We wish you all a Happy New Year extend a warm welcome to all new residents.
Committee members who have not yet had time to collect the annual subscriptions
will be calling in the near future.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our AGM will be on 14th May, starting at 8.00pm. Full details will be in the
next newsletter, but please make a note in your diary now. New committee members
are always welcome, so if you would like to volunteer to be co-opted onto the
committee now, or to stand for election at the AGM, please contact Tracey
(534471) or Gordon (534279) for more information.
The Carols and Entertainment Evening on 13th December welcomed the Christmas
season and was attended by 31 people who thoroughly enjoyed the delightful
singing and entertainment provided by the Green Street Blues, together with some
traditional carol singing accompanied on the piano by Jack Bennett. Light
refreshments including mince pies and sausage rolls were also served.
Once again, the New Year’s Eve Party proved successful. Those present enjoyed an
evening of dancing to music provided by Steve Eales – our thanks to him for
compiling the varied music programme for the night and ensuring that it ran
We are considering arranging a Barn Dance on a Saturday evening in late spring
or early summer this year as it has been a while since we last held one of these
popular and entertaining evenings. Full details will be in the next newsletter.
The contractor supplying the new bus shelter in Old London Road near Badgers
Rise was unable to install it before Christmas, but should be doing so soon.
Bus users will have noticed that the stops near Badgers Rise have now been
officially renamed ‘Badgers Rise’, and also that new poles and timetable boards
have been installed.
Update: New bus shelter fitted 12th Jan 2009
The initial Partners and Community Together (PACT) meeting led by Police, SDC
and SPC to determine priorities for action which will give the greatest benefit
to the community was attended by 8 residents.
Of the many items proposed, the four with the most support were:-
Speed and noise of traffic, particularly on the Orpington Bypass
Properly planned development
Litter and cost of garden refuse collection
Open space/recreation area
While it is unlikely that the last item can be provided at present, it was
included so that action could proceed quickly if a suitable area of land became
We understand that the owner of the Orpington Bypass part of the site is
preparing a revised housing application, this time for 12 houses. Access will be
moved to the existing north access, opposite Badgers Road, and more parking will
be provided. These changes should address the main reasons for refusal of the
earlier application for 14 houses.
If anyone has any comments prior to submission of the application, the owner
would be pleased to hear them. If you contact us, we will pass comments on.
The application for a lawful development certificate for the proposed woodland
cemetery at Watercroft Woods, opposite Badgers Rise, is still being considered.
This appears to be the legal issue of whether the work carried out in 2000 to
the access road validated the permission given on appeal in 1995.
There has been an increase in the number of overgrown hedges obstructing roads
and footpaths. We would remind you that you are responsible for ensuring that
your hedges do not cause a nuisance, and ask you to cut them back, particularly
where sight lines are compromised, or road or house names obstructed.
We would also remind you that overgrown hedges which cause your neighbours a
nuisance can result in ASBOs being imposed.
IDENTIFICATION OF HOUSES
Most houses in Badgers Mount are named and not sequentially numbered. This makes
it difficult for people unfamiliar with the area to find a particular house. It
is not unusual to see vehicles crawling up and down our roads searching for
houses, some of whose name boards are not very clear. To aid such drivers,
emergency services etc. please ensure that you have identification clearly
Find a house in Badgers Mount
BULKY REFUSE COLLECTION
The next bulky refuse collection is scheduled to be on Saturday 21st February
between 11.15 and 12.00. The vehicle can stop at either the Highland Road or the
Badgers Road junctions with the Orpington Bypass, depending on traffic
conditions. You are reminded that you must not leave items unattended in advance
of the vehicles’ arrival, and that some items cannot be accepted, as noted on
the SDC website.
COFFEE MORNINGS AND MOBILE LIBRARY
If you are free on Thursday mornings, why not come along to the Memorial Hall
between 10.30 and 12.00 for coffee or tea and biscuits and a friendly chat with
your neighbours. This is open to all ages, not just senior citizens! Police
surgeries are also held during the coffee mornings.
The mobile library van comes into the Memorial Hall car park alternate weeks
between 10.45 and 11.20, the next visits being on 15th and 29th January. In
addition to a range of books for adults and children, including large print and
tapes, videos can also be hired. Anyone can join this free service by enrolling
with the staff in the van. There are no fines for overdue books!
You are reminded that the Neighbourhood Watch AGM will be held on 22nd January
at 8.00 pm in the Memorial Hall.
Volunteer co-ordinators are needed to represent small groups of houses, and at
present, some areas do not have representation. Without these co-ordinators,
Neighbourhood Watch cannot continue, so the branch could close. Those residents
whose house insurers give discounts to Neighbourhood Watch members will lose
this benefit, and if they do not advise their insurers that there is no longer
an operating Neighbourhood Watch scheme, they may have claims refused.
If you want to be in this position, let the Neighbourhood Watch close; if not
then get along to the Neighbourhood Watch AGM and become involved!
You are reminded to be alert for distraction burglars. We have heard of men
claiming to be police officers to get into houses in Hayes and West Wickham.
This is a variation on the more usual attempts to gain entry by people claiming
to be from utility companies.
Gordon Plumb – 534279
Tracey McCartney – 534471
News Archive - started Summer 2000