Councillor Turrell Praises Fantastic Range of Jubilee Celebrations Across Hayes, Coney Hall and Keston Village

Councillor Thomas Turrell and his wife Gemma attended a range of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the long weekend.

First up on Thursday was the Beacon lighting on Hayes Common, organised by the Hayes (Kent) Village Association. On Friday Councillor Turrell attended the Keston Village Jubilee Celebrations, organised by the Keston Village Residents Association before heading to Coney Hall for street parties on Cherry Tree Walk and Monarch Close. Both organised by local residents.

On Saturday Councillor Turrell and his wife Gemma were invited to the street party on Harvest Bank Road which was organised by local people and attended by residents of both Harvest Bank Road and Hartfield Crescent. Councillor Turrell and Gemma were asked to judge the Pet Parade and named Strawberry the tortoise as “Most Jubilee Pet”. Councillor Turrell was also shown the artwork done by local children to celebrate the jubilee, which he has enquired about getting displayed in either the Civic Centre or Bromley Central Library.

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray and her Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Harris, also visited a range of celebrations both in Hayes & Coney Hall Ward and across the borough – attending over 120 events. In Hayes & Coney Hall the Mayor attended street parties on George Lane, Cherry Tree Walk, Constance Crescent, Lime Tree Walk, Harvest Bank Road, Hambro Avenue as well as the celebrations on Keston Common.

Councillor Turrell said:

Thank you to all the residents and Associations which organised such a great range of celebrations to celebrate this historic occasion. It was great to see the way communities came together to celebrate and I am grateful for the invitations I received to attend. I loved meeting so many residents and joining in with the celebrations. As a pet-owners ourselves, Gemma and I were delighted to be asked to judge the Pet Parade on Harvest Bank Road, which was a real highlight of the weekend for us. Congratulations again to Strawberry the tortoise.

My sincere thanks to both residents and organisations such as the Hayes (Kent) Residents Association and Keston Village Residents Association, whom without their efforts and months of planning these events would not have happened. This weekend has not just been a celebration of one person, but a massive display of the community spirit that makes this area so special.  

My thanks also to the Mayor, Hannah Gray and Deputy Mayor, Christine Harris for their work this weekend. Both of them, and their consorts, made such a marathon effort to get round so many of the celebrations this weekend to show their appreciation to residents for organising such a fantastic range of events”.  

Removal of Donated Play Equipment at Coney Hall Rec Ground Suspended

A notice to remove the donated play equipment at Coney Hall Recreation Ground has been suspended following an intervention from Hayes & Coney Hall Ward Councillor, Thomas Turrell.

Football goals and basketball hoops were anonymously to one of the three tennis courts at the ground and have proven to be really popular with local children and parents. However, following a complaint, a two-week notice was issued for the removal of the equipment. A move which angered many local parents.

Councillor Turrell contacted the relevant Officers at the Council to ask:

  • The removal be suspended so that discussions could take place about a long-term solution can take place,
  • That Officers meet with him at the Recreation Ground to access the options, such as a new home for equipment further away from properties,
  • That the football nets on the Recreation Ground be reinstated.

The Council responded to say that they had agreed with Idverde, who manage the parks, to suspend the notice and would meet with Councillor Turrell. Regarding the football nets on the ground, these were put away by the club which trains there as the season is now over.

Welcoming the Council’s decision to suspend removal, Councillor Turrell said:

“This is great news for local kids and parents. We have had some amazing weather recently and it is really positive to hear that local children have bene enjoying this equipment, enjoying the recreation ground and making such good use of the wonderful open spaces we have locally. I fully appreciate that equipment donated by a resident is not a long-term fix, that is why I am now speaking with the friends group and council officers to look at a proper long-term solution so that future generations can also enjoy this space”.

Anti-Social Behaviour in Husseywell Park

Councillor Thomas Turrell has contacted the Hayes & Coney Hall Safer Neighbourhood Team to ask them to investigate reports of anti-social behaviour from some people in the park during the evenings.

The reported behaviour includes throwing items at the ducks and becoming confrontational and aggressive if challenged by other park users.

Councillor Turrell commented:

“I am really appalled by the reports of this behaviour and will be working the Safer Neighbourhood team to ensure this is stopped. We are fortunate to have such a fantastic range of local parks and opens spaces across Hayes, Keston Village and Coney Hall as this shouldn’t be spoilt. However, these aren’t just for us to enjoy and people need to respect the wildlife that we share these spaces with so I am deeply concerned by reports of items being thrown at the ducks, especially during this time of year”.

Station Approach Wall Repairs

Photo of the damaged wall taken by Councillor Turrell on the 20th May
Photo of the wall, after loose bricks were removed taken by Councillor Turrell on the 2nd June

Councillor Andrew Lee and Thomas Turrell have been chasing a timeframe for the repairs to a damaged section of the central reservation on Station Approach in Hayes.

Councillor Turrell contacted officers in May and since then the loose bricks have been removed from the site. This was confirmed by Councillor Lee. Councillors are still working on establishing a timeframe for these repairs to take place so the flower bed can be restored.

The timeframe table will be published as soon as possible.

Hayes Line Railway Works

Network Rail have given notice of works being carried out to stabilise the railway on the Hayes Line, with engineers working to install a new wall to prevent material from falling onto the track.

The works will be carried out between May and June, with the main works will main works taking place adjacent to Hawes Down Junior School playing fields.

The letter which has been sent to residents within a 500-metre radius of the works is attached to provide more information.

Water Burst on Hayes Lane

Photo taken on the 12th May. Repair works have since complete.

Following a water main burst on Hayes Lane on the 11th May Councillors Andrew Lee and Thomas Turrell visited residents on the street to ensure they were not flooded and still had power/ water supply.

