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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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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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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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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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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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Take part in Bromley Swift Survey May to September 2018

From RSPB Bromley Local Group

Bromley Swift Survey: How many swifts are nesting near you?

Swifts have been nesting in our buildings for centuries and have been a common sight performing their aerial acrobatics over our borough’s towns in the summer. They spend the rest of their year in Africa.

Unfortunately, their numbers are in severe decline. Between 1995 and 2015 the UK lost more than half its swifts. Numbers appear to have fallen even more in Bromley over the same period.

The RSPB believes that loss of nest sites is at least partly responsible. Due to our tendency to seal up buildings during renovation or knock them down, swifts are returning to discover their nest site has gone or access is blocked.

Action is urgently needed to prevent swifts becoming extinct in Bromley.

We are running a Bromley Swift Survey between May and July this year to discover where they are still nesting. We need to find this out quickly so that action to provide nesting spaces can be targeted in the right areas.

No knowledge of swifts or previous experience of doing surveys is needed. It will be really simple and easy, and help will be available if needed, for example on how to identify a swift.

We will ask participants to go for a short walk along the streets near to where they live or another location of their choice. A balmy summer’s evening would be best as the swifts will be most active then. The walk should be repeated at least once a month between May and July – so a total of three short walks. The participant would make a note of any swifts they see flying at rooftop level as this means that the birds will be nesting nearby.

It would be great if you could take part. The more people who join in the better as we will build a more detailed picture of Bromley’s swift population.

To take part in the survey or find out more information you can either:

  • email our Group’s Recorder Peter Smart on bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com
  • call the Group on 07392 790 719.

RSPB Bromley Local Group

Bromley Swift Survey – Poster

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 23 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 reached the Nationwide.

• The tactile paving at Thornton’s Corner has been replaced but the area has still to be cleaned.

• The crossing point on the junction of The Drive has been slightly relocated and a ramp installed. This ramp although yellow has tarmac underneath to make it more rigid. The height of the existing kerb at this location is fairly low and should not be too steep for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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 will continue west to The Drive. This phase of works is anticipated to be complete by the 30th April 2018 subject to construction complications or adverse weather.

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

• The damage to the wall at Beckenham Junction station will be repaired by Tuesday.

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

The High Street from Kelsey Lane to the War Memorial will now remain two ways until the end of April. The 352 bus will then be diverted up the High Street and around Rectory Road. Unfortunately this is unavoidable.

Two directional traffic from the junction of Bromley Road / Church Avenue / High Street south to Thornton’s Corner cannot resume because of safety concerns. If it were to be reintroduced some vehicles would be forced on to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square. This would potentially include HGVs which would be particularly unsatisfactory.

Work by other contractors in Beckenham

Contractors not connected with the project have been working outside Card Factory and the side alley. Thames Water will be on site 3/4/18 to 6/04/18 to connect the new water to the flats above The Card Factory. UKPN have some extra work to complete in the alleyway between Miso and the Card Factory. The appalling reinstatement of the paving outside The Card Factory was carried out by Thames Water contractors and will be made good by FM Conway.

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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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 16 April 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 4 works 116 to 180 High Street.

Completed works

  • Paving has continued south of the existing pedestrian crossing opposite Lidl with Kerbing in advance reaching Santander at 212-214 High Street.
  • The entrance to Leather Alley has been excavated. As previously stated there was a void under the access the size of which could not be determined until the surface treatment had been removed. It has been discovered that a long standing water leak has created a large hole. Reinstatement was delayed whilst Thames Water investigated where their pipe was leaking. The reinstatement works will now be completed by Tuesday the 14thApril. For Thames Water to repair the leak new paving will have 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 as the leak is from a water pipe and Thames Water has yet to find the exact location.
  • The pedestrian island in The Drive has been removed in anticipation of works to this corner. This is a temporary measure to ensure there is sufficient space for vehicles whilst providing a safe working environment for the contractors.
  • The existing small, on street compound has been moved to the parking bays outside 258 to 262 High Street. The bays will therefore obviously be out of operation.

Next week’s works.

