Bromley Common and Keston Ward – Newsletter June 2016

Please click on the link below to view a copy of the Bromley Common and Keston Ward newsletter for June 2016.

Newsletter – June 2016

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AGM Wednesday 1June 2016

Our thanks to the 60 residents and 3 ward councillors who were able to join us on such an inclement evening.
Larry Herbert chair of the Friends of Keston Common and also chair of Bromley Friends forum gave us a very informative talk about the work of the friends who meet every Friday between 10 & 12 to carry out very necessary work on the common, in the Ravensbourne green space and in Padmill wood. Larry told us that the group that began in 2009 had been successful in securing £30,000 of funding which had enabled them to restore a Victorian gate, set up 4 story boards giving the history of the common and carry out other maintenance work.
Mike Overall chair of the Keston Residents Road Safety group (KRRSG) spoke to us about why the group was formed in 2015. There are 3 separate Residents associations KVRA, Keston Mark & Bromley common and Keston Park representing different parts of Keston but all of them border on the junction at Keston Mark which is a particular problem and it was felt that a combined group with representatives from each of the Residents Associations would be a good way to tackle the road safety issues affecting the village. Mike also told the meeting about the Community Road watch programme where residents can volunteer to help the police monitor the speed of traffic on selected roads in the borough.
The meeting also had the opportunity to discuss with Cllr Carr the issue of the increase in operating hours at Biggin Hill. Cllr Carr said that the Councils Executive would be considering Biggin Hill Airports report on 15 June 2016 and if they were satisfied with the responses received they may agree to the increase in operating hours. Cllr Carr went on to say that with the conditions imposed on the Airport the movements and noise would be less than the village is experiencing at the moment and he guaranteed that if Biggin Hill infringed the conditions, which will be monitored by the Council then the increased operating hours would be rescinded. His assurances were met by a great deal of scepticism by residents.
A number of residents also raised a contentious Planning Application Ref: DC/16/02352/FULL1. An application has been submitted for a change of use from Class C3 (dwelling house) to Class C2 (residential institution) to allow use of the property at 29 Fox Lane as a children’s home. Residents of Fox Lane, Heritage Hill, Leafy Grove and others nearby were encouraged to inspect the application on the internet using the Search Planning Applications service at www.bromley.gov.uk/planningaccess using reference 16/02352/Full1 and to submit their comments to LBB. In response to residents’ concerns Councillor Alexa Michael, stated that she would ‘called the application in’, this means it will be considered by a Planning Committee of elected Councillors and not decided by a LBB Officer.”
The meeting ended with refreshments and nibbles. £131 was collected in donations.
For full minutes of the meeting please follow the link below
AGM Wednesday 1 June 2016

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KVRA committee meeting 25 May 2016 update

Below you will find a brief update of the important points from the KVRA committee meeting that took place on Wednesday 25 May.

We were pleased that Cllrs Carr and Michael were able to join us it is always helpful as the Cllrs are able to update on the latest information from the Council and often take issues forward for us.

Traffic calming measures in Heathfield Rd
- Cllr Carr told us that the first step in looking at the possibility of getting something installed was for the Council to undertake a consultation exercise and write to the residents of Heathfield Rd. He said that he would begin that process by talking to the appropriate Officers the following day. Once the consultation starts, please be sure to copy KVRA on your comments to LBB. This will enable us to be aware of the strength of residents views.

Biggin Hill airport
-There is no news on the Judicial Review process although Cllr Carr informed the Committee that the papers had been transferred from Manchester, where the review had been lodged, to London and in his view there was not going to be a case. David Clapham did not agree with this view and so we still await further news. For further information, please see www.flightpathwatch.co.uk .
The LBB Executive will consider the responses from Biggin Hill Airport to all the recommendations included as conditions by LBB at the meeting in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 15th June 2016. The report under consideration can be found on the following link: http://cds.bromley.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=121&MId=5760&Ver=4 Attendance at this important meeting will show your support.

Al-Emaan Centre
There will be a chance for local residents to visit the centre at 7.30pm on 31st May 2016. See enclosed invitation flyer.
Mobile phone mast
Cllr Michael is in contact with vodafone regarding the possible alternative siting for a mast at Holwood, outside the boundary of the scheduled ancient monument.

AGM
We look forward to seeing as many residents as possible at the AGM on Wednesday 1 June at 8pm in the Village Hall.

IMPORTANT TRAFFIC NEWS – CLOSURE OF SHIRE LANE
Road closure for Shire Lane that Southern Gas Networks or SGN as they are now known will implement on Saturday 28/5 morning.

