Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 16 April 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 4 works 116 to 180 High Street.

Completed works

  • Paving has continued south of the existing pedestrian crossing opposite Lidl with Kerbing in advance reaching Santander at 212-214 High Street.
  • The entrance to Leather Alley has been excavated. As previously stated there was a void under the access the size of which could not be determined until the surface treatment had been removed. It has been discovered that a long standing water leak has created a large hole. Reinstatement was delayed whilst Thames Water investigated where their pipe was leaking. The reinstatement works will now be completed by Tuesday the 14thApril. For Thames Water to repair the leak new paving will have to be dug up by Thames Water and then reinstated. The Project team recognise the frustration this further disruption may cause however it is beyond our control as the leak is from a water pipe and Thames Water has yet to find the exact location.
  • The pedestrian island in The Drive has been removed in anticipation of works to this corner. This is a temporary measure to ensure there is sufficient space for vehicles whilst providing a safe working environment for the contractors.
  • The existing small, on street compound has been moved to the parking bays outside 258 to 262 High Street. The bays will therefore obviously be out of operation.

Next week’s works.

  • Footway and kerbing will continue south to The Drive. This phase of works is anticipated to be complete by the 30th April 2018 subject to construction complications or adverse weather.
  • Tactile paving is being continued to be re-laid at Thornton’s Corner. A high quality granite product has always been specified for this area to complement the granite paving. The concrete tactile paving was a temporary measure.

Hours of Operation

In order to maintain access to all shop entrances pavement laying will have to be conducted out of normal hours between 18pm and 20pm on some days. We do understand that this can be a nuisance and FM Conway will endeavour to keep noise disturbance to a minimum during these times.

Traffic Management

The High Street from Kelsey Lane to the War Memorial will now remain two ways until the end of April. The 352 bus will then be diverted up the High Street and around Rectory Road. Unfortunately this is unavoidable.

Two directional traffic from the junction of Bromley Road / Church Avenue / High Street south to Thornton’s Corner cannot resume because of safety concerns. If it were to be reintroduced some vehicles would be forced on to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square. This would potentially include HGVs which would be particularly unsatisfactory.

Work by other contractors in Beckenham

Contractors not connected with the project have been working outside Card Factory and the side alley. Thames Water will be on site 3/4/18 to 6/04/18 to connect the new water to the flats above The Card Factory. UKPN have some extra work to complete in the alleyway between Miso and the Card Factory. The appalling reinstatement of the paving outside The Card Factory was carried out by Thames Water contractors and will be made good by FM Conway.

Business Rates

Business Rates are not something that the council is responsible for. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is responsible for setting the rateable value of commercial properties and has been notified about the extent and timescales for the Beckenham scheme. The VOA have stated:

“In line with similar schemes in other boroughs, the VOA is intending to apply a temporary reduction of up to 10% of the rateable value of retail properties which are directly affected by the works. These reductions will be phased to reflect the phasing of the scheme itself and will be applied to affected businesses only for the duration of the applicable phase. For example, previously a business located in the High Street between Thornton’s Corner and Rectory Road would be provided with a temporary reduction between the start of Phase 1 (13 March 2017) and end of Phase 2 (circa August 2017).

Changes can now only be made by the Valuation Office to the system from 1 April 2017. Unless a Ratepayer has made a valid 2010 proposal against their Rateable Value that remains outstanding.

Reductions will be applied retrospectively for the phases that have occurred since the 1st April 2017. By mid-May the VOA will be writing directly to businesses affected by the appropriate phases of work to provide full details of the proposed temporary reductions for their individual properties.

Customers will need a CHECK by registering through the Find and check your business rates valuation. This will confirm the facts about their property. After a CHECK of the property details has been completed the customer is entitled to submit a Challenge to the valuation. After 8 May, customers will have the opportunity to group themselves together with Challenge cases which are about the same valuation issue”.

The VOA can be contacted at:

Tel: 03000 501501

Email: ratingsoutheast@voa.gsi.gov.uk

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thornton’s Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

• Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 26 March 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 4 works 116 to 180 High Street.

