Subway repairs New Beckenham Station – daily closure 9am to 3.30pm starting 20 Feb 2017 for up to 3 weeks.

Network Rail need to complete some essential maintenance within the subway at New Beckenham Railway Station and it will be necessary to close the footpath subway between Park Road and Lennard Road. The footpath will be closed from Monday 20th February 2017 for up to three weeks during off peak times 09:00-15:30, the footpath will be open at all other times, so will not affect the peak travelling times when the station is at its busiest.

Pedestrians will be given an alternative route via Copers Cope Road, Bridge Road, Kings Hall Road in both directions while the subway is closed.

 

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Benedict House, Copers Cope Road: Proposal for a Residential Support Centre, February 2017

Two applications are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley’s planning officers proposing the change of use of Benedict house, a former nursing home, to a Residential Support Centre.

LBB’s Director of Housing has provided a briefing document, below, to answer some of the concerns that have been raised so far:

What is the Proposal?

Benedict House has recently been purchased by developers who are seeking to redevelop the site for high quality apartments. Time is required to prepare for redevelopment meaning that Benedict House is likely to be vacant for up to 2 years.  In the interim the developers have offered the opportunity for the LondonBorough of Bromley to utilise the building for up to 2 years for use as temporary accommodation to help meet its statutory rehousing duties.

Why is the accommodation needed by Bromley for use as temporary accommodation?

The number of households presenting at risk of homelessness has increased steadily in recent years. For the majority, the reason for homelessness is that they are experiencing difficulties in affording the increasing costs of renting or buying a home.  A reduction in new build accommodation, increase in private sector rents and changes within social housing has meant that move on housing options havedecreased and the numbers in temporary accommodation has risen to unprecedented levels. This has meant that to meet the level of housing need the Council has had to utilise costly forms of insecure nightly paid accommodation which frequently falls short of requirements in terms of location and quality.  The use of Benedict House for up to 2 years would provide much needed local temporary accommodation whilst longer term housing solutions are identified.

Who decides which people would be placed into Benedict House?

The Council would retain full control over nominations throughout the periodof use. This means that the Council would decide who is placed into the accommodation and for how long.

Would people be placed from outside of the borough?

No, as the Council controls who is nominated only those households with a local connection with Bromley would be eligible. These would be residents who live and/or have permanent employment within the borough.  Prioirty would be given to those households who currently live, work or have children in schooling near to, or on direct transport links to Copers Cope Road.

What type of People will be placed?

Local people, mainly families or couples, who have become homeless throughno fault of their own and to whom the Council owes a statutory duty to assist in rehousing. A full assessment would be undertaken before any household isnominated and only those households who have been assessed as able to fully maintain a tenancy independently where the need is solely for housing rather than support would be eligible to be placed into Benedict House. The scheme would not be open to those people who are deemed vulnerable requiring intensive support to be able to manage a tenancy because of their vulnerability, such as those with enduring mental health needs. The council has alternative specialist support schemes which provide more intensive support for these people.

Who will manage the schemes?

The scheme would be managed by Omega Mears. They already work with the Council sourcing and managing a number of temporary accommodationunits and have a long track record of successful temporary accommodationand tenancy management. It is proposed that 24 hour on site management is provided. Mears would also provide ongoing advice and support to residentsin partnership with the Council to assist households to secure settled accommodation and ensure that they do not become homeless again. For example helping to access employment for those who may not currently be in full time employment.

Would I be able to contact anyone if I had concerns or queries about the Scheme?

Yes, full contact details of the Mears staff and Council’s housing needs team would be made available to all local residents so that they would be able to make contact should they have any queries or concerns at any point.

What type of tenancies would residents have? Can you guarantee that they would have to leave at the end of the 2 years?

All residents would be signed up to a licence agreement. This is a non-secureagreement meaning that they would not hold any interest in the property or have any rights to remain in the long term. The agreement sets out residents’ responsibilities and the conditions they must meet to be eligible to stay in the accommodation. This includes their conduct and the conduct of any visitors to the scheme. As the agreement is not a ‘protected agreement’ it can be brought to an immediate end should any resident or their visitor breach these rules or the Council require vacant possession. In this way conditions can be actively enforced to ensure that the scheme operate successfully without disturbance or disruption for any other residents in the scheme or local community and can ensure vacant possession at the end of the period of use as temporary accommodation.

