Market On The Green tomorrow, 10 to 4pm Sat 24 Sept on Beckenham Green

Over 40 stalls selling local produce and craft and lots of yummy food for lunch. Free entertainment,  Batman (lookalike) on stage entertaining the kids with a dance party at 11.30am followed by Churchfields Community Choir,  male vocalist Raphael Dawkins, West End show tunes from Cantando Events and Beckenham songstress Bianca Nicholas. The will also be a funfair and face painting for the kids.

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Old British Film Institute about Beckenham

This BFI (British Film Institute) film from 1935 about Beckenham Urban District Council may be of interest to local history buffs. The film is over an hour long and provides an insight into a how Beckenham was back in 1935.

http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-greater-beckenham-1935-1935

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Market On The Green – Sat 24 September 2016

Beckenham’s Market On The Green has over 40 stalls selling local produce and craft and lots of yummy food for lunch –  jerk chicken, gourmet burgers, wood fired pizza, cakes, chocolate, artisan breads, handmade sauces and conserves, hand painted cards, handmade children’s and adult jewellery, Kent apple juice, locally produced fruit gin, plants and seeds, rare breed lamb & pork, local brewed beer,  fruit and veg, Kent strawberries, handmade fudge, pottery, ceramics, soaps, candles, gifts and more. We are pleased to announce a local beekeeper will be selling honey at this market.

Entertainment

Our special guest this September is Batman (lookalike), he will be on stage entertaining the kids with a dance party at 11.30am. Beckenham songstress Bianca Nicholas makes a long awaited return,  new to the Market is male vocalist, Raphael Dawkins. Plus some West End show tunes from local Cantando Events  and regular favourite  Churchfields Community Choir. We still have room for one more performance, if you are interested please get in touch.

The will also be a funfair and face painting for the kids.

 

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Meet NHS Bromley CCG’s health leaders – Mon 26 Sept 2016, Bromley Central Library

NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invites anyone who lives, works or studies in Bromley to meet the borough’s health leaders on Monday 26 September at an evening event at Bromley Central Library (High St, Bromley, Kent BR1 1EX). 

Fully open to the public, the evening will get underway at 5.30pm with a ‘meet and greet’ marketplace event, followed by our annual general meeting (AGM) at 6.30pm and a question and answer session with our governing body. We expect to finish by 7.30pm.

The marketplace showcases health services on offer across Bromley, bringing together representatives from children and young people’s services, maternity services, mental health, cancer services, GP practices and many more. You can meet the people who buy, plan and monitor health services for you across Bromley, and:

  • Find out the age of your heart
  • Know your risk of developing diabetes
  • Assess your intake of alcohol and sugar
  • Check your heart rhythm
  • Enter our health raffle
  • Get involved in shaping our services

Find out more in the AGM about our achievements over the past 12 months, our financial performance, and our plans for the future.

Dr Andrew Parson, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bromley CCG, said: “Over the past year we have worked hard as a CCG to put patients first, improve health services in Bromley and deliver our vision of better health, better care and better value. Our AGM provides an excellent opportunity to show the public and our partners some of the work we have done together and our plans for the future.

“All our governing body members are local people, so they all have a real interest in making sure that healthcare services for the people of Bromley are the best that they can be.

“I encourage anyone who wants to find out what the CCG is about and how decisions are made to come along to our meeting. We look forward to hearing your questions about the services that matter to you.”

If you would like any more information about this event or please contact Rachael Lukowska on 01689 866643 or email rachael.lukowska@nhs.net.

 The CCG Annual Report on our website at www.bromleyccg.nhs.uk/annual-general-meeting.htm

 

 

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Copers Cope Police Newsletter – September 2016

Please find the latest edition of the Copers Cope Police Newsletter at the link below.

Copers Cope Police Newsletter Sept 2016

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Local resident newsletter – Summer 2016 edition of The Express

To find out what is happening in Beckenham check out our most recent newsletter, found around town or online.

If you appreciate the work we do as volunteers passionate about local community please sign up. If you live in a block of flats in Beckenham it only costs £1.50 per flat if the whole block signs up.  Do not delay, support us in supporting you, sign up today.

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin 04 – September 2016

 

This is the latest of our regular bi-monthly updates on planning and development in the Copers Cope area.  Our aim is to provide you with a concise and informative snapshot of recent planning applications, decisions and appeals.