Completed works

  • Paving and kerbing has continued towards Leather Alley. Bus Stop J near the junction of Fairfield Road and the High Street has undergone a temporary treatment until bespoke materials are installed.

Next week’s works.

  • Footway work will be continued between Specsavers to the Lidl pedestrian crossing traffic lights.

Hours of Operation

In order to maintain access to all shop entrances pavement laying will have to be conducted out of normal hours between 18pm and 20pm on some days. We do understand that this can be a nuisance and FM Conway will endeavour to keep noise disturbance to a minimum during these times.

During the Easter weekend FM Conway’s contractors will be working on the Friday and Saturday but not Easter Sunday or Monday.

Work by other contractors in Beckenham

Contractors not connected with the project have been working outside Card Factory and the side alley. Thames Water will be on site 3/4/18 to 6/04/18 to connect the new water to the flats above The Card Factory. UKPN have some extra work to complete in the alleyway between Miso and the Card Factory. The reinstatement of the paving outside The Card Factory will be completed by FM Conway.

Traffic Management

Two directional traffic from the junction of Bromley Road / Church Avenue / High Street south to Thornton’s Corner cannot resume because of safety concerns. If it were to be reintroduced some vehicles would be forced on to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square. This would potentially include HGVs which would be particularly unsatisfactory.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thornton’s Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

• Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

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Survey on the evening economy in Beckenham – your help is needed.

We would be grateful if you can complete this short survey on Beckenham’s evening economy to assist with Beckenham’s renewal of its prestigious Purple Flag status.

Survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PurpleFlagBeck

Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

The Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night, showing that the night-time economy offers safe, attractive environments, great bars, clubs and restaurants, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links. The Purple Flag proudly flies outside Beckenham Junction Station.

 

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 5 Feb 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Completed and soon to be completed works:

• Conway is continuing to work on the area between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Kerbing is complete and the parking bays have been reinstated. Paving is being laid and it is hoped will be completed by the 8th February. Minor works are required outside one of the entrances to the George.

• Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street the considerable drainage and parking bays have been completed. Paving will be completed to number 120 High Street by the end of the week. The cooperation of local businesses in this location has been welcomed. The Council will endeavour to open the parking bays at this location at the earliest opportunity.

• The first cycle stands have been installed at Albemarle Road junction and Beckenham Green.

Phase 4 works 116 to 132 High Street.

In addition to new kerbs and paving, this section of work will require substantial new drainage due to the history of flooding in the area and the construction of an improved bus stop with a shelter and passenger waiting space. (At present the current bus stop comprises a bus stop sign only; with passenger waiting space restricted to a narrow footpath without seating). During the works the bus stop will be temporarily relocated.
Works commencing week beginning the 5th February 2018.

• Excavation work for the foundations for the bus stop and kerb laying will be commenced.

The Project Programme
The project is still on programme and due to be completed at the end of the summer, subject to unforeseen problems. Some sections of work have been commenced or completed differently to the original programme. This has been in response to requests by the community, other council departments or Transport for London.

The completed scheme
Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thornton’s Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

• Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at  here.

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Dizzy’s Diner to Become a Bar, January 2018

Dizzy’s Diner on the High Street has applied for a variation to its current licence, announcing that it intends to change from a restaurant to a bar.

The well-known restaurant, at the lower end of the High Street, has been a feature of the Beckenham restaurant scene for nearly 40 years.  The change in focus of the business to become a bar involves extending the licensing hours at the premises.

The variation to the current licence includes the supply of alcohol from 12:00-23:40 Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:40 on Fridays and Saturdays; provision of food and drink, recorded music, live music and dance performances from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays; and provision of films from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

To view the application in detail, and submit comments on the proposal, click here: 18/00037/LAPRE

The closing date for comments is Monday 5th February.

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The Crooks Saxaphone Quartet – Celebrate the Music – 7pm Sat 16 Dec Clock House Methodist Church

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Beckenham Improvements work update 4 Dec 201Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Between the 4th December and 8th January 2018 improvement works will cease and Conway will not carrying out construction works.