To view the applications, and submit your own comments, click on the links below:

16/05442/PLUD

16/05849/FULL1

Remember to include your name and address in any correspondence otherwise your comments will not be registered.

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Residential Support Centre / Hostel proposed on Copers Cope Road, January 2017

Applications have been submitted for proposed change of use of a former nursing home on Copers Cope Road to a Residential Support Centre.

Benedict House, on the corner of Park Road, was in use as a nursing home until last year, when it closed following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found it to be inadequate (click this link to read article in the Bromley Times last summer).
Omega Mears, a care service provider, proposes to lease the building from the current owner, Spring Capital Management, with the intention of using it as a ‘residential support centre’ to provide ‘accommodation, care and support services’ for ‘homeless families, vulnerable young adults and emergency housing requirements arising from healthcare needs and other issues’.
Two separate applications have been submitted: the first for a certificate of lawful proposed use (as a residential support centre) ; the second for a temporary change of use from a care home to a residential support centre.  We believe  the purpose of the second application is in case the first one is refused.  Both applications are supported by letters from Bromley Council’s Education, Care & Health Services department.
The letters from LBB EC&HS point to the fact, amongst others, that numbers housed in temporary accommodation has more than doubled in the last five years, hence the increasing requirement for facilities such as this, particularly for parents and children who have become homeless through no fault of their own.
No external alterations are proposed to the building and there is no increase in the number of bedrooms from when it was in use as a nursing home.  There are 41 bedrooms in total: 35 double, 5 single and 1 disabled.  30 bedrooms are ensuite.  Omega Mears have submitted a comprehensive Management Plan and the facility will be supervised 24 hours a day.
You can view both applications in full, including the Council letter and Management Plan, and comment on the proposals by clicking the links below:
CCARA has written to the assigned planning officer and ward councillors requesting  that an informal meeting, or drop-in session, is held by council officers and representatives from the service provider, for residents to gain a clearer understanding of the exact proposals and ask questions in order that an assessment can be made of any areas of concern before the application is considered by the Council’s Planning Committee.

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Beckenham Improvement Scheme – Open Day 20-21Jan 2016 – Speak to Bromley Council about the Scheme

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SCAM Alert – Council call regarding overweight dustbins

Bromley Neighbourhood Watch advise residents be on guard  against  telephone calls claiming to come from the  Council  requesting payment of £25 for overweight dustbins.  So far there have been no reports of this occurring in Bromley, however it has been happening in neighbour Borough Bexley.  

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Save Thameslink rail services from Beckenham Junction (and succeeding Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill, West Dulwich stations)

Letter from the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association to save Thameslink rail services from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge and beyond.

To: Bob Stewart MP, Gareth Bacon  (GLA Bexley and Bromley)

CC: Jim Dowd  MP,  Helen Hayes MP, Forence Eshalmo (GLA Lambeth and Southwark), Stephen Carr (Leader Bromley Council), local ward Councillors.

Dear Bob Stewart MP and Gareth Bacon (GLA)

You may be aware of the current consultation by Govia on its proposed changes to its timetable that will be operated by GTR in 2018 following the completion of the Thameslink Programme (see http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/timetable-consultation).

The proposals cut out existing services from Beckenham Junction to St Pancras and beyond via the Thameslink Core (the 2 way track between Blackfriars and City Thameslink).  This affects services from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich in the London Boroughs of Bromley and Southwark.

We are seeking your help in challenging these proposals to retain these very important rail services for Beckenham. I refer you to a petition of nearly 800 local people campaigning to ‘Save train services from Beckenham Junction/Kent House/Penge East to St Pancras and beyond’ (see: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-train-service-from-beckenham-junction-to-st). I expect this petition will grow significantly in the coming weeks as more commuters become aware their train service will cease.

As there is now a new Minister for Transport, new London Mayor and plans to bring some London metro rail services into TfL there is an opportunity to review rail services in the South East and the decision to remove Thameslink services from Beckenham.

