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October BMRA Newsletter

As many of you will be aware, Myra Marshall, a long standing BMRA Committee member, sadly passed away in July 2012. Myra’s contributions to the BMRA will be greatly missed and we extend our sympathy to her family and friends.


COMMITTEE NEWS

Road Safety Appeal

The BMRA share the concerns of residents over the safety of the main roads through Badgers Mount following the tragic accidents recently on the A224 Orpington Bypass and the Old London Road. We therefore, set up a working party to prepare a Report on the speed and safety issues of these roads. Sue Wyatt, BMRA committee member and Eric Raven, former BMRA Chairperson reviewed the situation on our behalf. Eric has extensive professional knowledge of road use, and we were very fortunate to be able to call upon his specialist knowledge in this instance. We would also like to thank all residents who signed the Petition to support the campaign.

The BMRA have campaigned for many years to improve the safety of these roads and will continue to do so until KCC implement suitable measures. We send our thanks to the residents who contributed information for our report. On the 28th September the report and petition were handed to our KCC Councillor, Roger Gough for presentation to the Highways Department.
 
A copy of the appeal was also sent to our MP, Michael Fallon. Mr Fallon has responded by indicating that he will be raising BMRA suggestions with Cllr Bryan Sweetland, Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, KCC.
 
We will keep you updated on any response from KCC or Michael Fallon, MP as and when we hear anything.
 
If you have any information about safety issues on these two roads and would like to discuss anything further on them with Eric, please contact him via email: wiseowl1959@aol.com
Road Safety appeal

 
Elite Motors (formerly Fox’s Garage)

This site is currently undergoing a makeover! We wish the company success with this and look forward to seeing the new façade shortly.

 
Entertainment
Christmas Quiz Night – 07.12.12
*CANCELLED*
 
Following the success of our last Quiz Night and requests for another, we are holding a Christmas themed quiz on FRIDAY, 7TH DECEMBER in the Memorial Hall starting at 8.p.m. This will be held instead of the carols evening which seemed to have declining popularity. We realise that Christmas is coming and you have lots of expenses so we have limited the cost of tickets to £5 per person.
 
Tickets are now available at Coffee Mornings or from Gordon (534279). Nibbles will be provided but please bring your own drink and glasses. Teams will consist of 6-8 people. Do not be put off if you cannot form a complete table team, we will put smaller groups together on the night.
 
New Year’s Eve Disco

It has been decided to hold a disco to ring in the New Year in the Memorial Hall. Please support this event otherwise we will have to reconsider providing such entertainment in the future. Book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets will cost £8 each (adults and children over 14 only). This will include a buffet supper but once again, please bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets available as per the Quiz Night but these must be PAID FOR in advance of the night so that we can finalise numbers for catering purposes.
 
Badgers Mount Ladies Night
 
Do you fancy getting together once a month for a "girls night" in Badgers Mount. Women who live in Badgers Mount will have the opportunity to meet and socialise with other ladies who live here. It’s a bit like a coffee morning but in the evening and probably with drinks as well as coffee!

The first meeting will be THURSDAY, 25TH OCTOBER 2012 8.00pm in Badgers Mount Memorial Hall. Put the date in your diary and come along, totally informal; no agenda, no minutes and no discussion topics. We will meet on the 4th Thursday of each month thereafter. Contact Zena Belton on 01959 534566 for further information.


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Bus Shelters & Noticeboards
 
The new shelter in Old London Road provided by SPC was installed a few weeks ago. We hope this will make waiting for buses much more pleasant for our residents.
 
Sadly the two noticeboards in the wooden bus shelters have been vandalised by what looks like someone punching their fist through them. This is a completely senseless act which serves no purpose. Damage has also occurred recently in the wooden shelter near to the Millennium sign. Remember that you paid for these originally, and you will pay for the repairs through your Council Tax!!
 
SPC have provided a new noticeboard at the junction of Charles Road/Highland Road. Please feel free to publicise local events on this.

 
Neighbourhood Plan
 
Badgers Mount will shortly make a start on writing a Neighbourhood Plan in conjunction with Shoreham Parish Council. Our section will be part of a Plan for the whole Shoreham Parish Council area. The Plan will eventually replace the Shoreham Parish Plan published in 2005. Neighbourhood Plans are unique in that once they have been ratified, they are legally binding. It is therefore in our interests to document exactly what we want for Badgers Mount.
 
If you are interested in assisting with compiling the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Tracey (01959 534471 or traceybmdefence@hotmail.co.uk) as soon as possible so that you can join the Working Party for this. No experience is needed, although if you did help out on the Shoreham Parish Plan back in 2004/2005, we could really do with your experience. We want people from all sections of the community e.g. young, old, middle aged, residential, commercial to help us with this. Everyone will need to be involved as we have to be sure we get the views of the majority of residents. Once the Plan is written and approved by SDC, it will need to be approved by the community at a Referendum in 2015.


A NEW PARISH COUNCIL FOR BADGERS MOUNT IN 2015!
 