Councillor Lee and Turrell also worked with Council Officers to ensure the street was re-opened promptly. Following feedback from residents, Councillor Turrell also worked to ensure the diversion route of local traffic was amended to reduce disruption on the surrounding roads.

Along with Councillor Alexa Michael, Councillors Lee and Turrell will be writing to Thames Water to raise concern about the number of leaks on Hayes Lane in recent years.

Councillor Turrell said:

“We are very grateful to the London Fire Brigade for their swift response to the burst in May. Only a handful of residents were affected by the burst, and we are working to support those who were. However, it is clear that there are some factors are contributing to the amount of bursts on this section of pipe in recent years and we will be working to see how we can prevent future bursts”.

Note: This article was published on the 5th June but was backdated as it related to a event a few weeks earlier. As such the backdating was to avoid giving the impression of a second burst.

New Councillors Elected for Hayes and Coney Hall Ward

Alexa Michael, Thomas Turrell and Andrew Lee were elected.

Alexa Michael, Thomas Turrell and Andrew Lee have been elected as the new Ward Councillors for the redrawn Hayes & Coney Hall, which now takes in Keston Village.

The three succeed Graham Arthur, Peter Fortune and Neil Reddin as the Ward Councillors ​on Bromley Council. ​In addition, the Conservatives have retained control of Bromley Council ​across the Borough.

Alexa​, Tom and Andrew said:

Thank you to residents for their support at this election. We​ look forward to representing all our residents on the Council for the next four years and will work tirelessly to ensure ​that Hayes, Coney Hall and Keston Village remains such a special places to live​.

Government to take over Southeastern Rail Services from 17th October

Andrew, Alexa and Thomas at Hayes Station

The Government have announced that as of the 17th October 2021 the Department of Transport’s “Operator of Last Resort” (OLR) will take over the management of the London Southeastern Franchise. Both Southeastern and the Government have said that tickets and services will be unaffected by this change.

Southeastern currently operate services on both the Hayes line and some services, such as the service into London Victoria from Bromley South. The decision to remove the operator followed a Department for Transport (DfT) investigation which identified £25 million of taxpayers’ money had not been reported or repaid since 2014.  While the money has now been recovered, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has taken firm action in stripping London Southeastern of the franchise.  The OLR will take over and prioritise the punctual running of services, also preparing for the Government’s wide-ranging reforms to railway operations in Great Britain. 

Commuter and 2022 Conservative candidate for Hayes & Coney Hall, Thomas Turrell, commented:

Many commuters like myself have long felt let down by London Southeastern railways. To be frank the service has just not been good enough so a new operator with a renewed focus on improving the service is good news for local rail users. Along with my fellow local Conservatives we will be continuing to push for the restoration of pre-pandemic services as soon as possible and hope the new operator will achieve this quicker than Southeastern were prepared”.

Conservative run Bromley Council Wins National Award for Care and Health

The Executive Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health, Councillor Diane Smith, has paid tribute to staff working at Bromley Council after winning a National award for Care Services and Health in Bromley at the highly regarded  MJ Achievements Awards on Friday 17th September 2021.

The London Borough of Bromley won the ‘Health and Care Integration Award’ for two initiatives developed in the Borough: the first being the improved way residents are discharged from hospital with the appropriate care in place to support their recovery, whilst the second related to the extended support given to care homes across the Borough during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The local initiatives were introduced by the ‘OneBromley’ partnership which comprises of Bromley Council, Local NHS providers, Commissioners, and the Voluntary Sector, and which seeks to bring these groups together to collaborate and deliver more effective and joined up services for local people.

As part of this partnership, the first initiative established a single point of access’ (SPA) , hosted by Bromley Healthcare. The SPA   brings together services to help to ensure arrangements for timely hospital discharge and the provision of appropriate support and care packages to help residents to recover and regain their independence. 

Bromley has one of the highest populations of older residents in London, so the second project – the ‘Integrated Care Home Support Programme’ – aimed to get the best support to the Boroughs 53 care homes during the pandemic. This saw a multi-agency professional network established to provide proactive support to the Boroughs Care Homes to prevent the spread and impact of Covid-19 through Care Homes locally.

Councillor Diane Smith, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health said:

“I am absolutely delighted and so incredibly proud of everyone across the Borough who has been involved with these two projects.

These have been very challenging and unprecedented times. The incredible staff here at Bromley Council who have alongside our local Health and Care partners worked so hard on the front line to make sure we had an effective response to ensuring   timely hospital discharge, support to our care homes and effective joined up services which could react quickly to the emerging pandemic, quite rightly need to be applauded. 

I am therefore thrilled that the work and commitment that was made by staff across the partnership to ensure the best for Bromley residents has been fully recognised with this National award. 

Looking ahead we will continue to bring together and work more closely with health and care service providers and the voluntary sector to deliver better and more effective care for our residents.”

The New Conservative Team for Hayes, Coney Hall and Keston Village

The Conservatives in Hayes & Coney Hall have selected a new team to work for the ward after next May’s local elections.

Andrew Lee, Alexa Michael and Tom Turrell

After a combined 56 years’ service to the ward, Cllrs. Graham Arthur, Peter Fortune and Neil Reddin have announced that they will be standing down from the Council and so local Conservatives have selected Andrew Lee, Alexa Michael and Thomas Turrell to be the Party’s candidates at next May’s elections.

Following changes to the ward boundaries, Keston village will become part of Hayes & Coney Hall ward, while Hayesford Park to the north of the current ward is joining Bromley Town.

The new team will be working closely with Graham, Peter & Neil over the next few months to be brought up to speed on the many local issues and concerns of residents. Cllr. Alexa Michael will already be familiar to Keston village residents as she has represented them on the council for 27 years. All three are looking forward to introducing themselves to as many people as possible over the next eight months and beyond.

Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park