Please see the SGN website https://www.sgn.co.uk/Roadworks/Southern-projects/Orpington-Shire-Lane/ and the attached pdf SGN have distributed locally.

You can follow progress on the SGN twitter feed https://twitter.com/sgngas?lang=en-gb as well as on their website and of course, the Council will re-tweet the SGN message to help spread the news.

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Safer Neighbourhood Agenda and Minutes – Meeting Thursday 19th May 2016

The Safer Neighbourhood Board is meeting in St Paul’s Cray on Thursday. Any member of the public may attend.

Agenda

Minutes

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BBC Series ‘Back in time…’

Dear Residents

I’m writing from Wall to Wall television – We make BBC2’s living history series Back in Time for Dinner and Back in Time for the Weekend.

We are currently looking for a fun, London based family for our brand new series ‘Further Back In Time’. I wondered if this was something you could possibly share with the members of your Residents Association. And also with any other families or friends who you think may be interested in finding out more.

This is a really fantastic opportunity for a great family, who with our help, will be fast-forwarded through 50 years of incredible history to explore how we lived and what we ate. Both previous series were extremely well received and were among BBC2’s top rating factual shows last year, averaging 3 million viewers a week.

I have attached our flyer but please let me know if you would like to receive any paper copies in the post or if there is anywhere that you recommend we share this. If anyone would like to receive more information about the show they can e-mail backintime@walltowall.co.uk – ideally with some photos and a few details about themselves.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this e-mail. We’re keen to talk to interested families as soon as we can, so if you could share this with your residents that would be very much appreciated.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever.

Yours extremely thankfully,

Paul Braund
Casting Producer

Link to ‘Back in time…’ flyer

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AGM 2016

The 2016 AGM will be held on Wednesday 1st June at 8pm in the Keston Village Hall.

To view the chairman’s report and agenda please click on the link below

AGM 2016

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Flightpath watch April 2016 newsletter

To view the Flightpath watch April 2016 newsletter click on the link below

Flightpathwatch April 2016 Newsletter

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FIBRE BROADBAND

BT OpenReach has now connected the new cabinet in Heathfield Road so residents can now contact their broadband provider to upgrade to a high-speed service.

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Telecoms Mast at the Keston Village Hall – Planning Application 16/01288

Dear Resident

We have been advised by Cllr Michael that this item will be on the agenda for Plans 1 Sub-committee this coming Thursday, 28th April. It is being recommended for refusal on the following grounds:

1. The proposal, by reason of its height, siting and design, would have a seriously detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Keston Village Conservation Area and the openness of the Green Belt within which it would be sited, thereby contrary to Policies BE1, BE11, BE22 and G1 of the Unitary Development Plan, Supplementary Planning Guidance for the Conservation Area, Policies 7.4, 7.8 and 7.16 of the London Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The item appears on List 4 of the Plans 1 agenda which means that it cannot be granted permission on Thursday evening, even if Members wish to do so. If Members were to be sympathetic to the plan, it would need to be deferred and then moved to List 2 of a future planning agenda (items meriting special consideration).

The applicants argue that the mast is needed to improve the 3G service and provide 4G service to the Keston Village area. It would be a shared site between Vodafone and Telefonica (02).

You can attend the meeting on Thursday evening, which begins at 7pm. It will be held in one of the Council committee rooms because the Council Chamber is being used for election preparations.

Update
The Plans 1 Sub-committee members unanimously voted to refuse the application for the mobile mast at the meeting on Thursday 28th April on the following ground.

1. The proposal, by reason of its height, siting and design, would have a seriously detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Keston Village Conservation Area and the openness of the Green Belt within which it would be sited, thereby contrary to Policies BE1, BE11, BE22 and G1 of the Unitary Development Plan, Supplementary Planning Guidance for the Conservation Area, Policies 7.4, 7.8 and 7.16 of the London Plan, and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Their view was that this is a particularly sensitive site, lying as it does within the Keston Village Conservation Area and the Green Belt. It is also located within a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation and an Area of Archaeological Significance. The Grade I listed Keston Windmill is located to the north of the application site.

In addition, the mast, if permitted, would have been visible to those residents living in the row of houses at 120 – 128 Heathfield Road.

For all these reasons, they felt that I could not support the siting of a mast at this particular location.

However, Councillors are aware that local mobile telecommunications are poor and need improving. To this end, Cllr Michael who chaired the committee has asked Vodafone to consider a less environmentally sensitive site for a mast.

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