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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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Childrens Rudolph Carrot Treasure Hunt 12.00 – 1.00pm tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

Hunt for Rudolph the Reindeer’s carrots that are hidden all over Beckenham Green tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’!

Find THREE carrots, then go to the Copers’ Cope Area Residents’ Association tent nearest the stage to collect your treasure!

12.00 – 1.00pm, Beckenham Green, Saturday 2nd December.

GOOD LUCK!

 

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‘A Beckenham Christmas’ Tomorrow – Midday to 5.30pm Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 on Beckenham Green

Get down to Beckenham Green tomorrow, there is just so much going on.

Christmas On The Green

School Choir Competition

Three of our primary schools will be performing Christmas Songs. Make sure you come along to support them and vote for your favourite on Twitter on the day.

  • 1pm – Worlsey Bridge Primary School Choir
  • 2pm – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir
  • 3pm – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

Candlelit Parade

Back by popular demand is Beckenham’s Candlelit Parade. This year organised by the Beckenham Business Association.  The parade starts at Croydon Road Recreation Ground (main entrance on Croydon Road). Meet at 4pm for a 4.30pm departure down the High Street to Beckenham Green.   Join in the parade for beautiful lanterns, Father Christmas and Christmas Carols .

Lights Switch On and Community Sing-a-long 5pm

To finish off a fabulous festive day in Beckenham we turn on the Christmas lights to much fanfare and end with our traditional big Christmas Community Sing-a-long.  This is not one to miss.

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Council Budget 2018-19- Have your say Friday 1 December 2017, 11 am – 12.30 pm

From the council website:

Bromley Council 2018-19 and beyond

An important part of the process to plan the council’s budgets is to understand the views of residents in our borough.

We will be holding round table meetings with Residents Associations to talk about our borough as well as hosting a daytime public meeting when everyone can join the conversation with the Council Leader and Cabinet.

The meeting will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, 11 am – 12.30 pm at the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Bromley BR1 3UH and be followed by light refreshments.

Last year we were able to respond to residents’ views in the council’s budget with around £1million to enhance the street scene, planning and enforcement and evolve a new apprenticeship scheme to help more people into work. This is in addition to £1.5million of new money to improve services for our vulnerable young people.

If you are unable to attend our daytime public meeting – you can still let us know your views on what is important to you, where you would like to see changes as well as tell us your ideas on how we continue to keep Bromley borough the fantastic place it is in which to live, work and relax.

Get in touch:

Background documents

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200110/council_budgets_and_spending/1117/talking_about_our_borough

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Beckenham Green Canopy Competition

Our Association has been campaigning for a permanent stage cover for Beckenham Green to allow community groups and schools to organise events more easily on our lovely town Green.  The Council agreed to fund this as part of the Beckenham Town Centre Improvements.

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As Beckenham Green is such a unique place an architectural competition for the design the stage cover is being run.  We have worked with Bromley Council to create the design brief and we will also form part of the judging panel.   The competition is open to London wide students in pursuit of an architectural degree at any level and recent architectural graduates.

This is a great opportunity for a student or newly qualified architect to get their design realised into a wonderful asset for Beckenham.  We are very excited!

The design brief can be found at the link below.  Please share this with architectural  students/recent graduates you may know.

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200079/regeneration

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Beckenham High Street – 2 way traffic for Christmas – buses return to normal routes

From the 4th of December High Street Beckenham will be reopened to two way traffic, all buses that are currently on diversion will go back to their original routes for five weeks. The temporary one way/ diversion will be back in place from the 8th of January until the works end.

TFL buses are putting information on their website and on the bus stops in the area.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 13 Nov 2017

Beckenham Improvements work update

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

Work done in week beginning  13th November 2017.

  • The redundant traffic signals at Thornton’s Corner will be removed and paving will be reinstated.
  • All four corners of Thornton’s Corner will be jet washed in preparation for the surfacing
  • Works on the High St between Village Garage and Ye Olde George Inn (including Fairfield Rd jnc) will continue (kerbs, drainage, paving etc.)
  • Only one entrance to the car park next to Ye Olde George will be accessible on Monday & Tuesday of next week whilst work continues
  • Works in Beckenham Green continues this will include finishing the granite paving on Albemarle Road corner following TfL controls work.
  • Potentially increased hours of work next week and the following week to make sure all work is completed to a point sufficient for our Christmas shutdown.

Christmas close between the 4th December and 8th January 2018

  • In advance of the Christmas closure barriers and materials starting to be removed to St Georges compound.
  • One way traffic flow throughout The High Street will change back to two ways from Monday 4th December until Monday 8th January 2018.

