KESTON VILLAGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION CHAIRMANS REPORT 2020/21

Keston Village Residents Association (KVRA) continues to work on behalf of all residents to represent majority views whilst seeking to improve and protect our village.

    Planning Matters

Terry Boley monitors Planning Applications carefully and regularly updates the committee and the website, wwwkvra.org.uk with any relevant planning applications. Terry attends the regular LBB Advisory Panel for Conservation areas (APCA) and advises KVRA on planning matters.

    Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL)

We continue to monitor the airports performance. Vivien Haskey represents KVRA on the Flightpath Watch Committee, resident and past Chairman David Clapham, continues to be vigilant, working on behalf of the Village and residents.
We were recently invited, by BHAL, to put forward our thoughts and suggestions on the New Instrument and Design Procedure, Runway 21 RNAL. Our thoughts were as follows:
We feel, as residents of Keston Village, that Environmental issues, including “minimising noise” and “overflight of population” should be of a much higher priority than you have rated and should be core. Please see our suggested revised list below.
A. SAFETY
B. ENVIRONMENTAL
C. REPLICATION.
D. COMPLIANCE.
E. NAVIGATIONAL STANDARDS.
F. EFFICIENT ROUTES.
We received the following reply:
Thank you for your input into the London Biggin Hill Airport Airspace Change Engagement for the introduction of a Runway 21 RNAV Approach. Please find attached a Design Principles Report which has allowed us to finalise our Design Principles, against which our Design Options will be created. We anticipate that the consultation will be conducted during the late summer of 2021. The design report is available to read on our website.

    Heathfield Road B265 Traffic and speed volumes through the village

The KVRA remain keen to achieve pedestrian safety improvements. These include an improved method for crossing the road with safer pavement configuration and the possibility of chicane’s to control the speed of traffic, and act as a deterrent for large HGV’s using the B265 as a cut through/rat run.
It was with this in mind and armed with Paul Spencer resident survey that a meeting was arranged by Cllr Jefferys in response to our concerns and lack of action taken by Bromley Council. That meeting was held virtually on the 7th October 2020 and was attended by Cllr’s Dr D Jefferys, Alexa Michael, Robert Mcilveen, William Huntington-Thresher, and also the Councils Assistant Director Traffic & Parking Angus Cullverwell, KVRA was represented by Shelley Sturdy and Paul Spencer. Full notes on the meeting are attached and on our website.

    Christmas Lights

At a time when the Village really needed a lift, we were pleased to be able to raise enough money to fund the Christmas lights this year. We are hugely grateful to our local residents for all their donations and to The Greyhound Pub for their continued support. We hope that this Christmas we can have our Christmas lights switch on celebration.
The Christmas Lights are an ongoing yearly cost and all donations will be gratefully received for Christmas 2021 to our Treasurer, Hilary Ryder, or direct into The KVRA Bank Account : sort code 09-01-29 Account 35321237.

    London Borough of Bromley Residents Federation

KVRA remains a member and receives regular minutes

    KVRA Meetings

During the past year our meetings have been very few, due solely to the Covid 19 restrictions. We hope to resume normal face to face meetings optimistically by July and have tentatively put dates in the diary for 2021. We will continue to invite our Ward Councillors to join us and are grateful for their continued support and Information updates for the Borough of Bromley.

    War Memorial Centennial Commemoration – Saturday 10th October 2020 Report From Peter Zeiminski

It was a real pity that after nearly two years planning the Keston Village Residents’ Association’s War Memorial Centenary Project found itself a victim of the restrictions placed on all of us due to the COVID 19 pandemic. That said the Project did achieve its main aims:
(i) To Install a “Tommy” silhouette near the Memorial.
(ii) To erect an Information Board on the site setting out the history of the Memorial and commemorating the names of twenty-two additional men associated with Keston Parish who died during the Great War.
(iii) To hold a ceremony to mark the Centenary.
It was on a cold but bright morning just before 11:00am that a short ceremony took place respecting the pandemic restrictions that were in force at the time. The ceremony was led by the Reverend Carol Morrison, Rector of Keston Parish Church and twenty-two Poppy Crosses were laid at the Memorial while the names of the additional men who died were read out.
The Keston Village Residents’ Association would like to sincerely thank all those who donated funds to make the Project happen. When next you walk on Keston Common do take a moment to visit the Memorial and see the Keston Tommy who proudly stands guard over the Information Board and the Memorial.

    Poppies on lamp posts-Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020

The Village once again rose to the occasion by honouring the heroic efforts achievements and sacrifices made in the past wars, by locating large poppies to the lamp posts. As we were not allowed under the current Government restrictions to have a formal gathering, a few still attended to mark Armistice Day at the Village Memorial. We thank Peter and Andrew Zieminski for all their efforts in looking after these works. To be able to continue, we will need to replace some of the poppies due to wear and tear. You can sponsor a poppy with a donation of at least £5.00 to our Treasurer, Hilary Ryder, or direct into The KVRA Bank Account : sort code 09-01-29 Account 35321237.

    Fund Raising NHS

The KVRA was approached in April 2020, by a resident, highlighting the need for supplies for the PRUH. We asked the residents if they would be able to help in a Village fundraising initiative, by making a small donation to the KVRA. The response was overwhelming, with over £1000.00 donated. The KVRA were able to supply much needed care packages consisting of toiletries and snacks in scrub bags and then washable face masks as required for hospital staff to travel to and from work. A letter of thanks was received by us from the PRUH Wellbeing Hub and is available to see on our website.

Village Life
Whilst our Village and residents have endured unprecedented times this past year, there is at last some light at the end of the tunnel, with the vaccination program being rolled out at a huge pace, throughout the Borough.
KVRA would like to thank the Village Stores, Wrinkle Free, Next Ahead, The Post Office, Daisy Grey, Heathfields and the Greyhound Pub for their herculean efforts in keeping open throughout the pandemic and all the restrictions that they have had to bear.

    Countryside Day

Unfortunately Countryside day 2020 was cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions. We hope the much loved event will go ahead this year, if current restrictions are lifted. We will update residents via our newsletter website and Facebook page.

    KVRA Newsletter, Website and Facebook Page

We make it an important task for KVRA to communicate with our residents and to work closely with our local groups: Keston Residents Road Safety Group (KRRSG) and Friends of Keston Common (FoKC).
Hilary Ryder issues the KVRA newsletters to residents, Les Oosthuizen manages the website, and Michelle Blythe oversees the KVRA Facebook page. We are very grateful for all Hilary, Les and Michelle’s efforts.

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