Invitation to a round table discussion – Tuesday, 1st December 7pm, Civic Centre

Liz Turnbull, Chairman of the Pratts Bottom Residents’ Association, has asked for this letter from the Council to be put on our website. PBRA intends to send 2 reps to meeting on 1st December, but there is a public meeting on 26th November.

“I am writing to invite two representatives from your Residents’ Association to a round table discussion at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, 1 December from 7pm to 8.30pm to help inform the Council’s budget setting process. We want to hear your views as representatives of local people and talk about the council budget for 2016-17 and beyond. This discussion will be in light of continuing savings of more than £50 million we have to make over the next four years to balance our budget in addition to the £60 million saved in the last few years.

“As with last year we believe these smaller sessions with representatives of our Residents’ Associations will allow us to explore in more detail the issues we face and the difficult decisions we continue to have to make.

“I would be delighted if you and/or a colleague are able to attend and if you could please let Maggie Richardson know by emailing maggie.richardson@bromley.gov.uk or telephoning 020 8313 4422 to help us plan seating and refreshments.

“On this evening, I am inviting associations broadly to the east of the borough. However, if you cannot make this date you would be very welcome to attend an alternative session on the previous evening, Monday, 30 November at the Civic Centre from 7pm – 8.30pm.

“As part of the budget setting process we have also launched an online survey.  This is to give Bromley residents the opportunity to tell us their views on our Building a Better Bromley priorities, which have governed the Council’s work and activity for a number of years and to tell us if they broadly support our approach in delivering these Building a Better Bromley priorities given ever reducing budgets and the need to meet the requirements placed on us by the Government.  We are also seeking practical ideas and suggestions for saving money as well as how to generate more funds to help secure important front line services.  We would be grateful if you would encourage the members of your Residents’ Association to take part in the survey. We are offering residents who are not able to log in online at home assistance with completing the survey in our libraries.

“In addition to the smaller session for Residents’ Associations we are also holding a public meeting from 11 am – 12.30 pm on Thursday, 26 November at the Civic Centre and again we would be grateful if you could encourage members of your organisation to attend.  You can find the online survey, details of the public meeting and background material on our website at www.bromley.gov.uk/budgetviews

“We really welcome your views so I do hope your organisation can send one or two representatives to this important session. I look forward to meeting you on the night.

“Best wishes

“Cllr Stephen Carr”

A tribute to Alan Dimbleby

by Sue Short

Today, just before I left on my journey to Aylesford Priory, I heard that our good friend Alan had died. [It seems Alan died after an accident at work.]

He was a family man – loved by his wife and children. I first met Alan at a Residents’ Committee meeting. He greeted me with his wonderful broad grin – I immediately felt at ease.

He was kind and generous with his time. He took me on a tour of Charmwood Farm where he worked. He showed me the bat caves; the best place to view Norsted Manor and the banks and ditches – perhaps the work of a farmer-a farmer just like Alan.

Alan gave guided tours around Charmwood Farm – Pratts Bottom villagers could admire the fields and woods close to their village. He cheerfully showed us wild flowers; long lost footpaths; the new orchard he had planted – he smiled his lovely smile – he was proud – and so were we.

Alan always helped at village fairs, quizes and functions – stacking chairs and tables – he could be relied upon to get things done.

What happens now? Alan would know.

He was simply a lovely man – famous for cracking a corny joke; relied upon to help when help was needed. Within him was something special. Without him we are bereft.

Alan Dimbleby leading a walk on Charmwood Farm in 2008

Alan Dimbleby leading a walk on Charmwood Farm in 2008

Alan

That broad grin
Those corny jokes
That made us chuckle and smile
Always a gentle manner
Never abrasive or cruel
He was part of our village
That’s all – that’s all.

Chairs and tables stacked
Spaces cleared
Traffic directed
Tents erected
Part of our village community
That’s all – that’s all.

Bat caves revealed
Banks and ditches shown
Photographs taken
That broad grin again
Part of the fields
Part of the woods
Part of the countryside
That’s all – that’s all.

A family man
A good friend
A loyal worker
Not forgotten that broad grin
Those corny old jokes
Who will make us laugh now?
That’s all – that’s all.

Sue Short, 24 July 2015

Have your say on May 7

The Council is reminding residents who are not currently on the electoral register or have moved recently they have until Monday 20 April to register to have their say in the General Election on May 7.

Residents who haven’t registered yet should also be aware registering to vote has changed.  Individual Electoral Registration (IER) requires you to register and update your details individually.  No one can register for you.  The new system means you can register on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  Once on the page you need to fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details including your National Insurance number.  If you don’t have access to the internet or can’t use it a form can be posted to you.  Once registered you can vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

And remember it’s a legal requirement to register and you can face a fine if you fail to do so. If you want further information email electoral@bromley.gov.uk

Residents’ AGM 26 September

The Pratts Bottom Residents Association invites you to attend the Annual General Meeting on 26 September at the Village Hall. Kicking off at 7.30pm with tea and biscuits before the guest speaker, Mr Frank Levett from Orpington First, enlightens us on the regeneration of Orpington.