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News update - 27/6/14

A Summer Garden Party will once again be held between 2 and 6 pm at Oaklea, Highland Road by the kind invitation of Dr. Mary Bliss. Oaklea is located off the track into the woods from Badgers Road. Additional signs to the party will start at the top of Badgers Road. However, if you are unsure please contact us or check out the ‘House Locator’ page on the website. Please walk if you are able as parking is extremely limited.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits etc. will be served. Any donations of cakes will be gratefully received on the day at Oaklea (am preferably). There is no charge for this event but to gauge likely attendance for catering purposes please contact Gordon (534279) or email us and also let us know if you will be bringing a cake. You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic along too if you wish. A number of tables & chairs will be provided but feel free to bring yours if you would prefer! Children are especially welcome to come and explore this large garden which includes swings, tennis court (please bring own racquets and balls) and croquet lawn.
The Garden party will go ahead even if the weather is bad – undercover facilities are available in the Garden. Come and join us for as long as you like, there’s no need to stay for the entire time if you don’t want to!

Invites all residents to attend a meeting on Thursday, 17th July 2014.
Time 7.30 for 8.00pm. The Memorial Hall, Highland Road, Badgers Mount.
An open meeting will be held to let the Working Group update you on the progress towards the commencement of the Badgers Mount Parish Council next year, and for you to ask questions about any concerns you have.
Presentations will be given on the background to the formation of the new Parish Council, decisions that have been made so far including the first year budget, items still being investigated and the way forward.
Displays including Parish boundary and the budget breakdown will be available before and after the meeting for you to look at.
Refreshments will be available before and after the meeting. We look forward to seeing you all there!

The Memorial Hall AGM will be held on Friday 4th July in the Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. This will be the first AGM held under the new constitution and the change of status to a Village Hall. Please come and show your support of the only community facility we have in Badgers Mount, including volunteering to become a committee member. Refreshments will be available before and after the meeting.



BMRA Newsletter - April 2014

A warm welcome is extended to all new residents of Badgers Mount from the Residents Association. We produce four newsletters a year (roughly one every 3 months). We hope you find them informative and useful. If there is anything that you wish to know about Badgers Mount, please get in touch via the above email address or visit where a wealth of information about the community awaits!
The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Thursday 8th May in the Memorial Hall starting at 8.00 pm. As usual, refreshments, including something to celebrate the 50th AGM, will be available from 7.30 pm before the meeting, and also after (if there is any left!!) This is your opportunity to hear what your committee has been doing during the past year and raise any issues you may have.
All members of the present committee are willing to stand again. It would be beneficial for someone with an interest in organising social events were to join the committee. If you are interested in joining us please get in touch via the above email address to find out more.
The working group preparing for the new Badgers Mount Parish Council which will be effective from May 2015 has continued to meet. Currently the group are looking at the first year budget and discussing with Shoreham Parish Council what of their assets, contracts etc. will be transferred.

At our meeting in early April, Philip McGarvey (previously an acting Clerk for Shoreham Parish Council, current Chair of Farningham Parish Council and a Sevenoaks District Councillor) was co-opted to the Working Group. Councillor McGarvey has a wealth of Parish Council knowledge which he has kindly offered to share with the Group as it prepares for the new Badgers Mount Parish Council.

A Public Meeting is being arranged in the coming months for a full update, and there will be a meeting on Friday, 10th October at which Michael Fallon, MP for Sevenoaks and our County Councillor Roger Gough will be speaking. More details will be given nearer the time but make a note in your diary now.

A general update on the work in progress will be given at the conclusion of the AGM by the Working Group’s Chair Councillor John Grint. For those unable to attend this will appear in our next newsletter.
The appeal against SDCs refusal of planning permission for a crematorium south of Orchard Barn (opposite Polhill Garden Centre) was refused by the Planning Inspector. The main reasons were because of harm to the Green Belt and the urbanising effect on the area, and also noting that the applicant had not demonstrated that there was no alternative site available. He did, however, accept that there is now a need for a crematorium in the Sevenoaks area, whereas when there was an application for a crematorium at Watercrofts Woods about 20 years ago, one of the reasons for refusal was the lack of proven need.

