London Borough of Bromley budget, your views

As you may already know, Bromley Council faces a £68 million funding black hole and is on course for bankruptcy in 2018-19 unless additional monies are forthcoming. This is due to the unfair funding formula applied to Bromley Council as a whole which results in very low funding from central government, coupled with a cut of nearly 30% in government grant since 2010 as part of the strategy to reduce the national budget deficit. Even if the Council made all the unpalatable cuts in expenditure e.g. closure of libraries, closing parks, reduced grass cutting, stop repairing roads, it would still not balance the books.

More information is available at where you will find an open letter from Councillor Carr, background information about the budget and details of public meetings, as well as the online survey. Please help the process by completing the survey.”

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Major changes to train services from December onwards

Network Rail is delivering the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme, sponsored by Government, which will transform north south travel through London when it is completed in 2018. As part of the programme we are entirely rebuilding London Bridge rail station and completely realigning the tracks in the approach to the station to reduce delays.

From 20 December and throughout next year, journeys to or from London will change as our work to improve the railway continues. These changes include:
20 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
No Southern or Thameslink trains will stop at London Bridge
There will also be changes to other services, including Southern and Gatwick Express services to Victoria and London Overground and Underground
22 to 24 December
During the morning peak, some trains to Charing Cross will not call at London Bridge
5 January 2015 to January 2018
No Bedford to Brighton Thameslink trains will call at London Bridge station for the entire period
A service will run every 30 mins between Brighton and London Bridge in the off-peak until approx 20.00 and a very limited service will run at peak times
12 January 2015 to August 2016
Southeastern trains to Charing Cross will not stop at London Bridge for 20 months
Some Southeastern stations will have all trains diverted to Cannon Street, with no trains calling at Charing Cross or Waterloo East

For more information please follow this link

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Keston Village School – Planning Meeting Outcome

Thank you to everyone who supported KVRA, either in person, with e-mails/letters or in spirit, at the planning committee consideration of the school’s application for the Early Years Foundation Stage classroom last night. Your support has been demonstrated to be powerful and we achieved a sensible conclusion to this long running issue. The children get the space they need and we have secured controls and improvements for the future.

The committee of Councillors granted planning permission for the additional classroom subject to four conditions;
The removal of Permitted Development rights.
The school is restricted to 8 classes only.
The school is restricted to 256 children.
The LBB Transport staff are required to work with local residents on a plan to improve safety and amenity
Residents of Heathfield Road, Lakes Road, Keston Avenue, Keston Gardens and Windmill Drive
With reference to the 4th condition above, would residents of these five roads in particular please talk to neighbours and let KVRA have any suggestions of practical improvements we could press the LBB Transport staff to provide to help make our village safer and better for residents and parents alike.
Of course any ideas from other residents would be welcome too.

The proposed roundabout at the junction of Heathfield Road and Westerham Road is due to be considered by LBB on 4th November 2014. Once we know the contents of the Officers report following the recent Public Consultation, we will let you know. KVRA are strongly against this proposal and are likely to once again need your support to protect the unique nature of Keston Village from an increasing flow of fast and heavy traffic.

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We learnt yesterday that the planning application for a single classroom is to be determined at 7pm next Thursday 23rd October 2014.

The Planning Committee No. 3 meeting will take place at the Civic Centre. This item is the first application on the agenda and is recommended for permission. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to give us the best possible chance to secure a Condition of;

Please click this link for a flyer explaining the background.

We need as many residents to attend as possible to support the KVRA position.

Please diarise and discuss with your neighbours and friends. Remember some elderly residents don’t have e-mail, if possible please print the flyer for them.

If you need transport, please ask neighbours or let me know.

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Bromley Road Safety Information for residents

Interested in saving money on your petrol? Would you like some tips and tricks to make your journeys smoother and more efficient? Bromley Road Safety’s Complete Driving Course can show you how. Open to all full license holders, it costs only £18 and includes a free, 1-hour on-road session with a DVSA-registered Fleet Trainer. It’s offered in conjunction with Bromley Adult Education College; the next course takes place on 9 October 2014 from 9.30am to 3pm at their Kentwood Centre, Penge. Places are limited, so book yours today online at or ring 020 8460 0020.

Winter is around the corner – are you ready for driving in all conditions? Build your confidence, update your skills, learn to handle all weather and more with Bromley Road Safety’s Winter Driving with Confidence. At a cost of only £18, the course makes a wonderful Christmas present and includes a free, 1-hour on-road session with a DVSA-registered Fleet Trainer. It is open to all full license holders and runs on 21st January 2015 from 9.30am to 3pm at Bromley Adult Education College, Widmore Centre, Bromley. Places are limited, so book yours today online at or ring 020 8460 0020.

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KVRA Submission in response to planning application DC/14/03021/FULL1

The attached pdf (or link below) is an electronic copy of the submission in response to the latest planning application from Keston CE School, reference above. Hard copies will be delivered to LBB for yourself and our three Councillors this afternoon.

Click here for the Document Link

For the PDF copy please click here.

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URGENT & IMPORTANT – Roundabout Consultation

The attached document from LBB proposes a roundabout at the junction of Heathfield Road and Westerham Road. Additionally there is a letter from Spencer Pritchard, a plan of the roundabout and a short questionnaire.

Officers have considered the routes of traffic generally and HGV vehicles in particular and the letter suggests 6 benefits and says the scheme will not significantly increase traffic through Keston Village. We STRONGLY DISAGREE with these assumptions and together with other local groups, with residents’ comments and suggestions we have formulated an alternative proposal (see previous post below) Our proposals would restrict HGV lorries from travelling through the village and improve safety for all.


Please use the LBB form to cast your vote. If you have difficulties printing the form, please collect a copy from Ravi at the Post Office.

To view the Consultation Questionnaire click here

To view the Consultation Letter click here

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KVRA formal response to latest planning application DC/14/03021/FULL1

To view the latest document please click here

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LBB Public Consultation – Proposal for a roundabout at junction of Heathfield Road and Westerham Road.

During the Autumn KVRA understands that LBB are due to start a public consultation on their proposal for a roundabout to be located at the junction of Heathfield Road and Westerham Road.

The discussion document on the link below is self explanatory and has been developed by KVRA and The Friends of Keston Common (FoKC) initially to seek residents responses. The document proposes that a much more fundamental approach is adopted to reduce the volume and weight of traffic traveling through Keston Village. Your comments are welcomed and can be passed to any KVRA or FoKC member or e-mailed to or Once all the feedback is received, a final version will be submitted as our response to the LBB public consultation.

Please spend time reading the document as ever increasing traffic levels along Heathfield Road will impact on us all.

The document can be accessed using the following link:

If you experience difficulties please click here to open the document

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