To start our Newsletter we
would like to welcome all new residents to Badgers Mount
and to thank those who attended our recent Annual General
At that Meeting the following
were elected to the Committee:
Gordon Plumb - Chairman
Len Cottle - Vice Chairman
Tracey McCartney - Secretary
Chris Lucas - Treasurer
This leaves one vacancy to
achieve the minimum requirements of our Constitution. Currently,
the Committee has no representative from Badgers Rise, Christies
Avenue, Crest Close, Johnsons Avenue, Sandersons Avenue, Milton
Avenue, Old London Road or Woodlands View. If anyone feels
interested in our community and can spare one evening a month to
attend Committee Meetings please contact Gordon Plumb on 534279
or Tracey McCartney on 534471 for further information.
Please remember to visit the
Association’s Website for full details of forthcoming events,
links to other Badgers Mount Associations, the Parish and
District Councils, Memorial Hall bookings and the weather for
the week ahead!! Plus much more….
Following the erection of the
Telephone Mast on the Orpington By-Pass the Association made a
complaint to Sevenoaks District Council about their failure to
notify Orange that Planning Permission for the Mast had been
refused within the statutory time limit. In view of the
unsatisfactory response received we referred the matter to the
Local Government Ombudsman for his consideration. Following his
site inspection he agreed that Sevenoaks District Council had
not followed the correct procedure but he believed that if the
Application had been refused correctly, Orange would have
appealed and won and the Mast would have been erected anyway.
This matter has not been resolved to our satisfaction and we are
currently negotiating with the Ombudsman further.
The Application for a
Travellers site adjacent to Knockholt Station has been refused.
We are currently checking with Sevenoaks District Council
whether an appeal has been filed or when the site will be
Most other Planning Applications for this area in recent months
have been for Extensions, Conservatories and Garages etc.
SHOREHAM PARISH COUNCIL
At the May election there was
only one nomination for our three seats on Shoreham Parish
Council. Subsequently, two further residents have been co-opted.
Our new representatives are Gordon Clarke and Vivienne Clarke
(532987) and John Ralston (533412).
For us all to enjoy the
summer months and particularly this current hot spell could we
please remind residents to be considerate of their neighbours
when lighting bonfires, playing music outdoors etc.
As previously advised, Dr. Bliss has kindly offered the use of
her rustic Tennis Court at Oaklea, off Badgers Road to local
residents. Anyone interested in using the Court please contact
Dr. Bliss direct on 534278.
From Thursday, 4th September
the Mobile Library will continue to stop outside Tudor Lodge,
Orpington By-Pass at the REVISED time of 10.45 a.m. to 11.00
a.m. and fortnightly from then.
A larger van will be in service to provide a wider range of
books for all tastes. Please support this facility or it may be
The Association have been in
discussions with the relevant authorities to try to improve the
traffic situation on the Orpington By-Pass, particularly the
safety of the recent road markings at the end of Highland Road.
It appears that some improvements are in the pipeline for the
next financial year - we shall continue to monitor this matter
on behalf of everyone.
It has been noted that with
the reduced amount of traffic on Old London Road some drivers
seem to use it like a race track - one vehicle was recently seen
travelling at an estimated 90+ m.p.h. when the speed limit is 40
m.p.h. A call to the Police received no response as they need at
least two witnesses before they can take action. Please take
note of registration numbers and time of offence so that if one
vehicle is a regular offender you can report it to the Police
and notify the Association.
Once again, may we remind you
all that the speed limit on roads east of the By-Pass is 20
m.p.h. There are still many vehicles seen travelling in excess
of this causing danger to pedestrians and other vehicles.
To assist with this
persisting problem the Association has asked the Parish Council
to provide two Dog Waste Bins for Badgers Mount. In the
meantime, please remember to clear up after your animals and
dispose of all waste properly, not just leaving it on verges
VOTE FOR BROADBAND IN
(and Halstead, Knockholt and Well Hill - 01959 53…)
Although Broadband Internet
is already available in many parts of the country we haven't got
However, all it takes is for enough people in our local area to
show their interest in ordering Broadband - and we can have it
Broadband can really make a difference to people living and
working in this area - whether you use the internet for personal
or business use. Some of the benefits include:
Internet access up to 40 times faster
The freedom to use the phone at the same time as the internet
All for not much more than an anytime 'dialup' package
For further details and to see the current registration figures
We shall shortly be preparing
our autumn and winter programme and are proposing to hold,
amongst other things, another New Year Celebration following the
success of the last three years. More details on this and other
events will follow in the next Newsletter.
Finally, if you have any
ideas for future social events, general comments or issues that
you would like raised please contact the Chairman or Secretary
on the telephone numbers given above.