LBBRF planning meeting

The London Borough of Bromley Residents Federation held a meeting on 21st November 2019. The minutes and planning report can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

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KVRA first update for 2020 and War Memorial Appeal

Dear Resident
I hope you had a wonderful festive season and the the start of 2020 has been good for you.
KVRA held the first meeting of the year on Wednesday 22 January 2020 and here are the main points of what we discussed:-

2020 War Memorial Centenary Commemoration
The project group led by Peter Zieminski continue to work hard to have everything in place for the event on 10 October, we have had some very generous donations towards the project but need a final push to get all the monies required to make everything happen. Please click on the link below to get a full update and also to see details of how you can donate if you haven’t already done so! To donate please either make a bank transfer to 09-01-29 a/c 35321237 reference War Memorial or drop a cheque into my house 21 Heathfield Road with War memorial on the back.

War memorial update and appeal

KVRA AGM – 26 March 2020 8pm at the Village Hall
A few changes this year – we have brought the date of the AGM forward to March this year to align with our financial year and comply with our constitution, we will not be delivering leaflets about the AGM to households in the village but will be putting information in various different places on social media, however we recognise that not everyone has access to this form of communication and so we will be putting posters in the local shops, pubs and post office, we would also ask you to share information with neighbors who do not have access to digital information. If you have new neighbors please suggest they add themselves to our newsletter distribution list by emailing me on kestonvillagera@gmail.com. More information about speakers will be sent round in the near future.
At this AGM David Clapham will be standing down as Chairman. Fortunately Shelly Sturdy has agreed to take on the role, so it would be really good if as many people as possible could join us to thank David for his tireless work over the last 10 years and to welcome Shelly in her new role. As usual we will have drinks and nibbles after the meeting.

Planning issues
The government Inspector has allowed the appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a 5 bedroom house to be built on land behind 15-21 Commonside, there are planning conditions attached for more information go to bromley.gov.uk and search for 19/00125/S78.

Heathfield Road traffic survey
There was a good response to our survey and Paul Spencer provided us with some of the key points that came out of it, which are
-everyone has noticed the huge increase in the volume and speed of the traffic since the new roundabout has been in place
-many people do not walk down the pavements as they are concerned about the traffic
-people have stopped using the local shops because of the traffic
We will be sending the information to our 3 Ward Councillors and will be asking them to support us in obtaining some traffic calming measures.

Xmas lights
We were pleased that we could afford to fund the lights again this year and we are grateful for donations from Wrinkle3 and the Greyhound and also for the contributions made in the collection boxes located in the Village stores, the Post Office and the Greyhound, however we will have to raise the full amount of £1,000 over this year if we are to have Xmas lights in the Village this year. We hope to run an event/events during the year to raise money but if you would like to donate please either make a bank transfer to 09-01-29 a/c 35321237 reference Xmas Lights or drop a cheque into my house 21 Heathfield Road.

Best Wishes
HIlary

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Have your say on council ward boundaries for Bromley

Bromley Council are conducting a 10 week survey on proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries. The consultation closes on 2nd September 2019.

The review letter and details of the consultation can be found by clicking on the links below:

LBB boundary review letter

Have your say

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Countryside Day

Just a reminder that Countryside Day will be held on Sunday, 30th June 2019.

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Keston Village War Memorial Centenary Commemoration Project

Peter Zieminski is managing a project on behalf of the KVRA to commemorate the centenary of the unveiling of our War Memorial with the help of several Committee members. Peter presented an outline of the project to the AGM which has six elements:

1. A commemorative event to mark the centenary of the unveiling.

2. The cleaning and restoration of the Memorial.

3. An additional names plaque for twenty-three men associated with Keston Parish who died and whose names do not appear on the Memorial.

4. The installation of an information board near the Memorial setting out its history.

The design of the information board is being undertaken by students from Ravens Wood School who presented their latest design at the AGM. Everyone at the meeting was very impressed with both their presentation and the information board design. They will carry on working on it over the next few weeks. Picture of the information board is attached

5. The installation of a ‘There But Not There’ silhouette near the Memorial and the information board.

6. Funding – The indicative costs associated with the project are just over £10,000 and we are delighted that a sponsor, who heard about the project, has already donated £750 to cover the cost of the ‘There But Not There’ silhouette. The Project Team are exploring ways to meet the costs which will include bidding for funding to: The Heritage Lottery Fund, The War Memorials Trust, and Bromley Council as well as holding fund raising events such as quiz nights and other sponsored activities as well as appeals through Crowd Funding and ‘My Donate’ web sites.

However, every penny helps and if you would like to sponsor one of the ‘forgotten’ names to be included on the additional plaque or any of the other work streams then please send your donation to the KVRA (c/o 85, Heathfield Road, BR2 6BB) or by electronic bank transfer marked ‘Memorial’ to our KVRA Account Number: 35321237 – Sort Code 09:01:29.

To find out more about the project or how you could get involved please click on the link below:
Keston Village War Memorial Project

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KVRA AGM Update

Dear Resident

Below I give a snapshot of what went on at the AGM on 6 June 2019.

Unfortunately there was a lower than usual turnout for our AGM last night maybe because England were playing the Netherlands! Only 38 people came along to hear two very good presentations on the plans for Commemoration of the War Memorial Unveiling on 20 October 2020, and the workings of the Mosque at Keston Mark.

At the beginning of the meeting David Clapham briefly went through the Chairman’s report for 2018/19, there was discussion about the new 5 acre hanger that is to be built at the Biggin Hill Airport and how this might impact on the already large volume of traffic through the village and concerns were expressed about the doubling of amount of vehicles that come down Heathfield Road since the roundabout has been in place at the top of road. As I previously reported in my last update KVRA will be working with other local groups to try to get some solutions to this problem.