Re surfacing night work at Thornton’s Corner, week beginning 20th November for potentially 5 nights. Letters will be delivered to all businesses and residents in the immediate vicinity within the next couple of days.

Diversions will be in place from 08:00pm to 05:00am throughout the re surfacing.

For Reference

Works on the highway at the War Memorial roundabout are being carried out by Network Power and opposite Kelsey Square there is a gas installation to a new commercial unit. These works are not connected to the High street improvements.

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Overnight Re-surfacing Work on Beckenham High Street From Monday 20th November 2017

This bulletin is courtesy of FM Conway, contractor for Beckenham High Street Improvement Works:

Advance warning of Overnight resurfacing work From Monday 20th November for five nights at Thornton’s Corner.

As the town centre improvements continue, please do be aware that overnight resurfacing work will be taking place on Monday 20th November. As before this night work will start at 8 p.m. and could continue until 3a.m on the morning of 26th November.

The work will initially consist of the existing road surface being taken or ‘planed’ off, with a new surface then re-laid, with the ‘planing’ be the noisier element.

We anticipate all noisy work to be completed by midnight, with only deliveries after that.  To facilitate this work, the junctions of Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road with The High Street, will be closed from 8:00pm.  The High Street from The War Memorial to the crossroads with Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road (Thornton’s Corner) will also be closed.  The road will re-open from 5:00am on all of the given dates.

Residents:  There will be diversions signs in place to aid traffic flow.  Residents with permitted parking, which is accessed via The High Street, who wish to access or exit their space after  08:00pm on any of these given days, apart from 26th November, should contact me on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk

As this is a major road, which is extremely busy in the daytime, there is no option but to carry out this work at night but we are mindful of local residents and the impact on town centre visitors and businesses.  Be assured that we will keep noise to a minimum as far as possible and we do apologise for any inconvenience or disturbance in advance during this period.

At the end of the night work, the road surface along this stretch of The High Street will have been greatly improved from the current condition, with the overall town centre improvement initiative making Beckenham a more attractive and safer place for residents, visitors and businesses.

If you want to keep up to date with the improvement progress in the town, please sign up for the newsletter by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements.

Many thanks

Helen McConnell

Business Liaison Officer FM CONWAY

 

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Sewer collapse – High Street – West Bound Road Closure

Beckenham High Street has a further road closure due to an untimely sewer collapse between Kelsey Sq and Village Way heading toward the War Memorial (only the west bound side of the road is closed).

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Beckenham Improvements work update 23rd October 2017

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

Phase 3 works:

  • Transport for London will continue with the installation of new traffic signals at Thornton’s Corner. Paving work will continue on the eastern corners of Thorntons Corner. Granite paving will be laid at the back of the paving on the north-west corner of Thornton’s Corner.
  • Works to the hard surface area of Beckenham Green will continue.

For Reference

Works on the highway at the War Memorial roundabout are being carried out by Network Power and opposite Kelsey Square there is a gas installation to a new commercial unit. These works are not connected to the High street improvements.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from Kelsey Square to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL have investigated this issue and have adjusted them to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day. The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

(For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).

The High Street from Thornton’s Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thornton’s Corner and the War Memorial.

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 Thorntons 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

A Big Thank You

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site

contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the Scheme

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Resident Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

 

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Five new business open on Beckenham High Street

Five vibrant, attractive new businesses have opened in Beckenham in the last few weeks. Call in and give them a big Beckenham welcome.

Poached – Cafe

Ollie & Dollie – Children’s Store

Agora Restaurant

Burger and Bubbles – bar and restaurant

Bunka – lifestyle store

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin No.6, 17 October 2017

This is the latest in our series of updates on planning matters in and around the Copers Cope Area.

If you feel strongly about any of the planning applications below that are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley, you can leave your comments by clicking the links provided, then clicking on the comments tab.  Don’t forget to give your name and address, otherwise your views may not be considered.

 

84 Albermarle Road 16/05788/FULL1

A fresh application has recently been submitted to demolish the existing large house on the site and replace it with a three and four storey block of flats, comprising 7No two-bedroom and 2No two-bedroom flats, plus parking and landscaping.

Planning permission was granted in March this year for a smaller, three-storey block comprising 6No one-bedroom and 3No two-bedroom dwellings.

Carlton Court, 23 Beckenham Road 17/02890/FULL1

A large residential development at Carlton Court, a two-storey block of six two-bedroom flats, diagonally opposite the Fire Station, on the corner with Hayne Road, was refused planning permission at Committee last week.

The planning application proposed the demolition of the existing building and garage block and the construction of a four-storey block of 30No flats comprised of 11No one-bedroom, 18No two-bedroom and 1No three-bedroom flats.

