Beckenham Road Closures for Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 11 November 2018

The annual Remembrance Day Parade will close the High Street to traffic for a few hours on Sunday 11 November

The Parade starts off around 10am, so road closures will go in just before this, and roads remain closed probably up until midday-ish.

The closures cover the following roads:

  • Albemarle Road
  • St. Georges Road
  • High Street
  • Church Avenue
  • The Drive
  • The Crescent
  • Rectory Road

There will be no access to the War Memorial roundabout whatsoever, or the ends of the roads leading into it, ie Beckenham Road & Croydon Road. Traffic will be held at Village Way, Manor Road, Bromley Road, and Southend Road during the parade.

 

 

 

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Save the date – Beckenham Christmas Light Switch On – 1st Dec 2018

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Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November 2018

Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service and Parade will be held at Beckenham War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2018 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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Latest Beckenham Place Park news and events

Latest Beckenham Place Park news and events, from Lewisham Council

Update on works in the park
Works are progressing well. We have now almost finished excavating the lake, which will be filled after Christmas. The foliage surrounding the lake will be planted in spring.
The landscape contractors are restoring the natural contours of the land in front of the Mansion and are beginning to lay paths in the new pleasure grounds. Work on the garden will start in January 2019.
Many park users are enjoying the new path leading to the Foxgrove and Summerhouse Hill Wood from Beckenham Place Park Road. This will be a particular help as the ground becomes wetter over the winter.
Restoration of the stableyard, with its homestead building (dating to the 1770s) and the stableyard cottages, is on track to be completed in May. The newly created clock tower is now on the roof, faithfully recreating a historic feature in the landscape. The builders are painstakingly restoring the homesteads, even to the extent of matching the original Georgian mortar! We were also delighted to find some original flooring intact, which we will keep.
Upcoming events
23 October, from 10am
Tuesdays, 10.30–11.30am
Sundays, 12 noon–3pm
Get involved
There are many volunteering opportunities – please contact lucy.mitchell@lewisham.gov.uk if you are interested.
Regular volunteering
Wednesdays, 10am–1pm. Meet outside the café at the Mansion. We will mainly be doing woodland management during autumn and winter. Tools, tea, coffee and biscuits provided!
Please note: no session on Wednesday 24 October.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 23 October 2018

Further update on short extension of Beckenham Improvements work, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works

The work which was planned to last for approximately one week from 15 October has proved more challenging than expected, due to the location.  For this reason a further week is required to complete it and as a result bus stop E will  be closed for a further week.

For more information on a possible temporary relocation of this bus stop or the next available stop, please visit: tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

 

 

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Have your say – Residents’ Forum and Open Meeting – 8pm Weds 24 Oct 2018 at Venue 28

We are holding a public meeting open to all our members and Beckenham residents at 8pm on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at Venue 28 (opposite Beckenham Library), 28 Beckenham Rd,
Beckenham BR3 4LS.

Come along and raise your concerns with our panel of Councillors. There will be a Councillor from every Beckenham Ward, plus Gareth Bacon our GLA member will be attending

Our Association is jointly hosting the meeting with the West Beckenham Residents’ Association. Alllocal people are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 15 October 2018

Beckenham Improvements work update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works

Following observations from the local community, additional works, which were not planned in the original design, have been commissioned by the London Borough of Bromley.

Please be aware therefore that F M Conway will be carrying out work in Bromley Road throughout the coming week beginning 15th October. This work is programmed to last for approximately one week.

This work will consist of new kerbs and paving being laid in keeping with the scheme already completed in Bromley Road. It will commence from the end of the newly laid paving adjacent to St Georges Church and run along Bromley Road and finish at the junction with St Georges Road.

To facilitate this phase of the work some traffic management will be in place. Bus Stop E just before the junction with St Georges Road will be temporarily closed. TfL will endeavour to relocate a temporary stop within a short distance away.

For more information, please visit :-

tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding and support is appreciated in advance if there are unforeseen issues which need to be resolved. If further specific information is needed, please contact Conway’s Helen McConnell who can be contacted, for help and advice. Helen, the Liaison Officer is the scheme contact for businesses and residents. Helen can be contacted on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk if needed.

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Help us win £50,000 for Beckenham Green

Beckenham Green is our town square; a place to bring the community together for recreation, business, learning and events. We want to improve this space so it will be used and enjoyed by more people.

Crowdfund London provides an opportunity to pitch new ideas for community-led projects to make your local area even better. The Mayor wants to back the best crowdfunding campaigns with pledges of up to £50K.

