Suggestions for other road improvements to be considered by Bromley Council at Environment Committee Meeting 8 June 2020

On Monday 8 June Bromley Council’s Environment Committee is meeting to discuss and approve a “Funding submission for highway measures to support social distancing during recovery from lockdown”.  Last Thursday the Council published their proposal for road improvements that support pedestrians and cyclists, you can read the full proposal here.  The Copers Cope Ward has benefitted from some schemes, including:

  • Pedestrian crossing at Southend/Park Road.
  • More cycle routes
  • Work to improve pedestrian safety at the Cornerways Surgery junction (Manor Road /Wickham Road / Bromley Road)
  • 20mph signs at Worsley Bridge School

Ahead of this meeting we have written to the Chair of the Environment Committee and our ward councillors with suggestions for other measures local people have raised, these include:

  • Dealing with speeding on Copers Cope Rd, Park Rd, Brackley Rd, The Avenue and surrounding roads
  • Installing a pedestrian crossing on Copers Cope Rd by New Beckenham Station
  • Installing a pedestrian crossing on Brackley Rd for Worsley Bridge School
  • Resolving the problems at the junction of Park Rd and Southend Rd, without closing off Park Rd and displacing the traffic to Copers Cope Rd and Brackley Rd
  • Investigating options to manage the congestion over Westgate Rd Bridge at peak times

You can read our joint letter with West Beckenham Residents’ Association here.  If you have any other feedback please let us know and we can follow up with a supplementary letter to the Council – email hello@coperscope.org.uk

The council meeting will be broadcast at 1 p.m. on Monday (8 June) and you can view it here – the page will be updated a few minutes before the meeting starts.

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Criminals are taking advantage of the current pandemic be #ScamAware

Criminals are taking advantage of the current pandemic to scam people out of their money. During Scams Awareness Fortnight, share this message to people you care about to help them become #ScamAware

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Travellers in Beckenham Place Park – June 2020

Yesterday Travellers settled in Beckenham Place Park, photos have been shared on Twitter by park users.  The park falls under Lewisham Council, however we have advised our local Copers Cope Ward Councillors.

 

 

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Met Police warning on potential NHS Test & Trace scams, June 2020

The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has issued the following alert:

NHS TEST & TRACE SCAMS

This government service is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public are on board with it; however, people have concerns about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams and some scam texts are already in circulation.
NHS Test & Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords and will never visit your home. Also, Contact Tracers will never:

Ask you to dial a premium rate number (eg those starting 09 or 087);Ask you to make any form of payment;
Ask for details of your bank account;
Ask for your social media identities, login details, or those of your contacts;
Ask for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up passwords or PINs over the phone;
Ask you to purchase a product;
Ask you to download software or hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet;
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS.

Whilst it is possible for criminals to fake official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. Anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email in relation to Test & Trace is encouraged to check the website address provided carefully. If possible, type the official address (https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk) followed by unique characters given to you, directly into your browser.

If you think you have been sent a scam message, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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Changes to use of Older Person Freedom Passes and 60+ Oyster cards from Monday 15 June

Temporary changes are being made from Monday 15 June to the times of day the Older Person’s Freedom Pass and the 60+ Oyster card can be used on Transport for London services.  They will not be valid for use during the morning peak travel period on weekdays from 04.30 t0 09.00.  After 9am on weekdays and at weekends they can be used as normal.  Disabled Freedom Pass holders will be unaffected by these changes.

Passengers are also being advised, where possible, not to travel immediately after 0900 to help reduce potential crowding on buses and trains where effective capacity has been hugely reduced as a result of the requirement to observe two-metres social distancing wherever possible.

For further information see: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/freedom-pass/using-pass/bus 

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List of road improvement schemes in Beckenham – £295,000+ for Bromley Council to make streets better for pedestrians and cyclists – have your say.

The government is making funds available to local authorities to make changes to road layouts and to give more space to active travel and pedestrians.  This is a great opportunity for residents to put forward suggestions on how to make streets safer. Our Association will be writing to our Councillors on points residents have raised with us previously and we are keen to hear your views again,  please email hello@coperscope.org.uk.

Bromley Council have access immediately to £295k in funds to help town centres return to trading safely and can apply for further grants. On June 8 the Council is meeting to go forward with this (see the full proposal here).  As well as identifying hotspots in town centres, Council Officers have prepared a list of ‘ideas’ that have been raised with them by Councillors previously. This list of potential schemes identified by the Council may not be inclusive at this stage, but there are lots of welcome improvements for Beckenham (that residents have raised previously) and we assume all the bids for different schemes will need to be worked up before applying for a grant and this will allow time for local peoples feedback to be included.

