Falconwood & Welling

       left to right: Cllr Louie FrenchCllr Val ClarkCllr Nigel Betts


  • Residents will regularly see Louie, Val and Nigel out litter picking, volunteering in the community and taking pictures of any issues they find. In addition to this, they are out most weeks knocking on resident’s doors discussing their concerns both locally and nationally.
  • Louie was first elected to Bexley Council in May 2014 and is currently the Chairman of the successful Pension Fund (helping save a lot of money for front line services) alongside a number of council committee appointments. He also volunteers as a School Governor at Welling School alongside his full time career in the City. Louie was educated in the ward and still lives locally.
  • Nigel was first elected to Bexley Council in 1974. He is the Chairman of the East Wickham & Welling War Memorial Trust and the Falconwood & District Horticultural Society. He is also a Governor at Bishop Ridley Primary School and Eltham College, and is leading the new Charitable Trust that has taken on the management of both Falconwood and St Michael’s Community Centres.
  • Val was first elected to Bexley Council in 1990 and is the current Chairman of the Planning Committee. Val is also a Governor at Hook Lane Primary School, having previously been on the Governing body of both Bexleyheath and Welling Schools. Her special interests are within the Planning, Traffic, Road Safety and Policing portfolios.

Recent News

  • Helped secure a deal for residents along the East Rochester Way, who suffered many years of issues with alleyways. 
  • Secured funding for extra street trees across the ward. The number planted is set to double in 2018.
  • Successfully lobbied for reduced parking charges in Westwood Lane Car Park to help prevent commuters clogging up local roads.
  • Helped organise and fund the Christmas trees and lights in Blackfen, Welling and at The Green.
  • Helped secured funding for the refurbishment of Welling Library.
  • Are leading the way in trying to prevent fly tipping and litter problems across the ward.  
  • Improved road safety on a number of roads including Cambridge Avenue, Dorset Avenue and Hook Lane.
  • Addressed graffiti problems at Danson Park and the A2 underpass.
  • Secured new energy efficient street lights across the ward.
  • Supported residents with on-going planning problems.
  • Worked with residents to get daffodils planted around The Green
  • Campaigned for numerous roads to be re-surfaced, pavements improved and have yellow lines installed in appropriate places. 
  • Worked with the Police on safety issues and volunteered at community events.


On-going Campaigns

We work hard all year round campaigning for the residents of the Falconwood & Welling ward and have done so for many years. Whatever the weather, regardless if it’s election time or not, we are out listening to the concerns of local residents and campaigning on their behalf.  Below we have highlighted some of our on-going campaigns where we continue to fight for the best possible outcome.

  • Lobbying the government and Mayor of London for better and more reliable transport. 
  • We helped freeze Council Tax for 5 years in a row and we continue to try and help residents save money.

  • We continue to campaign for better parking and road safety across the ward, particularly outside of schools.

  • We have led campaigns on street cleanliness and are not afraid to roll up our sleeves to pick up litter or do community gardening/weeding. 

  • We continue to work with residents on finding solutions to various issues on the East Rochester Way.

  • We have continuously reported broken pavements in all parts of the ward and continue to do so.

  • We continue to challenge Greenwich Council and TFL on the traffic issues around Falconwood Station.    

  • We continue to apply pressure on utility firms so that disruptions are minimised and they clean up after works are completed.