The application for a crematorium north of Oak Tree Farm, adjacent to the hardcore crushing and recycling operation (in the next field to the Orchard Barn application) has also been refused by SDC. Principally the SDC Development Control committee used the Inspectors reasons already mentioned for refusal of the Orchard Barn application, since the harm to the Green Belt would be similar.

The application for a crematorium at Watercrofts Woods, almost opposite Badgers Rise, has been withdrawn to allow ecological and other surveys/investigations to be carried out but will be resubmitted later. This site is the nearest to us. The site currently has permission for a woodland burial ground, chapel and ground maintenance store. Adding the cremator would effectively be expanding the permission already granted although the design of the chapel is very different from the previously approved building. The estimated number of funerals carried out would probably be 5 or 6 each day compared with one or two a week for the woodland burial site.

We have submitted objections to all three applications, and will no doubt also send an objection to the resubmission for Watercrofts Woods.
PCSO Jenny Boyden will be holding a Surgery between 11.00 am and 12.00 noon on Thursday 15th May during the coffee morning. Please come and meet her if you have any questions or concerns.
There have been a number of complaints about the amount of litter which is dropped on roads and footpaths in Badgers Mount, frequently fast food packaging. There is also a considerable amount of garden waste (lawn mowings, prunings etc.) which is dumped on verges, particularly on the Orpington Bypass, or over fences into wooded areas, particularly those of FM Conway Ltd. This makes the community look so untidy, and we would ask that everyone takes their litter with them and disposes of it in their own bins. For garden waste, if you don’t compost it yourself, SDC provide a collection service which is far cheaper than the potential 1,000 fine if you are caught dumping or littering. We are hoping for a long, hot summer and would remind you that dumped garden waste can dry out and become a fire hazard.

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of bags of dog waste being tied to branches or fences along roads and footpaths or even dropped over a fence into other residents’ gardens. There are five strategically positioned dog waste bins in Badgers Mount which are there for your use. Please use them as it is not nice for others to have to clear away your bags of dog waste.
Now that summer is here, we make the usual request about trying not to cause a nuisance to your neighbours by having smoky bonfires, allowing dogs to bark all day or playing loud music in the garden. Your neighbours are entitled to enjoy their homes and gardens just as much as you are entitled to enjoy yours without nuisance from them.
Yet again, there have been a number of incidents involving vehicles speeding around the Polhill Roundabout late at night. The issue was brought to the attention of the Sevenoaks Community Safety Unit and if you become aware of this happening please report this to ‘101’ so that the Police can try to apprehend those involved in this anti-social and potentially dangerous activity. We have been advised that action is more likely to be taken if you make contact via this number.
You will probably have seen that the signage to reduce the speed limit on the Orpington Bypass to 50 miles per hour has just been installed, so the limit is now in force. Please make sure you don’t get caught!!
You may have seen in the Sevenoaks Chronicle that SDC has proposed a number of sites for additional Gypsy and Travellers sites. A full consultation on the proposals is expected to take place in May and June. SDC has to identify 72 additional pitches within the whole Sevenoaks District. The site adjacent to Knockholt Station, which is actually in Halstead, only has temporary permission at present and this is due to expire later this year. This is the closest site to us and SDC are proposing that this should become a permanent site with 12 pitches. Similarly a potential site in Filston Lane, Shoreham has been identified for 15 new pitches and this is being strongly opposed.

The consultation will follow a similar format to the KCC Minerals and Waste Development Consultation. Strong planning reasons will help to have sites removed whereas emotive ones will not. If the additional pitches are not identified, SDC cannot refuse applications where travellers buy a piece of land and then want to establish it as a residential site.
We will be holding a summer garden party at Oaklea, Highland Road (off Badgers Road going towards the woods) by kind invitation of Dr Mary Bliss from 2.00 pm on Saturday 5th July. Everyone, including children, is welcome to come and explore this large and interesting garden. You can try your hand at tennis (please bring your own racquets and balls) or croquet. To give us an indication of numbers and to assist us in organising catering, please let us know if you will be attending either via the email address at the top of this newsletter or by phoning Gordon on 01959 534279. There will not be a fixed charge for entry, but donations, particularly of cakes or sandwiches, will be most welcome.
Our webmaster has asked us to remind you that the website address has changed. For an interim changeover period, anyone using the old address was automatically transferred to the new address, but after two years that facility has ceased so you must use the new address as at the top of this newsletter.



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