I presented the Treasurers report, our bank balance looks quite healthy at the moment however we will have to pay for the Xmas lights in January which will cost more than the funds available to KVRA and the War Memorial Commemoration will also need funds, so we will continue to have to run events to raise money and may have to ask residents for help as unlike other Residents Associations we do not and will continue to not charge and annual membership fee. The residents who attended the AGM donated £92.76 for which we are grateful. If you were unable to attend the AGM and want to support KVRA with an electronic donation please use the following KVRA Bank Account details; Sort Code: 09-01-29 Account: 35321237.

Commemoration of the War Memorial Unveiling on 20 October 2020

Peter Zieminski is managing a project on behalf of the KVRA to commemorate the centenary of the unveiling of our War Memorial with the help of several Committee members. Peter presented an outline of the project to the AGM which has six elements:

1. A commemorative event to mark the centenary of the unveiling.

2. The cleaning and restoration of the Memorial.

3. An additional names plaque for twenty-three men associated with Keston Parish who died and whose names do not appear on the Memorial.

4. The installation of an information board near the Memorial setting out its history.

The design of the information board is being undertaken by students from Ravens Wood School who presented their latest design at the AGM. Everyone at the meeting was very impressed with both their presentation and the information board design. They will carry on working on it over the next few weeks. Picture of the information board is attached

5. The installation of a ‘There But Not There’ silhouette near the Memorial and the information board.

6. Funding – The indicative costs associated with the project are just over £10,000 and we are delighted that a sponsor, who heard about the project, has already donated £750 to cover the cost of the ‘There But Not There’ silhouette. The Project Team are exploring ways to meet the costs which will include bidding for funding to: The Heritage Lottery Fund, The War Memorials Trust, and Bromley Council as well as holding fund raising events such as quiz nights and other sponsored activities as well as appeals through Crowd Funding and ‘My Donate’ web sites.

However, every penny helps and if you would like to sponsor one of the ‘forgotten’ names to be included on the additional plaque or any of the other work streams then please send your donation to the KVRA (c/o 85, Heathfield Road, BR2 6BB) or by electronic bank transfer marked ‘Memorial’ to our KVRA Account Number: 35321237 – Sort Code 09:01:29.

The Mosque at Keston Mark.
Dr Omar Taha who is a director of the Al-Emaan Centre gave us a whistle stop tour of the history of the Mosque and of the work that they do and how they want to help our community. I have previously sent round the invitations to events at the Mosque and Omar explained how in particular wellbeing events where experts come to talk about issues such, bereavement and mental health are of great benefit to a lot of people in our community. The mosque also has interfaith events such as the annual peace walk. If you would like to know more about the work of the centre please follow this link al-emaan.org.uk.

After the meeting people had refreshments and were able to chat to neighbours.

Best wishes
Hilary

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KVRA Update 24 May 2019

Dear Resident

The KVRA committee met for its regular bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday. We were joined for the first part of our meeting by David Wood (Beckenham Society) he was very involved in a local working party that designed and implemented changes to Beckenham High Street. We were interested to hear how the local community went about getting changes and to see whether there is anything that would be helpful to us in resolving issues that we have in Heathfield Road. We have now had sight of the recent traffic survey for Heathfield Road and the volume of traffic has doubled since the completion of the roundabout it is now 110,000 vehicles a week which equates closely to the average daily volume using Tottenham Court Road and other very busy roads in the centre of the London. Unfortunately the constant stream of traffic at peak times slows the average speed and there are no serious accidents recorded so the Road is not seen as a high priority improvements for the Bromley.
The outcome of our discussion was that we will work with KRRSG, and Keston Mark Residents Association to press tfl for improvements at Keston Mark in order to encourage more of the traffic to use Westerham Road rather than Heathfield Road.

AGM Please come along to the Village Hall on Thursday 6 June at 8pm (copy of annual report and agenda attached) please join us after the meeting for refreshments and a chat.

Countryside day is on 30 June 2019

Best Wishes
Hilary

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Keston Commonside Vehicle Incursion Measure

As you are aware we have had an number of illegal traveller incursions in Bromley and onto Keston / Hayes common this summer and last year which has resulted in all manner of challenges.

You will be pleased to know that approval has been given and an order placed to install wooden stud posts along the boundary of keston Common / Commonside and I will let you know of the start date once confirmed.

I have attached a site map of where the posts will be installed ,the type, depth ., width apart and height. We have also taken into account that they will be set a metre in from the kerb to allow people to open their cars doors when parking ion the highway.

In addition and as a belt and braces job you may be aware that Bromley currently has an interim three month High Court order banning all illegal traveller incursion into our parks and open spaces and I am due to attend the high court at the end of next month hopefully to have the Court order extended to a 3 year ban.

Link to sitemap

Toby Smith
Street Enforcement Manager
Neighbourhood Management | Environment & Community Services
London Borough of Bromley
Toby.Smith@bromley.gov.uk

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Keston Commonside Vehicle Incursion Measures update

Dear Members.

I am writing to bring you up to date with the proposal to install wooden bollards (As per attachment).

An application to the Commons planning inspectorate is required due to the amount of posts to be installed and this is being drafted.

Once the Commons Planning inspectorate receive the application for this proposal they will arrange for a site visit and I will you keep you updated re the outcome.

Regards

Mr T.Smith
Street Enforcement Manager
Neighbourhood Management | Environment & Community Services
London Borough of Bromley
Toby.Smith@bromley.gov.uk

Planning Proposal link

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