Changes to Blue Badge system following questions from Eltham Councillor

By | March 27, 2018

Greenwich Council have announced changes to the system for awarding Blue Badges following public questions by Eltham Conservative Councillor Spencer Drury.  The changes reflect concerns being raised about the switch to online only applications being expressed by many residents and introduce some face to face help for those trying to fill the forms in.

There were concerns expressed by residents to Councillors and in Facebook groups over recent months, focused on Greenwich Council’s insistence that the vast majority of Blue Badge assessments should take place in Woolwich, delays in receiving the blue badge and the unhelpful online system for application.  Spencer questioned the Cabinet Member Cllr David Gardner at the October 2017 (Members Questions #14) and December 2017 (Members Questions #11) meetings specifically raising the difficulties facing Eltham residents in applying for their Blue Badges and getting an assessment.

Spencer, who had raised many concerns on behalf of Eltham residents said: “I received many complaints about how hard it was to fill in Blue Badge applications online and the need for Eltham residents to travel to Woolwich for an assessment.  Previously the vast majority of assessments and all applications were taking place in Woolwich, meaning Eltham’s Blue Badge applicants (who had limited mobility) had to drive to Woolwich, find somewhere to park, go the Woolwich Centre and then get to an upstairs Office.  So I am really pleased that the Labour Cabinet member has acknowledged the points I raised in Council and email to make it easier for Eltham residents to get their Blue Badge applications processed.  The spreading of this application process across the whole Borough helps all Greenwich residents and I am pleased the pressure we applied has paid off.”

You can see the details of the scheme on the Council website at:  http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/news/article/1195/get_help_applying_for_a_blue_badge_in_royal_greenwich.

About Spencer Drury

Spencer has been one of the three Councillors for Eltham North Ward since 2002. He is currently one of two Conservative Councillors for Eltham North, being joined by Charlie Davis following a by-election in November 2016. Born in Woolwich, Spencer is a married father of two teenage children who lives on the Eltham side of Shooters Hill. Spencer was first elected to Council in 2002 and has served on Greenwich Council as a Councillor for Eltham North ward since that time. He has worked with a range of excellent fellow Councillors over that period including Dermot Poston, Douglas Ellison, Nigel Fletcher and Charlie Davis. Spencer was Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2006 and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2015. Spencer is an active ward Councillor who has led many campaign locally including for the warm water pool to be included in the Eltham Centre and to restore free parking on western Glenlea Road. Spencer is a Trustee of Eltham United Charities (which provides free housing for older people in Eltham) and the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (which looks after Severndroog Castle). Spencer works at Colfe’s School in Lee where he is currently Director of Sixth Form.

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