Cllr Bance: Why are LBB discouraging new businesses by charging for information on the planning status of empty properties and please provide details of the charges?
Reply: We make charges for anyone who wishes to search the planning register for information about the planning history of a property, which is £46. The public can also come in and search our records themselves by prior appointment and planning decision since the early 1980’s are available eon our website, including all relevant documentation for cases form 2003.
The principal way to obtain s formal confirmation of the lawful planning use of a property is by submission of a certificate of lawfulness for either a proposed or existing use. The fee for this would be £385 for an exiting use of £192.50 for a proposed use.
There is no intention to discourage new businesses but there is a cost to providing the information which is why we make a charge.
(fees online at http://www.bromley.gov.uk/download/45/planning fees).
Cllr Kevin Brooks: In accordance with Council policy, Penge toilets are to be closed and replaced with the Community Toilet Scheme. Will the portfolio holder reassure residents that this will not result in poor service by ensuring that:
There is correct and conspicuous signage on the High Street as to location of the toilets;
The provision in Penge will be monitored and that any problems will be swiftly resolved;
All staff in those designated toilets are to be fully informed that the toilets are for public use and there is no obligation to make purchases;
Any complain of pressure put on the public to do so would be taken to the franchiser by the council;
Space must be provided for potential queues;
Money must be ring-fenced to ensure the empty building will not become and eyesore and that graffiti, broken windows etc, will be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
Reply: In line with minutes and recommendations from Environmental Services PDS on 23 Sept 2014, I can confirm that the Community Toilet Scheme in Penge will be signed and advertised in an identical to other participating locations across the Borough.
If Ward colleagues in any place learn of deficiencies in either that or any other regard (ie sales pressure, cleanliness or staff being ‘off message;’) O would ask them to make Officers aware to facility early remedial action taking place.
Graffiti will be attended to in a timely manner via the existing contractual arrangement.
Funding also remains available for any short term maintenance issues, notwithstanding that this facility will shortly be placed for disposal on the property market.