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.
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
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.
“That’s why the Safer Bromley Partnership aims to keep customers safe and is issuing free bells for purses and wallets to raise awareness.”
Bromley Crime Prevention and Community Safety Survey 2020
Every four years the Safer Bromley Partnership carries out a strategic assessment, which looks at all community safety issues in the borough. As part of this process, a survey is conducted to find out the community’s concerns in relation to crime, anti-social behaviour and drugs and alcohol.
The results of the survey combined with an analysis of all crimes that happen in the borough help Safer Bromley Partnership set the partnership’s priorities for the year.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share with colleagues and residents. It takes about 5 minutes. Questions are closed and straightforward for ease of completion.
New Beckenham Together
St Paul’s Church in Brackley Road is hosting a week-long celebration for the whole local community to join in and come together! There’s a huge range of events for all ages and all interests – an offstreet party on the opening Saturday (7 September), a concert, a film night, fitness sessions and a Jive/Latin dance night, together with workshops, talks and demos, plus a community litter-pick. There’s a pop-up cafe open every day and a Flowerfest and Photofest will run throughout the entire week.
Everyone welcome and there’s no need to book (except for the pasta making workshop!)
See the flyer below for details and timings – and come along!
Southeastern have spent a few pennies at Beckenham Junction Station with a much-needed refurbishment of both the Ladies and Gents toilets. New cubicles and sinks with ultra hygienic taps & hand dryers have been installed.
So it’s a ‘thank you’ from the Beckenham travelling public!
(posted by Copers Cope Area Residents Association)
As part of Transport for London’s programme to upgrade tracks, roads and bridges in the Croydon area, there will be some temporary service changes for trams and buses from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September.
During this time, trams will not run between:
East Croydon and New Addington
East Croydon and Elmers End/Beckenham Junction
Between Wimbledon and East Croydon, trams will run at a reduced frequency in both directions.
Local buses will also be on diversion due to road closures:
Routes 119, 194 and 198 (not 189 as originally communicated) will not serve Addiscombe Road in either direction. Instead, they will divert via Shirley Road, Lower Addiscombe Road and Cherry Orchard Road
Route 466 will not serve Shirley Hills Road, Upper Shirley Road or Addiscombe Road. Instead it will divert via Coombe Lane, Coombe Road and Park Hill Road
TfL will increase the number of buses on busy routes and provide some tram replacement bus services. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.
Plan your journey, see the latest status updates for trams, and the latest status updates for buses on the TfL website.
Information provided by Transport for London (TfL)
Filed under News, Transport
Notification of major gas works: Albemarle Road area of Beckenham
An upgrade of the gas network in the Albemarle Road area of Beckenham is currently underway. This essential work involves the replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply is provided to the local area. The contractor JDT Utilities will undertake this work on the behalf of Scotland Gas Networks (SGN).
So that disruption is minimised, careful consultation and planning has taken place in partnership with Bromley Borough Council. The upgrade will start on Monday 8 July and last approximately 18 weeks. Engineers will be working in three overlapping phases as follows:
Phase 1 – Westgate Road, between its junction with The Avenue and Foxgrove Road
- SGN will begin the project on Westgate Road between the junctions of The Avenue and Foxgrove Road on Monday 8 July for approximately four weeks
- To ensure everyone’s safety temporary multi-way traffic lights will be installed at the junction of The Avenue for the first two weeks of this phase
Phase 2 – Westgate Road, between its junction with the railway bridge and Albemarle Road
- From Monday 22 July work will start on Westgate Road between its junction with the railway bridge and Albemarle Road for approximately five weeks
- For reasons of safety, Westgate Road between these junctions will be temporarily closed. A signed diversion will be in place for motorists and access for residents and pedestrians will be maintained
- To ensure everyone’s safety and maintain traffic flow temporary multi-way traffic lights will be installed at the junction of Albemarle Road during this phase.
