Bromley campaigners launch hotline to report local council 'failings'
PUBLISHED: 10:26 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:26 05 July 2016
Backing Bromley has warned of 'serious reports of failures by the council'
A community group is continuing its attempts to pile the pressure on Bromley council after its launch last week, by setting up a confidential hotline for residents to ‘report council failings’.
Backing Bromley, which has gathered support from across the borough officially launched last week when it raised signs across the borough asking “How is Bromley council failing you?”.
The campaign group claims more than a thousand people took part
Bromley Resident, David Christian said: “Backing Bromley have opened a hotline for residents to voice their concerns about council failings and the impact of cuts on local services. Just from talking to people in the borough we are already being told of problems which are not being dealt with. There is evidence coming forward of failings in Bromley council and Backing Bromley will be collating a dossier for residents.”
But some local residents have distanced themselves from the group.
Stella Etheridge, chair of Coney Hall Village Residents Association, said: “Our local councillors, Neil Reddin and Graham Arthur are excellent.
“We consider them our friends, they are always available to answer our queries and do a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances.”
Deputy leader at the council Colin Smith, reacted to the new campaign group, accusing them of attempting to cause ‘political mischief’
He said: “We are obviously aware of Unite the Trade Union’s crude attempt to cause political mischief locally by sponsoring misleading information across parts of the Borough under the banner of ‘Backing Bromley’. That is clearly their business and we will deal with the politics and falsehoods of their claims via the usual channels in due course.
“Far more importantly, no matter how much others might attempt to misrepresent the facts, Bromley Council retains a long and proud record of delivering services that meet the needs of our residents. That will continue, despite the significant cuts being suffered to its budget by Central Government as part of their own efforts to close the national budget deficit.
“Wherever valid and substantiated concerns about local public services are raised we will, as always, continue to deal with the issues on a fact driven case-by-case basis. To date it should be noted that this group has conspicuously failed to raise any issues that the Council isn’t already aware of, has dealt with already or is in the process of dealing with.”