** IMPORTANT **
Are you aware that a planning application has been submitted to Sevenoaks
District Council to build a crematorium and associated burial ground to
the west of London Road, opposite Polhill Garden Centre and south of the
Hand Made Kitchens business? Full details can be seen on the SDC (public
access for planning) website or by following the link to the application
on the home page of our website.
Although this site is in Halstead
Parish, the A224 road is in Shoreham Parish and the use of the site will
impact on Badgers Mount. The site is in the Green Belt where strict
constraints apply to prevent unsuitable development. At present it is
agricultural land. As this would be a commercial operation the burial
ground would not be consecrated and could not be returned to agriculture
if the operation ceased.
From comments heard so far, it seems that
there is a need for a crematorium somewhere in the Sevenoaks area due to
the distances to existing facilities at Tunbridge Wells, Elmers End etc
but other more suitable sites are probably available in the area.
The BMRA has objected to the application on the grounds of the increase in
traffic on the A224 London Road with slow vehicles turning in to, or out
of, the crematorium, poor access by public transport, pedestrian access,
flooding (the field is often seen to have standing water after heavy
rain), nearby residential property and the fact that the site is in the
green belt. Both Shoreham and Halstead Parish Councils are objecting too.
If you want to comment about this application, it must be submitted to
Sevenoaks District Council no later than 10th October 2013. You can email
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Development
Services Department, PO Box 183, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1GN.
You must quote the following reference number in your correspondence
We have also just heard that another company
is about to submit an application for a crematorium slightly further south
on the Oak Tree Farm site (where the concrete recycling site is at
present). If this happens information will be available on our website and
put on noticeboards and it is likely that similar objections will be made.
ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN
BMRA Road Safety
Slow progress is being made in relation to safety improvements on the
Orpington Bypass & Old London Road.
You will recall from our last
newsletter that the Police have agreed to a reduction in speed on the
Bypass to 50mph just north of Woodlands View. KCC have advised that the
proposal for the speed limit reduction Legal Order is now open for
consultation. If you wish to see their proposals and make a comment please
visit www.kent.gov.uk and type Proposed TROs in the search box. Click on
the one result which appears, then Sevenoaks. The required order is at the
top (Amendment 7).
We have also been advised that the new road
markings and new pedestrian refuge on Old London Road should shortly be
carried out. We are ever hopeful that this will be done before the end of
SPEED GUN TRAINING
Two members of our Neighbourhood Watch committee attended the recent speed
gun training session at SDC’s offices. Before the speed gun can be used
there must be at least four people trained by the Police in its use. The
NHW are aware of one other trained resident. If you would be interested in
being trained, please contact us at the email address given above and we
will forward your details on to the NHW. The Police are willing to come to
Badgers Mount to train anyone interested.
....AND FINALLY, The Macmillan Coffee Morning held in the
Memorial Hall recently raised £206.50 and was enjoyed by all who attended.
Many thanks to all those who supported this worthy cause.
BMRA CONTACT DETAILS
Full contact details on the BMRA Committee
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