Planning applications have been received to convert the stable block at the back of the old police station into a house. There are still no proposals for developing the main building.
An appeal has been lodged against the council’s refusal to permit a gym to operate from the old Edginton’s shop in Green Lane. We welcomed the possible arrival of a gym in Penge, which would add to the mix of services on offer locally. However, until the applicants can show that they can overcome any parking problems, such a proposal will always face difficulties.
Bromley has opened a new Housing Register for social rented housing. The old list certainly needed rationalising as it contained many people who no longer needed or who would never qualify for re-housing. We supported measures to rationalise the list but Bromley’s housing problem will never be solved until more affordable accommodation is built for young and needy families.
Bromley will be trialling a garden waste collection scheme in some parts of the borough next spring. Penge won’t be included in the initial trial but the scheme would involve residents paying an annual sum to have a regular garden waste collection either from a wheelie bin or plastic bags. If the scheme is successful (that is, if enough people take it up for it to pay for itself) it will be rolled out to the rest of the borough.