Councillors have been notified of traffic diversions which will be place for two weeks while Thames Water carry out some work. Details below:
Thames Water will be relaying a resident’s water service on Addington Road, West Wickham from Monday 22nd August for up to two weeks. The works have been split into two phases.
Phase 1 – The residential slip road between Croydon Road and Layhams Road serving properties 77 Addington Road to 133 Addington Road will be closed to traffic outside 81 Addington Road from Monday 22/08 for approx. one week. Traffic will be diverted into the opposite ends of the slip road during the closure period.
Phase 2 – Temporary traffic signals will be in place on the main road part of Addington Road, between the junctions of Croydon Road and Layhams Road from Friday 26/08 for one week. Thames Water have agreed to manually operate the signals during peak times.
Councillor Thomas Turrell has submitted a formal objection to the telecoms tower proposed for Commonside Car Park; citing concerns about the height, proximity to houses, loss of parking and damage to green spaces in a conversation area as the core reasons. In July Councillor Turrell met with residents in the affected area to listen to their concerns and about the alternative site residents would like looked into.
The planning application, submitted by an operator is for a “25m lattice tower (painted green) on concrete base supporting 6 no antennas (height to top 25m), 1no 300mm dish and 1no 600mm dish, together with ground-based cabinets within a compound formed by a 2.4m palisade fence together with ancillary development thereto.”
Following a meeting with residents, and communication with the Keston Village Residents Association, Councillor Turrell has submitted his objection making the following points:
Out of Character: The size of the mast (25m) is inconsistent with the conversation area and would be out of character with the area. Having spoken to residents I am aware they would be more supportive of the mast in a different location such as the car park between Baston Road and West Common Road which is further away from the properties.
Impact on parking: There are already a number of parking issues along Commonside. The Common itself is an important green space enjoyed by local people with two popular venues – Daisy Grey and the Greyhound pub opposite the green. This proposal would reduce parking in the Commonside Car Park and therefore increase strain on local parking infrastructure.
Damage to green spaces: This proposal would see trees and other greenery removed from Keston Common. Keston Village is part of a conversation area so that the character of the village can be protected.
Access to the Footpath: The equipment at its housing at the base of the tower could also restrict access to the footpath between the common and the car park. This could make visiting and enjoying the common more challenging for some in society which I why I am opposing this application.
Keston Village does suffer from poor phone signal. Councillors have not submitted an objection to the tower proposed for Westerham Road at the other side of the Village as this is set away from properties. Residents have also highlighted the car park between Baston Road and West Common Road as an alternative site for such a tower in recognition of the need.
Councillors have also called in the decision to ensure it is heard before one of the Councils’ Planning Committees and not decided behind closed doors. As Councillor Michael sits on a planning committee, she must remain impartial on this matter.
Councillor Turrell said:
“I thank residents for taking the time to meet with me and discuss their concerns. I also thank them for the thoughtfulness of identifying an alternative site and not dismissing the need to improve mobile connectivity in the Village. I have made a submission as the Ward Councillor to object to the current proposals and have discussed the matter with officers at the Civic Centre to address some of the other concerns raised with me. We have called in this decision to ensure it is a decision taken by elected councillors on the planning committee in public and not decided behind closed doors. The planning process must now run its course, but I hope the applicant will take the time to look at the alternative site proposed by residents before proceeding further with this proposal.”
This post was written on the 27th July 2022. Since the post was written and video filmed (in August) the application has been withdrawn. Councillors continue to monitor for if a revised application has been submitted, which has not happened at the time of publication.
Please see below notice of the overnight closure of Croydon Road which Councillors have received:
FM Conway will be closing Croydon Road, Keston overnight from Monday 22/08 whilst they complete essential street light replacement works for TFL.
Croydon Road A232 will be closed overnight for up to three weeks between the junctions of Baston Road and Prestons Road from Monday 22/08. The road will be closed on week nights between the hours of 21:00-05:00 on each night. The road will be fully open to traffic outside of these times.
Traffic will be diverted via Baston Road, Pickhurst Lane, Station Approach, Bourne Way and Addington Road in both directions.
Baston Road and West Common Road will remain open to traffic travelling Northbound (Bromley bound) / Southbound (Biggin Hill bound) but motorists will not be able to turn left/right onto Croydon Road A232 depending on the point of the closure.
Baston Manor Road, Hartfield Crescent and Prestons Road will be fully closed at their junctions with Croydon Road A232 during the night closures.
Access to all businesses in Coney Hall Village will be maintained via the Addington Road side of the closure/diversion only.
Councillors Andrew Lee, Alexa Michael and Thomas Turrell have written to Thames Water to challenge the utility supplier on the number of burst pipes in the area, especially on Hayes Lane. There have been two burst pipes in Hayes Lane since 2022.
Councillor Turrell has also submitted a Freedom of Information request to the organisation to find out the impact of these burst pipes on water waste and bills over the last few years.
The Councillors are acting after a burst on Hayes Lane in May which saw a driveway destroyed and some residents’ homes flooded. There was another, smaller water leak on 19th June, also in Hayes Lane.
Councillor Turrell said:
“Firstly, thank you to the London Fire Brigade for their swift action in May which helped reduce flooding following the burst. Councillor Lee and I called on residents in the area to check on and make sure no-one had lost power or water. Thankfully, disruption beyond the immediate area was minimal. However, local people did tell us that bursts on this road were frequent, so we are now trying to work with Thames Water to establish a plan on how future pipe bursts can be prevented”.
A car accident earlier this year in Station Approach Hayes left one of the brick planters badly damaged. Your Councillors acted swiftly to make sure the Council removed the loose bricks and repaired the planter with new brickwork. All is now made good.
Over the summer, residents in Keston were asked their views by the Post Office to move the Villages post office from number 4 to number 19 Heathfield Road.
The plans would see the Post Office open a new convenience store in the village. All three Councillors supported the proposals in the consultation and have asked the Post Office to align the opening hours of the Post Office with the shop to better serve local people.
Network Rail have confirmed to Bromley Council that previously announced plans to change rail services on the Hayes line from heading into Victoria instead of Cannon Street were dropped as part of the operator change in October 2021.
Network Rail also confirmed that should the new operator wish to look at these plans again in the future, this would be a new proposal which would have to go back out to public consultation.
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”.
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”.
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”.
Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park