Currently there are 6 services that run from Beckenham Junction through the Thameslink Core daily Monday to Friday:

·       4 morning services (leaving Beckenham at 07:14 7:44, 8:02, 08:41)

·       2 evening services (returning to Beckenham at 17:18 and 18:19)

The removal of these services is not part of this current consultation by Govia on their timetable. But please be aware that there is significant local opposition and many commuters have not yet been informed that their services are going to be removed by May 2018. These 6 weekday services are essential for local people and are relied upon. This is evident by how well they are used – almost all the seating taken when the train leaves Beckenham Junction in the morning.

 Background

·       Our Association first became aware of the proposed cessation of Thameslink services from Beckenham in May 2014 when the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) was franchise announced.

·       Previously in the summer of 2012 the government held a consultation called “Consultation on the combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise”. As part of this seemingly franchise/contract related consultation the routes from South London through the Thameslink Core were discussed.  Local rail users of this route were not proactively consulted and so they were not aware that only some of the services among those from Sutton, Wimbledon, Ashford via Maidstone East, Rochester, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Beckenham Junction and Kent House would proceed through the Thameslink Core to St Pancras and beyond.  In other words,  many were not aware this consultation would axe some services. It is documented in the proposal that Network Rail recommended rail services from Wimbledon Loop should terminate at Blackfriars and not go through the Core. 

·       Despite this recommendation by Network Rail a decision was made that trains from Wimbledon will go through the Core at the expense of those from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich. We understand that local government in Wimbledon were successful in lobbying for their services to go through the Core –  Beckenham residents lost out.

·       In Aug 2014 Govia confirmed that “The specification for the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, drawn up by the Department for Transport following a public consultation, required us to operate Wimbledon Loop services through the Thameslink Core. This, combined with other destinations required to be served by Thameslink trains, meant it was not possible to plan for trains from Beckenham Junction to operate through the Thameslink Core post 2018.”

The Department of Transport is stopping Govia or any other train operator (like Southeastern) running trains from Beckenham Junction to St Pancras and beyond. Further there are no guarantees that services will be retained from Beckenham Junction terminating at Blackfriars (the station before the Thameslink Core).

It does not seem reasonable that Wimbledon is given all the Thameslink services whilst a critical rail service is completely removed from Beckenham Junction, Kent House, Penge East, Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich. Surely there is capacity for these stations to retain their 6 daily services Thameslink services?

I trust we can be assured your support in reaching out to the relevant decision makers (London Mayor, DfT, TfL, Govia, Network Rail, Southeastern etc). I have also forwarded this email to MP’s, GLA Member and Councillors that cover the other stations affected and hope they too will offer their support.

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Festival of Lights – Beckenham Place Park – 1pm to 4.30 Sun 4 Dec 2016

Come and celebrate Beckenham Place Park at Christmas on the 4th December, with snow fall every 20 minutes (really!), family lantern making, a swing bands, free mince pies, and the switching on of the Mansion House Christmas Tree and lights! Everyone welcome.
13:00-16:00 Music from 12 Drummers Drumming and The Denmark Street Big Band starring Jo Harrop. Snowfall starts every 20 minutes.

14:00-16:00 Lantern making workshop.

16:15 Switching on of the lights and Christmas Tree.

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Christmas Trail tomorrow Sat 3rd Dec 2016

As part of the Beckenham Christmas celebrations we bring you our Christmas trail. Fun for all the family,  complete the trail to win some coins (while stocks last, between midday and 4pm).  To take part download the  free Huntzz app to your smart phone (App store or Android) and look for the trail called Christmas in Beckenham. 

The trail will finish on Beckenham Green where Christmas On The Green will be taking place.

Christmas On The Green

Make sure you head to Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church) this Saturday for Christmas On The Green and Light Switch On.  This is a community event organised by your local Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association with lot’s of free fun for the whole family. Plus our local produce and craft market and a fun fair including a Ferris Wheel (we love a Ferris Wheel on The Green).

