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May 2013
There are approx. 4 newsletters published each year.

Hello everyone! A warm welcome is extended to new residents of Badgers Mount. We hope you find our newsletter informative.
Subscription charges are 2 per member with a maximum payable of 4 per household per year.
Thank you to those who have paid their subscriptions. Unfortunately not as many have paid as we had anticipated and we would respectfully point out that this will be your LAST newsletter if you do not pay. There are three ways to make your payment:
(1) If you use internet banking you can make a payment via the BACS system. This is quite straightforward. You will need the following details to make your payment.

Account name: Badgers Mount Residents Association
Account number: 01321247
Sort Code: 30-97-49

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU PUT YOUR NAME, HOUSE NAME/NUMBER & ROAD IN THE REFERENCE BOX PROVIDED so that we know who is paying us!! (Roads can be abbreviated to their initials if you wish)

(2) Payment in cash. Please ensure that you write your name and address on your envelope. We have arranged a number of drop off points for subscriptions. They are:

Tracey McCartney, Sett Point, Highland Road
Tina Bennett, 6 Crest Close
Eric Raven, Oakdale, Orpington Bypass, (next to the footpath to Old London Road)
Christine Donovan, Lyndhurst, Badgers Road (opposite Johnsons Avenue)
Karen Lagarde, Badgers Mount House, Highland Road
Stephen Salmon, Old Wild Wood, Milton Avenue
June Begg, 8 Badgers Rise
April Wentzell, 1 Sandersons Avenue
Lorna Luck, 3 Woodlands View
Joan Neave, 26 Old London Road
Gordon Plumb, Blue Haze, Highland Road OR
Thursday coffee mornings in the Memorial Hall.
(3) If you are unable to pay via your bank or drop off the envelope please telephone Gordon (534279) or email the Secretary at the email address given above and we will arrange collection from you.


Our AGM will take place on Thursday, 13th June 2013 in the Memorial Hall, Highland Road, starting at 8pm with refreshments available from 7.30pm and we hope you can join us.

All residents are welcome to attend the AGM but only current BMRA members are eligible to vote. If you have not yet paid your subscription, this can be paid on entry to the AGM so that you can vote during the meeting. Full updates will be given on the ex-MoD site, Watercroft Woods and the new Parish Council.


The majority of the existing BMRA committee will not be standing for re-election at the AGM. Therefore, volunteers are urgently required to come forward and join the committee if the BMRA is to continue to function. If you are interested in finding out more about taking on a committee role please contact Liz (535080), Tracey (534471) or Gordon (534279) for further information. You can also email us at the address given above.

CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS        View Proposed Constitution

Following the significant changes to the Constitution last year, it has been found that further minor changes are required. The proposed amendments are now available to view on the BMRA website but if you do not have internet access we can provide a paper copy of these. Please telephone Tracey on the number given above to request this. These changes will be voted on at the AGM.


The BMRA recently met with Kent County Councillor Roger Gough and Steven Noad, KCC Highways Engineer about our request for safety improvements on both the Orpington Bypass and Old London Road.

We have been advised a number of safety measures will be carried out later this year including reducing the speed limit on the A224 Orpington Bypass to 50 mph (precise extent of this to be agreed between Kent Police & KCC), installation of new pedestrian refuges on both roads to link with Public Right of Way SR8 to Halstead and improved signage and road markings on both roads. If you are interested, the results of the traffic surveys carried out on the Orpington Bypass and Old London Road recently are available to view on the BMRA website.

We have also been advised a footpath will be installed on the east side of the A224 but this has had to be deferred to a future year’s (hopefully 2014/2015) budget for financial reasons.


We continue to monitor proceedings at the site and have written extensive correspondence to various parties in the last year, including submission of a formal complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. Full details will follow in our next newsletter for those unable to attend the AGM.


The setting up of the New Parish Council is well under way. Those residents who shared concerns about there being enough people to set it up and start the first Council should be reassured to know that SDC have an obligation to oversee the setting up of the new Parish Council and they will run the preliminary meetings until it is fully active.


We have received notification that the third stage of the consultation and engagement programme on the future of Fort Halstead will now take place in the autumn of this year. The proposed development team is continuing to test the options that emerged from the first two stages of consultation, and liaise with stakeholders and officers at SDC. They will hold public exhibitions later in the year to display the emerging masterplan, demonstrate how the feedback they have received has helped to shape it and seek further feedback.


Apologies to anyone who was expecting to use the Freighter on Saturday, 20th April. Unfortunately, SDC re-scheduled this to the 27th April but failed to tell us in good time. The next dates are Saturday 20 July 2013, Saturday 19 October 2013 and Saturday 18 January 2014 (weather permitting). The time of collection at the bottom of Badgers Road is 10.15 – 11.00 am. Please see our website for details of what cannot be put in the freighter.


The Badgers Sett is a recently formed social meeting group for ladies of Badgers Mount. It is similar to the coffee morning but there may not be much coffee, more likely a glass of wine or two!! They meet in the Memorial Hall at 8 pm on the fourth Thursday of every month for a purely social evening. There is no Agenda or organised speaker, it’s just a chance to chat and share views. The next meeting dates are 23.05, 27.06, 25.07, 22.08, 26.09, 24.10 & 28.11. There is no need to book you can just turn up on the night. Please contact Zena Belton - 01959 534566 or email to find out more.


The Badgers Mount Memorial Hall Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June in the Hall at 7.30 for 8.00pm. All residents are invited to attend and take an interest in the only public facility we have in Badgers Mount. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available.


An NHW representative is now trained on the use of the speed indication devices. The NHW can now arrange for the police to advise the best location for setting up the equipment to ensure safety for all when carrying out speed watch sessions, and give safety awareness instruction to the volunteers. More volunteers are needed and if you are interested, please contact Roy Blamey on 01959 533452. Small groups will operate to record details of vehicles exceeding the speed limit, their speed and the time for passing to the police so that they can take action against regular offenders.


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