Countryside Day

The Friends of Keston Common are working with representatives from KVRA to organise this years Keston Countryside Day, which will take place on Sunday 28th June 2015. We are pleased to invite those who have previously taken part to do so once again.

Please e-mail thecountrysideday@gmail.com if you would like to participate. Further details will be circulated when the programme for the day is finalised.

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Trading Standards Initiative – Rogue Traders and Mass Marketing Scams

I would like to inform you of a new initiative by Bromley Trading Standards.

In partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Bromley Adult Safeguarding we at Trading Standards have initiated a campaign to raise awareness about rogue traders and mass marketing scams which are particularly affecting elderly and vulnerable adults in our local communities.

Rogue Traders are generally those who “cold call”, i.e. knock without an invitation and offer to carry out, often unnecessary, works on homes and gardens. They make untruthful statements and carry out shoddy work with the intention of obtaining as much money as they can.

Mass marketing scams are mass-produced letters made to look like personal letters or important documents, in the hope of tricking the recipient into sending cash, making money transfers or disclosing personal information such as bank details.

If you would like further information, please visit our website at www.bromley.gov.uk/scams

To raise awareness we have produced new publicity materials urging family, friends and neighbours to call the Trading Standards Rapid Response number when they suspect vulnerable neighbours and relatives are, or could become victims of doorstep crime.

Please click this link to view the document

Most importantly these give those affected the advice, support and assistance to deal with the problems they have become a victim to and will also allow Trading Standards to gain valuable information about rogue traders and scam mail criminals operating within the borough.

I would like to ask for your assistance in disseminating this information to members of your Residents Association. This could be by delivering our new leaflets to individual homes, sending messages via email or a combination of both. Further, if you publish a newsletter perhaps you could include an article on this initiative highlighting the Rapid Response telephone number, I can provide some copy for your convenience. In addition to this we would be happy to come along to your meeting and give a short presentation.

If you think you can help in sending out this message more widely and would like some leaflets and posters I would be grateful if you would provide me with the following information, as appropriate:

Your home address to send the leaflets to
number of A5 leaflets required,
which roads you are able to deliver to,
approximate number of emails you could send to your group members with a pdf document attachment.
Contact details for the editor of your Residents Association newsletter
Details of the meeting you would like us to come along to speak at

If you would like more information or to discuss this campaign further please call Beverley Nicklin at Bromley Trading Standards on 020 8461 7832.

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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 www.bromley.gov.uk/OurbudgetYourviews 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.

Roundabout
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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IMPORTANT NOTICE – BROMLEY CIVIC CENTRE MEETING 7pm Thursday 23rd October

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;
NO FURTHER EXPANSION.

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 www.baec.ac.uk 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 www.baec.ac.uk 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.

IF WE ARE TO RESTRICT THE HGV LORRIES AND THE EVER INCREASING VOLUME OF TRAFFIC THROUGH THE VILLAGE AND IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ALL WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW.

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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