Come along to enjoy live entertainment, funfair, local produce and craft market, Treasure Hunt, Christmas Lights Switch On and a community sing-a-long. Plus special guests Olaf (look-a-like) and of course Santa. 

Kids Carrot Treasure Hunt – 1.15pm

Help Olaf find lost carrots on Beckenham Green and win some chocolate gold coins.  Keep an eye out for golden carrots for a special prize.

Christmas Light Switch On and Sing-A-Long  – 4.30 pm to 5pm

The tree lights on The Green and Christmas lights throughout the town will be switched on to festive fanfare. Look out for song sheets being passed round for the festive sing-a-long extravaganza. Santa is due to make an appearance on Beckenham Green.

Live Entertainment – Midday to 5pm

  • 12.00 – Salvation Army Band
  • 13.0o – Olaf Christmas Dance Party from Brilliant Birthdays
  • 14.00 – West End Singers from Cantando Entertainment.
  • 14.30 – Churchfields Primary and Worsley Bridge School Choirs go head to head.
  • 15.00 – Beckenham Youth Choir
  • 15: 30 – Josef Pitura-Riley  – Singer/Songwriter from South East London
  • 16:00 – Churchfields Community Choir
  • 16.30 – FiL Straughan, a musical tour de force, powerful vocalist &  versatile entertainer leads the community sing-a-long and lights switch on.

Local Produce and Craft Market – Midday to 5pm

35 stalls of local produce and craft, hot food, mulled wine and beer. A perfect chance to purchase some gifts, pick up some essentials and enjoy some lunch.  See our market page for the complete list of stallholders.

Above details were correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

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Christmas Cabaret ‘A Cantando Christmas’ – Fri 16 Dec 2016 at Venue28, Beckenham

 

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Christmas On The Green and Light Switch On – This Saturday 3rd Dec 2016

Make sure you head to Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church) this Saturday for Christmas On The Green and Light Switch On.  This is a community event organised by your local Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association with lot’s of free fun for the whole family. Plus our local produce and craft market and a fun fair including a Ferris Wheel (we love a Ferris Wheel on The Green).

Come along to enjoy live entertainment, funfair, local produce and craft market, Treasure Hunt, Christmas Trail,  Christmas Lights Switch On and a community sing-a-long. Plus special guests Olaf (look-a-like) and of course Santa. 

Kids Carrot Treasure Hunt – 1.15pm

Help Olaf find lost carrots on Beckenham Green and win some chocolate gold coins.  Keep an eye out for golden carrots for a special prize.

Christmas Trail – Midday to 4pm

Complete the Christmas Trail using your smart phone and win some gold coins (while stocks last). The trail is fun for the whole family and you’ll  find a few interesting local facts along the way. You will need to download the Huntzz app to your phone (it’s free).  A link to the trail will be provided on Friday 2nd Dec on our website and Twitter.

Christmas Light Switch On and Sing-A-Long  – 4.30 pm to 5pm

The tree lights on The Green and Christmas lights throughout the town will be switched on to festive fanfare. Look out for song sheets being passed round for the festive sing-a-long extravaganza. Santa is due to make an appearance on Beckenham Green.

Live Entertainment – Midday to 5pm

  • 12.00 – Salvation Army Band
  • 13.0o – Olaf Christmas Dance Party from Brilliant Birthdays
  • 14.00 – West End Singers from Cantando Entertainment.
  • 14.30 – Churchfields Primary and Worsley Bridge School Choirs go head to head.
  • 15.00 – Beckenham Youth Choir
  • 15: 30 – Josef Pitura-Riley  – Singer/Songwriter from South East London
  • 16:00 – Churchfields Community Choir
  • 16.30 – FiL Straughan, a musical tour de force, powerful vocalist &  versatile entertainer leads the community sing-a-long and lights switch on.

Local Produce and Craft Market – Midday to 5pm

35 stalls of local produce and craft, hot food, mulled wine and beer. A perfect chance to purchase some gifts, pick up some essentials and enjoy some lunch.  See our market page for the complete list of stallholders.

