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BMRA Newsletter - July 2015
ROAD SAFETY UPDATE
As you will probably have
observed, KCC have now installed the village gates on the Orpington Bypass
– A 224. Discussion continues regarding the gates for the Old London Road;
decisions are complicated by the Western half of the road belonging to
Halstead. Ideally we will have 2 pairs of gates on this road at each end
of Badgers Mount but may have to settle for single gates on the Eastern
side. The roundels on the road surface reminding drivers of the 50 mph
limit should also be done this year.
There is a short cut between the Northern roundabout and Old London
Road which misses out most of Wheatsheaf Hill. It uses much of the old
road which was cleared a few months ago, but the ends have become a bit
The Watercrofts Woods application was
refused but they appealed. They still have permission for a chapel and
burial ground and are proceeding with these with a claimed opening date in
F M CONWAY UPDATE
We have been
advised by P.B. Associates that Messrs Conway’s retain the desire to redevelop
their Chelsfield site with a low density housing scheme.
embarking on a detailed planning exercise however there are several
aspects which have to be
considered, perhaps the most important of
which being precisely how Conways will continue to pursue their
operational activities following the loss of their Chelsfield site. We
continue to be in regular contact with the consultants on this issue.
A proposal was passed at our last AGM to retain the Conway Defence
Fund in its present form and until the full extent of Messrs Conway’s ‘low
density’ development had been established and proved acceptable to the
Meanwhile the committee are reviewing expenditure
appropriate to this Fund with the intention of bringing this account up to
date. Consideration is also being given to widening the remit such that we
are able to oppose and fund all unwelcome developments within the
community. The committee will report and put forward any recommendations
at the next AGM in May 2016.
Neighbourhood Watch is an organised means of keeping a lookout for
each other, particularly when residents are away on holiday. It is mainly
a way of passing information around swiftly and efficiently, and is an
essential part of any community. We have not been active for the past
couple of years but have recently had several local burglaries, so need to
get back into the swing again. I'm sure many of you are aware that Roy
Blamey, our Chairperson, has now had to stand down from this position, to
take on the role of Councillor and Chairperson for our newly formed
Badgers Mount Parish Council. I'm sure you join me in thanking him for all
he has done in the past for our community and wish him all the best in his
new role, but we now need to replace him and several other members who
have left for various reasons.
On Friday 25th September at 7.30pm, we will be
holding a meeting, in the Memorial Hall, for all the current Neighbourhood
Watch Road Stewards and ANYONE ELSE who wishes to join and support the
Neighbourhood Watch team. If anyone is interested in joining and serving
on NW, please contact Tina Bennett on 533809.
only meet 2-3 times a year and thankfully, with the generally low crime
rate in our area, being on the committee is not too demanding for any one
person. However, it is still an essential part of our community and must
keep going. Please do consider giving a few hours of your time, to enable
us to keep our Neighbourhood Watch running successfully.
I look forward
to hearing from anyone interested in joining the team or please just come
along to our meeting in September, to hear more about it.
There are a number of apparent
‘cowboys’ driving through our community. This picture was taken recently
on the approach to the M25 – A224 – A21 roundabout. Bags of rubbish had
been piled on top of a sofa on top of the upper unsecured skip and they
fell into the road – the lorry didn’t stop. After discussion, both Kent
and Metropolitan police emphasised that in order for them to proceed, they
need the following information:
Number Plate; Location; Time
Don’t have an
accident whilst you note all this down – leave it to your passenger.
BADGERS MOUNT PARISH COUNCIL (BMPC)
new Parish Council is now fully operational. Roy Blamey is chairperson
ably assisted by Noel Wills, John Grint, Tracey McCartney and Gordon
Plumb. There have now been 3 meetings of the main committee of Badgers
Mount Parish Council and most of the initial set-up tasks have been
completed. We will not be meeting in August but will hold a Planning
meeting should it be necessary for us to respond to it before the next
meeting in September. At that meeting we hope to be able to announce the
appointment of our Parish Clerk.
TONY THE POSTMAN
Tony has been delivering letters to Badgers Mount for the last 20
years or so, and is finally retiring this Autumn. We have started a
collection for him; anyone wishing to contribute please leave donations
either with Christine Donovan at Lyndhurst, Badgers Road or with Gordon
Plumb during the Thursday morning coffee get-together in the Memorial
WALKING TREASURE HUNT 6th JUNE
Well done to all those who came along for the walking treasure hunt where
a pleasant couple of hours was spent hunting for clues around Badgers
Mount. 27 people joined us and many stayed afterward for tea and cake,
making it another social event and a good time to catch up with
neighbours. It was a great afternoon, we didn't lose anyone; no one was
run over and the cakes were a success, there was no controversy over the
winners, Congratulations Noel and Diane.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Barn dance and Music from the Hatted
October 6.30pm -9.30pm
Barn dance and music - what a great way to
get to know those in your community. You can either dance an energetic
jig, watch others work out their right hand star and their left hand reel.
£7 a head with children free. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.
This event will need a minimum number to ensure that it will take place.
Please email email@example.com if you
would like to save yourself a seat in the dozy doe and the woven basket.
You don't need to bring a partner; there will be a warm welcome for
everyone. All children must be accompanied and it would help if you know
your left from your right. Come along and swing your neighbours round and
round and get to know those in the community as you apologies for treading
on their toes.
Fancy dress competition and lantern parade 5.30 pm
(following from the WI Fair). Start in the village hall in Halloween
costumes prizes for under 10 and under 16. Gather for a cup of tea and
Halloween refreshments. Once the prizes have been awarded there will be a
supervised procession around the mount. Residents in Badgers mount who
don't have young children who wish to support this may want to indicate
that they would welcome visitors to reward the children's fancy dress
efforts with treats (no tricks)
This event will only take place if
there is enough interest shown Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate how
many children you would like to enter the fancy dress and parade. Please
email email@example.com if you would
welcome visitors on 31st October early evening or would like to help at
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