Using the £200K plus that has already been spent on Beckenham Green as part of the improvement scheme, the £35K Bromley Council have committed to spend on a stage canopy, plus the in-kind contributions of local volunteers the Copers Cope Area Residents Association have created a bid requesting up to £50K from the Mayor of London’s fund.

We spoke to Crownfund London and they loved our idea :-).  If our project, “Beckenham Green – Community of Commons” gets over 100 backers to show it has local support, we have a really good chance of winning up to £50k, so please pledge your support.

Pledge here: www.spacehive.com/communityofcommons

Beckenham Green – Community of Commons

We want to create a ‘community of commons’ in the heart of the town, on Beckenham Green. ‘Commons’ are cultural and natural resources open to everyone. Beckenham Green is our natural resource, but it is underused and requires landscaping and recreational improvements.

Bromley Council are funding a Stage Canopy on Beckenham Green. This will be a great cultural focal point. To get the best use out of it we need to additional equipment to enable a diverse range of community groups to run activities on Beckenham Green.

What we will do with £50K

  • Temporary tables and chairs for events
  • Family activities and games
  • Portable equipment to support various events
  • Temporary traditional market stalls
  • Storage unit for the community equipment
  • Improved landscaping and planting on the green
  • Nature trail and community garden
  • 2019 season of community events
  • Support for local groups to run events and activities, including online support
  • Improved lighting

Why it’s a great idea

There are so many great local groups, clubs and organisations with a huge range of interests and lots of great ideas for engaging with the wider community. Running community activities however large or small can be costly due to the need of hiring or buying and storing various equipment. This project will purchase the equipment needed and make improvements to the green itself.

Help by making your pledge

This is a great project and we have a great chance of winning the bid. The Mayor of London’s fund needs to see that the project has local support through local crowd funding. So please go online and pledge to show your support, a fiver or just a quid can make all the difference in helping Beckenham secure £50,000.

Pledge here: www.spacehive.com/communityofcommons

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Clock House celebrates – 4 pm to 8 pm 5th October 2018

Get down to Clock House for a market celebrating Beckenham’s prestigious Purple Flag award for its night time economy. Clock House Celebrates will be located between the Library, the Spa and Venue 28 and will highlight local businesses in the Clock House Parade as well bringing in traders from further afield.

Starting at 4pm, there’ll be live music at Venue 28 and a children’s book reading session at the Library. There will be lots of food and drink stalls, plus several local traders selling great gifts and items!

For  more information click here.

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An Evening Helen Pankhurst, St George’s Church – 8pm Mon 8 Oct 2018

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Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm Sat 22nd September 2018

A jam packed day of free entertainment on Beckenham Green, plus market stalls, fun-fair and street food.  For the kids there is a book reading from local author, Casey L Adams, with titles such as ‘Body Goo’ and ‘Don’t Splat the Spider’. Plus special guest Minecraft (look-a-like) on stage with a dance party.  We have ukulele’s from Penge, the return of one our favourite acts Joseph Pitula-Riley, Soulbirds Choir and new band A Grand Scheme makes is debut in Beckenham.

Plus market stalls, fun-fair, street food – check out the full line up here.   Hope you can come along.

 

 

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Nominate Kent House Station for step free access by Sunday 30 September 2018

£300 million of Government funding up for grabs

In July 2018, the Department for Transport published its Inclusive Transport Strategy, and announced that up to £300 million of Government funding would be made available for step-free access improvements at railway stations in Great Britain between 2019 and 2024, including lifts, subways and bridges. We want as much of that money as possible to be used to improve Southeastern stations, and are asking passengers and stakeholders to nominate their local station.

Step-free access improvements have already been made at 13 Southeastern stations in recent years, including Herne Hill, Gravesend and Canterbury West.

The Government is expected to announce in early 2019 which stations will benefit, and we’re asking our passengers to help us make a really strong case, so that a significant slice of the £300m Access for All fund is spent on installing step-free access at Southeastern stations.

How to nominate your local stations

Nominations can be made online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/southeasternrailway and need to be submitted by Sunday 30 September 2018.

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Ageing Well in Bromley survey and public meeting on Friday 24 August 2018

News about the work Bromley Council is carrying out jointly with Bromley CCG around services for older people in Bromley.