  • Footway and kerbing will continue south to The Drive. This phase of works is anticipated to be complete by the 30th April 2018 subject to construction complications or adverse weather.
  • Tactile paving is being continued to be re-laid at Thornton’s Corner. A high quality granite product has always been specified for this area to complement the granite paving. The concrete tactile paving was a temporary measure.

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

The High Street from Kelsey Lane to the War Memorial will now remain two ways until the end of April. The 352 bus will then be diverted up the High Street and around Rectory Road. Unfortunately this is unavoidable.

Two directional traffic from the junction of Bromley Road / Church Avenue / High Street south to Thornton’s Corner cannot resume because of safety concerns. If it were to be reintroduced some vehicles would be forced on to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square. This would potentially include HGVs which would be particularly unsatisfactory.

Work by other contractors in Beckenham

Contractors not connected with the project have been working outside Card Factory and the side alley. Thames Water will be on site 3/4/18 to 6/04/18 to connect the new water to the flats above The Card Factory. UKPN have some extra work to complete in the alleyway between Miso and the Card Factory. The appalling reinstatement of the paving outside The Card Factory was carried out by Thames Water contractors and will be made good by FM Conway.

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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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 26 March 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 4 works 116 to 180 High Street.

Completed works

  • Paving and kerbing has continued towards Leather Alley. Bus Stop J near the junction of Fairfield Road and the High Street has undergone a temporary treatment until bespoke materials are installed.

Next week’s works.

  • Footway work will be continued between Specsavers to the Lidl pedestrian crossing traffic lights.

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.

During the Easter weekend FM Conway’s contractors will be working on the Friday and Saturday but not Easter Sunday or Monday.

Work by other contractors in Beckenham

Contractors not connected with the project have been working outside Card Factory and the side alley. Thames Water will be on site 3/4/18 to 6/04/18 to connect the new water to the flats above The Card Factory. UKPN have some extra work to complete in the alleyway between Miso and the Card Factory. The reinstatement of the paving outside The Card Factory will be completed by FM Conway.

Traffic Management

Two directional traffic from the junction of Bromley Road / Church Avenue / High Street south to Thornton’s Corner cannot resume because of safety concerns. If it were to be reintroduced some vehicles would be forced on to Burnhill Road and Kelsey Square. This would potentially include HGVs which would be particularly unsatisfactory.

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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Survey on the evening economy in Beckenham – your help is needed.

We would be grateful if you can complete this short survey on Beckenham’s evening economy to assist with Beckenham’s renewal of its prestigious Purple Flag status.

Survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PurpleFlagBeck

Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

The Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night, showing that the night-time economy offers safe, attractive environments, great bars, clubs and restaurants, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links. The Purple Flag proudly flies outside Beckenham Junction Station.

 

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Dizzy’s Diner to Become a Bar, January 2018

Dizzy’s Diner on the High Street has applied for a variation to its current licence, announcing that it intends to change from a restaurant to a bar.

The well-known restaurant, at the lower end of the High Street, has been a feature of the Beckenham restaurant scene for nearly 40 years.  The change in focus of the business to become a bar involves extending the licensing hours at the premises.

The variation to the current licence includes the supply of alcohol from 12:00-23:40 Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:40 on Fridays and Saturdays; provision of food and drink, recorded music, live music and dance performances from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays; and provision of films from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

To view the application in detail, and submit comments on the proposal, click here: 18/00037/LAPRE

The closing date for comments is Monday 5th February.

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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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Beckenham School Choir Competition at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

The Primary School Choir Competition last Christmas was such a success we decided to do it again!

Taking part this year are talented young choirs from THREE Beckenham primary schools.

They have all rehearsed very hard, so please come along to Christmas on the Green this afternoon and give all three your full support:

13:00 – Worsley Bridge Primary School Choir

14:00 – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir

15:00 – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

 

At 3.30pm, after the final choir has sung, you will be able to vote for your favourite.

Just go to our Twitter account @CCARA_Beckenham and cast your vote!

The poll will remain open until 18:00 on Sunday and is just for fun.

We think all three choirs are absolutely amazing.

The choir with the most votes will win for their school the 6ft Christmas on the stage, kindly donated by Branching Out plus £50 to buy lights, a stand and decorations.

 

 

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