There was a good turnout for our Open Meeting on Tuesday 9th July at Melvin Hall. There were several useful contacts given out:
Rob Vale, Head of Trading Standards at Bromley Council gave a lively presentation including a film illustrating the potential dangers from doorstep traders. Bromley have a Rapid response Team who can react to any concerns about possible rogue traders or scams operating in your area.
They can be contacted on 07903 852090
General advice on solving your consumer problems is available from Citizens Advice on https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/
We then heard about the threat to the future of the Penge Men & Women in Sheds project following the loss of their long-term funding. They are supported by Age Concern but have a large sum to raise if the service is to continue in Penge and other London boroughs. More details of the campaign can be found at:
One off donations can be made at:
There will also be local fund raising events. Or, pop in to see the Shedders in Kingsdale Road on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.
Crystal Palace councillor Angela Wilkins has welcomed the responses to the survey she gave out on the impact of youth crime in our area.
Cllr Wilkins also gave details of the Local Government Boundaries Commission review of election arrangements in Bromley. These would be implemented for the 2022 local elections. The Commission are proposing a reduction of the number of councillors in Bromley from 60 to 58. Our local councillors are supporting this proposal, largely on the grounds that the scope of council responsibilities has reduced in recent years and the larger number of councillors can no longer be justified.
The Commission are also looking at the makeup of the local wards. Currently our local wards are Crystal Palace, Penge & Cator and a small part of Clock House. The Commission has asked for views before they publish their recommendations later in the year. If you are interested in commenting, the link is:
Finally, Cllr Kathy Bance gave an update on local issues.