A long serving councillor and former Mayor of Bromley has announced that she is standing down from the Council after sixteen years.
Councillor Anne Manning of Hayes & Coney Hall Ward, who was first elected with her two Conservative colleagues in 1998, will not be seeking re-election at the Council elections on 22nd May so that she can spend more time with her grandchildren and the rest of her family.
Anne served as Mayor in 2004/05 and has been involved in her local community since she moved to Hayes in the 1970s. Also being a keen local historian, she has published a book on former Prime Minister William Pitt ‘The Younger’ and his life in Hayes.
She has also chaired planning committees as well as the Social Care Health & Housing and Children and Young People’s committees.
Her two current ward colleagues, Cllr. Graham Arthur and Cllr. Neil Reddin paid tribute to her.
Cllr. Arthur said, “Anne has served the people of Hayes and Coney Hall with distinction for 16 years and we are indebted to her. Whether in her elevated role as Mayor, attending events throughout the Borough or dealing with the day to day issues which have arisen on behalf of her residents, she has employed her boundless energy to considerable effect and we shall miss her.”
Cllr. Reddin added, “Anne has been a lynchpin for the community here in Hayes and Coney Hall, and I know she will continue to put her heart and soul into the area, as well as the other interests she has supported so ably during her time on the council, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”
In the forthcoming local elections, Peter Fortune, currently a councillor in another ward, will be hoping to succeed Anne.
The proposals for new housing and the refurbishment of the house at Hayes Court have been listed for a hearing at the Development Control Committee on Thursday 8th April.
Council officer have recommended refusal of the application on grounds mainly relating to the impact on the open spaces both within the site, the adjoining common and wider conservation area, for example:
– ‘overdevelopment of this semi-rural site’ leading to ‘inappropriate suburbanisation of the site and harmful impact on … the Urban Open Space’
– the new detached dwellings would have a ‘detrimental impact on the character and setting of the Statutory Listed Building’ (the original house) and would ‘erode the open nature of the site’.
PCSO Michele Jacobs from the Hayes & Coney Hall police team has sent out this week’s update:
I just want to remind you that the Easter holidays are approaching … two years ago we had two or three burglaries in the holidays, so please remember to inform your neighbours if you are going away, lock all doors and windows securely, hide valuables and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101.
Large Traffic Mirror Stolen
Grove Close which leads into Warren Road, saw someone steal a large mirror which helps guides cars out of road. This occurred on 30th March. If you recall any vans/persons please call 101 quoting CR 3305587/14.
It has been brought to my attention from a couple of residents about scams that are rearing their heads again.
(On this note, I will be away from my post for a couple of weeks. I have been asked to work alongside Trading Standards dealing with people that have been victim of scams. I will only have limited time to check emails so can you for the next two weeks please refrain from email (if possible) and call the team on 0208 649 3548 or dial 101.)
Best wishes for a peaceful Easter,
Is anybody willing to become the unpaid secretary (the members are all volunteers and unpaid) of the Community Advisory Panel (formerly the Safer Neighbourhood panel)? Unfortunately Sheila has had to resign due to various commitments. The panel works with the Safer Neighbourhood police teams and other bodies. The role of the secretary is to take, produce and circulate the minutes of the panel meetings, held every 10 weeks: the agenda and sign in list for each meeting, and may, if willing, forward any emails from the new forum and Neighbourhood watch association.
The meetings take place every 10 weeks at Hayes Village Hall on a Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Anybody willing to help please contact Barbara Jarvis (chairperson) email barbara.jarvis1-at-ntlworld.com or telephone 0208 462 7231.
Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park