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BMRA Newsletter - February 2014
The planning applications
for crematoria at Oak Tree Farm and Watercrofts Woods were scheduled to be
determined at the Development Control Committee meeting of Sevenoaks
District Council (SDC) on 30th January. Due to some very late new
information and proposed legal agreements which SDC received on the
afternoon of the meeting relating to both sites which made material
changes to both applications, decisions were deferred to a future meeting
as the officers had not had time to consider the details and implications.
The applicants for the first crematorium south of Orchard Barn have lodged
an appeal against SDC’s decision with the Planning Inspectorate. This is
being held by written representations.
and POLICE SURGERY
PCSO Jenny Boyden has been appointed to
cover Halstead, Knockholt and Badgers Mount. For non emergency enquiries,
she can be contacted on the national number 101. This number recognises
your location and transfers you to the local police office. Jenny will be
holding a Surgery between 11.00 am and 12.00 noon on Thursday 6th March
during the coffee morning.
The working group preparing for the
new Badgers Mount Parish Council now has 10 members. They are: Councillor
John Grint (Chairperson) (532809), Tracey McCartney (secretary), Gordon
Plumb (Treasurer), our 3 existing SPC Councillors – Sue Wyatt, Noel Wills
& Roy Blamey, Albert Thomas, John Ralston, Alistair Dunlop and Dave
Woledge. The group can be contacted via the telephone number given for the
Chairperson or by email to the email address given above.
The group will be holding regular meetings until the Order for the
creation of the new Parish Council becomes final in early 2015. They are
looking into the many aspects associated with the new Council in
conjunction with Shoreham Parish Council.
decided so far are that there should be five Councillors and that the
Council area should not be divided into wards. Some minor adjustments have
been suggested to the current parish boundaries. SDC have, however,
advised that these cannot be implemented until after the new Council is in
existence. For the time being the existing ward boundary will also be the
new Council’s boundary.
There will be an update on progress
at the BMRA AGM in May with a further information meeting for residents in
early October 2014 when we hope to have Michael Fallon, MP, Roger Gough
and an SDC representative to explain more about the new Parish Council.
Residents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any
points that they wish to with those present.
The mobile library continues
to visit the Memorial Hall car park on alternate Thursdays between 10.45
and 11.20 am during the coffee mornings. Numbers using the library have
declined in recent months, so if you like reading proper books rather than
the modern electronic books, please make use of this service. If you want
a particular book which is not carried on the van it can be ordered and
will be brought as soon as it is available. The next visits are on 20th
February, 6th and 20th March.
The weekly Thursday coffee mornings
continue to be well attended, and numbers have increased over recent
months. If you would like to come for a social chat with other residents,
why not come along between 10.30 am and 12 noon. You don’t have to come at
the start or stay until the end – just stay as long as you like!!
Those who attended the carols
evening before Christmas thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Our thanks go
to Crest Close resident, Jack Bennett for his musical accompaniment to the
Carols. A small profit was made for BMRA funds.
Committee members will soon be
calling to collect subscriptions for the current financial year. There
will be no change to the fee payable - £2 per adult with a maximum of £4
payable per house.
CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU
The CAB now offers appointments at the Otford Heritage Centre in the High
Street (opposite to the Car Park) every Tuesday between 10 am and 12 noon.
For appointments please telephone 01732 440488 and ask for an appointment
at this location. You can also drop in for advice during these times. This
service will be available until the end of March on a trial basis and may
be extended if demand is sufficient.
MINERALS & WASTE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK CONSULTATION
If you previously wrote into the above in mid 2011, you may have received
notification that a consultation on the final draft of the Kent Minerals &
Waste Local Plan 2013-30 is now open for comment. The consultation runs
until Sunday, 16th March 2014.
The Minerals and Waste Local
Plan will become the development management policy framework against which
planning applications for minerals and waste related developments will be
determined by the County Council. It includes the criteria for assessing
the suitability of new minerals and waste sites and it provides an
assessment of the need for additional minerals resources and waste
management infrastructure in Kent during the period up to 2030.
The Badgers Mount Defence sub-committee has read through the documentation
and made enquiries with KCC about the sites put forward. KCC have advised
that there is no change to FM Conway site in relation to the Draft Kent
Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The Site was not allocated as a Preferred
Option in 2012 and this is unlikely to change when they continue with the
Site Plans documents from 2015. We will continue to monitor this situation
closely. In view of KCC’s comments we do not believe it is necessary for
anyone to write in on this matter at the present time. If you wish you can
view the above document at
BADGERS MOUNT DEFENCE WEBSITE
advise that this website is no longer operational. Any future information
will be posted on the main website (details above).
FM CONWAY LTD
PROPOSED WORKS TO TREES
FM Conway Ltd applied to SDC to carry out various remedial works to trees
in the outer perimeter of their site which are covered by a Tree
Preservation Order (TPO). No public comments are allowed on TPO
applications but Shoreham Parish Council did submit comments on behalf of
the Parish recommending that parts of the work should be reconsidered.
Taking these comments into consideration some of the work was approved but
some was refused. Details can be seen on the planning portal of the SDC
website if you are interested. The FM Conway Ltd sub-committee will be
monitoring this work when it is carried out.
FM CONWAY LTD COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
residents claim that they did not receive the above with their last
newsletter. This is therefore, reattached to this newsletter for future
SPEED APPEAL UPDATE
You will no doubt have noticed that the new pedestrian island has been
installed on the Old London Road to assist those crossing this road.
The speed limit reduction has now been approved for the Orpington Bypass.
It is hoped that this will be implemented in the near future.
FASTER BROADBAND UPDATE -
Latest Broadband news here
It would appear that
BT are ahead of schedule with their plans to introduce a faster broadband
service for residents. They have indicated that they are intending to
start installing the Badgers Mount fibre cabinet later this month although
the actual broadband service will not be available for some time yet. BT
has previously advised that this should be operational by the Autumn of
2014. We will keep you updated on progress.
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