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The July 2013 BMRA Newsletter
A warm welcome to new residents of Badgers Mount. The Residents
Association produces newsletters four times per year and we hope you find
these useful. Our website (address above) has a wealth of information
about our community and its surrounds.
The Association held its Annual General Meeting in June and the following
ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN
BMRA Road Safety
We had been assured that
some of the work to be carried out in relation to safety improvements on
the Orpington Bypass and Old London Road would be commenced “in the
summer”. However, to date these have yet to begin. Roger Gough, our Kent
County Councillor advised on 25.07.13 that the Police have now agreed to a
reduction in the speed limit on the Bypass to 50 mph. The very first part
of the Orpington by-pass coming from Hewitts roundabout will remain at
national speed limit. However, from near the telephone mast some 230
metres North West of Badgers Road, the limit will come down to 50 mph. It
will remain the same all the way to Polhill; in other words, the speed
limit will not increase again after the Shacklands Road roundabout. This
will have to be approved by the Joint Transportation Board at either their
September or December meetings.
FORMER CHELSFIELD AMMUNITION DEPOT
At the AGM
residents were informed that our Badgers Mount Defence sub-committee had
recently been advised by our MP, Michael Fallon that he had met with Mr
Conway. Mr Fallon explained that Mr Conway has emphasised that his company
only intends to use the ex-MOD site for storage and distribution of
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS CARD
Way back in 2006 (!) the community Neighbourhood Watch team and the BMRA produced an A5 information sheet of useful telephone numbers (Police, Hospitals etc). Some of these numbers have now changed. In particular, the Police should now be contacted on 101 (non-emergency calls) and 999 (emergency calls) NOT 01732 740055 as the card states as this is now a private telephone number. We are asking the current NHW team to consider updating and re-issuing the card to all residents. If you still have your card please update the Police contact details accordingly.
We have recently written to ask KCC’s Footpaths Section if the overgrown weeds on footpath SR8 could be removed to make this more accessible. We are taking a look at the other footpaths too and will report to KCC if these need clearing too.
OBSTRUCTIONS ON THE VERGES
Residents on the Orpington Bypass will recall that some years ago KCC wrote to all properties advising that if there were an accident and damage or injury was caused by the various bollards, posts etc on the verge, they could be personally liable for such damage or injury. In recent months there has again been a proliferation of such objects which are both unsightly and potentially hazardous. Some are short with pointed tops adjacent to the footpath. If a pedestrian tripped and fell onto one of them, a serious injury could result. We understand that some have been placed to prevent delivery drivers using the verge as an additional traffic lane while not caring about the damage they are causing to the verge, but we would ask residents to consider the potential damage that could be result, let alone the general unsightly appearance which they create.
And last but by no means
least, we send our sincere condolences to the families of residents who
have passed away recently including Edna Smith, Daphne Izatt and Helen
Turner. Helen was a former BMRA Committee member and served the
refreshments at weekly coffee mornings. They will be sadly missed.
BMRA CONTACT DETAILS
Full contact details on the BMRA Committee page.
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