The Beckenham schemes have been listed below. Does this list include all the issue hotspots? Are there other opportunities?Are all the schemes favourable?  Residents from Park Rd and surrounds will note the closure of Park Rd at Southend Rd is included, but no schemes have been included to manage the displacement of traffic on to Copers Cope Rd and Brackley Rd. Please let us know about schemes you support, other opportunities and any concerns with potential schemes by email to hello@coperscope.org.uk

Temporary measures in locations where walking and cycling schemes have been previously supported by Members

  • CLOCK HOUSE Provide a temporary cycle route from Clock House Station to join the Kent House to Greenwich Cycleway. [indicative cost: £15k]
  • CLOCK HOUSE Provide a temporary cycle route from Kent House Station via Ravenscroft Road and Marlow Road to the Croydon boundary. [indicative cost: £30k]
  • COPERS COPE A third aspect of this new cycle route could be adding a parallel zebra crossing to Southend Road, with associated road safety measures, by the junction with Foxgrove and Park Roads, which will also assist pedestrians in this area; this is supported by the Ward Members and has also been approved by PDS previously (pre-design). The temporary closure of Park Road can also be trialled, in respect to a delayed road safety 13 improvement planned for this crossroads, which is a casualty cluster site. [indicative cost: £50k]
  • COPERS COPE Add a temporary cycle route along Albemarle Rd as discussed during development of Shortlands Liveable Neighbourhood. In conjunction with proposed measures on Bromley Road and Glassmill Lane they will create a temporary cycle route from Market Square Bromley to the transport interchange at Beckenham Junction. [indicative cost: £30k]
  • COPERS COPE Add temporary cycle lanes to the north and south directions of Bromley Road between Shortlands Road and Albemarle Road and the introduction of a temporary controlled crossing at the junction of Albemarle Road and Bromley Road. Filter the junction of Scotts Avenue with Bromley Road to through traffic. These measures will also increase additional pedestrian space around Bishop Challenor School. [indicative cost: £31k]
  • COPERS COPE Adding a pedestrian refuge across Southend Rd near the Lewisham border, where many residents cross to use Beckenham Place Park. (This will replace the small splitter island currently in situ.) [indicative cost: £20k]
  • COPERS COPE An experimental cycle route from Beckenham to Greenwich, via Copers Cope Road, to link with the above scheme at New Beckenham station. This route proposal has already been approved by Members, but has been delayed by some design issues. The proposal is to install a temporary cycle lane as a measure to assist those wishing to cycle to London, whilst also allowing Bromley to assess usage and function as we decide the precise alignment of the permanent cycleway. [indicative cost: £70k]
  • COPERS COPE Completion of the cycle route from Kent House Station, to Greenwich (already approved by Members and partly built). This route includes two parallel zebra crossings and is mostly funded from 2019/20 LIP. Proposal is to introduce some quick-install measures to make this route useable much sooner, whilst build continues. [indicative cost: £120k]
  • COPERS COPE On the other side of Beckenham discussion has been ongoing with Members about a scheme to help pedestrians cross the arms of the Manor Rd / Wickham Rd / Bromley Rd junction. Temporary measures might be trialled here to prevent bunching of pedestrians, without any impact on traffic capacity. [indicative cost: £40k]

Town Centre Social Distancing Hotspots

BECKENHAM TOWN CENTRE

  • In Beckenham High Street adding barriers to selected inset parking bays to create wider footways, such as by the post office and between The Drive and the war memorial.
  • Beckenham High St: Beckenham Pharmacy 171-173 High St. Granite Bench on the edge of village way / High St creates a pinch point.
  • Beckenham High St: Boots Pharmacy 181 High St pedestrian pinch point due to queues and narrow pavement.
  • Queues outside M&S opposite church.
  • Keep left signs and floor vinyl at various points around the town centre.
  • Major Bus stops – Signs / Floor vinyl / Pavement widening Minimum sign requirement: 60x One way / keep left; 150x Floor stickers; 60x Keep 2m apart

CLOCK HOUSE

  • Keep to the left signs and floor vinyl on both sides of highway.
  • Sainsbury’s Local 185-205 Beckenham Road – floor vinyl Minimum signs required: 8x One way / keep left; 10x Floor stickers; 6x Keep 2m apart

