Large Mobile Phone Mast Erected on Bromley Road
An administration error by the Council’s Planning and Development department appears to have resulted in the erection, without planning permission, of a large mobile phone mast on land behind the petrol station on Bromley Road.
In September 2019, a telecommunications company sought permission to erect an 18m (59ft) high base station tower directly behind the petrol station at 202 Bromley Road. The application was refused by Bromley Council in November, deciding that the height, appearance and siting of the proposed mast would be detrimental to the visual amenities of the area, and would appear as an alien and incongruous feature in a backland setting within a suburban residential area. So, in February, local residents were shocked to see the tall structure suddenly appear on the skyline. The mast is designed to hold six 2 metre-high antennae and a 30cm satellite dish, though at present the equipment hasn’t yet been fitted.
In a response to a freedom of information request, concerned neighbours discovered that the Council retained no record of an email being sent to the applicant notifying them of their decision to refuse the application. It appears that, in the apparent absence of a decision within the statutory period of 56 days, the applicant decided to press ahead with construction.
It is believed the Council has sought legal advice regarding their position, but is not taking the matter any further.
Local residents told us yesterday that the reply to their FOI request was inadequate in several respects, and they have since asked for it to be reviewed. They are also investigating ways to appeal against the Council’s handling of the application and considering taking the case further, to the Local Government Ombudsman.
Full details of the planning application are here 19/04009/TELCOM
Find our more about the new NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group at the link below.
Introduction to the CCG
Below graphic from the report shows local health demographics.
Urgent appeal from Mayor of London
“Foodbanks in up to seven London boroughs are reporting critical shortages of food. Some have been forced to close because of a shortage of supplies and people to run them. This is urgent!
You can donate online directly to your nearest foodbank or through one of these organisations (local food banks are listed further down):
- Independent Food Aid Network – The UK network for independent food aid providers. They support and connect a range of independent frontline food aid organisations while advocating on their behalf at a national level.
- Trussell Trust – Trussell Trust supports a network of food banks to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
As we all rally together to fight back against this virus, please consider supporting your local foodbank. This is one of the most effective and safest ways to help others in our community.”
Local Food Banks
- Supermarkets – Waitrose and Sainsburys both have food bank collection baskets at the back of their check-outs.
- Living Well – located at Trinity Church on Leonard Rd in Penge
- Bromley Borough Food bank – has centres in Bromley Town Centre and Anerley
- Food Plus Bromley – run by Citygate Church in Beckenham
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
Our newsletter was printed just before lockdown and delivery to our members has been disrupted. An electronic copy can be found here. Please note the Copers Cope AGM due in March was postponed until our next public meeting due in June because of Coronavirus.
Bromley Council’s survey to seek views on the proposal to relocate the library to the Beckenham Public Halls has been extended from 31 March to 7 April 2020. Under the proposal the existing library building in Clock House will be demolished and the site redeveloped for housing, this has caused controversy locally – find our more in our newsletter. We encourage local people to complete the survey online by 7 April here.
We want you to know how to access support and safeguard against scams but would firstly re-iterate Government/NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; only go out for food, health reasons, essential work or exercise and stay 2 metres from people outside your household – particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition. Facebook Groups, WhatsApp Groups and Nextdoor social networks that send neighbourhood alerts are great ways of staying in touch with those around you; however, it can be difficult to know who to trust. Please be aware not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this situation.
Here are some scams we are aware of but criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, in the post or online:
- People impersonating healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home- testing’, miracle cures or vaccines – there is no specific treatment for COVID-19.
- Offers of home cleaning services to gain access to your home – don’t allow strangers into your home without checking who they are via a trusted source.
- Offers to spray disinfectant onto driveways or around your home for cash.
- E-mails saying you have a refund on taxes, utilities etc are usually bogus and they are after your personal and bank details.
- Lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
- Mobile phone apps that claim to give updates on the virus but, instead, lock your phone and demand a ransom. Your bank or the police never ask for your bank details or PIN over the phone.
- Offers to shop or collect medication, asking for money upfront and then vanishing.
Tips to avoid being scammed:
- Take your time; don’t be rushed. Be cautious, listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
- If someone claims to represent a charity, be suspicious and don’t give them money or your bank details. Don’t let them into your home.
- If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in carefully and don’t click on links in emails or texts.
- Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
- Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card/PIN to a stranger even if they are going shopping for you.
- Know who you’re dealing with – if you need help, talk to someone you know and trust or contact Bromley Council on the numbers below.
- If you think you’ve been scammed, report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 orwww.actionfraud.police.uk
- If you need advice, call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 orwww.citizensadvice.org.uk and select Consumer.
- If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999 .
- Contact your bank if you think you’ve been scammed or given away banking details.
- E-mail Trading Standards at email@example.com if you live in Bromley. If you need help urgently (for example to report someone going door to door) contact Rapid Response on 07903 852090.
- If you need assistance from a volunteer, you can register using our online form at:
- If you do not have internet access, you can call the assistance line (during office hours) on: 020 8313 4484. Please use the phone number only if you are unable to access the online form yourself or through a friend or relative.
To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk.
Published Friday, 3 April 2020 (LB Bromley)
Firstly, can we remind residents that bonfires that are a statutory nuisance will face enforcement action and could land individuals with an unlimited fine. Whilst official air quality monitoring has not shown that there has been an impact on air quality, residents are being encouraged to consider their neighbours before starting a bonfire, which might particularly impact residents who might have breathing difficulties. Full details on bonfires and how residents can report nuisance bonfires is available on the Council’s website.
“I am very pleased to confirm that we are able to re-start our ever popular garden waste collection service with immediate effect (6th April). We are acutely aware that the gardening season is upon us and that many of us value this service, especially at this peak gardening period.
I am also pleased to confirm that we are planning to re-start our Green Box recycling collection on Monday too albeit that I anticipate we will not be in a position to complete all the scheduled work for that day, Residents are advised to place their green box out for collection in the usual way and if it is not collected at the end of the day, to put it back out at the next scheduled recycling collection.
Also published a series of press releases https://www.bromley.gov.uk/press
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.
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.
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.”
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).
We are interested in your views, please get in contact by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to have your say by 17 Feb 2020, this is done online here.
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.
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…
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.
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 email@example.com.
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