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BMRA Newsletter - February 2015
There have been a number of properties changing hands in Badgers Mount
since our last newsletter and we welcome all new residents. We hope you
find our newsletters informative and useful. If there is anything that you
wish to know about Badgers Mount, please get in touch or visit
badgersmount.net where a wealth of information about the community is
ROAD SAFETY APPEAL UPDATE
Following the submission of the request for safety improvements on our
main roads in 2012, some of the works requested have been implemented but
others are still outstanding.
So far KCC have lowered the
speed limit on the Orpington Bypass, foliage has been cut back on the
verge, particularly at the Highland Road junction, to improve sight lines
and a pedestrian crossing island has been installed on Old London Road,
which we have been told has been well used since it was put there. The
island we asked for on the Orpington Bypass will have to wait for another
financial year as more extensive works will be required.
A meeting was held recently
with KCC to agree positions for the village gates. They will replace the
existing village name boards at each end of the Orpington Bypass and near
Badgers Rise on Old London Road. There was some discussion over whether
there will be one or two at each end and either side of the Orpington
Bypass. KCC had only allowed for one in their costings, but we are pushing
for two. It is hoped the first three will be installed before the end of
this financial year, but the other two will be come out of next years
budget. The roundels on the road surface reminding drivers of the 50 mph
limit should also be done this year.
We understand that F M Conway’s planning consultant has had a preliminary
meeting with planners at SDC concerning the suggested housing development
on the site. They were asked to return with a more definite proposal
covering such items as number of houses, parking arrangements etc. SDC
apparently expressed satisfaction with Peter Brett Associates decision to
engage with residents at a very early stage, and furthermore
welcomed their intention to continue to do so as they work up their
detailed plans. We continue to monitor this.
Representatives of the BMRA and local
residents continue to meet regularly with both local depot and head office
staff of F M Conway. The meetings are proving worthwhile and helpful to
both parties. The main objective remains to be to minimise their impact in
relation to night time noise and the local residents.
have already repositioned a number of materials used for night time
working within the site to areas farthest from dwellings. They have also
created additional working noise deflecting bunds in order to reduce
further noise escaping from the site. This has not yet been totally
completed, and in our next depot visit we will be walking the inner
woodland perimeter fence with their staff to help identify any potential
offending gaps in relation to resident location.
investigated with them 3 allegations of their vehicles leaving debris on
the Orpington Bypass, 2 of which they were able to prove as being highly
unlikely as being from their vehicles. The third was a plastic sign blown
off the side of a container and they immediately reported this as a “Near
Miss Incident” and subsequently all such fixtures have been checked to
prevent further mishap.
Limited maintenance work with
woodland coppicing will continue, but will be reduced to only dealing with
diseased and dangerous trees as decided by Tree Craft and F M Conway
There have been one or two complaints
regarding vehicles parking in Shacklands Road, these unfortunate incidents
are where drivers had been misinformed and arrived at the wrong depot. No
others have so far been reported.
Should any resident have
any concerns regarding noise issues at the depot, please either contact F
M Conway direct or contact BMRA and will be discussed when we meet with
BADGERS MOUNT PARISH COUNCIL (BMPC)
The role of the Working Group set up to prepare for the new Parish Council
is drawing to a close. The new Parish Council will become effective
immediately after the elections on 7th May 2015. At least 5 residents need
to be nominated for election as the inaugural Parish Councillors.
The Shoreham Post, delivered with this newsletter, has a lengthy article
on the BMPC. It includes sources of information for those interested in
becoming Councillors and details of an event being hosted by the Kent
Association of Local Councils (KALC) for this purpose on Friday, 13th
March 2015 from 6.30 pm onwards at the Sevenoaks Community Centre, Bat &
Ball, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5DN. Application forms will be
available in March from the SDC Offices in Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. You can
apply for these by phone, email or post if you are intending to stand. If
you are considering standing for election, please be aware that BMPC
meetings can only take place on Thursday evenings in the Memorial Hall due
to other longstanding bookings on other evenings of the week.
Our 3 current SPC Councillors Roy Blamey, Sue Wyatt and Noel Wills (see
back page of Shoreham Post for contact details) are more than happy to
provide information about their roles. A leaflet on ‘Being a Local
Councillor’ is also available from them or by contacting the Residents
Association/Working Party Secretary on the email address given above. If
you are interested in your community and would be happy to represent the
views of local people then YOUR NEW PARISH COUNCIL NEEDS YOU!!
BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT EXPANSION
We have been
asked to deliver the enclosed flyer by the Action Group opposing the
proposed operational changes at Biggin Hill. Full details of the
consultation are available on the Bromley Council website.
The carols evening was enjoyed by the 21 people who attended. As we didn’t
have a pianist this year, we sang to recordings of carols performed by
choirs or individual artists.
Soup & a Roll evening
Thank you to the 13 people who supported this event. It was a great
opportunity to catch up on village news and enjoy steaming bowls of
homemade minestrone, leek & potato and carrot & coriander soup, all 3
sampled by some! We hope that next time a few more will come and join us.
Delivered with this
newsletter, is another reminder of planned events over the next 3 months.
For more information on all of these, contact Zena on 01959 534566 or
The appeal against refusal of the application for a crematorium at Oak
Tree Farm was allowed.
The Watercrofts Woods application has
recently been refused. They still have permission for a chapel and burial
Despite our previous request the number of bags of dog waste being tied to
branches or fences along roads and footpaths, put in the salt bins or even
dropped over a fence into other residents’ gardens continues. There is
also a considerable amount of excrement left on footpaths and roads. There
are five strategically positioned dog waste bins in Badgers Mount which
are there for your use. PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG AND USE THE BINS as
it is not nice for others to have to clear away your bags of dog waste.
There have been a number of
complaints of general litter being dropped around roads and footpaths.
This is mostly fast food packaging, drinks bottles and cans etc., but also
other items such as cigarette packets. Please TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME and
put it in your own rubbish sacks.
SIGNIFICANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
28.02.15 – Quiz
Night in the Memorial Hall.
13.03.15 – Meeting for prospective
31.03 – 09.04.15 – Nomination period for proposed
01.04.15 – Commencement of the new Parish Council.
02.04.15 – Memorial Hall AGM
18.04.15* – Bulky refuse freighter at
Badgers Road. *This has been rescheduled for the 25th
18.04.15 – Easter Egg Hunt starting in Johnsons Avenue.
07.05.15 – Election Day.
14.05.15 – First public meeting of the BMPC.
21.05.15 – Annual General Meeting of the BMRA.
06.06.15 – Treasure Hunt
starting at the Memorial Hall.
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