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Signs raised across Bromley against 'failing' Bromley council

PUBLISHED: 15:33 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 30 June 2016

Protesters supporting Backing Bromley community group

Protesters supporting Backing Bromley community group

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Backing Bromley will launched this Wednesday

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A community group led by residents across Bromley was launched this week to tackle councillors “failing” the Bromley public.

Backing Bromley raised around 1,200 protest signs on Wednesday.

The signs warned that residents are “no longer prepared to accept elected leaders falling short of their responsibilities to the young, the old and the vulnerable.”

Cray Valley resident David Christian said: “Backing Bromley is being launched so residents can come together to hold the council to account over its failures and we will be making our presence felt.

“We want our council to succeed but believe its leaders should be more responsive to us, the people of Bromley.

“The leader of the council, Stephen Carr and the deputy leader Colin Smith will no longer be able to rest on their laurels while old, young and vulnerable are let down because a new group is here to stand up for Bromley.”

Residents from Bromley Common and Keston, Bickley, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Chislehurst, Copers Cope, Cray Valley West, Farnborough and Crofton, Hayes and Coney Hall, Plaistow and Sundridge wards have all joined to form the new group.

They reference a “catalogue of failures” by councillors, with concerns over the treatment of whistle-blowers, school places, parental support for disabled children and the quality of care homes.

Colin Smith, deputy leader at the council, 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 to your readers though, 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.”

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