  • Online survey, www.bromley.gov.uk/ageingwellclosing on 26 August 2018, to capture the views of as many over 55s living in the borough as possible. Paper versions are also available in the borough’s libraries, or can be requested by emailing mylife@bromley.gov.uk . The replies will be used to help put together the Ageing Well in Bromley Strategy later in the year.
  • Public open meeting from 10am on Friday 24 August 2018 at Bromley Civic Centre.  Light refreshments provided and the event should end around 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to come for the entire event or to drop in at any time.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 6 Aug 2018

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND DIVERSIONS

Burnhill Road / Kelsey Square Junction with High Street

  • The junction works are now complete. (Thank you for the cooperation during the works). It will be reopened to traffic from Monday 6th August. All temporary traffic management and parking suspensions which have been in place since May will revert back to pre these works. A traffic marshal will be in attendance in Burnhill Road on 6th August from 0800 – 1700 to help residents and road users. Parking dispensation during the works will finish on Monday 6th August.

Temporary High Street Road Closure

  • There is a planned road closure of High Street Tuesday 7th August from 20.00 pm to 04.00 am Wednesday 8th August which will affect from Fairfield Road, temporary diversions will be put in place during this time.

 

COMPLETED WORKS

The junction of Burnhill Road Junction with The High Street is now open to pedestrians.

  • The kerbing and paving has commenced on the North East corner of the War Memorial roundabout.
  • Kerb laying, new drainage and paving has almost completed between Burrell Row and Village way.

 

FORTHCOMING WORKS

Bus Stop Fairfield Road

The temporary black top, tarmac will be removed on the 6th August. The granite benches will be installed over the night of the 7th/8th.

Beckenham Green

  • As from Monday 30th July snagging work will be taking place on the tree planters. This will be carried out by the main contractor F M Conway but it will be under the supervision of the civils dept. All queries relating to this section can be addressed through the normal channels however.
  • The resin around the seating area should be laid down on 31st August. Obviously this may be subject to change but you will be informed if this is the case. Preparation work for this will resume two days prior to the resin laying stage.
  • Please take note of these dates as that part of the green will not be available for events during that time. The rest of the green will be accessible throughout.

Phase 5 works Lidl to Village Way.

  • From Monday the 21st the junction between Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square has been closed to traffic. The road will be reopen the week starting Monday the 6th August and all traffic management will revert to normal except for left turns out of Kelsey Square on to the High Street.
  • Paving will be completed laid in part of Burnhill Road.

War Memorial Roundabout

  • Paving works will continue on the North-East corner of the War Memorial roundabout outside the cinema. This is estimated to take 2 weeks.
  • Street lights will continue to be installed at various locations.
  • Cycle stands to be installed at various locations.

Scheme Programme

For reference the main High Street improvements are due to be completed in September with only snagging of small defects and some design details to be installed after this date.

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

Left hand turns from Village Way onto the High Street are now banned. The right hand turn from The Drive onto The High Street has also been restricted. All traffic will be sent on the main diversion along the High Street heading towards Beckenham Junction then onto Rectory Road. This is likely to be in place until the end of the project to allow the

contractor to work safely in those areas.

  • Two way traffic has been reinstated between Bromley Road and Manor Road.
  • Two way traffic has also been reinstated between Thornton’s Corner and Fairfield Road to enable access to Fairfield Road without using the main diversion.

Bus route changes

TfL have advised that:

Bus routes 54, 227, 352, 354, 367 and N3 are diverted in one direction

All diverted routes should return to normal when the road closures end, expected to be in late September 2018

For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

Thank you for your understanding and support

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding and support is appreciated in advance if there are unforeseen issues which need to be resolved. If further specific information is needed, please contact Conway’s Helen McConnell who can be contacted, for help and advice. Helen, the Liaison Officer is the scheme contact for businesses and residents. Helen can be contacted on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk if needed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Grass fire in Beckenham

Be careful in this hot weather. Eight hectares of grass caught alight by Monks Orchard Road Beckenham.

https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/incidents/2018/july/grass-fire-beckenham/

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Beckenham Improvements work update Monday 25th June 2018

Completed works

  • The kerbing and paving has been laid on the South-West corner of the War Memorial roundabout.
  • Paving has continued outside Prezzo and across the Kelsey Square / High Street junction and kerbing and has continued outside Haks barbers.
  • Snagging and replacement of chipped kerbs has commenced.
  • Works to Beckenham Green have been completed. 

Phase 5 works Lidl to Village Way.

