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(January 2009)

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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.


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 smoothly.

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.


New bus shelter and the Badgers Rise bus stopThe 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 available.


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.


Find a house in Badgers Mount...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 visible.                                         Find a house in Badgers Mount



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.


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


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