Category Archives: Hayes Station Approach

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.

Pickhurst Lane Phone Mast Refused

A mobile phone mast proposed near the bottom of Station Approach has been refused planning approval by the Council.

The twenty metre structure was to be sited in the forecourt of the petrol station close to the entrance from Pickhurst Lane. The application was refused on the grounds that the mast would have ‘a significant detrimental impact on the visual amenities of the surrounding area and this would outweigh the public benefit that it would provide’.

Phone Mast Plans For Pickhurst Lane

An application to erect a phone mast in Pickhurst Lane has been made to the council.

The 56-day consultation by Telefonica has been submitted for plans to place a single pole mast with a number of external antennae in the forecourt of the petrol station at the bottom of Station Approach, by the entrance/exit on Pickhurst Lane. At 20 metres in height the mast will be roughly twice the height of the surrounding buildings.

As your ward councillors we have been content to see masts erected in the ward in the right places – after all, most of us use mobile ‘phones – but we have also opposed these where we’ve felt the siting of either the mast and/or ground infrastructure is inappropriate.

However, the height and number of antennae both proposed and planned in future is significant in this case and, despite our recent requests of the applicants, we have not yet seen any information about which alternative sites had been considered in this case.

The application can be seen here.

New Inn ‘Motel’ Proposals Unveiled

20150603_StatHill_RdgwayProposals have been submitted for motel-style accommodation at the New Inn in Station Approach.

The planning application for twelve ‘letting rooms’ in a separate building to the pub, envisages the project being built to the rear, on the Station Hill/Ridgeway side of the site.

The views we’ve received so far range from outright opposition in principle, to concerns over specific aspects such as the size, location, traffic issues, loss of trees and effect on the street scene, among others. Some are supportive of a prominent local business seeking to enhance its viability, but many still take issue with aspects of the proposals as they stand.

We would expect the proposal to come before a planning committee towards the end of this month.

Alcohol Licence bid withdrawn in Station Approach

StatAppSvcStn 20141031An application for a licence to sell alcohol at the service station at the bottom of Station Approach has been withdrawn after a knock-back from the licensing committee.

At a hearing recently Cllr. Graham Arthur, on behalf of residents, had argued against the application, following which the bid was deferred in order to gather data on the number of potential customers and other aspects. Shortly after, however, the application was formerly withdrawn by the applicant.

Hayes & Coney Hall Police Update 21/3/14

PCSO Michele Jacobs from the Hayes & Coney Hall police team has sent out this week’s update:

Burglary at MUNRO LOCK, Station Approach again…..I am sad to say:

During the night of Sunday 16th, around 0038 hours, bricks were thrown through window and computers were attempted to be stolen but they did not succeed. A local resident saw the males drive off in a blue vehicle but was unable to get the registration number. CID are looking into this but if you recall any information that will be of further use please call 101 and quote CR 3304571/14. Many thanks


Please look out for a racing bike that was stolen at the weekend near St Johns Church, Coney Hall.


RED/WHITE in colour

WHITE saddle

One of the handlebar stops has been replaced and they are odd.

Good news:

Earlier on this month, there were two attempted burglaries and a burglary in Pickhurst Park (just off Barnhill Avenue).

I am pleased to say that due to work by CID and evidence gained through CCTV on one of the properties, it appears that they have caught the culprit and work is underway with the burglary squad to deal.


Two men have been arrested for Handling Stolen Goods as part of an investigation into stolen mobile phones.

On 4 March, a number of mobile phones were stolen from the belongings of schoolboys left in the changing rooms at St Olave’s School while a Rugby 7’s tournament was going taking place.

One of the victims managed to track his stolen phone to Rye Lane in Peckham, SE15 and another victim later went to that road and saw both his phone and those he recognised of other victims in the display cabinet of a shop.

At 16:20hrs on 13 March, officers from Bromley Police’s Youth Policing Team and the Mottingham Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a search warrant at a commercial premises in Rye Lane, Peckham.

A large quantity of mobile phones shown as blocked or stolen were recovered, including a number stolen from the school. Other phones recovered have now been linked to burglaries and robberies across London.

The investigation is ongoing. Two men, aged 40 and 18 remain in custody on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Pickhurst Lane Crossing Safety – Further Improvements Sought

The ‘new’ pedestrian crossing on Pickhurst Lane, between Station Approach and Bourne Vale, has been in for a while now. Although welcomed, some ‘tweaks’ may be in order as some drivers are still being caught by surprise by the crossing. This may be, in part, because of the down hill approach particularly from the ‘Old Hayes’ direction, and the left hand bend on the Bourne Vale side.

Pickhurst Lane Zebra Crossing
Further safety enhancements are being considered

Your local councillors are talking to council engineers about improved and/or additional signage to ensure that drivers are aware of the crossing’s presence, and so improving further pedestrian safety at this point.


News Update 20.7.12

This is the first of what (we hope) will be fairly regular updates on our work around the ward, compiled on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Fortnight to 20.7.12

Travellers on Coney Hall Recreation Ground, near the pre-school

The travellers who occupied part of Coney Hall Recreation Ground have been moved on, thanks to the swift efforts of the Council’s parks officers and the police. However, with the very wet ground conditions the damage even from the few days they were there is evident.

The Council has erected new and additional wooden posts at the point along Layhams Road where the unwelcome visitors gained access.

We understand the travellers attempted to pull on in the road approaching St John’s Church, of Layhams Road, but were deterred by the new temporary barriers which have been erected there following requests for action by us.


The problems of HGVs other unsuitable vehicles using the country lanes around the ward are being addressed with the publication of a new map updating the routes within the borugh that are unsuitable for HGVs. The map will be circulated and ti is intended will eventually lead to ‘sat-nav’ data being revised. In the meantime, we are pushing to improve the signage around the most vulnerable lanes.


Old Station Yard – the area beside Hayes station, behind the shops at the top end of Station Approach – is looking in a poor state again, with some traders’ rubbish not helping matters. We have alerted the council contractors.