Hollytree Parade Post Office to Close

Despite representations from local residents, local councillors and Bexley Council the Hollytree Parade Post Office in Foots Cray is due to close under the Post Office’s closure programme. No account has been taken of the wishes of local residents who fear that vital services are withering away.

Ward Councillors Cheryl Bacon, Ross Downing and Don Massey met with local residents again at the weekend and discussed the closure. They expressed their shock and dismay that another essential local service in Cray Meadows Ward on which they rely is being withdrawn.

In what Cllrs Cheryl Bacon, Ross Downing and Don Massey called an “utter sham of a consultation” less than a handful of Post Offices will be saved across London.

They said “despite an extension to the consultation time limit we can only be led to believe that the decision for the closure was already taken. The announcement was delayed because of London Mayoral Elections, not in order to give further consideration to the wishes of local people”.

New Bexley Leader

Brampton Ward Councillor Teresa O’Neill was elected as the new Leader of Bexley at the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 14th May.  

Councillor O’Neill, a Bexley Councillor since 1998 and the Council’s Deputy Leader since 2006, is the only female Leader of a Conservative Council in London (and only the second of London’s 32 Borough Councils).   

Commenting on her election as Leader, Councillor O’Neill, said:-  

“I’d like to thank the Council for placing their trust in me and I will do my best not to let them down. My mission as Leader is to stand up for Bexley and, in building on the good work we have done in the past two years, to do everything within my power to improve the lives of residents in all parts of the Borough”.  

Barnehurst Councillor Simon Windle is the new Deputy Leader,  

“It is a great honour to have been elected as Deputy Leader and I am looking forward to working closely with Teresa to deliver on our priorities of keeping Council Tax low and offering Bexley residents value for money on first class local services”  

One of Councillor O’Neill’s first actions as Leader was to appoint popular and well respected Sidcup Ward Councillor, June Slaughter, as Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and promoting one of the 2006 intake, Councillor John Fuller, to be the new Chairman of the Planning Control Committee.

Boris appoints former Bexley leader to senior role in new administration

Following his stunning victory on 1st May Boris Johnson the new Mayor of London has announced the names of his team that will work with the Mayor to run the Capital. Among the appointments is Ian Clement who takes up the position of Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Government relations. Mr Clement who prior to the elections had been the leader of Bexley Council has resigned as a Councillor to take up this prestigious role.

Mr Clement a Bexley Councillor for ten years said,

” I am greatly honoured Boris Johnson has asked me to do this is important job and play my part in changing London for the better. I am of course sad to be leaving Bexley Council after ten very happy years, but I have every confidence that Bexley Conservatives will continue to stand up for all the people of the borough”.

Cllr Teresa O Neill has been appointed as Acting Leader until the Council elects its new leader on 14th May. Commenting on Mr Clement’s appointment she remarked,

“ Ian Clement worked very hard for Bexley & provided the strong & dynamic
leadership that led to the Conservatives winning control of Bexley Council
in 2006. Since then the team have ensured that Council Tax was kept low
whilst local services were improved.

Bexley residents sent a clear message that they wanted a change at City Hall
by electing Boris Johnson as Mayor & we know that Ian will take his
knowledge of Bexley with him when helping Boris to drive that change for the benifit of everyone living in Bexley”