ELMERS END

  • Keep to the left signs and floor vinyl by Shopping parade.
  • Macks Pharmacy 2 Eden Park Ave – Floor Vinyl.
  • Lotus Pharmacy 119 Croydon Road – Floor Vinyl.
  • Issues crossing bridge by Tesco Superstore: add improved crossing facilities to allow pedestrians to use either footpath. Minimum signs required: 8x One way / keep left; 10x floor stickers; 6x Keep 2m apart EDEN PARK  Keep to the left signs and floor vinyl by Shopping parade.
  • Sainsbury’s Local 515-519 Upper Elmers End Road Minimum signs required: 8xOne way / keep left; 10x Floor stickers; 6x Keep 2m apart

Temporary measures for Schools

CLOCK HOUSE Churchfields Primary School: advisory 20mph part time electronic signs.

CLOCK HOUSE Stewart Fleming – Witham Rd. Signs.

COPERS COPE Worsley Bridge Primary School: advisory 20mph part time electronic signs.

KELSEY AND EDEN PARK Marian Vian – Shirley Cres. Signs.

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Appearance of Mobile Phone Mast on Bromley Road, May 2020

Large Mobile Phone Mast Erected on Bromley Road

An administration error by the Council’s Planning and Development department appears to have resulted in the erection, without planning permission, of a large mobile phone mast on land behind the petrol station on Bromley Road.

In September 2019, a telecommunications company sought permission to erect an 18m (59ft) high base station tower directly behind the petrol station at 202 Bromley Road.  The application was refused by Bromley Council in November, deciding that the height, appearance and siting of the proposed mast would be detrimental to the visual amenities of the area, and would appear as an alien and incongruous feature in a backland setting  within a suburban residential area.  So, in February, local residents were shocked to see the tall structure suddenly appear on the skyline.  The mast is designed to hold six 2 metre-high antennae and a 30cm satellite dish, though at present the equipment hasn’t yet been fitted.

In a response to a freedom of information request, concerned neighbours discovered that the Council retained no record of an email being sent to the applicant notifying them of their decision to refuse the application.  It appears that, in the apparent absence of a decision within the statutory period of 56 days, the applicant decided to press ahead with construction.

It is believed the Council has sought legal advice regarding their position, but is not taking the matter any further.

Local residents told us yesterday that the reply to their FOI request was inadequate in several respects, and  they have since asked for it to be reviewed.  They are also investigating ways to appeal against the Council’s handling of the application and considering taking the case further, to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Full details of the planning application are here 19/04009/TELCOM

 

 

 

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Meet the new NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

Find our more about the new NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group  at the link below.

Introduction to the CCG

Below graphic from the report shows local health demographics.

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Urgent appeal from Mayor of London: Please donate now to your local foodbank if you can

Urgent appeal from Mayor of London

“Foodbanks in up to seven London boroughs are reporting critical shortages of food. Some have been forced to close because of a shortage of supplies and people to run them. This is urgent!

You can donate online directly to your nearest foodbank or through one of these organisations (local food banks are listed further down):

  • Independent Food Aid Network – The UK network for independent food aid providers. They support and connect a range of independent frontline food aid organisations while advocating on their behalf at a national level.
  • Trussell Trust – Trussell Trust supports a network of food banks to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

As we all rally together to fight back against this virus, please consider supporting your local foodbank. This is one of the most effective and safest ways to help others in our community.”

Local Food Banks

  • Supermarkets – Waitrose and Sainsburys both have food bank collection baskets at the back of their check-outs.
  • Living Well – located at Trinity Church on Leonard Rd in Penge
  • Bromley Borough Food bank – has centres in Bromley Town Centre and Anerley
  • Food Plus Bromley – run by Citygate Church in Beckenham

 

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Crystal Palace Football Academy plans in Copers Cope Road approved by Bromley Council

The erection of a covered full-size football pitch and the creation of an artificial full-size pitch as part of an extended football academy was approved by Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee on 18 March.

Crystal Palace Football Club’s planning application also included plans for six training pitches ​of various sizes as well as a full size show pitch with spectator seating in Beckenham. ​The application proposes that the public will also be able to use the facilities. The council’s Development Control Committee were persuaded that ​while the proposed indoor pitch is inappropriate development on the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) in Copers Cope Road, there are very special circumstances to outweigh the harm which would be caused. ​This includes the benefit to Crystal Palace Football Club and the community use.