The Electoral Arrangements Committee of Sevenoaks District Council has recommended that Badgers Mount should form its own Parish Council. This has been a long held vision of some of the residents. The Shoreham Parish Plan identified in 2005 that 55% of Badgers Mount residents were in favour of having their own independent Parish Council, as opposed to the 14% who indicated they did not want to split from SPC. Sevenoaks District Council started to conduct a district-wide Community Governance Review late last year, and this provided Badgers Mount residents with the opportunity to voice their opinion on this matter.

You will recall that the BMRA undertook a ‘snapshot poll’ at the beginning of 2012 to gather the current stance on this. A significant majority of those that responded were in favour of independence. The BMRA sent the poll results to SDC, along with evidence of all the literature we had provided to residents at the public meetings to assist them in making such a momentous decision. The matter was put before the Members of their Electoral Arrangements Committee and it was agreed that the community should therefore be formally consulted on this matter. The Democratic Services team then wrote to EVERY household asking for their view. Again, the majority of responses were in favour of a separate Badgers Mount Parish Council.

SDC took account of your comments and on the 11th September 2012 the SDC Committee members met again to consider the evidence. Cllr Grint put forward his positive views on Badgers Mount having its own Parish Council. The Members then voted in favour of this happening.

Once up and running, all Parish Council meetings will be in the Memorial Hall which is far more accessible for residents and District Councillors. We hope this will mean that people will be able to participate more easily in local government issues. It will put Badgers Mount on the ‘Map’ when the Council opens for business in 2015 but there is a lot of work to be done before this can take place!

District Cllr John Grint identified this as what he considered to be the right way forward in his manifesto of 2007 and this has been something several previous Badgers Mount Ward Councillors of Shoreham Parish Council have wanted for decades. A working party completely independent of the Badgers Mount Residents Association will shortly be formed and will start work on the formation of the new Council.

If you have experience of any local government work, perhaps having been a District or Parish Councillor or Parish Clerk and would like to be part of this fantastic opportunity to provide Badgers Mount with its own Parish Council, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Tracey McCartney (01959 534471 or traceybmdefence@hotmail.co.uk) if you would like to be a part of this working party. Please respond no later than WEDNESDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER 2012.

It is hoped that the new Parish Council will build good relationships with neighbouring parishes, and be in a position to enjoy mutual support in times of need. This is ‘localism’ working within the District.

 
FM CONWAY LIMITED UPDATE

You may have heard some loud industrial noises coming from the site recently. This is the result of the bunkers being demolished. We are regularly in touch with SDC, KCC and various agencies in relation to this work. To date, we are advised that this is permitted development.
 
The sub-committee are currently working on a Local Government Ombudsman complaint against SDC regarding their handling of the Lawful Development Certificate applications for the site. We will keep you informed of developments in this matter in future newsletters.
 
The recent Art Exhibition & sale held for the benefit of the Fighting Fund unfortunately generated little interest from residents despite extensive advertising. However, a substantial contribution was donated to the Fund from the sales that were made – thanks to Dr. Mary Bliss and Noel Wills for organising this.
 
The BMRA committee would like to reassure residents that all monies contributed to the Fighting Fund will, as promised at the very outset, only be utilised in relation to matters concerning the former MoD site. 

 
THE SEVENOAKS CHRONICLE

Bob Ogley, Sevenoaks Chronicle has advised that he will be publishing an article on Badgers Mount in the October 26th edition of the paper. He would welcome comments and additional stories from residents to use as follow ups. You can contact Bob via Editor@Sevenoaks-chronicle.co.uk if you wish to share any stories with him.

 
FORTHCOMING POLICE SURGERY
 
Our community PCSO, Julie Stoner has agreed to host a police surgery as part of our weekly coffee morning. This will take place on THURSDAY, 25th OCTOBER 2012 from 11.00 am. All residents are invited to attend and raise any concerns or issues that they feel she will be able to help with.

 
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNINGS
 
Please remember that all residents are welcome to attend the weekly coffee mornings held in the Memorial Hall on Thursday mornings. These take place between 10.30 am and 12 noon and everyone is welcome to come along for a chat over a cup of coffee.
 
The mobile library calls into the Hall Car Park on alternate Thursdays between 10.45 and 11.20. Their next visits are on the 18th October and 1st November 2012.

 
PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN BADGERS RISE

Following a Consultation, Sevenoaks District Council has decided to introduce a single yellow line parking restriction in Badgers Rise between 11 am – 12 noon.
Double yellow lines will also be introduced on the junction of Badgers Rise with Old London Road. We understand that the line painting will take place shortly.

 
BONFIRE NIGHT CELEBRATIONS

As Bonfire Night is fast approaching we would like to remind everyone to take care with their fireworks and to remember that animals find this a very frightening time. Please be considerate and try to limit fireworks to being as close to November the 5th as possible so that animals can enjoy the freedom of their gardens without fear of being hit by stray fireworks – thanks.

 
BULK REFUSE FREIGHTER SERVICE
 
The next Bulky refuse collection will take place on SATURDAY, 20TH OCTOBER 2012 between 10.15 and 11.00 am at the junction of Badgers Road and the Orpington Bypass. Our website has a full listing of dates when the refuse freighter will attend in Badgers Mount and also provides details of items that are excluded from this service.
 

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