 

Refusal of a Major Residential Development on Worsley Bridge Road 

The large-scale residential development planned behind the Dylon site, near to Lower Sydenham Railway Station at the northern end of Worsley Bridge Road, has been dismissed at appeal.

The site, presently occupied by Footsies Social Club and playing fields, is on a wedge of open land situated between the New Beckenham / Lower Sydenham rail line and the Pool River, and is next to the old Dylon site where 220 flats are currently under construction.

In February last year an application (15/00701/FULL1) was made to demolish the existing single-storey buildings on the edge of the Footsies site and construct a building of varying height, from eight to twelve storeys, to provide 296 residential units, a new estate road, parking and cycling spaces and landscaping of land to be accessible by the public.  The scheme comprised of 148No. one-bedroom, 135No. two-bedroom and 13No. three-bedroom flats.  In September last year the application was refused and became the subject of an appeal, which was later withdrawn.

A second application, for a slight variant of the above scheme, but with 253 dwellings, had also been lodged by the developer (15/04759/FULL1). This, too, was refused and the applicant subsequently appealed against the decision.

The appeal hearing was finally held over several days in May and the Planning Inspectorate released its decision last month to dismiss it.

The principal reasons for the dismissal are the effect the proposal would have on:

  1. The area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) on which it sited;
  2. The effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area, in terms of the design, scale, density and risk of flooding;
  3. The amenities of occupiers of the future dwellings in terms of natural ventilation, solar gain and noise.

Click here to read the Planning Inspector’s Report

Beck House, 36A Copers Cope Road 16/02136/FULL1

Permission has been granted to construct a new, four-storey rear extension and an additional storey on top of the existing block of flats to create an additional 8No. two-bedroom and 1No. three-bedroom flats in connection with the existing 4No. two-bedroom and 1No. three bedroom flats which will be remodelled.

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Consent has also been given to demolish the existing two-storey house situated on the triangular plot of land between Bromley Road and Albermarle Road, close to Bishop Challoner School, and replace it with a part-three, part-four-storey block comprising 9No. two-bedroom flats.

Conifer House, 44 Southend Road 16/02179/FULL1

Planning permission has been granted to enlarge and refurbish this empty, three-storey block of flats on Southend Road, opposite the Stumps Hill Lane bus stop.  This includes  building an additional storey plus four-storey front and rear extensions to create 8No. flats in addition to the 10No. existing.  The new additions will comprise 1No. one-bedroom, 4No. two-bedroom and 3No. three-bedroom flats.  The existing 2No. one-bedroom, 6No. two-bedroom and 2No. three-bedroom flats will also be remodelled.

213 Kings Hall Road 15/04458/OUT

Last year, two outline planning applications were made to develop the land to the rear of 213 Kings Hall Road including part of the side garden of 215.  The initial proposal was for 5No. detached four/five-bedroom houses and gardens.  This was refused by the Council on the grounds of overdevelopment of the site.  Later in the year, a second application was made reducing the number of houses to 3No. however this was subsequently refused also, for the same reason.  The applicant has since lodged an appeal against the latest decision.  At the time of writing a date for the appeal hearing had yet to published.

3 Beckenham Road (above Barclays Bank) 16/02218/FULL1

Planning permission has been refused for a scheme involving the addition of three residential storeys on top of the existing, two-storey Barclays Bank building opposite the cinema.

The development comprised of 2No. one-bedroom and 6No. two-bedroom flats on the third and fourth floors, and a large, three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor.

The reasons given for refusal were that the proposal would be visually obtrusive, due to its design, scale, bulk and height; would detract from views in and out of the area; and would be detrimental to the character of the adjacent High Street Conservation Area.

20 Crescent Road 16/02752/FULL

An application to demolish a large 1890s Victorian villa house on a prominent corner near Chancery Lane and replace it with flats has fortunately been refused consent.  There was passionate opposition to the application by local residents, the Chancery Lane and Limes Road Residents’ Association and CCARA, with many letters of objection and a petition being sent to the Council.

10 Copers Cope Road 16/02834/FULL

A retrospective planning application for a basement and ground floor dwelling, that has already been built in the rear garden, has been refused permission.