    •  One way traffic flow throughout The High Street will change back to two way from Monday 4th December until Monday 8th January 2018. (Two way traffic will resume on the Monday from 4:30am). During this period TFL will be running bus services as per normal before the works commence. All the bus stops will therefore be operational. TFL have confirmed that information will be displayed on the bus stops.
    •  For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges
    •  Beckenham Green has now been reopened to the public. The black surfacing is not the final surface. This will be a more appropriate aggregate surfacing which cannot be laid until late spring / summer when the weather is warmer.
    • Unfortunately Thames Water will be continuing works outside Kelsey Square until the second week in December. To assist with the two way traffic resuming, there will be temporary traffic signals in place. These works have no connection with the improvement works.

 

 

 

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Check out a Beckenham’s new Christmas Tree – due to be switched on at 5pm today 2 Dec 2017.

We are so excited for the switch on of this amazing Christmas Tree at 5pm today on Beckenham Green. CCARA’s Chloe-Jane Ross has been working hard to commission this special tree. It would not have been possible without generous support from the community and match funding from Bromley Council.

Thank you Bromley Council, Beckenham Business Association, West Beckenham Residents Association, Langley Park Residents Association, AAA Minicabs – New Regency, Burger and Bubbles, MHE Residential, Ronin Marketing  and of  course our very own Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association.

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Beckenham School Choir Competition at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

The Primary School Choir Competition last Christmas was such a success we decided to do it again!

Taking part this year are talented young choirs from THREE Beckenham primary schools.

They have all rehearsed very hard, so please come along to Christmas on the Green this afternoon and give all three your full support:

13:00 – Worsley Bridge Primary School Choir

14:00 – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir

15:00 – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

 

At 3.30pm, after the final choir has sung, you will be able to vote for your favourite.

Just go to our Twitter account @CCARA_Beckenham and cast your vote!

The poll will remain open until 18:00 on Sunday and is just for fun.

We think all three choirs are absolutely amazing.

The choir with the most votes will win for their school the 6ft Christmas on the stage, kindly donated by Branching Out plus £50 to buy lights, a stand and decorations.

 

 

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Childrens Rudolph Carrot Treasure Hunt 12.00 – 1.00pm tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

Hunt for Rudolph the Reindeer’s carrots that are hidden all over Beckenham Green tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’!

Find THREE carrots, then go to the Copers’ Cope Area Residents’ Association tent nearest the stage to collect your treasure!

12.00 – 1.00pm, Beckenham Green, Saturday 2nd December.

GOOD LUCK!

 

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‘A Beckenham Christmas’ Tomorrow – Midday to 5.30pm Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 on Beckenham Green

Get down to Beckenham Green tomorrow, there is just so much going on.

Christmas On The Green

School Choir Competition

Three of our primary schools will be performing Christmas Songs. Make sure you come along to support them and vote for your favourite on Twitter on the day.

  • 1pm – Worlsey Bridge Primary School Choir
  • 2pm – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir
  • 3pm – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

Candlelit Parade

Back by popular demand is Beckenham’s Candlelit Parade. This year organised by the Beckenham Business Association.  The parade starts at Croydon Road Recreation Ground (main entrance on Croydon Road). Meet at 4pm for a 4.30pm departure down the High Street to Beckenham Green.   Join in the parade for beautiful lanterns, Father Christmas and Christmas Carols .

Lights Switch On and Community Sing-a-long 5pm

To finish off a fabulous festive day in Beckenham we turn on the Christmas lights to much fanfare and end with our traditional big Christmas Community Sing-a-long.  This is not one to miss.

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Council Budget 2018-19- Have your say Friday 1 December 2017, 11 am – 12.30 pm

From the council website:

Bromley Council 2018-19 and beyond

An important part of the process to plan the council’s budgets is to understand the views of residents in our borough.

