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Hill infringed the conditions, which will be monitored by the Council then the increased operating hours would be rescinded.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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