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(April 2007)

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All residents are invited to attend the AGM which will be held on Thursday, 10th May 2007 in the Memorial Hall starting at 8.00 p.m. Refreshments will be served before and after the meeting.

Vacancies exist for at least two Committee members according to our Constitution. It would be good to have representatives from Badgers Rise, Crest Close and Old London Road on the Committee as currently these roads are not covered. If you would like to volunteer to join us please contact Gordon (534279) or Tracey (534471) for further information.


As requested by some residents, the Committee have arranged a Barn Dance evening for Saturday, 28th April 2007 in the Memorial Hall, from 8.00 until 11.30 pm. Tickets are now available (from Gordon as above or at the Thursday Coffee Mornings) at a cost of 6 which includes a Buffet supper. Tea/Coffee making facilities will be provided but please bring own drinks and glasses if you would prefer.



Most recent applications have been for extensions and similar small works.

Two items that we are monitoring which are not yet formal applications are: (a) the possible redevelopment of Fort Halstead, where there is a suggestion that the site could accommodate 1500 housing units and 1.25 million square feet of industrial space, similar to Kings Hill at West Malling! (b) the pre application consultation to Shoreham Parish Council for another mobile phone mast on the Orpington Bypass, this time near Badgers Road opposite the garage. We have asked the Parish Council to advise the applicant that there would be very strong opposition to a mast in this location.


The new speedwatch camera is now in use on Old London Road. In the first one hour session, 20 vehicles were recorded exceeding 50mph, with one at 62, which then accelerated away.

A meeting was held recently with the Parish Council, Kent Highways and Arriva Buses to discuss the safety issues for those alighting buses opposite Badgers Rise, as mentioned in our last Newsletter. It was agreed that undergrowth which is obstructing sight lines on both sides of the bus stop will be cut back and this should improve the situation, hopefully making the road safer to cross at this point.

In the near future, traffic count and speed monitor units will be installed on Old London Road and the Orpington Bypass to provide up to date data on the vehicles using these roads.


Yet again, reports have been received of dog excrement left on roads and footpaths. Two places which have been particularly mentioned are Milton Avenue and the footpath beside Foxs Garage where there is a dog waste bin available. Also, some was recently seen only 10 metres from the waste bin in Highland Road. Please remember that you can be fined up to 1000 for failing to clear up after your dog.


These continue to be well attended but, of course, all residents are welcome. Coffee mornings are held each Thursday between 10.30 and 12 noon in the Memorial Hall. The number of residents using the Mobile Library service has also increased. The library van comes into the car park on alternate weeks between 10.45 and 11.20 am, the next visits are 12th and 26th April respectively.

On 26th April PCSO Dave Birchall will be holding his Police Surgery during the coffee morning. If you have any concerns that you wish to raise please come along.


Please remember that all residents are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. Locations, dates and times for these are posted on the Parish Council Notice board situated on the Orpington Bypass, and on the Councils website. Generally, there is a meeting of the Planning Committee followed by the main meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, and on the third Wednesday there is a meeting of the Amenities Committee followed by the Planning Committee. At each meeting there is a public session where residents may raise concerns.

A new Council will be elected on 3rd May. We understand that our present councillors are standing for re-election, but new blood is always welcome. If you wish to stand, nomination forms must be returned by 4th April.

The Parish Council are still advertising the post of Lengthsman for Badgers Mount and Well Hill. If you are interested please contact the Parish Council Clerk.


The Memorial Hall AGM will take place on Thursday, 24th May at 8.00 pm with the new Rector, John Benson in the Chair. Please come along and meet him and take an interest in the only facility that Badgers Mount has.


Anyone who burns wood and wants to stock up for next winter can help clearing the footpath between Highland Road and the bend in Milton Avenue where there is a considerable amount of timber brought down in the recent gale or cut down to allow the power cables to be reinstated. If you can make use of this, please do so. Last year a group of residents worked hard to clear accumulated debris, and Shoreham Parish Council then paid Sevenoaks District Council to take it away, it would be a pity to do this again if you could use the wood.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter!


Gordon Plumb 534279
Tracey McCartney 534471


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