Bromley ‘will be vanguard of change’ again

PUBLISHED: 17:02 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:02 21 September 2011

James Cleverly, Boris Johnson and Cllr Peter Morgan go on a walkabout in Bromley town centre after the summit. Pictures by Andy Barnes

James Cleverly, Boris Johnson and Cllr Peter Morgan go on a walkabout in Bromley town centre after the summit. Pictures by Andy Barnes


Bromley is ready to be a ‘‘vanguard of change’’ claimed the council leader at a summit unveiling £1billion of investment potential in the borough.

Stephen Carr admitted Bromley ‘‘may have been a little sleepy’’ over the past few decades but said that era had come to an end.

He said: “The pressure is on and I’m very keen to ­deliver this challenge. There is a need for robust business cases and a need to seize these opportunities when they arise.

“Bromley was once a vanguard of change and we can be again. We have perhaps been a bit sleepy but we are ready for phase two.”

Bromley Council has pledged £10milllion of its own money in investment. The rest is expected to come from developers and retailers.

It is hoped that more large employers will establish themselves in the borough and the council said it was pleased that RBS had announced it would consolidate the whole of its insurance arm to work at Churchill Place.

The council’s director of recreation and renewal, Marc Hume, said the focus would be on expanding retail, ­enhancing historic parts of the town centre around ­Market Square and the old town hall, improving transport and building homes.

He said: “Too often talk is cheap. Action is everything. Too often plans are poorly ­focused. This is certainly not Bromley’s approach. Bromley has got its act together.”

But delegate Eamonn Daly, director of refurbishment and new-build contract company, ITC Concepts, said: “I’m surprised that Bromley is only pledging to invest £10million of its own money.

“We are a Croydon-based company and I know the council there is doing a £20million investment in the Fairfield Halls alone. £10million does not seem that much for the whole town centre.”

What the plans include:

n Bromley North Station: transform into a mixed use development with 250 new apartments, 2,000m² of office space and 1,000m² of community use space.

n The Old Town Hall: a hotel and conference centre with 20 homes, to begin in 2014.

n The Pavillion leisure centre: work has already commenced on a £5million refurbishment. Plans also include a ten-pin bowling ­alley.

n The Civic Centre: reconfiguration of office and potential for new homes.

n Bromley South ­Station: work due to commence in October including installation of long-awaited lifts.

n Westmoreland Road:An eight-screen cinema, a new multi-storey car park, 1,000m² of food and drink outlets and 100-bed hotel.

n Churchill Place: 1,108 residential units, 2,000m² of community space, 1,200 car spaces, 5,000m² of food ­outlets, 20,000m² of retail.

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