Above details were correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

xmas 2016 postcard

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Crime Alert – Mobile Phone Thefts in Beckenham

Message from Copers Cope Police

There have been several mobile phone thefts in the Beckenham area. These offences have taken place in the bars and clubs in the High Street mainly over the weekend. If you know anyone who visits any bars in the area please make them aware.

Crime Alert

There have been several thefts of mobile phones in bars and pubs in Beckenham Please remain vigilant and keep your belongings with you.

In an emergency always dial 999.

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Pasadena Roof Orchestra 8pm Fri 2nd Dec 2016 St. George’s Beckenham

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Vivaldi Four Seasons by St George’s Chamber Orchestra – 7.45pm Sat 19 Nov 2016, St George’s Church Beckenham

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Christmas On The Green and Lights Switch On – Midday to 5pm Sat 3rd Dec 2016

Three weeks to go until Christmas On The Green and Beckenham’s Christmas Light Switch On. The Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association has organised a day packed full of festive fun with lot’s of free activities, including:

  • Olaf (look-a-like) balloon modelling for the kids.
  • Carrot treasure hunt (look out for the golden carrots). More details to follow.
  • Christmas Trail through the town, complete for some gold coins. More details to follow.
  • Christmas Light Switch On and Community Sing-a-long 4.30 to 5pm. The tree lights on the green and Christmas lights throughout the town will be switched on to festive fanfare. Look out for song sheets being passed round for the festive sing-a-long extravaganza.

Plus our produce and craft market, fun fair, and live entertainment throughout the day. Check out our website for more information www.coperscope.org.uk.

Hope to see you there.

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Bromley Safer Neighbourhood Board – Beckenham Meeting 17 November 2016.

The Bromley Safer Neighbourhood Board will be holding their next meeting in the Beckenham area. They welcome as many residents, businesses and community groups to come along as possible.  The Police Borough Commander, local Police and Fire representatives will give up to date information on crime in the Beckenham area as well as answer questions. Full details are in the attached Flyer.

 

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Copers Cope Police Newsletter – November 2016

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

Copers Cope Police Newsletter Nov 2016

 

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Update on Southend Road closure/works

Bromley Council advise that Thames Water are making good progress and if they come across no problems are hoping to have the road re-opened by Thursday evening (03/11/2016). Thames Water did find two further sewer faults last week and fixed these within the closure which has prevented them needing to come back on another occasion to fix.

This week the Council have installed temporary three way lights at the junction with Copers Cope Road and Bridge Road to manage the congestion and also allow pedestrians to cross. They continue to monitor the diversion route.

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Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service – Sunday 13th November 2016

The Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service and Parade will be held at Beckenham War Memorial on Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10.50 am

 The Parade will form up at 10.15 am in St George’s Road (adjacent to St George’s Church), to move off at 10.25 am to the War Memorial via Albermarle Road and Beckenham High Street to form up on the road around the Beckenham War Memorial roundabout.

 Following the Service, the Parade will re-form and march off to proceed to St Georges Road via the High Street, The Drive, and Church Avenue, for the march past in  Bromley Road outside St George’s Church and dispersal by the Mayoral Representative in St George’s Road Beckenham.

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Southend Road Beckenham closed from 10am tomorrow Sat 22 Oct 2016 for two weeks

Southend Road Beckenham will be closed from Saturday 22 October at 10am for up to two weeks.

This will allow Thames Water to carry out emergency repairs to a collapsed sewer.
The Council understands that the narrowness of the road, combined with the location of the sewer means that Thames Water’s deep excavation work can only be completed with a road closure.

Thames Water have agreed to work ‘extended hours’ 7 days a week to enable the road to re-open again as soon as possible.

The road will be closed between Brackley Road and Park Road with traffic diverted via Brackley Road, Copers Cope Road in both directions.

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TONIGHT – Have your say – Residents’ Forum and Open Meeting – 8pm Weds 19 Oct 2016 Beckenham Public Halls

Our Association is holding a joint Open Meeting with the West Beckenham Residents’ Association. Between our associations we cover the whole of Beckenham and so have invited a panel of councillors from every Ward to take your questions.

Come along and direct your concerns to the panel, join us from 7.45pm, at 4 Bromley Rd, Beckenham BR3 5JE. We look forward to seeing you there.

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