Our pledges to you

We’re proud to have been elected in May 2018 to represent you!

No matter which party you support, as your Councillors, we will always make sure your voice is heard.

We are working hard to achieve our five pledges to you:

labour-rose  Taking action together to tackle gangs and crime 

We’ll partner with local residents, groups and seek advice from experts to find solutions to prevent gang and criminal activity in Penge and hold the Council and Police to account.

labour-rose   Affordable, good quality housing to buy and rent

We’ll continue to push the council to use their investment funds to build more social and affordable housing in Bromley, raise standards for housing associations and introduce a register of private landlords to ensure the condition, fitness and security of rental properties.

labour-rose  Cleaning up the Council’s mess on our streets

We want to tackle the council’s failure to properly monitor street cleaning and waste collection contracts, to make sure you get the collection contracts, to make sure you get the public services your taxes pay for.

labour-rose  Safer roads and fixing the Council’s parking mess

Instead of waiting until accidents happen, we would listen to local people’s concerns and introduce and enforce road safety measures, including 20mph speed limits, to make our roads safer.

labour-rose  Protecting our NHS and Care services 

We’ll continue to support Labour’s national policies to protect and properly fund our NHS and social care services. We’ll put people before profits and fight to protect vital services from further Tory cuts.

Find out more about your Councillors and how to get in touch.

Our Push to Make Penge Roads Safer

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At July’s meeting of Bromley Council, Penge’s councillors (as part of Bromley’s Labour group) presented our motion calling for the Council’s road safety policy to be reviewed.

 

Our motion followed many recent reports of accidents on roads around Penge, including many on Thicket Road, Otford Road and Ash Grove Road in recent months, and residents’ concerns of speeding and dangerous drivers. (We’ve had reports of frequent speeding on Maple Road, Oakfield Road, Lennard Road and Kings Hall Road- among many others)

We argued that the Council should be taking more proactive measures to prevent accidents in places where residents are reporting problems, particularly by changing their reliance on Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) statistics, meaning that accidents in which, by chance, no one was injured aren’t counted when considering where road safety measures should be taken- so nothing will be done until after a particular number of people have been killed or seriously harmed.

We also called for the council to consider a wider range of road safety measures, such as ‘mini-Hollands’ and more 20mph zones (especially around schools). While (as always) the Conservative majority amended our motion for political reasons, they did agree to a more limited review by the Environment Committee.

While Bromley has seen a significant reduction is casualties over the past ten year, more recent trends show a much less positive picture- looking at Transport for London (TfL) figures from 2010 to 2016 shows a slight increase in KSIs, while in 2016, the most recent year data is available for, far from being one of the safest boroughs as the Tories often claim Bromley had the joint 4th highest number of fatalities and joint 2nd highest number of KSI casualties for all outer London boroughs.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s recently announced Vision Zero Action Plan on road safety aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads. We will continue to support residents and campaign for changes to try to make Penge’s roads safer and prevent residents coming to harm.

Thank you!

We are hugely grateful and proud to have been elected as your councillors for Penge and Cator.

We value the support of our community and will work hard to support ALL local residents, groups and businesses over the next four years.

While the Conservatives remain in charge of Bromley Council, we will continue to fight for more affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets to protect care services, libraries and other public services from further cuts and hold them to account.

With the rollout of universal credit in July and further cuts likely, we will also be doing everything we can to support anyone affected. If you ever have an issue, together with our MP Ellie Reeves, we’re here to try and help.

You can find us on the high street outside the Post Office- 10:45 to 12:15 on the first Saturday of every month or contact us using the details on the back of this newsletter.

Find  out more about us and how to get in touch on the Councillors page

Kathy, Kevin and Simon

Welcoming Ellie Reeves MP

Following a very active campaign, Penge and Cator Labour members were delighted that Ellie Reeves has been elected MP for our constituency, Lewisham West and Penge.
Follow Ellie Reeve’s MP’s blog for more news on her activities and how to get in touch.

Not only did Ellie win in the 2017 General Election, she doubled her majority. This is a testament to voters unhappiness with the Conservative’s austerity agenda, but also down to the vibrant campaigning across the constituency led by Ellie.

Penge and Cator members campaigned passionately in our area, holding a ‘meet the candidate’ event and supporting a broad hustings debate as well doing plenty of old-fashioned by effective door knocking. Many of our members also went to join campaigns in other areas of the constituency and in marginal seats from Croydon to as far afield as Exeter!

We look forward to working closely with Ellie during the coming parliament.

Follow Ellie Reeve’s MP’s blog for more news on her activities and how to get in touch.

 

 

 

Your Labour Candidates

Vote for your three Labour candidates for Penge and Cator on 3 May

Ahead of May’s elections for Local Councillors in Bromley, Labour has selected existing councillors Kathy Bance and Kevin Brooks, as well as Simon Jeal to be put forward as
candidates.  Penge’s third sitting councillor Peter Fookes has decided not to stand again after over 30 years serving the people of Penge. We’re grateful for all his hard work.

Find out more about your three Penge and Cator Labour candidates:

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Kathy Bance

I have lived in Penge for 45 years where I raised my 6 children. I have been a Labour Councillor since 2010 and have served on Education, Licensing, Environment and Public Protection & Safety committees, among others. I was awarded a Mayor’s Outstanding  Volunteer’s Award in 2006 and an MBE in 2011 for over 30 years of voluntary work in Penge, and for the past year I have been Mayor of Bromley.

kevin-brooksKevin Brooks

I have lived in Penge for eleven years. Since my election in 2014 as Councillor for Penge and Cator, I have served on many committees on Bromely Council including Care, Environment and Development and Control. I play an active role at the Council, holding the Tories to account by monitoring and questioning their policies and opposing their cruel cuts. I have bid for greater investment in Penge. I successfully led the campaign to save Melvin Hall from being sold off to developers, securing a vital community centre.

simon-jealSimon Jeal

I’ve lived in Penge and Cator since 2010. I am a commmittee member of Penge Partners, I help run the Penge Festival and volunteer with Bromley Homeless Shelter. I am also a volunteer mentor and tutor to support young people to realise their potential. I love the strong community spirit and diversity in Penge. I will fight against Bromley council’s neglect of Penge and the damage being done by the Tories’ austerity policies.

 

Contact your local candidates at:  councillors.pengelabour@gmail.com

Read the Penge and Cator candidates pledges to you

Find out more about all Labour candidates for Bromley council.

Local party activism

We are a friendly, busy group of local activists who always welcome new faces. Do come out to join us, whether you’ve been a members for decades or days!

Labour party members in the Penge and Cator ward meet regularly – to go out canvassing, support community events or simply to socialise. We also hold regular formal meetings (which aren’t too formal!).

Members will hear about upcoming events via email and/or can join the members-only, Penge and Cator Labour Facebook group.

If you are not yet a member, do join now! (Note, it can take a few weeks for us to be notified of new members, so do get in touch in the meantime.)

If you have any questions about the Penge and Cator Labour party branch, contact us or email membership.pengelabour@gmail.com