No 10 is described as a four-storey, end-of-terrace hotel building that has been extensively  refurbished.  Last year the owner was granted permission to build a structure in the rear garden to provide additional facilities for the hotel, including a laundry, fitness room, staff room, office, toilets and storage.

The building has since been repurposed to become a three-bedroom dwelling, without permission.  The building has also been found to be larger than the original consent allowed, and includes a second lightwell that wasn’t on the consented drawings.

Enforcement action is now being taken by LBB in addition to the refusal of the retrospective application.

Carlton Court, Beckenham Road 16/03105/FULL

A planning application has been submitted to add another storey to the two-storey flats, situated at the junction with Hayne Road, to provide 2No two-bed and 2No one-bed flats.

 

CHANGE OF USE FROM COMMERCIAL TO RESIDENTIAL

Three years ago, the Government relaxed the planning laws to make it very easy to convert office premises to residential use.  Over this period, the majority of office space on Beckenham High Street, much of which was fully-let and in demand, has been given approval to be converted to flats.

The largest of these include St Brides’s House, now practically complete, Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, and Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner (recently subject of a second application, see below). As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space have been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road 16/02466/RESPA

At the end of July Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining large office building on Beckenham High Street to be converted into flats.

50 Burnhill Road, had been the subject of an application to convert the building, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, into flats last year.  The council initially refused to grant consent, on the grounds that the proposal had inadequate provision for car parking, and would cause problems with highway safety on such a narrow section of the road.  An appeal by the applicant was dismissed earlier this year, however a new application for the same scheme, but accompanied by a blank legal agreement promising the flats to be ‘car-free’ dwellings, was submitted in May and regrettably the Council capitulated.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provides an extremely poor and cramped standard of living accommodation. Other areas of concern are what appear to be multiple entrances to the development, no provision for refuse storage and an impractical proposal to store 14 bicycles in the Burnhill Road entrance lobby.  It will be interesting to observe whether this ‘car-free’ agreement, implemented by other developers of commercial-to-residential buildings in Beckenham, will work in reality particularly as Bromley has the the third highest number of car owners out of all the boroughs of Greater London.

Kelsey House, 77 High Street 16/02649/RESPA

Prior approval has been refused for an application to convert the four storeys of office space above the Kelsey House Bar & Kitchen to twenty flats, comprising of 8No. one-bedroom and 12No. two-bedroom (3 person) dwellings.  Reasons given for refusal were the lack of an environmental noise assessment and that future occupiers of the dwellings could be negatively affected by noise from the Bar & Kitchen on the ground floor and other neighbouring commercial premises.  The building is also in a medium flood risk zone and no flood risk assessment had been submitted with the application.

Last summer, a prior approval application had been granted for sixteen flats.

The freehold building is currently on the market for £4 million.

171a High Street 16/02021/RESPA

Following refusal earlier this year, Prior Approval has now been granted to convert the commercial space above Beckenham Pharmacy to 1No two-bedroom flat.

9 Kelsey Park Road 16/02126/RESPA

Prior Approval has been given to convert the two floors of office space above Grand Cru Co wine merchants to 1No three-bedroom flat and 1No two-bedroom flat.

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Bowie Bandstand Restoration Project – show your support

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Supporters can pledge a donation via the green button or by visiting;www.spacehive.com/bowiebandstand to show their support and also share the news.

View the plans of the bandstand when it has been restored.

 

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Beckenham Business Day – Tomorrow 7 Sept 2016 at Beckenham Public Halls

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Cabaret – Friday Night at Venue 28 – 9 Sept 2016

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Churches Together In Beckenham’s annual picnic – 1pm 18 Sept 2016 on Beckenham Green. 

There will activities for all ages, including information on local churches and arts/crafts and facepainting. Food and soft drinks will also be available.

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Scams and rogue traders on the rise in Bromley – Aug 2016

Copers Cope Police advise of an increase in door to door ( rogue traders ) and telephone scams ( courier fraud – debit / credit card )  in the Bromley borough.

Please pass this information on to relatives, friends, neighbours anybody you feel could be a potential victim.

 If you suspect anything please call police 999 and the trading standards rapid response 07903852090.

