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Removal Of Town Centre Support Madness

Bromley Council has proposed stopping all support for town centres by removing Town Centre Manager (TCM) positions in Beckenham and Penge.

The proposal will go to the Renewal and Recreation Policy Development and Scrutiny (PDS) Committee on Tuesday the 26th January 2016. Residents have until 5pm on Tuesday the 26th January 2016 to comment on the plans.

Bromley Council plans to establish a Business Improvement District (BID), which involves businesses paying a levy and managing their own town centre affairs, in Beckenham and Penge, as they have in Bromley and Orpington.

However, usually, when BIDs are brought in, the ongoing support of a TCM ensures a smooth transition. The proposal for Beckenham and Penge entails having no TCM position for a period of up to two years until a BID is implemented.

There is no guarantee that local businesses will agree to a BID, meaning Beckenham and Penge could be left without a BID or TCM, which could result in the deterioration of the town centre.

Beckenham is about to start making some of its most significant public realm improvements in 30 years, and the TCM played a vital role securing funding for the Transport for London improvement scheme. Locals have described the proposed removal of the TCM post just before the post begins as madness.

You can find out more about the proposals at bromley.gov.uk. You can voice your concerns to ward councillor, the Renewal and Recreation Portfolio Holder Peter Morgan, current Town Centre Management Head Martin Pinnell or the Renewal and Recreation PDS Committee.

Do you think the proposals will have a positive or negative effect on the local economy?

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