Bromley Council are considering plans to move Beckenham Library to the Beckenham Public Halls (near Ask Pizza in Beckenham Town Centre). The current library site (conveniently located with the leisure centre) will then be developed for housing (46 flats). Full details of the proposal can be found here and in these key documents:
It is likely that the library space will be smaller in the Public Halls and there will be a loss of space for public use (eg clubs etc that hire rooms that will be turned into library space). However, the opportunity for a refurbished library site in the town centre may be of benefit.
Copers Cope Councillors have advised they are supportive or the relocation of the Library to the Public Halls. They have said that there has been agreement for some time that the existing library building no longer meets the needs of the community. However, our Councillors do not appear to have consulted local people, certainly our residents association was not approached.
This plan is it its initial stages and there is still time for local people to have their say. At a Council meeting on 5th Nov Councillors approved the proposal. They agreed:
- To proceed to procurement for the appointment of a multi-disciplinary team, to develop a scheme for Beckenham Public Hall up to RIBA Stage 2 (Concept design) in the first instance, at an estimated cost of £70k.
- In principle to use the existing Beckenham Library site for housing. The approach taken to deliver the housing will depend on the outcome of the review being undertaken by Lambert Smith Hampton and any subsequent agreement of a housing delivery vehicle. This will be subject to a further report.
The next stage is approval at the Council Executive on 27 November 2019.
There has been much public opposition to the library closure in the existing building, exacerbated by the Councils failure to consult with local people. A petition has been set up at the link below, now has over 3000 signatures:
A local resident has set up a public meeting at 7.30pm 14 November 2019 at the Beckenham Public Halls. CCARA will be attending this meeting, as well as other community groups. Space is limited, but interested parties are welcome.
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We are holding a public meeting open to all our members and Beckenham residents at 8pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Christ Church, Fairfield Road, Beckenham BR3 3LE. Come along and raise your concerns with our panel of Councillors.
Our Association is jointly hosting the meeting with the West Beckenham Residents’ Association. All local people are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.
Head on over to Beckenham’s pretty town green on Saturday to enjoy some free live entertainment, have some lunch and check out the market stalls. Market On The Green is back with over 30 foodie, arts and craft stalls plus entertainment for the whole family, kids funfair and face painting.
On stage for your enjoyment:
11:30 Churchfields Community Choir
12:30 The Crooks Saxophone Quartet
13:00 Irish Dancing from local dance school run by Maria O’Sullivan
13:30 The Crooks Saxophone Quartet
14:00 The Rings – Beckenham duo
14:30 Toying with Names – acoustic folk band from Croydon
15:00 Felix School of Ukulele – Ukulele from Beckenham
Of course we will have a usual foodie, arts and crafts stalls (a full list on our Market page) … many of our favourites are back plus a few new stalls to tempt you.
FREE Yoga Class & Gong Bath
The Breeze Yoga team are coming to the market next weekend. At 10am the incredible Suzy Bain will lead a fun-filled yoga practice which will conclude with a magical 10 min Gong Bath by the wonderful Junior Valentine – what better way is there to start the day? The session is free of charge, we look forward to seeing you all on the mat!
The Breeze Yoga team are coming to our market on Beckenham Green next weekend. At 10am the incredible Suzy Bain will lead a fun-filled yoga practice which will conclude with a magical 10 min Gong Bath by the wonderful Junior Valentine – what better way is there to start the day? The session is free of charge, we look forward to seeing you all on the mat!
Breeze Yoga Beckenham
Our next market is coming up soon. We are pleased to welcome Breeze Yoga who will running alfresco yoga workshops. Some of our favourite performers are back including Balgowan Irish Dancing and Felix’s Ukelele. Plus over 30 stalls of craft and street food, check out our web page.
Calling all local traders… we still have pitches available and are especially looking for bread and produce stalls. If you would like to trade or perform please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
As reported in the Guardian… Fifty years after a young David Bowie performed from a south London bandstand in front of a tiny crowd at a summer festival he organised, the historic iron structure that served as his modest stage has been Grade II-listed.
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)
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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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Plans have been submitted to convert Kelsey House at 75-77 Beckenham High Street to a 68 room hotel and 9 apartments.
The project is a joint venture between Travelodge and Dunward Properties which also includes a five-storey extension to the west (orange and yellow on the plan above) and south (green) of the existing building, extending up to the boundary with Village Car Care garage and back to the rear boundary.
The existing stair and lift core is to be demolished and rebuilt to serve the hotel, whilst a new, separate stair and lift will be built for occupants of the flats.
The bar and restaurant at ground floor level will remain unchanged.
Only 11 car parking spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays, are provided for the entire scheme.
Full details of the application can be found here 19/00286/FULL where you can also submit comments, should you wish to do so.
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Proposed High Street Elevation
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.
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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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London Borough of Lewisham announced last Friday that the car park in front of the Mansion at Beckenham Place Park will be permanently closed with effect from today, Monday 18 March until July 2019.
There will be very limited parking during this period, restricted to along the northern Drive between the Beckenham Hill Road entrance and the Mansion, and along the southern Drive between the Mansion and the gates at Beckenham Place Park road. A one-way system will be in operation along the southern stretch of the Drive, meaning that cars parked there will have to exit via the Beckenham Place Park road gates.
Click here for detailed information by London Borough of Lewisham.