Councillor Alexa Michael, Development Control Committee Chairman, said: “This site has been used for sport for over a hundred years and securing the long term future of the site and keeping its sporting use is very welcome news. It will also mean that Crystal Palace Football Club will continue to be intrinsically rooted in our Borough, sharing its roots with Crystal Palace, which is also in our Borough.  In addition to the commitment that the facilities will be used by the community, this will be a place where young people will receive football related coaching and a variety of life skills.”

There were concerns raised by local residents about the size and height of the indoor pitch and the impact on Metropolitan Open Land, with the 19 metre maximum height to the apex of the curved roof required for technical engineering reasons.

The academy facilities will be made available to the local community in partnership with the Palace for Life Foundation, with the Foundation delivering programmes for more than 14,000 local children and young adults across south London. The increased access to the new Academy facility will enable this  they can extend their reach in Bromley, especially for disability football, girls’ football, health and wellbeing programmes and employability workshops.

The approval decision is subject to the completion of a legal agreement and a section 106 agreement.​ It is also subject to approval by the Mayor of London.

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Lewisham Council early stage consultation on changes to Beckenham Place Park

Lewisham Council are consulting on potential changes to the eastern side of Beckenham Place Park (the Common and Summerhouse Fields) and seeking to secure funding to deliver improvements.

They are very keen to engage the local and wider community at an early stage in the design process to help understand the qualities and character of this part of the park and what needs to be improved and what positive things can be emphasised. The Council will feed all this information into the development of design ideas – which the Council will then be seeking views on in a few months’ time.

The consultation will run until April 26.   Go to: Online Survey

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CCARA Spring 2020 Newsletter

Our newsletter was printed just before lockdown and delivery to our members has been disrupted. An electronic copy can be found here.  Please note the Copers Cope AGM due in March was postponed until our next public meeting due in June because of Coronavirus.

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Councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely

The Government has given local authorities in England new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.  This is great news as it will allow more local people to participate in official Council decision making and consultation meetings.

The new powers include:

  • Local Government Secretary confirms local authorities can hold public meetings remotely by video or telephone
  • Government removes requirement for physical attendance at meetings
  • Public will still have access to public meetings through remote means
  • Change ensures effective local decision making and transparency during the national effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic

The full press release can be found here.

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Beckenham Library Survey – extended to 7 April 2020

Bromley Council’s survey to seek views on the proposal to relocate the library to the Beckenham Public Halls has been extended from 31 March to 7 April 2020. Under the proposal the existing library building in Clock House will be demolished and the site redeveloped for housing, this has caused controversy locally – find our more in our newsletter. We encourage local people to complete the survey online by 7 April here.

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Letter from Bromley Trading Standards regarding Coronavirus Scams

We want you to know how to access support and safeguard against scams but would firstly re-iterate Government/NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; only go out for food, health reasons, essential work or exercise and stay 2 metres from people outside your household – particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition.  Facebook Groups, WhatsApp Groups and Nextdoor social networks that send neighbourhood alerts are great ways of staying in touch with those around you; however, it can be difficult to know who to trust.  Please be aware not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this situation.

Here are some scams we are aware of but criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, in the post or online:

  • People impersonating healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home- testing’, miracle cures or vaccines – there is no specific treatment for COVID-19.
  • Offers of home cleaning services to gain access to your home – don’t allow strangers into your home without checking who they are via a trusted source.
  • Offers to spray disinfectant onto driveways or around your home for cash.
  • E-mails saying you have a refund on taxes, utilities etc are usually bogus and they are after your personal and bank details.
  • Lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus.  These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • Mobile phone apps that claim to give updates on the virus but, instead, lock your phone and demand a ransom.  Your bank or the police never ask for your bank details or PIN over the phone.
  • Offers to shop or collect medication, asking for money upfront and then vanishing.

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Take your time; don’t be rushed.  Be cautious, listen to your instincts.  Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, be suspicious and don’t give them money or your bank details. Don’t let them into your home.
  • If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as gov.uk or NHS.uk websites.  Make sure you type the addresses in carefully and don’t click on links in emails or texts.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know.  Never give your bank card/PIN to a stranger even if they are going shopping for you.
  • Know who you’re dealing with – if you need help, talk to someone you know and trust or contact Bromley Council on the numbers below.