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Copers Cope Police Newsletter – August 2016

Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT

  • Telephone 0208 721 2772
  • Email: coperscope.snt@met.police.uk
  • http://www.met.police.uk/Team/Bromley/CopersCope
  • Please note these are not monitored 24/7. In an emergency please call 999 or if the matter is non urgent but requires a Police response please dial 101

Copers Cope PCs

  • Police Sergeant Rob Goodwin PS 16 PY
  • Police Constable Fabio Zema PC 318PY
  • Police Community Support Officer Julie Oldfield PCSO 7256PY

The borough priority is to reduce MOPAC 7 Crimes. The MOPAC 7 priority crimes are crimes which have a high impact on victims, they are: burglary, criminal damage, robbery, theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a person, theft of a motor vehicle and violence with injury.

Our Promises to you

We set our promises at our regular Ward Panel Meetings where we meet with representatives from the community to discuss the local priorities. If you would like to take an active role in helping to improve your local community then contact us about joining. We would love to hear from you.

1. Parking around the Citroen garage in Copers Cope Road, we have patrolled the area to check on any vehicles that are parked illegally. We are also in contact with the council parking wardens.

2. Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in West Gate Road, street drinkers & dog fouling around The Green & St. George’s Church. We patrol areas where this has taken place and use powers available to us to combat these problems.

3. Pubs & Clubs on the weekend, there are on going operations to tackle problems involving rowdy anti social behaviour. We are also in contact with the different bars and cctv so we know where the problems are coming from.

Team News

What has the team been up to?

On Thursday 7th the Copers Cope SNT worked along side the British Transport Police and British Railway enforcement officers at the Beckenham Jnt Station.

Our aim was to assist the enforcement officers with any passengers who may have been travelling without payment and also to spot any known suspects who travel into our area using the railway network, known shop lifters, gang members and others who intend to commit crime in Beckenham.

The team has made several arrests during the month notably for shop lifting offences. The team has also recovered a stolen moped this has now been restored to the rightful owner.

We have been in contact with the Citroen Garage in Copers Cope Road and there is definitely an improvement outside the premises regarding parked vehicles.

Please contact us if you have any issues or concerns in the area.

For more news and if you are use Twitter please follow PC Zema on @MPSBeckenham

Upcoming Events

  • Tues 23rd August: Public Surgery at Waitrose Southend Road 12.00 – 1.00
  • Wed 28th September: Public Surgery at Waitrose Southend Road 1.00 – 2.00

As well as having drop-in surgeries in Waitrose we will also be arranging dates once a month in Star Bucks. If you fancy a coffee and a chat please come and join us. We will put out dates in future letters.

Bromley Safer Transport team also hold regular cycle marking events across the bromley borough details of future events can be found on:

http://www.met.police.uk/teams/transportse/bromley/index.php

General Crime Overview

We are always looking for residents to join our Neighbourhood Watch and also for people to act as co-ordinators in their local area. If you are interested in helping to make Beckenham a safer place then please contact us on the details above. You can make a real difference in making Beckenham a safer place.

Shoplifting offences appear to be improving in the High Street in the last month. We will continue with regular patrols and liase with shops and encourage the use of the shop safe radio. The business watch scheme seems to be working and we have had a few calls from shops where suspects have been recognized.

Burglary continues to be a main issue, particulary garage and shed burglaries. These offences have been taken place recently in areas close to Copers Cope Road and The Avenue. The most vulnerable and where offences have been taken place are those who have garages that are en-bloc to flats.

Vehicle crime, theft from motor vehicles, in particular vans where tools have been taken. If you are having any work done at your address please warn the owner to lock their vehicles and to have any valuables hidden from view.

Phone thefts have occurred recently in areas such as parks in the Bromley borough. Some of these offences have come about due to the new ‘Pokemon Go’ craze that has started where suspects are robbing victims whilst using the their phones using the new app. If you or anyone you know plays this game please be aware.

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RBS Bowls Club Open Day – 3pm tp 5 pm Sunday 7th August

Some of you may have had a go at ‘bowling for a pig’ at Market On The Green in September. You can try the real thing for free at the RBS Bowls Club Open Day this coming Sunday 7th August from 3pm to 5pm.

No special dress, just wear flat shoes (trainers are fine). The club is located at the RBS NatWest Sports Ground (now Gambado, Goals and the Beckenham Gym) – entrance just before 155 Copers Cope Road BR3 1NZ . Please feel free to bring along any friends; a warm welcome will be guaranteed.

