Keston Village War Memorial Commemoration Project

We are currently in the process of raising funds for the project and have now set up a “Just Giving” web page for online donations. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. An update on the project and a link to the “Just Giving” web page can be found by selecting the link below.

War memorial update

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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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Night Time Commission Consultation

Dear Residents

Please see below. If you have any thoughts on London’s Night Time Economy, please let Cllr Lymer, the Portfolio Holder for Public Protection & Safety, have your thoughts before the 2nd February deadline. Her email is kate.lymer@bromley.gov.uk

Kind Regards
Alexa

Cllr Alexa Michael
Bromley Common & Keston Ward
London Borough of Bromley
Tel: 0208 464 1999
E-mail: alexa.michael@bromley.gov.uk

Night Time Commission Consultation

The Mayor of London has established the Night Time Commission to give him independent advice on London at night. By this we mean all activities between 6pm and 6am, across the whole of London. Our interest is not just in commercial operations like pubs and restaurants. We are equally interested in services, retail and leisure, the experience of London night workers and the ability of all Londoners to use and enjoy streets, public spaces and transport networks safely at night.

At the outset of its work, the commission wants to give organisations with an interest and involvement in London the chance to feed into the debate. Your organisation is one we are specifically consulting.

This is a public call for evidence and we encourage you to share it with other organisations. Please note that we will be consulting separately with London residents via Talk London and other channels.

Consultation questions

We are interested in answers to the following questions. We are not making any rules about length of answers. But we would ask you to answer them in order.

• Question 1. What are the strengths of London’s night time economy? In other words, what is good about London at night?

• Question 2. What are the weaknesses of London’s night time economy? In other words, what is not good about London at night? What does it lack?

• Question 3. What are the threats to London’s night time economy? In other words, are there issues or trends which we will have to address in the short, medium or long term?

• Question 4. What are the opportunities for London’s night time economy? In other words, how could London improve its night time offer? What should we be looking to develop?

• Question 5. What innovations, or ideas from other cities, would make London better at night? This might include commercial opportunities, ideas for events or marketing, initiatives to protect residents, visitors or workers, or ways to improve standards. If you have examples of good practice, we would like to know about them.

• Question 6. In July, the Mayor published his Vision for London as a 24-Hour City. It contains ten principles for the development of London at night. What do you like or not like about the vision? Are the ten principles right? What would you add or exclude, and why?

How to respond

You do not have to answer all of the questions. It will help us if your opinions are supported by factual and statistical evidence where appropriate. Feel free to include links and attachments.

Please include your name, job title, organisation name and email address in your response.
We may publish responses on the Greater London Authority (GLA) website. Personal contact details will be removed from submissions before publication but will be retained by the GLA for specific purposes relating to its night time economy programme, such as seeking additional information.
Please send your response to night@london.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 2nd February 2018.

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