The existing block provides accommodation for up to 24 people, whereas this new proposal would have accommodated up to 88 people, however only 15No car parking spaces were provided for future residents.

This was a significantly larger scheme than the one granted planning approval last autumn, which was to add one storey to the existing building, providing 4No additional flats.

At the time of writing, the decision and the reasons for refusal had not been published.

61 The Avenue 17/01955/FULL1

The latest in a string of planning application for this site has been refused permission by the Council.

The scheme, for the development of two blocks each comprising 3No two-bedroom flats on the site, was rejected on the grounds that the proposal by reason of the size, height, bulk and massing of the buildings, would result in an overdevelopment of the site and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Downs Hill Conservation Area.

This was the fourth application in as many years and came, oddly, after a successful application last year to develop the site to provide two new family houses, which in our opinion is more suited to the particular location than flats.

56A Foxgrove Road 17/00624/OUT

The Council has, subject to a legal agreement, approved an outline planning application for the demolition of the existing 6No flats and garages and the development of a three to four-storey block comprising 18No flats, with car parking and landscaping.

45 Beckenham Road 17/02701/FULL1

A planning application has been approved for the conversion of the semi-detached house to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

8No bedrooms are proposed over the ground, first and second floors, comprising 7No double and 1No singles, providing accommodation for up to 15 people.  Occupants share one kitchen/dining room and several bathrooms.  Only two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Crystal Palace FC Training Ground, Copers Cope Road 15/02616/FULL

An application to demolish a number of single-storey office buildings and replace them with a two-storey extension to the existing main pavilion building, plus rationalisation and enlargement of the parking area, has been refused by the Council.

The reason given was that it was considered an inappropriate development on an area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) which would result in a loss of openness detrimental to the area.

Chinese Garage, Wickham Road 17/03273/RECON

Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in December last year for the conversion of this landmark building from a car dealership and garage to 2No ground floor retail units and 2No two-bedroom flats on the first floor.

The drawings submitted with the original application 16/02988/FULL suggested that the two retail units would be occupied by Pets at Home and Majestic Wine.   However this more recent application, for extended operating hours in the morning and evening, makes clear that Tesco now intend to take the lease, instead of Pets at Home.

There has already been much concern among local residents about the effect this proposal may have on the traffic congestion around the area of the roundabout where the building is located, increased noise and pollution, increased frequency of delivery vehicles, and the possible negative effect a supermarket would have on the parade of shops and businesses opposite.

At the time of writing there had been over 600 letters of objection to the proposal.

Land at the Junction with South Eden Park Road and Bucknall Way 17/00757/OUT

An outline planning application for a large residential development on the plot of open land at the northern end of the old Glaxo Smith Kline site, close to the Chinese Garage has been refused permission.

The scheme comprised of 3No blocks of flats, each three to four storeys high, accommodating a total of 52No flats, plus 15No four-storey terraced townhouses.  The flats would have faced onto South Eden Park Road and the houses towards the south and west of the site.

The applicant has appealed against the decision.

An application for a smaller development on adjacent land facing onto the Chinese Roundabout, known as Jacanda Lodge and owned by the same applicant, was also refused permission in September last year.  This development involved the demolition of the two existing houses on the site and the erection of 8No three-storey, 4-bedroom townhouses built in crescent formation.

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

Three years ago, the Government relaxed the planning laws to make it very easy to convert office premises to residential use.  Over this period, the majority of office space on Beckenham High Street, much of which was fully-let and in demand, has been given approval to be converted to flats.  Minimum space standards required for new-build or conversions do not apply to dwellings converted from offices, so many of these flats can be very cramped.

The largest of these sites include St Brides’s House (now complete), Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner and Burnhill House on Burnhill Road.  As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space has been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (Kelsey Square) 17/03675/FULL1

At the end of July last year Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining office building in the Beckenham High Street area to be converted into flats.  Burnhill House, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, was the subject of an application to convert the offices to 14No one and two-bedroom flats in 2015.  The council initially refused to grant consent, on the grounds that the proposal had inadequate provision for car parking, and would cause problems with highway safety on such a narrow section of the road.  An appeal by the applicant was dismissed, however a new application for the same scheme, but accompanied by a blank legal agreement promising the flats to be ‘car-free’ dwellings, was submitted and regrettably the Council capitulated and the application for the conversion of the office space to 14No flats was granted.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provided an extremely poor standard of living accommodation, particularly in terms of space, privacy, noise, natural light and amenity.

Earlier this year, the building owner made a fresh application for no less than 24No one-bedroom flats.  There were no drawings to show how ten more flats could be shoe-horned into the limited confines of the building, but thankfully the council refused the application.

