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Budget 2016-17: Your Views Wanted

mxied_coins_200Bromley Council is seeking residents’ feedback and comment as part of the 2016-17 budget setting process. This builds on the approach taken last year and will include an online survey as well as sessions with representatives from residents’ associations and a public meeting. The aim is to seek views on the main themes of ‘Building a Better Bromley’ and the future shape and direction of the Council, taking into consideration the resources to deliver these, given significant budget reductions.

The council wants to encourage as many people as possible who live in the borough to take part in the online survey and to attend the public meeting. The online survey and background information is available at: www.bromley.gov.uk/budgetviews

Road Works Planned for Hayes Lane (UPDATED)

Major road works are to take place along the Bromley end of Hayes Lane over the summer holiday period, as a gas main is replaced.

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) have agreed with the council for the works to be completed during the six week school holiday period when the roads are noticeably more quieter. The works are located between Masons Hill (The A21) and Hayes Road, Bromley and the first part of the project – lasting some two to three weeks – will see the works being managed under a ‘half road closure’.

This means that, during this first phase, traffic heading north towards the A21 will be unaffected, while traffic that would usually turn into Hayes Lane from the A21 (towards Hayes)* will have to follow the available diversion routes. There will be two diversions in place depending on which direction you are travelling from:

Diversion One (from the south-east): A21, Oakley Road, Croydon Road, Baston Road, Hayes Street, then arriving at Hayes Lane.
Diversion Two (from the north/north-west): A21, Masons Hill, Westmoreland Road, Hayes Road, then arriving at Hayes Lane

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SGN are proposing to start works on Monday 03/08/2015. The council has authorised them to work extended hours (07:00-19:00) and also Saturdays to allow them to complete the works as quickly as possible. Once the road is re-opened (after the half road closure), there will be temporary traffic lights in place until the project is complete. The council has made it clear to SGN that they will not be allowed any extensions and that works must be complete before the start of September when the schools go back.

* Following engineering difficulties, the one-way working was replaced by a full closure of this stretch of Hayes Lane on 11/8/15, however, the original one-way working arragnement has now been restored.

Further updates will be posted to our Facebook page.

Why Bromley’s ‘Black Box’ Paper Recycling is Changing

The ‘black box’ paper recycling collection service is changing to a fortnightly collection schedule from the end of this month (June).

BlackRecycBoxIn the next week or so, residents will receive letters from the Council notifying them of changes to their paper collection schedule. From Monday 29 June onwards, paper will then be collected every other week instead of weekly as it is currently. New collection calendars (also available on the Council website) are also being sent out.

A very small number of households will also see their collection days changed, but they will be notified of this seperately by post.

The changes will save half a million pounds per year, but are also being driven by the substantially reduced amount of paper being collected these days, compared to when the service was introduced around fifteen years ago.

What’s Happening in Bromley Town Centre?

Although our ward doesn’t cover the town centre, many of our residents are interested in current developments there. So, here are the latest significant goings-on:

St. Mark’s Square is the new development at Bromley South, behind the RBS (once Churchill Insurance) office building. This is a mixed residential and leisure project including a public square, hotel (Premier Inn), nine screen cinema, and restaurants including Prezzo and Nando’s. It is expected to be completed in early 2016.

The old town hall in Widmore Road may soon become a new upmarket hotel, backed up by some residential development behind. A planning application has been submitted.

The ‘Intu’ shopping centre (‘The Glades’ to everyone else) was controversially granted planning permission on appeal for five new restaurants bordering Queens Gardens – work is now in progress. More recently, they have gained permission for a ‘boutique’ cinema and internal rearrangement of the ‘Regent Arcade’ section.

Work is also continuing on inprovinig the street scene around Bromley North, with works moving into Widmore Road (between Market Square and Kentish Way) on May 26th. These works will include pavement widening.

Information about developments across the town are available on the Council’s website here. If you have any concerns or issues specifically relating to the town centre, then you can contact the councillors for Bromley Town ward here.ChurchillThea

Bakerloo Line Extension – Hayes & Coney Hall says …

Bakerloo-Extn-MapLate last year Transport for London (TfL) unveiled their plans to extend the Bakerloo line to Hayes. We undertook our own consultations with residents and commuters and the results were a clear ‘no’, with only around 20% of respondents in favour of an extension as far as Hayes.

