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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“Cllr Stephen Carr”