If you have any questions please RBS-pic call 020 8658 8188.

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adult community health services in Bromley – SURVEY

NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for many of the health services you will use in Bromley.  The CCG is seeking views from adults who use community health services.   The CCG wants to learn more about their experiences using these services. Whether they are a patient or care for a friend or family member using the services. The feedback will help the CCG ensure that the services meet the needs of people in Bromley.  

You might have already been asked some general questions about these services in a previous surveys. This survey includes some further questions  to better understand your experience and opinions.

Please be assured that all responses to this survey will be anonymous, strictly confidential and will not be attributed to individuals in any way.

You can reach the online survey here or you can take part over the phone by calling 0800 085 4879. 

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Coper Cope Police advise of increase in garage burglaries – July 2016

Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team  advise of a recent increase in Garage burglaries in the area ( offences committed mainly in Copers Cope Road, The Avenue and Foxgrove Road ). These offences have taken place in garages that are attached to blocks of flats.

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Victorian house on Crescent Road threatened with demolition, July 2016

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An application proposing the demolition of a large Victorian house on the corner of Crescent Road and Limes Road has been submitted for planning consent

Number 20 Crescent Road was built in 1890 and occupies a prominent corner site, at the junction of Limes Road, on the boundary of the Chancery Lane Conservation Area.  It is one of the few remaining large Victorian houses on the road and a very fine example of late-victorian architecture, displaying many details characteristic of the period, for example polychromatic brickwork and stone window arches.

Crescent Road has a predominance of houses rather than flats, which is at odds with the impression given in the application documents; just two plots on the road are occupied by purpose-built blocks of  flats, the rest by houses of varying ages and styles: generally late Victorian and Edwardian detached and semi-detached towards the east and 1920s/30s examples to the west.

The proposed replacement is a ubiquitous building of seven flats which, together with a car park and garages occupying nearly three-quarters of the existing garden, would diminish the character of the area considerably, in our opinion.

CCARA has written to the Council objecting to the proposed demolition and the scheme in general, and there has already been strong opposition from other local groups and residents, including the Chancery Lane & Limes Road Residents Association.

You can view the application in detail and submit your own comments by clicking this link:

https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/onlineapplications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O8FTZRBTG9G00

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Future of Public Parks inquiry launched by CLG Select Committee

Beckenham, and the surrounding area, is fortunate to have so many beautiful public green spaces to enjoy all year round.

The House of Commons Select Committee for Communities and Local Government has just launched an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

The committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the inquiry.  In addition to a face-to-face survey in parks across the country, the committee is organising  an online survey, web forums and a Twitter hashtag #myparkmatters, where people can let the Committee know why they value their local parks.

Read more, and have your say on Kelsey Park, Beckenham Place Park, Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Cator Park and other public spaces, by clicking on the link below:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/news-parliament-2015/public-parks-launch-16-17/

 

 

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Scam Alerts Bromley Borough – July 2016

Copers Cope Police  have received details of scams that have been happening in the Bromley Borough.

Scam 1

Residents in Bromley are reporting they are receiving telephone calls from a company claiming to be working with Bromley Council and offering to assist with previous accidents claims. One 90 year old resident received repeated calls from the company, calling themselves Accident Investigation Service, telling him he had been awarded £3,000 in compensation for an accident in the borough and that he would have to pay £200 in cash in order to claim it.

Scam 2

A Bromley resident has been scammed into paying thousands of pounds for bogus property repairs. The consumer, an older female, was cold called by two men claiming to working on the property next door and who told her there were significant damp problems in the loft. She was asked to pay several thousand pounds for the hire of essential equipment in order that emergency repairs could be conducted. She was later told the work was no longer necessary and she would be refunded, but in order to do so a further payment would be required for financial regulations. Trading Standards were alerted to the incident when the resident went to her bank to make further cash withdrawals.

Scam 3

A tree company has door knocked an 80 year old male in Petts Wood and persuaded him to part with money for gardening work. An initial payment of £400 was made and the gang were due to return the following day to collect a further £1,100. The family of the resident alerted trading standards who attended and confronted the gang, who then ran off. They were driving a lorry with the words “Local Tree Services”.