However, around of third of residents did support the extension as far as Lewisham, where connections could be made to other national rail services, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway.

Of those opposed, the biggest single concern was the loss of direct services into the City and London Bridge, as the Bakerloo route would have only taken passengers through Waterloo and Charing Cross. Other major concerns included a fear that the extension would lead to more built development in the area and that the neighbourhood would be ‘swallowed up’ by London, with Hayes and Coney Hall losing their village ‘feel’.

Those supporting the plans cited better transport links and easier access into, across and beyond Central London.

These results, and those from other Bromley wards on the line (which yielded similar results) were fed into the Council’s response which was sent to TfL before Christmas. That response reiterated the Council’s preference for a DLR extension to Bromley North and bringing Tramlink further east beyond Beckenham.

It remains to be seen now what TfL’s next move will be. Boroughs further into London, such as Lewisham, are predictably in favour of the extension – reflecting the more direct benefits they would receive from the plans and also perhaps the different outlooks between residents of inner and outer London.Hayes Bakerloo Line Extension 512x256

We would like to thank all those who took the time to respond, whereever they stand on this important but long term issue. We will keep you updated as the plans develop.

What are they up to at Biggin Hill Airport?

BHAL screenshot fbBiggin Hill Airport are asking for residents’ view on their plans for the future – you can have your say at http://bigginhillfuture.co.uk.

Many aspects of their proposals will depend on the Council’s agreement, but they have made clear they have no plans for scheduled flights or any significant increase in the number of flights.

Also, some open days are being held at the Biggin Hill Airport visitor centre, at Maitland View, off Churchill Way, to see the consultation plans. The centre will be open from Monday, October 13, to Friday, October 17, from 3pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 2pm.

Thank You!

H&CH Team 2014At the local elections on 22nd May, Graham Arthur, Peter Fortune and Neil Reddin were elected as your local councillors the next four years. Graham, Peter and Neil would like to thank all those who supported them and have vowed to continue the work of keeping our area and borough a special place to live. Along with Bromley Council itself, Hayes and Coney Hall remains Conservative – the results were:

Graham Arthur 2,965

Neil Reddin 2,509

Peter Fortune 2,475

UKIP candidate 1,349

UKIP candidate 1,259

Green candidate 725

Labour candidate 878

Labour candidate 725

Labour candidate 543

Lib Dem candidate 503

Lib Dem candidate 374

We will be working hard over the next four years to justify the faith the voters have put in us, serving all residents of all political affiliations.

Former Bromley Mayor Stands Down

A long serving councillor and former Mayor of Bromley has announced that she is standing down from the Council after sixteen years.

Councillor Anne Manning of Hayes & Coney Hall Ward, who was first elected with her two Conservative colleagues in 1998, will not be seeking re-election at the Council elections on 22nd May so that she can spend more time with her grandchildren and the rest of her family.

Cllr. Anne Manning
Cllr. Anne Manning

Anne served as Mayor in 2004/05 and has been involved in her local community since she moved to Hayes in the 1970s. Also being a keen local historian, she has published a book on former Prime Minister William Pitt ‘The Younger’ and his life in Hayes.

She has also chaired planning committees as well as the Social Care Health & Housing and Children and Young People’s committees.

Her two current ward colleagues, Cllr. Graham Arthur and Cllr. Neil Reddin paid tribute to her.

Cllr. Arthur said, “Anne has served the people of Hayes and Coney Hall with distinction for 16 years and we are indebted to her. Whether in her elevated role as Mayor, attending events throughout the Borough or dealing with the day to day issues which have arisen on behalf of her residents, she has employed her boundless energy to considerable effect and we shall miss her.”

Cllr. Reddin added, “Anne has been a lynchpin for the community here in Hayes and Coney Hall, and I know she will continue to put her heart and soul into the area, as well as the other interests she has supported so ably during her time on the council, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”

In the forthcoming local elections, Peter Fortune, currently a councillor in another ward, will be hoping to succeed Anne.