We will be holding round table meetings with Residents Associations to talk about our borough as well as hosting a daytime public meeting when everyone can join the conversation with the Council Leader and Cabinet.

The meeting will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, 11 am – 12.30 pm at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Bromley BR1 3UH and be followed by light refreshments.

Last year we were able to respond to residents’ views in the council’s budget with around £1million to enhance the street scene, planning and enforcement and evolve a new apprenticeship scheme to help more people into work. This is in addition to £1.5million of new money to improve services for our vulnerable young people.

If you are unable to attend our daytime public meeting – you can still let us know your views on what is important to you, where you would like to see changes as well as tell us your ideas on how we continue to keep Bromley borough the fantastic place it is in which to live, work and relax.

Get in touch:

Background documents

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200110/council_budgets_and_spending/1117/talking_about_our_borough

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Beckenham Green Canopy Competition

Our Association has been campaigning for a permanent stage cover for Beckenham Green to allow community groups and schools to organise events more easily on our lovely town Green.  The Council agreed to fund this as part of the Beckenham Town Centre Improvements.

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As Beckenham Green is such a unique place an architectural competition for the design the stage cover is being run.  We have worked with Bromley Council to create the design brief and we will also form part of the judging panel.   The competition is open to London wide students in pursuit of an architectural degree at any level and recent architectural graduates.

This is a great opportunity for a student or newly qualified architect to get their design realised into a wonderful asset for Beckenham.  We are very excited!

The design brief can be found at the link below.  Please share this with architectural  students/recent graduates you may know.

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200079/regeneration

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Beckenham High Street – 2 way traffic for Christmas – buses return to normal routes

From the 4th of December High Street Beckenham will be reopened to two way traffic, all buses that are currently on diversion will go back to their original routes for five weeks. The temporary one way/ diversion will be back in place from the 8th of January until the works end.

TFL buses are putting information on their website and on the bus stops in the area.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 13 Nov 2017

Beckenham Improvements work update

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work done in week beginning  13th November 2017.

  • The redundant traffic signals at Thornton’s Corner will be removed and paving will be reinstated.
  • All four corners of Thornton’s Corner will be jet washed in preparation for the surfacing
  • Works on the High St between Village Garage and Ye Olde George Inn (including Fairfield Rd jnc) will continue (kerbs, drainage, paving etc.)
  • Only one entrance to the car park next to Ye Olde George will be accessible on Monday & Tuesday of next week whilst work continues
  • Works in Beckenham Green continues this will include finishing the granite paving on Albemarle Road corner following TfL controls work.
  • Potentially increased hours of work next week and the following week to make sure all work is completed to a point sufficient for our Christmas shutdown.

Christmas close between the 4th December and 8th January 2018

  • In advance of the Christmas closure barriers and materials starting to be removed to St Georges compound.
  • One way traffic flow throughout The High Street will change back to two ways from Monday 4th December until Monday 8th January 2018.

Re surfacing night work at Thornton’s Corner, week beginning 20th November for potentially 5 nights. Letters will be delivered to all businesses and residents in the immediate vicinity within the next couple of days.

Diversions will be in place from 08:00pm to 05:00am throughout the re surfacing.

For Reference

Works on the highway at the War Memorial roundabout are being carried out by Network Power and opposite Kelsey Square there is a gas installation to a new commercial unit. These works are not connected to the High street improvements.

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‘A Beckenham Christmas’ – Midday to 5.30pm Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 on Beckenham Green

Just 2 weeks to go until Beckenham celebrates the beginning of the festive season. There is just so much going on.

Christmas On The Green

School Choir Competition

Three of our primary schools will be performing Christmas Songs. Make sure you come along to support them and vote for your favourite on Twitter on the day.

  • 1pm – Worlsey Bridge Primary School Choir
  • 2pm – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir
  • 3pm – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

Candlelit Parade

Back by popular demand is Beckenham’s Candlelit Parade. This year organised by the Beckenham Business Association.  The parade starts at Croydon Road Recreation Ground (main entrance on Croydon Road). Meet at 4pm for a 4.30pm departure down the High Street to Beckenham Green.   Join in the parade for beautiful lanterns, Father Christmas and Christmas Carols .