Phase 3 – Albemarle Road, between its junction with Westgate Road and Downs Bridge Road
- From Monday 12 August, engineers will start working on Albemarle Road between its junction with Westgate Road and Downs Bridge Road for approximately thirteen weeks
- Engineers will progress along Albemarle Road towards its junction with Downs Bridge Road working under multi-way temporary traffic lights to allow the work to be completed safely
Engineers will be working extended hours Monday – Saturday between 8am and 6pm to minimise disruption.
The new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Beckenham businesses and residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.
You can find more information about this project, and other works in your area, at Roadworks.org here:https://roadworks.org/?112585524
(information provided by Scottish Gas Network)
Major road works to replace gas mains along Croydon Road at the junction with Elmers End Road.
The first phase (22 July to around 5 August) will close the eastbound carriageway at the lights at the junction of Elmers End Road and Croydon Road – outside Tesco and the bus stop, the straight ahead lanes that go down to one lane past the lights towards The Green. All traffic from Croydon will use the left filter lane into Elmers End Rd and be diverted towards Aldi at the “other” Croydon Rd at the Penge end. Traffic from Elmers End Rd will not be able to turn right into Croydon Road but will have to turn left and go round the Green to get to Croydon – the westbound carriageway of Croydon Road will be unaffected.
The second phase (due 5 August to 26 August ) will close the road from the traffic lights at the junction going towards the Green. So traffic from Croydon will still have to turn left into Elmers End Road and be diverted via Penge. Traffic from Elmers End Road will not be able to turn left into Croydon Road towards the Green. This traffic will have to go to the Tesco roundabout and back to Elmers End Road , then back to Aldi at Croydon Rd at the Penge end.
The third stage (2 September to 16 September) is closure of the right hand lane at Elmerside, the one running alongside The Green, opposite the houses, from Upper Elmers End Road to Croydon Road. Traffic will not be able to turn right towards Beckenham.
All during this work, the west bound carriageway from the Green towards Croydon will be open and traffic will be able to turn right into Elmers End Road. For the first two stages 22 July to 26 August there will be temporary traffic lights at the junction of Elmers End Road and Croydon Road.
Leaflets with details of the work will be distributed to households near the area, but visitors to Tesco from further afield might get a big surprise.
Details on how bus services will be affected have yet to be confirmed by TfL. The 54 from the interchange should be affected only during the middle phase, but during that is likely to have to get into Beckenham via Penge. The 289 from the interchange is likely to be diverted only around the Green on its way to Croydon. The 367 is likely to have the biggest diversion round Penge for the first two phases. The 356 will be affected in the middle phase. The 194 and 358 will be diverted for the last phase.
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The Avenue, Beckenham will be closed to traffic at the junction of Southend Road from Monday 24/06/2019 for up to three days.
BT need to complete some telecoms and ducting works and the road being closed will minimise the need for temporary lights on Southend Road. Traffic will be diverted via Southend Road, Foxgrove Road and Westgate Road whilst the road closure is in place. Advanced warning signs have been put in place to pre-warn motorists of the upcoming works.
(Information from Councillor Michael Tickner, Copers Cope Ward)
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If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help but can’t speak, “Make Yourself Heard” and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine. 999 calls are directed to call centres and answered by BT operators. They ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT will connect you to a police call handler.
IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE – Speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger, and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system. This is a police system used to filter out accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location on a mobile.
When transferred to your local police, the call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.
IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE – Because it’s less likely 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used. If, when an emergency call on a landline is received there is no request for an emergency, the caller does not answer questions or only background noise can be heard (and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed), you will be connected to a police call handler as doubt exists.
If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. If you pick up again during this 45 seconds and the BT operator is concerned for your safety, the call will be connected to the police. When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about where you’re calling from should be automatically available to call handlers to help provide a response.
Filed under News, Policing
The efforts of our local police have been successful in stopping the recent worrying rise in the number of burglaries in the Copers Cope Area. For blocks of flats the police initiative using a combination of striking ‘Home Watch’ posters for front doors and windows and personal advice to residents and management has resulted in a significant reduction.
