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”.
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.
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.
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