Bromley two weeks ago, Bexleyheath this morning and then in Beckenham in the afternoon. Much of the press is speculating about an outer London strategy, I suspect that Boris has an alliteration strategy.
Boris and I were joined by many of our local volunteers at Bexleyheath station first thing this morning. We were saying hello to commuters on their way into central London and getting their opinions on local public transport provision.
We then went into Bexleyheath town center where Boris highlighted the policies that would benefit people living in outer South East London, his Mayor’s Fund and announced plans to ban the drinking of alcohol on the tube. Bromley residents will be particularly pleased to hear him reaffirm his opposition to congestion charging in Bromley.
After a walkabout in Bexleyheath Broadway, we sat and spoke with local publicans about practical measures to stop binge drinking and drug dealing. The local pubs, council and police in Bexleyheath work closely and the result has been a huge reduction in problem drinking and an increase in food service and families using the pubs.
I highlighted the contrast between Livingstone’s shrug of the shoulders attitude towards crime and Boris’ positive, imaginative plans to make London safer.
The visit culminated in a second walkabout in Beckenham where we were once again swamped by local schoolkids. Between autographs for the children, local shopkeepers wanting a photo and interviews with the press we ended up missing the train to take Boris back to central London.