Lights Switch On and Community Sing-a-long 5pm

To finish off a fabulous festive day in Beckenham we turn on the Christmas lights to much fanfare and end with our traditional big Christmas Community Sing-a-long.  This is not one to miss.

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Overnight Re-surfacing Work on Beckenham High Street From Monday 20th November 2017

This bulletin is courtesy of FM Conway, contractor for Beckenham High Street Improvement Works:

Advance warning of Overnight resurfacing work From Monday 20th November for five nights at Thornton’s Corner.

As the town centre improvements continue, please do be aware that overnight resurfacing work will be taking place on Monday 20th November. As before this night work will start at 8 p.m. and could continue until 3a.m on the morning of 26th November.

The work will initially consist of the existing road surface being taken or ‘planed’ off, with a new surface then re-laid, with the ‘planing’ be the noisier element.

We anticipate all noisy work to be completed by midnight, with only deliveries after that.  To facilitate this work, the junctions of Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road with The High Street, will be closed from 8:00pm.  The High Street from The War Memorial to the crossroads with Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road (Thornton’s Corner) will also be closed.  The road will re-open from 5:00am on all of the given dates.

Residents:  There will be diversions signs in place to aid traffic flow.  Residents with permitted parking, which is accessed via The High Street, who wish to access or exit their space after  08:00pm on any of these given days, apart from 26th November, should contact me on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk

As this is a major road, which is extremely busy in the daytime, there is no option but to carry out this work at night but we are mindful of local residents and the impact on town centre visitors and businesses.  Be assured that we will keep noise to a minimum as far as possible and we do apologise for any inconvenience or disturbance in advance during this period.

At the end of the night work, the road surface along this stretch of The High Street will have been greatly improved from the current condition, with the overall town centre improvement initiative making Beckenham a more attractive and safer place for residents, visitors and businesses.

If you want to keep up to date with the improvement progress in the town, please sign up for the newsletter by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements.

Many thanks

Helen McConnell

Business Liaison Officer FM CONWAY

 

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 Beckenham Improvements work update 6 Nov 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 3 works:

  • Kerbing, drainage and paving will continue to the Ye Old George pub. until the 21st November.
  • TfL will be continuing with the installation of traffic signals at Thornton’s Corner which are due to be finished by Friday 10th November.
  • Amalgamation and cleaning of compounds will take place between Kelsey Park House and Fairfield Road.
  • Works will continue on Beckenham Green

For Reference

Works on the highway at the War Memorial roundabout are being carried out by Network Power and opposite Kelsey Square there is a gas installation to a new commercial unit. These works are not connected to the High street improvements.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL have investigated this issue and have adjusted them to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day. The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

(For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).

The High Street from Thornton’s Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thornton’s Corner and the War Memorial.

New road closures and bus diversions are in place. Helen McConnell can supply a copy of the new bus stops at the below email address.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  •  After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  •  No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present. 
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  •  Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

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Sewer collapse – High Street – West Bound Road Closure

Beckenham High Street has a further road closure due to an untimely sewer collapse between Kelsey Sq and Village Way heading toward the War Memorial (only the west bound side of the road is closed).

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Beckenham Improvements work update 23rd October 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 3 works:

  • Transport for London will continue with the installation of new traffic signals at Thornton’s Corner. Paving work will continue on the eastern corners of Thorntons Corner. Granite paving will be laid at the back of the paving on the north-west corner of Thornton’s Corner.
  • Works to the hard surface area of Beckenham Green will continue.

For Reference

Works on the highway at the War Memorial roundabout are being carried out by Network Power and opposite Kelsey Square there is a gas installation to a new commercial unit. These works are not connected to the High street improvements.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL have investigated this issue and have adjusted them to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day. The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

(For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).

The High Street from Thornton’s Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thornton’s Corner and the War Memorial.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  • Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

A Big Thank You

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site

contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the Scheme

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Resident Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

 

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