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Badgers Mount - AutumnBMRA Newsletter - October 2016

  

Autumn already, and the trees and bushes are changing colour nicely. Time to clear up in the garden and get ready for the Winter.

 

 

 

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Badgers Mount had for many years enjoyed participating in the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Fortunately we suffered little crime and of course the inevitable happened and the scheme fell into disuse and faded away.
At the 2014 AGM the issue was raised and some volunteers were cajoled into becoming Road Stewards. Unfortunately I personally, failed to give this matter the attention it deserved and so it never got off the ground. At the 2015 AGM the subject was raised once again but we could not raise the quantity of volunteers for Road Stewards we felt were needed.
I agreed to take the matter away and with crime in our area definitely on the increase, endeavour to raise both awareness but more importantly enthusiasm for resurrecting The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. The key ingredient is getting some 10 residents to volunteer to become Road Stewards.

The role can be summarised as follows:

• We need to find someone to take on the role for overall coordination and he/she needs the active support of say 10 Road Stewards who in turn, each would provide coverage for around 20 homes in their area. The coordinator would attend BMRA committee meetings for matters relating to the Scheme.

The Road Stewards would have to undertake:

• Attendance at the odd meeting or two in the village hall or if a particular incidence of crime warrants specific or detailed attention.

• Keeping in personal contact with our more vulnerable residents particularly when unscrupulous tradespeople are known to be operating in our community.

• Conveying the contents of the E-WATCH newsletter as appropriate and along with any advice given by our local PCSO

• Keeping your eyes and ears open and being ever watchful of suspicious activities which need to be conveyed to the Chairman/PCSO.
Recently several high value crimes have taken place in Badgers Mount involving vehicle theft / vehicle break in along with other serious activities.

In the light of this recent increase in crime the time may now be appropriate to reinstate The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. To do so depends totally upon you, the residents of Badgers Mount. The task is not too time consuming but it does need a number of volunteers who are willing to assist in the community.

All funding will be provided by the BMRA and this will be absorbed from within its existing budget. So knocking on doors for the purposes of collecting money is NOT part of the job.

If you are interested and want to find out more please let me know and it is clearly understood that any enquiries will be without obligation.

Dave Woledge tel: 01959 534338


DEFIBRILLATOR

A defibrillator is a medical device designed to restart the heart in case of a heart attack. Since this aid is needed in the early part of a heart attack for best results, there is an initiative to position simple-to-use, automatic defibrillators in local communities. The BMRA has raised with the Badgers Mount Parish Council (BMPC) the possibility of obtaining one to be situated in the community, probably at the Memorial Hall. At a recent PC meeting, questions were raised concerning the utility of such a device given the spread-out nature of the community and the cost (around 1000 from Parish funds). If you have any comments on this matter, please let the Parish Clerk know (details in the BMPC Newsletter) or contact any of the Parish Councillors (details also in the BMPC Newsletter.


ROADS

BMPC have discussed the road safety situation with Roger Gough, our KCC Councillor, particularly the outstanding items from our Road Safety appeal 4 years ago. We may be getting speed ‘roundels’ on the Old London Road and Orpington Bypass in the current Financial Year but the proposed footpath on the east side of the Orpington Bypass and pedestrian island where footpath SR8 crosses this road were removed from this year’s works for financial reasons. BMPC will request that these are included in next year’s works, together with the automatic speed indication signs previously promised.


PLANNING

There have only been a few new planning applications for extensions recently. The application for the care/nursing home at Elite Motors has still not been determined, and there is no known date for a decision.


PARISH COUNCIL

Badgers Mount Parish Council meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Memorial Hall from 7:30pm. for the full Council meeting, and a planning committee meeting if there are any applications to consider. There may also be a planning committee meeting on the third Thursday if there are planning applications which need to be commented on before the next full meeting date. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, and there is always a time set aside for questions from members of the public, either at a set time during the meeting or, more usually at the end, when you can ask questions or comment on appropriate matters. Do please go along and take an interest in the work the Parish Council is doing.
The previous Parish Clerk has recently resigned. Her replacement has been appointed but will need a little time to get up to speed.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

The Government has recently encouraged Parishes to produce written plans for local development. Unlike the old Local Plans, these Neighbourhood plans will be assessed by a Planning Inspector; when approved, they will become legal documents. District Councils and other formal bodies will only be able to go against them after a Planning Appeal. The Neighbourhood Plan will be led and co-ordinated by the Parish Council and they will be holding an initial information meeting soon – see the Parish Council Newsletter for details. BMRA heartily encourages all residents to get involved, as this is our chance to influence the way our community changes for the future. Typical areas might include the environment – e.g. noise reduction measures? also local facilities and infrastructure – e.g. recreation grounds, allotments, local road and verge maintenance, and so on.


COMMUNITY PROTECTION FUND

Several years ago, an action group was set up to fight the proposed use of the old ammunition dump site for aggregate processing by F M Conway. Many contributions were received and used to pay for a Planning Consultant and legal representation at the subsequent Planning Appeal. Whilst we did not win the Appeal outright, we were able to keep the site usage solely for storage and distribution. At the recent BMRA AGM, it was agreed that the scope of the action group should be broadened to cover any unwanted development in our community and that the remaining funds should be used for this purpose. Contributors were asked if they were happy for their contribution to be used for this broader purpose and offered a refund if not. The deadline for replies has now passed and we are currently processing refunds where relevant. We are aiming for maximum transparency and full details will be in the accounts for the next AGM.


SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

CAROLS EVENING Saturday 3rd December - A great social evening on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm. Come along to the Memorial Hall to start getting into the Christmas spirit, meet up with friends old and new, and sing some Christmas Carols to piano accompaniment. Light refreshments will be provided. As last year, the cost will be 5 for adults and 2 for children. Please let Gordon know if you are coming (01959 534279 or email gplumb@tiscali.co.uk) so that the right quantity of refreshments can be purchased, but you won't be turned away if you just turn up on the night!!


NEW YEAR’S EVE - over the past few years the numbers at the New Year's Eve party have dropped considerably. There could be many reasons for this. So before we start to plan this year’s New Year's Eve party we need to check that we are putting on an event that people want. If you would like to spend New Year's Eve with your friends in Badgers Mount at the memorial hall we need to know what you want. We will never please everyone but currently we don't appear to be pleasing anyone!!! Please can you drop Zena an email (zbelton@live.com), a note through her door (15 Johnsons Ave) or a phone call 01959 534566 and then you can tell her what you would like. Following this if enough people show an interest posters will go up around Badgers Mount with details of the event - the date you obviously know! No posters will mean no interest so no event.




FUTURE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Wine tasting with a difference

Do you know your Lidl from your Laithwaites?
Saturday 12th November 2016
7.00pm to start tasting at 7.30pm
Badgers Mount Memorial Hall 12 a ticket (over 18 only)
During the evening we will taste 12 different wines including reds, whites, rose and sparkling.
Cheese and bread included.
Tickets must be bought in advance a minimum of 24 people required to ensure the evening will happen!
Please pay for tickets by 6th November.

For all social activities, please contact
Zena 01959 534566 zbelton@live.com

 

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