Astonishingly the owner has since made yet another application (17/04077/RESPA), this time to squeeze in 22No units comprising 14No 1-bedroom flats and 8No bedsits.  There appear to be three separate entrances to the development and internal corridors leading to individual flats are long, with many changes in level. Less than half of the 1-bedroom flats meets the minimum space standards for new flats.  Four of the seven flats on the second floor have no proper windows, only sloping roof lights and several of the bedsits are just 3 metres wide.

In August, a further application was submitted, this time proposing an additional 9No new flats ‘bolted-on’ to the second floor and roof and substantial alterations of the existing building.  If granted permission, this would again bring the total number of flats the site to 24 (two existing flats on the first floor being retained and one flat originally proposed on the ground floor being sacrificed for bike and refuse storage) enabling up to 54 people to live there.  We have just heard that this application has been refused by the Council, on the grounds that the scheme fails to provide a satisfactory layout and standard required for good quality accommodation.  The poor internal layouts and outlooks of two of the proposed new flats were particularly criticised.  In addition, the proposal fails to provide any off-street car parking, thereby increasing the demand for on-street parking on local roads.

Applications on the High Street:

218 High Street (old Ardec shop) 16/04171/FULL

Earlier this year, permission was granted at appeal for the change of use of the old Ardec shop to a restaurant on the ground floor with an extension to the rear (15/02489/FULL).

A further application for kitchen extract equipment and drainage proposals was granted consent over the summer and hoardings have since been erected, indicating that work underway inside.

The application for a rear extension at first floor level an alterations to the ground floor extension, permitted under a separate consent, was approved last month.

210 High Street (old Clark’s shop)

The owner submitted three further planning applications last month, following enforcement action by the Council:

17/02751/FULL Introduction of seating to the first floor.

17/02755/FULL Retrospective application for external seating at the rear of the establishment for the purposes of consuming hot food, the construction of new fencing at the rear and a retractable awning over part of the rear external area, all of which had been installed without permission.

17/02753/FULL Retrospective application for the continued use of the property as a restaurant and the installation of kitchen extract equipment introduced without permission.

After an application 17/00050/LAPRE was made by the owners to vary and extend the current premises licence 16/00633/LAPRE at Two-Ten, the establishment had its licence suspended on 26th April for three months.

The decision followed a number of apparent breaches of its existing licence since the restaurant opened in December last year.  The owners had been ordered to address several matters including noise, the sale of alcohol, building regulations, fire regulations, compliance with smoking laws and installation of a cctv system.

206 High Street (old Chas Norman camera shop) 16/05707/FULL3

Following the approval of a retrospective application for the use of the first floor as a one-bedroom flat, and for shop front alterations including a roller shutter, new entrance to the flat above and shop window alterations, the art gallery/shop on the ground floor abruptly and closed last month.  Curiously, the shop had no name during its short occupation.  We wait to see what takes its place

162 High Street 17/01568/ADV (old Horts Boutique shop)

Over the summer, the Council took enforcement action against Tech Check, the new occupier of the shop unit for changing a shop frontage and installing solid security shutters in a conservation area without planning permission.

The owners submitted a planning application in June, but made the alterations two weeks later, opening the shop at the end of the month.

The above application for internally illuminated fascia and projecting signage was refused in August.  The reason for refusal was that the size, scale and design of the signage would result in a prominent over-proliferation of advertisements which would fail to respect the scale, character and appearance of the locally listed host building, and wider Beckenham Town Centre Conservation Area.

12A High Street 17/00911/FULL1 (Coady’s Estate Agent)

Permission was granted in May for the change of use of the estate agents office on the railway bridge to a cafe. Owned by the locksmiths and called ‘Poached’, the cafe opened last month.

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Ziggy Stardust memories in Beckenham from Suzi Ronson

Then local Beckenham hairdressser Suzi Ronson recalls her memories from working in Evelyn Paget’s flagship salon in Beckenham to being on the road with Bowie in the Daily Mail article below.

My Ziggy Stardust memories: Suzi Ronson on how creating David Bowie’s iconic hairstyle transformed her life.

 

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Entertainment line up at Market On The Green tomorrow 23 Sept 2017

Check out our fabulous line up of free entertainment at Market On The Green tomorrow. Come along to enjoy the performers, grab some lunch and browse the market stalls.

  • 11:30 – Superman (look-a-like) kids dance party
  • 12:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
  • 12.30 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 13.o0 – Settemeno Acousticduo perform classic Jazz.
  • 13:30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 14:00 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 14.30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 15:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.

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