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BMRA Newsletter - August 2016
Whatever happened to ‘flaming June’? One of the wettest Junes on record,
apparently. In spite of living on a hill, some residents had problems with
flash flooding. With the sun now appearing, everything in the garden is
growing fast – especially the weeds! For everybody’s sakes, please don’t
light bonfires in the late afternoon/evenings when we are all trying to
enjoy our gardens.
Annual Garden Waste
Collection Service Permit - £44 for 12 months.
the annual permit scheme before 31 March 2017 and Sevenoaks Council will
loan your household a 240-litre garden waste wheelie bin for you to use
while you are a permit holder. Collected fortnightly, place your bin at
your property boundary by 7am Friday for roads East of the Orpington
Bypass, otherwise by 7 am Tuesday.
Garden Waste Collection
£13.50 for 25.
You can purchase a bundle of 25 from
the council or Hancocks Newsagents in Halstead for £13.50, and use them
all-year-round. Pick-up arrangements as above for bins.
take your waste to the free Dunbrik disposal site about half a mile along
the A25 West of Sevenoaks. This takes all kinds of household waste, not
And, for the keen gardeners, you can always compost it
SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL CALL FOR HOUSING
Last Autumn, Sevenoaks District Council asked for
potential sites for their 20-year plan covering future housing needed to
satisfy the current local housing shortage. In mid-June, the Sevenoaks
Chronicle published the list of over 250 sites which had been submitted to
the District Council for possible future housing development.
of these submissions are in the Green Belt which is not surprising as this
accounts for over 90% of the District area. Locally, the site opposite
Parish Field has been submitted for 10 houses and the F M Conway site
submitted for 200 houses. Also within Badgers Mount Parish Council area,
the Calcutta Club and Polhill Business Centre have been submitted for a
total of 60 houses. If all of these sites were selected, Badgers mount
would more than double in size.
It is believed that at present, SDC
don't know how many houses they will need in this period, nor therefore,
how many sites will be required. It has been suggested that they may need
less than half of the sites offered. The portfolio holder for planning at
SDC noted that many of the sites submitted will not be considered suitable
for development; the initial lists will open for public consultation in
2017 followed by a down-select and the remaining sites will be examined by
a planning inspector in 2018.
We need to keep an eye on this
process and prepare for a detailed response when the public consultation
opens next year.
/ Nursing Home: Revised landscape drawings have recently been submitted to
SDC, and this has extended the consultation period. There is no revised
determination date available at present.
Following a review of the Mobile Library service throughout the
county, KCC have removed about half of the stops which were under-used,
but fortunately ours is one which has been retained although with revised
timing. The new time is from 11:10 to 11:45 am on alternate Thursdays, but
as it is only coming from Halstead with 20 minutes travelling allowed,
arrival may be a little earlier. The next visits are on 25th August and
8th September. As many villages have seen, if you don't use it, you will
Badgers Mount Ramblers! - 1st Sunday of the month meet at the
hall at 10 o’clock
Badgers Mount Residents Association
Annual Garden Party: 9th July 2016
The prolonged wet weather
of the early summer yielded to the will of the Badgers Mount Residents
Association and produced a pleasantly warm summer's day for the Annual
Garden Party held at Oaklea on 9th July 2016.
Special thanks to
Gordon who delivered the marquee and to all the members of the committee
who helped put it up with much good humour and bonhomie.
was in beautiful condition thanks to the considerable and sustained
efforts of Dr Mary Bliss and her son James. Many participants kindly
brought various cakes, biscuits, and other delicious snacks.
Attendance was not as high as some years, perhaps because the Knockholt
Village Carnival took place on the same day; but children did attend and
even some teenagers were spotted trying out the tennis court and exploring
the rambling garden.
Towards the end of the afternoon the croquet
equipment was got out and set up. An enjoyable game followed involving a
wide range of ages and (it has to be said) a varying set of rules.
Walking treasure hunt
The event that nearly didn’t
In the lead up to the walking treasure hunt we had had no
interest so we decided to cancel the treasure hunt and just meet for tea
and cake imagine my shock when I arrived at the hall greeted by a large
group of excited children (and adults) ready to set out across Badgers
Mount looking for clues. A hasty return with clue sheets hot off the
printer, and happy detectives set off. Over 16 people scoured Badgers
A lesson has been learnt – we really need to know if you are
coming to an event, I will make sure that this is made very clear on all
the advertising (which it wasn’t - my fault!)
So what next – there
has been discussion around an early evening walking procession around the
mount for children on Halloween which this year is Monday 31st October, I
am happy to run this if enough young families are interested - please get
For all social events Please contact Zena 01959 5345666
FUTURE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Back by popular demand BMRA Quiz night
Saturday 22 October. The Quiz starts prompt 8pm. Tables of 6-8 £5 per head
or we can help you make up a team. A ploughmans will be provided at the
interval. Bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses. Cut off for tickets
Wine tasting with a difference
Do you know your Lidl from your Laithwaites?
Saturday 12th November
7.00pm to start tasting at 7.30pm
Badgers Mount Memorial Hall
£12 a ticket (over 18 only)
During the evening we will taste 12
different wines including reds, whites, rose and sparkling.
Tickets must be bought in advance a minimum of 24
people required to ensure the evening will happen!
Cut off for tickets
For all social activities, please contact
01959 5345666 firstname.lastname@example.org
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