But break-ins are still happening, so the police are keen for residents of blocks to be aware that their households are more vulnerable where there is a trades’ button. Trades people know of the hours of access – and so do the criminals. New designs of entry systems do not have trades’ buttons, and they record which flat gave entry to every caller. Think about de-activating your trades’ button and reminding all residents not to blindly open the communal door to anyone who buzzes saying they have a parcel to deliver to another flat. They may do – but equally they may be gaining entry to steal your neighbour’s possessions. Prevention is the best safeguard against criminal activity.
Motor vehicle crime
As theft of vehicles from the Copers Cope area is on the rise, the police are offering prevention advice for keeping cars safe when parked at home, on the drive or in the roadway:
- Keep car keys far enough from the car to prevent them being linked to electronic devices (tablets for instance) held on the street (or put the keys in a Faraday box -or simply wrap them in tinfoil – or in the fridge to stop the electronic link being made.
- The easiest recommended method is to use a simple steering lock!
- There is also a high volume of theft of tools from vans. Do warn any builders and gardeners you contract to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
Copers Cope police priorities and promises
Centrally set priorities are Safe Guarding, Violent Crime, Burglary & ASB. The promises set by the Copers Cope Ward Panel for the next period is to target speeding traffic. The team will set up speed gun operations in key areas and increase Road Watch activity over the next few months.
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CCARA members were some of the 122 volunteers who supported the Swift Survey run by the Bromley RSPB Local Group in 2018. The survey was a great success. 252 sightings of low flying swifts were recorded and 49 nest sites were identified within the borough.
Here is a link to the report of the 2018 survey, which includes maps of sightings and nest sites:
The survey is being repeated in 2019 and it would be great if CCARA members could once again support it.
The Government is currently consulting on Pay-As-You-Go fares on the rail network: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pay-as-you-go-on-rail
The consultation is focusing on three key areas:
- What a pay-as-you-go travel area is, and how it would work in general
- Where a pay-as-you-go travel area could cover
- The changes that could be made within the area
The deadline is 1 May 2019 and the South East is one of the key geographical areas being looked at in this consultation.
Background to this survey
A recent consultation with passengers about rail fares, the biggest ever carried out and delivered by the Rail Delivery Group in partnership with the independent passenger watchdog Transport Focus, has found widespread agreement for change:
- 8 out of 10 wanted the fares system overhauled
- 9 out of 10 wanted smart or electronic tickets across the whole network
- 8 out of 10 wanted fares which encourage travel during quiet periods when there are empty seats
In all, nearly 20,000 people from across Britain took part – with additional input from over 60 umbrella organisations representing over 300,000 other organisations, authorities and individuals, including businesses, accessibility groups and local authorities.
The proposals in the consultation include:
- ‘Easier fares for all’: enabling a transparent, simpler to understand fares system (‘tap-in, tap-out’) across the country
- ‘Best fare guarantee’ of getting the cheapest fare for your journey and hassle-free refunds
- Automatic delay repay payments, enabling train operators to automate compensation payments when passengers are eligible.
- Fares that better reflect modern ways of working: helping passengers get more appropriate tickets for flexible working, with fewer and fewer people now travelling the same journey to and from work, five days a week.
- New types of fares could give season ticket holders with flexible needs the opportunity to save money by travelling at quieter times, incentivising more off-peak travel and helping reduce peak-time crowding.
Big Lunch street parties in Beckenham and Bromley 1-2 June 2019
The Big Lunch neighbourhood street parties, promoted by the Eden Project, are being held again this year on the first weekend in June.
Bromley Council will waive road closure fees for street parties in support of the Big Lunch 2019.
Applications from Beckenham residents and Street Friends applying to hold a street party in support of the Big Lunch 2019 on 1-2 June are again being processed free of charge. Apply by 23 March.