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Council Survey on the controversial relocation of Beckenham Library – have your say by 31 March 2020

Bromley Council have published a survey to capture the views of local people on their proposal to relocate the library from its current purpose-built building to the Beckenham Public Halls (by Nat West Bank).

The proposal has created controversy locally as the current 80 year old library building, which is located in a Conservation Area, will be demolished and the site developed for housing.  Further, the space available at the Public Halls to host the library will be less than what is available in the current library and will mean that rooms in the Public Halls will be lost for community use.

Have your say here.

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Neighbourly Support #ViralKindness

There is a wonderful initiative taking off across the country to help people isolated due to Coronavirus. Where local people are offering to help those who may need it.  See this Guardian article.

Is there anyone on your street or in your block of flats that might need help? Perhaps pop one of these through their door.

Local Beckenham community groups are in contact to see how we can facilitate helping people across our community. We will keep you posted of any initiatives, but in the mean time let’s reach out to offer neighbourly support.

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Free anti-pickpocket bells from Safer Bromley Partnership (February 2020)

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.

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Electoral Boundary changes in Copers Cope – have your say by 17 Feb 2020

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England  are proposing boundary changes to the Copers Cope ward and the surrounding wards as part of the national review.  The consultation on changes is at its final stage and local people can now have their say on the draft recommendations by 17 Feb 2020.

Full details of the changes, including Bromley Councils recommendations to the Commission can be found here.  For ease, the draft recommendation report for Bromley Borough has been attached here (1. Bromley Report – Draft 1)

A map showing the areas that change in Copers Cope ward is show below (green is gained, blue is lost).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Copers Cope Ward the main changes are:

  • To rename the ward to Beckenham Town and Copers Cope
  • The ward would lose the areas in blue, the largest to Shortlands Ward and the smallest to Kelsey and Eden Park
  • The ward would gain the green area from the Clock House ward. This would mean that the Spa, Library and Venue 28 would move from Clock House to Beckenham Town and Copers Cope (the shopping parade almost opposite will remain in Clock House (to be renamed Clock House and Elmers End).

Your views

We are interested in your views, please get in contact by email to chairman@coperscope.org.uk. Don’t forget to have your say by 17 Feb 2020, this is done online here.

 

 

 

 

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Bromley Community Safety Survey – January 2020

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.

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200030/crime_prevention_and_community_safety/1364/safer_bromley_community_safety_survey

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.

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Save Beckenham Library – attend the Council Executive Meeting on 27 November 2019

Local people who object to the demolition of our purpose built library and its relocation to a smaller space in the Beckenham Public Halls are encouraged to attend the Council meeting on 27 Nov at the Civic Centre in person. The more people that attend the larger message we send to the Council.

You can read the meeting papers here…

https://cds.bromley.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=121&MId=6689

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Plan to move Beckenham Library – Public Meeting 7.30pm 14 Nov 2019, Beckenham Public Halls

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.

Petition

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:

https://www.change.org/p/bromley-council-save-beckenham-library

Public meeting

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.

Let us know what you think

We keen for your views, we will make a representation to the Leader of the Council on behalf of our members.  Please email any feedback to chairman@coperscope.org.uk.

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Have your say – Residents’ Forum and Open Meeting – 8pm Weds 16 Oct 2019

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.

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Free entertainment at Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm Sat 28 Sept 2019 on Beckenham Green

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.

Entertainment

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

Market Stalls

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!

 

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FREE Yoga Class & Gong Bath – 10am Sat 28 Sept 2019 at Market On The Green

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

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Save the date for Beckenham’s community Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm 28 Sep 2019

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 localmarket@coperscope.org.uk

 

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New Beckenham Together, a week-long celebration of your local community, 7-15 September 2019

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!

https://www.stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk/new

 

 

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Calling all photographers…

New Beckenham Together, a week-long celebration of the local community, 7-15 September

If you’re a keen photographer, young or old, experienced or inexperienced, and would like the opportunity to display your local shots in the daily photo and flower festival, part of New Beckenham Together, a  week of events for the local community hosted by St Paul’s in Brackley Road from 7th to 15th September, we would love to hear from you by the end of August!

Get in touch: socmed@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk

or on Facebook @stpaulsbeckenham

 

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Bowie bandstand in Croydon Rd Rex gets listed status

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.

www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/16/david-bowies-festival-bandstand-gets-grade-ii-listing

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Temporary changes to trams and some bus routes 23 August-1 September 2019

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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KCH NHS Foundation Trust draft mental health strategy consultation

Kings Mental Health Strategy – draft strategy out for consultation

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published their draft mental health strategy identifying key priorities to provide vision and direction over the coming five years. These priorities have been developed based on the good work already happening across the Trust, with input from clinical and operational staff and early engagement with volunteers, members, patients and Healthwatch organisations. They are now engaging with a range of local organisations and partners.

The strategy aims to build on and spread good practice in meeting the physical and mental health needs of their patients, their families and carers. Click here to read the strategy.

If you have any comments or questions, please email them to kch-tr.stakeholderrelations@nhs.net by close of play on Monday 9th September 2019.

You can also attend one of the sessions they will be holding to discuss the strategy.

  • 3rd September, Board Room, Hambledon Wing, Denmark Hill, King’s College Hospital. You can attend a session from 5.00 – 6.00pm or 6.30-7.30pm
  • 9th September,10.00 – 11.30am, PRUH Education Centre, Princess Royal University Hospital

To register for a place at one of these sessions, please contact: kch-tr.stakeholderrelations@nhs.net

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Volunteers needed for Beckenham Poppy Appeal Collectors

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Major gas works in Albemarle Road area starting Monday 8 July

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)

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Major road works at Elmers End from July to September 2019 – changes to traffic flow

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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Bear the cat, missing from Copers Cope Rd since 10 July 2019 – have you seen him?

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