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About Copers Cope Area Residents' Association (CCARA)

Residents Association covering central and northern Beckenham. Founded in 1939 to protect and promote the interests of residents in matters of local concern

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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by | 08/11/2018 · 08:00

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

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by | 23/09/2018 · 08:00

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

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by | 13/12/2017 · 08:00

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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‘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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