From Monday the 21st the junction between Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square has been closed to traffic. Kelsey Lane remains two-way between Uplands and Wayside where it is closed to traffic. Pedestrian access is maintained from Burnhill Road, Kelsey Square and Kelsey Lane to the High Street. This set up will be monitored to see if additional signage will be required. From Fairfield Road to Kelsey Park Road the one way will be reversed meaning traffic will drive up Fairfield and exit Burnhill Road.

 These arrangements have been negotiated with local residents at a consultation meeting.

  • Preparation and laying of paving will continue at Kelsey Square. If the narrow footways are made safe the second part of the carriageway will be excavated.
  • The parking bays outside Zizzi will be retained for deliveries only.

Phase 6 War Memorial roundabout to Burrell Road

  • Excavation and kerb laying will continue.

 War Memorial Roundabout

  • Paving work will continue on the third corner of the War Memorial roundabout.

 Scheme Programme

For reference the main High Street improvements are due to be completed in September with only snagging of small defects and some design details to be installed after this date.

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

Left hand turns from Village Way onto the High Street are now banned. The right hand turn from The Drive onto The High Street has also been restricted. All traffic will be sent on the main diversion along the High Street heading towards Beckenham junction then onto Rectory Road. This is likely to be in place until the end of the project to allow the contractor to work safely in those areas.

  • Two way traffic has been reinstated between Bromley Road and Manor Road.
  • Two way traffic has also been reinstated between Thornton’s Corner and Fairfield Road to enable access to Fairfield Road without using the main diversion.

Bus route changes

TfL have advised that:

Bus routes 54, 227, 352, 354, 367 and N3 are diverted in one direction

All diverted routes should return to normal when the road closures end, expected to be in late September 2018

For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

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

 

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Market On The Green 10am to 4pm Sat 26 May, Beckenham Green

Back by popular demand, the Beckenham Business Association is running a Novelty Dog Competition. With 8 categories to enter, there’s bound to be at least one category for your furry friend.

  • Best Biscuit Catcher
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Fancy Dress (dog)
  • Cutest puppy (6-12 months)
  • Fastest Sausage Eater
  • Best OAP Dog (over 7 years)
  • Best Trick
  • Longest Eyelashes

Further details and booking information can be found here.

Local Market

Of course we will have a usual local produce and craft stalls (a full list on our Market page) … many of our favourites are back plus a few new stalls to tempt you.

Entertainment

We are lucky to have some great entertainment live on stage this market from Bromley Beats Choir, Irish Dancing by Balgowan Primary School, Churchfield’s  Primary School Choir and The Crooks Saxophone Quartet.

There will also be a fun-fair (with ferris wheel), face-painting, sand art and paint and take pottery.

The above information correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

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Southeastern train services timetable changes from 20 May

Message from Southeastern:
I’m getting in touch to remind you that we’re making significant changes to our train timetable from Sunday 20 May, to allow the integration of new Thameslink services across the network, and on new routes into Kent.
If you’ve travelled on our services recently, I’m certain that you will have noticed that we’re currently running a large information campaign to let passengers know that the timetable is changing. Our “Times are changing” campaign includes announcements and posters at stations and on trains, on-board leaflet drops, social media publicity on Twitter, targeted emails to passengers and local “Meet the Manager” sessions. Next week we’ll be carrying out giveaways at London terminal stations, and all of the information is available on our website at southeasternrailway.co.uk/timesarechanging.

Highlights

The key highlights for Southeastern passengers are below:

  • Nearly 700 extra seats on Highspeed services from Ashford to St Pancras in the morning peak, with two trains doubled in length to 12 cars
  • Earlier direct Highspeed service from Ramsgate to St Pancras (via Herne Bay)
  • Earlier direct service to the City, from Broadstairs to Blackfriars (via Herne Bay)
    Increased frequency to six peak-time trains per hour from Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park
  • New Thameslink service from Luton to Rainham (via Blackfriars, Greenwich and Dartford) which replaces the Southeastern service from Charing Cross to Gillingham (via Lewisham and Woolwich)
  • New off-peak service on the Woolwich Line, from Dartford to Charing Cross (via Lewisham)
  • New off-peak service on the Sidcup Line, from Dartford to Charing Cross, increasing off-peak service on this route to six trains per hour
  • Reduced off-peak journey times from Gravesend and Dartford to Charing Cross (via Sidcup). Trains will run fast from London Bridge to New Eltham, reducing the journey time to Dartford to just 38 minutes – seven minutes less than today.
  • Two extra trains from Orpington to Charing Cross (via Grove Park) in the morning peak
  • An extra service from Charing Cross to Orpington (via Grove Park) in the evening peak
  • More frequent services between Beckenham Junction and Blackfriars at peak times
  • Bexleyheath line services between Victoria and Dartford are extended to Gravesend, off-peak
  • Improved peak-time service between Denmark Hill and Victoria, and more peak-time trains between Denmark Hill and the Medway towns
  • Enhanced Sunday service on the Woolwich and Sidcup lines