Hayes & Coney Hall Police Update 27/3/14

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

A pretty good week in the Hayes area I am pleased to say but some news about a burglary in Coney Hall which I think is important to alert you to.

Burglary

Sorry to start with bad news: A burglary occurred in Gates Green on the 23rd March around 2030 hours. The suspects gained entrance to the premises via the bedroom window and they said that they were police officers. They took cash and jewellery. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ELDERLY NEIGHBOURS.

It appears we had another two in the Bromley area with the same method used to enter the premises. Can you also remind your friends/relatives to be careful who they are letting into their property. The victim did say that she had a young girl knock her on door a few weeks ago asking if she wanted moss removed.? This could be someone checking out the property, please call 101 if you get anyone knocking on your door or know this has occurred.

Also remember Trading Standards are about to help with cold callers asking to do work, call them on 07903 852090

DO YOU REMEMBER SEEING ANYTHING? ANY SUSPECTS OR VEHICLES IN THE AREA?

If you recall seeing anything suspicious please call 101 quoting 3305020/14.

PLEASE DO REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR TO POLICE STRAIGHTAWAY.

Anti-social Behaviour

Just had report that on Sat 22nd March, 5 eggs were thrown at house in Hillside Lane. Side of the house that runs the along the unmade part of the road. At 19:15. If anyone has information please let me know.

Husseywell Park :- Can people bring any fires or anti social behaviour occuring in this park to the attention of local police – 0208 649 3548 or dial 101. I stopped some on Saturday as they were starting to set up a camp (which I know kids will be kids) but they were causing a lot of destruction and litter. I have since reported this to the council. Also I saw remains of a fire in the centre of the park which occurred Friday night we believe.

Phone awareness

The Metropolitan Police Service is urging the public to register their mobile phones, to use the security pin lock or lock code and to activate or install tracking applications as part of the continued operation to drive down mobile phone crime across the Capital.

Over the past rolling twelve months, the efforts of the MPS in London have seen a 13.4 percent reduction in theft of mobile phones offences from 35,151 down to 30,430 reported offences. While theft from person is down 12.2 percent from 49,304 reported offences down to 43,265 offences and robbery of a mobile phone is down 23.1 percent down from 17,839 reported offences to 13,724 offences.

Commander Stephen Watson, leading Operation Big Wing said: “Work continues day in and day out alongside our partners to target those responsible but highly visible operations such as Operation Big Wing play a major part in the fight against crime.”

Everyday, Police seize stolen property from criminals but frustratingly cannot identify the rightful owner. Police want to encourage everyone to register their property on http://www.immobilise.com. This is a free service where you can list your belongings detailing their serial numbers, description and/or pictures of such objects. Having your items recorded in this way means that you can supply your serials numbers to Police, should you be unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime.

Additionally, if your property is stolen and later found by Police, officers can promptly identify you as the rightful owner which improves the opportunities of successful convictions against the criminals. Equally police encourage mobile phone owners to use a security pin lock or lock code to prevent the phone being used if stolen and activate or install tracking applications, which uses GPS to locate your phone if stolen. These apps ‘can lead police straight to the criminal!’

Drugs – Good news story

A 51 year old woman has been arrested in connection with the huge cannabis factory that police uncovered in a property in Beckenham High Street last Friday, 21 March.

Sergeant Gareth Starr said: “Having received information that cannabis was being grown at the location my team and I executed a drugs warrant last Friday morning, recovering several hundred mature cannabis plants growing within a very sophisticated hydroponic set up across 2 floors of the property. The scene was secured for 24 hours and all property removed for destruction. We made an arrest later at scene, a female from West Wickham detained in relation to drugs offences. She was interviewed and bailed until the end of May pending further enquiries.

I’m really pleased with this result – this was one of the largest crops I have seen and the seizure was a great result for both the team and the people of Beckenham. This serves as a message to people thinking they can commit these offences – we will find them and take action. Drugs feed crime and this is something we pride ourselves in stopping”.

If you suspect drugs cultivation or dealing in the Hayes or Coney Hall area please contact your local team on 0208 649 3548, dial 101 or email michele.jacobs@met.police.uk and we shall look into this.