Contacts:

  • If you think you’ve been scammed, report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 orwww.actionfraud.police.uk
  • If you need advice, call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 orwww.citizensadvice.org.uk and select Consumer.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999 .
  • Contact your bank if you think you’ve been scammed or given away banking details.
  • E-mail Trading Standards at trading.standards@bromley.gov.uk if you live in Bromley.  If you need help urgently (for example to report someone going door to door) contact Rapid Response on 07903 852090.
  • If you need assistance from a volunteer, you can register using our online form at:
    https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/1113/volunteering/1410/volunteers_and_requests_for_assistance
  • If you do not have internet access, you can call the assistance line (during office hours) on: 020 8313 4484.  Please use the phone number only if you are unable to access the online form yourself or through a friend or relative.

To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk.

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Bromley Council re-start Green Garden Waste Collections from 6 April 2020

Published Friday, 3 April 2020 (LB Bromley)

Firstly, can we remind residents that bonfires that are a statutory nuisance will face enforcement action and could land individuals with an unlimited fine.  Whilst official air quality monitoring has not shown that there has been an impact on air quality, residents are being encouraged to consider their neighbours before starting a bonfire, which might particularly impact residents who might have breathing difficulties. Full details on bonfires and how residents can report nuisance bonfires is available on the Council’s website.

“I am very pleased to confirm that we are able to re-start our ever popular garden waste collection service with immediate effect (6th April). We are acutely aware that the gardening season is upon us and that many of us value this service, especially at this peak gardening period.

I am also pleased to confirm that we are planning to re-start our Green Box recycling collection on Monday too albeit that I anticipate we will not be in a position to complete all the scheduled work for that day,  Residents are advised to place their green box out for collection in the usual way and if it is not collected at the end of the day, to put it back out at the next scheduled recycling collection.

Also published a series of press releases  https://www.bromley.gov.uk/press

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Council Survey on the controversial relocation of Beckenham Library – have your say by 31 March 2020

Bromley Council have published a survey to capture the views of local people on their proposal to relocate the library from its current purpose-built building to the Beckenham Public Halls (by Nat West Bank).

The proposal has created controversy locally as the current 80 year old library building, which is located in a Conservation Area, will be demolished and the site developed for housing.  Further, the space available at the Public Halls to host the library will be less than what is available in the current library and will mean that rooms in the Public Halls will be lost for community use.

Have your say here.

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Neighbourly Support #ViralKindness

There is a wonderful initiative taking off across the country to help people isolated due to Coronavirus. Where local people are offering to help those who may need it.  See this Guardian article.

Is there anyone on your street or in your block of flats that might need help? Perhaps pop one of these through their door.

Local Beckenham community groups are in contact to see how we can facilitate helping people across our community. We will keep you posted of any initiatives, but in the mean time let’s reach out to offer neighbourly support.

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Free anti-pickpocket bells from Safer Bromley Partnership (February 2020)

Bromley Council is offering residents free bells for their purses and wallets to deter pickpockets.

Shoppers can pick up their anti-theft attachments at High Street charity shops, which alert them to any attempts to nab their valuables.

Supplied by the Safer Bromley Partnership, the bells are free at till points in Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington.

Customers picking one up are encouraged to make a small donation to charity.

Councillor Kate Lymer Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “It’s easy to become distracted when browsing for shopping.

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Electoral Boundary changes in Copers Cope – have your say by 17 Feb 2020

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England  are proposing boundary changes to the Copers Cope ward and the surrounding wards as part of the national review.  The consultation on changes is at its final stage and local people can now have their say on the draft recommendations by 17 Feb 2020.

Full details of the changes, including Bromley Councils recommendations to the Commission can be found here.  For ease, the draft recommendation report for Bromley Borough has been attached here (1. Bromley Report – Draft 1)

A map showing the areas that change in Copers Cope ward is show below (green is gained, blue is lost).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Copers Cope Ward the main changes are:

  • To rename the ward to Beckenham Town and Copers Cope
  • The ward would lose the areas in blue, the largest to Shortlands Ward and the smallest to Kelsey and Eden Park
  • The ward would gain the green area from the Clock House ward. This would mean that the Spa, Library and Venue 28 would move from Clock House to Beckenham Town and Copers Cope (the shopping parade almost opposite will remain in Clock House (to be renamed Clock House and Elmers End).

Your views

We are interested in your views, please get in contact by email to chairman@coperscope.org.uk. Don’t forget to have your say by 17 Feb 2020, this is done online here.

 

 

 

 

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