Consultation response

We widely publicised the consultation on the proposed timetable in 2017, with posters at stations, information on Twitter, and with full details on our website. We wrote to MPs in London, Kent and East Sussex, local authorities across our region, community groups, parish councils, rail user groups and a broad range of other stakeholders – including statutory consumer bodies Transport Focus and London TravelWatch. We were delighted by the response, and received hundreds of individual pieces of feedback and constructive suggestions – many of which we’ve been able to accommodate in the final timetable.

Our consultation response document for your information is also available on our website.

Get in touch

I expect that you’re already aware of these changes, but if you haven’t already done so, and have any questions about how these changes may affect our passengers, please do get in touch.

Contact:
Chris Vinson
chris.vinson@southeasternrailway.co.uk
Southeastern

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Temporary changes to bus routes in Beckenham – update May 2018

Temporary changes to bus routes in Beckenham (update from Transport for London)

Most bus routes in Beckenham town centre are currently diverted in one direction. This affects routes 54, 227, 354, 367 and N3.

This is due to a programme of one-way road closures of Beckenham High Street by London Borough of Bromley for improvement works. The works are being carried out in phases between February 2017 and late September 2018, and a new phase will start next week.

From Monday 30 April 06:00 the westbound closure of the High Street between Manor Road and Village Way will be extended westwards towards Croydon Road (War Memorial roundabout). This means that bus route 352 will also be diverted (northbound only). 

Route 352 towards Lower Sydenham will:

  • Not serve stops R ‘War Memorial’ on High Street or V ‘Vicarage Drive’ on Rectory Road – these stops will be closed
  • Be diverted via High Street (eastbound / northbound), and Rectory Road, serving stop J ‘Manor Road’ on High Street and temporary stop G ‘Beckenham Junction Station’ on Rectory Road (but not serving stop C ‘Beckenham Junction Station’ on High Street)
  • Continue to serve stop N ‘St Edmund’s Hall’ on Village Way and stop X ‘Bouverie Lodge’ on Blakeney Road as normal

Routes 54, 227, 354, 367 and N3 will remain on their current diversions.

Route 162 returned to its normal route on 26 February 2018.

We plan to return all routes to normal when the works are complete in late September 2018. 

There will be additional short (overnight only) road closures and bus diversions towards the end of the works, for resurfacing. These will be advertised locally.

For more information about these diversions, including a map, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges .

For more details on the Beckenham High Street works please visit https://www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements  

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 30 April 2018

Beckenham Improvements work update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 4 works 116 to 180 High Street.

Completed works

• Kerbing has continued to The Drive whilst the paving has almost been completed.

• The wall outside Beckenham Junction station has been rebuilt.

Thames Water has reported a water leak outside Superdrug. The repair will require new paving 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.

The project team are aware that having to divert pedestrian access on to rough granite setts parking areas has been uncomfortable for some residents. However this has been necessitated by maintaining access to shops during opening hours.

Next week’s works.

• Footway and kerbing to The Drive will be completed.

• On Beckenham Green the entrance bollards will be removed and further temporary resurfacing will be laid in preparation of the final resurfacing.

• Preliminary work starts outside Lidl and working towards the junction of Kelsey Square with The High Street.

• Yellow parking restriction lines will be painted between WH Smith and Costa Coffee Shop to ensure sufficient road widths to maintain traffic flows.

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

From Monday the 30th of April we will be banning the left hand turns from Village Way onto the High Street and Kelsey Square onto the High Street. The right hand turn from The Drive onto The High Street will also be restricted. All traffic will be sent on the main diversion along the High Street heading towards Beckenham junction then onto Rectory Road. This is likely to be in place until the end of the project to allow the contractor to work safely in those areas.

From Monday 14th of May the section of High Street between Bromley Road and Manor Road will revert back to two way traffic. At the same time there will be traffic changes to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Lane, residents in these affected roads will be letter dropped shortly with a further update.

Bus route changes

TFL have advised that:

• Route 352 towards Lower Sydenham will be diverted.

• Routes 54, 227, 354, 367 and N3 will remain on their current diversions.

• All diverted routes should return to normal in late September 2018.

For more information, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/BusChanges

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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