Trading Standards are reminding residents to:

  • be suspicious
  • never deal on the doorstep
  • never be pressured into making quick decisions
  • never give personal or bank details top anyone

Call the trading standards rapid response number 07903 852090 if you have any concerns or you want to report suspicious activity in your area.

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Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team Newsletter – July 2016

Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT

  • Telephone 0208 721 2772
  • Email: coperscope.snt@met.police.uk
  • http://www.met.police.uk/Team/Bromley/CopersCope
  • Please note these are not monitored 24/7. In an emergency please call 999 or if the matter is non urgent but requires a Police response please dial 101

Copers Cope PCs

  • Police Sergeant Rob Goodwin PS 16 PY
  • Police Constable Fabio Zema PC 318PY
  • Police Community Support Officer Julie Oldfield PCSO 7256PY

The borough priority is to reduce MOPAC 7 Crimes. The MOPAC 7 priority crimes are crimes which have a high impact on victims, they are: burglary, criminal damage, robbery, theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a person, theft of a motor vehicle and violence with injury.

For more information visit:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/data-and-research/crime

Our Promises to you

We set our promises at our regular Ward Panel Meetings where we meet with representatives from the community to discuss the local priorities. If you would like to take an active role in helping to improve your local community then contact us about joining. We would love to hear from you.

1. Parking around the Citroen garage in Copers Cope Road, we have patrolled the area to check on any vehicles that are parked illegally. We are also in contact with the council parking wardens.

2. Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in West Gate Road, street drinkers & dog fouling around The Green & St. George’s Church. We patrol areas where this has taken place and use powers available to us to combat these problems.

3. Pubs & Clubs on the weekend, there are on going operations to tackle problems involving rowdy anti social behaviour. We are also in contact with the different bars and cctv so we know where the problems are coming from.

Team News

What has the team been up to?

The team arranged a speeding operation in Copers Cope Road on the 4th June with the Safer Transport Team. Two vehicles were given tickets for speeding. We were also approached by several residents who thanked us for our efforts. If there are any roads you believe we should be checking please contact the team.

We are continuing with our Business Watch scheme to aid local shops in identifying local shoplifting suspects. We will be giving shops pictures of suspects (no names) who are known to frequent the High Street. This will be an ongoing project and hopefully see a reduction in shop lifting offences.

We have finally managed to get a new Copers Cope Ward Panel together and held our first meeting on the 13th June. These meetings are a chance for you to share any issues you have and these refect in our ward promises and priorities. If you wish to join our ward panel please contact the team.

The ward panel has agreed the following promises:

  • Parking problems around the Citroen garage in Copers Cope Road
  • Anti Social Behaviour
  • Problems around pubs and clubs at the weekend
  • The ward priorities are:
  • Burglary
  • Vehicle crime – theft from / theft off vehicles
  • Shop lifting

Upcoming Events

  • Sat 30th July: Public Surgery at Waitrose Southend Road 4.00 – 5.00
  • Tues 23rd August: Public Surgery at Waitrose Southend Road 12.00 – 1.00
  • Wed 28th September: Public Surgery at Waitrose Southend Road 1.00 – 2.00

As well as having drop-in surgeries in Waitrose we will also be arranging dates once a month in Star Bucks. If you fancy a coffee and a chat please come and join us. We will put out dates in future letters.

Bromley Safer Transport team also hold regular cycle marking events across the bromley borough details of future events can be found on: www.metpolice.uk/teams/transportse/bromley/

General Crime Overview

We are always looking for residents to join our Neighbourhood Watch and also for people to act as co-ordinators in their local area. If you are interested in helping to make Beckenham a safer place then please contact us on the details above. You can make a real difference in making Beckenham a safer place.

Our main problem at the moment is shoplifting in the High Street. We are hoping to combat this by means of regular patrols we have also started a business watch scheme where we share images of known suspects with shops and encouraging the use of the shop safe radio that several shops use to contact local Police and Bromley cctv.

Burglary also continues to be a main issue, particularly garage and shed burglaries. These offences have been taken place recently in areas close to The Drive and Rectory Road.

Vehicle crime, theft from motor vehicles, in particular vans where tools have been taken. If you are having any work done at your address please warn the owner to lock their vehicles and to have any valuables hidden from view.

Our locally complied crime statistics can be sent separately if you wish to receive these please contact us on the details above. Please note these are compiled by the local team and may vary slightly from those supplied by others.

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