered to close or restrict roads to motor
traffic in areas where residents express support for doing so, for example by
using planters or large barriers.

Cycle parking facilities
We would ask that plans include providing additional cycle parking facilities at
key locations, including the high street, nearby to Penge recreation ground,
Royston Fields/Sainsburys, other supermarkets and other green spaces, and
outside Penge East, Penge West, Kent House and Anerley stations should be
implemented to accommodate the expected increase in cycling- we
appreciate this may include a need to include repurposing parking bays to
accommodate cycle racks.and would ask for assurances affected residents
will be consulted as far as possible in considering these changes.

Station entrances and exits

We would support and encourage council officers to engage with Transport
for London and National Rail to attempt to widen and install additional
entrances/exits to stations- this is particularly needed at Penge West since
only one platform currently has access, with the other only accessible by a

Kent House Station
We see that a cycle lane between Clock House and Kent House stations is
included in the plans, which we support, but would ask for further
consideration be given to measures on Plawsfield Land- we would ask that
pavement widening with cones/barriers is included to provide adequate for
pedestrians alongside the cycle lane.

We would also ask for a consultation of residents on whether closure of all or
part of the road should be considered to stop the cars reversing into cyclists
and pedestrians. As previously suggested, we particularly consider the
section of the road immediately outside the station on the Plawsfield road side creates huge challenges, particularly with cars driving to drop off/pick up from
the station, and how this area could safely manage cars, cyclists and
pedestrians entering/ exiting the station.

Additionally, with the Kent House café now operating with a stall outside, we
consider it would support the local business and provide added benefit to
residents if the area of road were closed and pedestrianised, to allow tables
and chairs (with social distancing measures implemented) allowing customers
and passers-by to use part of this outdoor area safely.

Pavement widening

In addition to addressing the concerns of residents on Aldersmead Road, we
consider there also needs to be pavement widening on Parish Lane and on
Penge Lane with the narrow pavements there. Drivers are tempted to
accelerate and pass riders where there is insufficient room on Parish Lane (by
the Drum) and on Kings Hall Road between the mini roundabout and Kent
House station. This is particularly important given the route is used for parents
of primary school and nursery aged children who need to use this stretch of
road (Kings Hall) with very young children for school drop offs/pick up.
Safe crossing and refuges

We ask that across the ward crossing points are reviewed and widened where
needed to accommodate social distancing and increased cycle traffic, we also
ask widening of traffic island/ refuges be implemented where possible
(particularly the refuge on the junction of Penge Lane and Parrish Lane) we
would also ask for the introduction of a refuge on the junction of Parrish Lane
and Lennard Road, this is an area residents have consistently raised as a
dangerous crossing place.

Southend Lane

We would ask officers to look into the possibility of Bromley collaborating with
Lewisham to introduce a temporary crossing point on Southend Lane heading
towards Lewisham be considered? it's on the Waterlink way, a National Cycle
Route and school children could also use the route coming from Catford by
train could cycle (20 minutes) along here but this crossing makes it unsafe.

There are initial thoughts, prepared quickly to ensure they could be provided
in the timeframe you required. We will continue to engage with our residents
and anticipate further ideas and plans for specific streets and areas of Penge
and Cator, to encourage active travel and enabling social distancing, will
develop- we therefore ask that you provide us with clear details on how
residents and we as ward councillors can most effectively feed these in to
future plans and grant applications.

Kind regards
Cllr Kathy Bance
Cllr Kevin Brooks
Cllr Simon Jeal

Penge and Cator ward





Local updates- March



At full council last month we asked whether the paddling pool situated in Alexandra Park would be repaired for use in time for summer. It is the only paddling pool in the north of the borough and had been left needed extensive repairs. Last summer it was only available for use for five days.

This was unacceptable and deprived local children of amenities and play place. After raising this and with extensive help and support from the Friends of Cator and Alexandra Group we have received an assurance from the council that their contractor, Amey, will be undertaking the necessary repairs for the pool to be fully functioning by summer.




After significant communication with residents, council officers and the relevant Portfolio Holder, it has been agreed that due to the number of objections from residents of Wordsworth Road being included in the scheme, a new consultation with residents and local councillors will be undertaken. We strongly urge residents affected to fully take part in this consultation to ensure any decision is based upon the true wishes of residents.

Bromley Feeder Schools Concerns


We know that many residents with children at primary schools around Penge are concerned about the introduction of so called ‘ feeder schools’ in the borough, proposed by academy trusts. These have the dual effect of reducing catchment areas and causing harm to primary schools outside of such trusts, of which Penge has some, to receive less applications and therefore receiving less funding. It also would mean parents likely having less choice of schools, as more spaces will be reserved for certain primary schools.

Bromley council issued a statement opposing academy trusts using feeder schools, but while we have been warning this would happen for years, because Bromley’s Conservatives were over-eager to convert schools to academies (Bromley has the highest proportion of schools being academies in the whole country ) the council has very little ability to prevent feeder schools being introduced across the borough.

One Academy chain (Langley Park learning trust) has decided, following campaigning by residents and Councillors, not to designate any of its primaries as feeder schools. We hope this means other academies will follow but will continue to monitor the situation and work with residents to campaign against the introduction of feeder schools by other Academy chains.

Trinity Medical Centre Closure


Residents who use Trinity Medical Centre on Croydon Road (which has served the local community of Penge and Anerley for over three decades) have just been notified that the surgery will close over the next few months, despite efforts of Councillors, the NHS, residents and our MP Ellie Reeves to find a way to keep it open.

The building is privately owned and leased to the NHS for use as a GP surgery. The owners decided to sell it and, despite efforts by the NHS to find another location, there is nowhere they could find locally for Trinity to be re-located to so that it could continue to run.

 The Clinical Commissioning Group (who source GP services for Bromley NHS) does not have the funding available to buy the building or an alternative site, lack of investment in the NHS and national planning for property development means funds to build or develop a new location for the surgery cannot be found in the short time left before the building is sold.

Patients will be contacted and helped to move to one of the other GP practices in and near Penge. We are sorry to see the surgery close and seriously concerned that other surgeries across Bromley may face the same situation in the future.

In our alternative budget last month, we proposed that Bromley Council (which has investments of more than £350 million) used unallocated investment funds to buy the building in order to ensure the surgery stayed open. This could be for a time limited period, say five years, which would be long enough for the NHS to secure long term premises. (which was not possible within the relatively brief notice period of the sale of the existing building) You will not be surprised to hear that Bromley Conservatives did not support this proposal. We continue to argue that Bromley Council and the NHS should be doing more to stop surgeries closing and safeguard healthcare services for Penge residents.


N.B. Update-

We understand that letters which were meant to have been sent by the CCG last week have not been sent due to an error.

A meeting for patients organised for today (11th March) has now been cancelled as a result, but a patient engagement meeting organised by the CCG is going ahead on Monday 16th March, 6-7pm at Anerley Town Hall. SE20 8BD.

We are hopeful that a further meeting will be arranged to replace the cancelled one for those who are unable to attend on Monday.